Southeast Sulawesi is one of the most remote regions of Sulawesi as there is no highway connecting the province to other cities on the rest of the island. The primary transportation link is a ferry across the Bone Sea between the port of Kolaka and Watampone in South Sulawesi.
Southeast Sulawesi has five diverse and interesting cultural groups: Tolaki, Morunene, Buton, Muna (or Wuna), and Bajo. In the past, the region was the site of the powerful Buton sultanate from the 17th century until the early 20th century.
Major tourist attractions in Southeast Sulawesi:
- Kendari, the capital city of Southeast Sulawesi; make sure to watch the Modero dance before you leave the province
- Buton Palace Fortress in Bau Bau, imperial legacy of the Buton Sultanate
- Wakatobi National Park, with its beautiful sea gardens & underwater natural caves
- Moramo Waterfalls, which traverses a 2-km plateau with 127 separate terraced plumes; a tropical paradise
- Witness the Pakande Kandea Traditional Ceremony in Buton