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Selayar Tourism Travel Guide and Tourist Attractions in Selayar Island, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Selayar Tourism frontSelayar Regency or Selayar Island Regency is one of the tourist destinations in South Sulawesi Province which has lots of potential for nature tourism, culture and marine tourism that worth to visit. The capital city of Selayar is Benteng.

Selayar Regency located in the south of the South Sulawesi Province, lies in the Flores Sea, between Sulawesi Strait and Flores Sea, share border with Bulukumba regency and Bone Bay. Selayar Regency covering about 1.188,28 square km, consist of about 5,23% land area and about 94,68% water area that is calculated four miles from outer island at low tide that covers about 21.138,41 square km with 24 sub districts and consist more then 120 islands both small and big island.

Selayar was once part of the ancient trading route to the Moluccas. Historic relics have been found on Selayar dating back to the 14th century when Chinese, Philippine and Thai traders regularly passed through this part of South East Asia.  The island’s main town, Benteng has a unique one room, stand-alone museum which proudly houses a kettle drum – the oldest and biggest in the world.  The drum was brought to Selayar by mariners from China and dates back to the Bronze Era.

The population is about 120,000 (2012), mainly a mixed race of Makasars, Buginese, the natives of Luwu and Buton. People here use Makassar language, are for the most part nominally Moslems (though many non-Muslim customs survive) and support themselves by agriculture, fishing, seafarming, trade, the preparation of salt and weaving. Vanilla, tobacco, trepang, tortoise shell, coconuts and coconut oil, and salt are exported. There are frequent emigrations to Sulawesi and other parts of the archipelago. For that reason, and also on account of its excellent horses and numerous water buffaloes, Selayar is often compared with Madura, being of the same importance to Celebes as is Madura to Java.

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Selayar is a secluded island, far away from mass tourism, myths have been kept alive on this small island which once lay on the Chinese trade route. The west side of the island is mainly inhabited by fishermen, who live in small villages that continue to follow their traditions largely unaffected by western influences.

One of the secrets of visiting Selayar is discovering how to get there. The very fact it takes nine bumpy hours overland to reach this unspoilt, idyllic, tropical sea gypsy paradise, makes this little known tucked away treat in the South of Sulawesi a pleasure.  Places that are this far removed from the trappings of mainstream tourism lead you on a discovery; an adventurous travel experience that is truly unique.

Selayar Island is a fascinating destination owing to its unique landscape, and its beautiful unspoilt beaches. The almost uninhabited east side of the island is still covered with original rain forest. It is possible to find numerous species of birds, small reptiles, marsupials, varans and even wildboars. Furthermore, when one is lucky, the world’s smallest monkey, the tarsius, that is in danger of extinction, can be seen in his habitat. And the eastern side of Selayar island is surrounded with a reef which offer great underwater scenery and its look a paradise for Diving, Snorkeling and Fishing activities.

Diving at Selayar can be done all year round. During West wind period (November - April) diving is best done at East part of the area, a spectacular walls with overhangs and caves, also with lots of pelagic fishes. During East wind period (May - October) diving is best done at West part of the area, it offers a unique seagrass beds with coral reefs slope, also perfect for macro photography enthusiast.

In short, Selayar Island has many tourism object that worth to visit, especially for Jungle Trekking, Beach, Diving, Snorkeling lovers, you will get a lot of natural experience during your holiday, vacation or trip in Selayar.

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Selayar Island can be reach from Makassar by land, you may use public transport or private transport through Tanjung Bira Harbor and then cross the island by rides a ferry.

Selayar Island tourism travel guide and tourist attractions popular destinations can be enumerated as below :

Gantarang Mosque.
Gantarang Mosque is the one of the oldest mosque in Sulawesi, located about 12 km from Benteng City, at Gantarang Lalang Bata Village. There is an ancient mosque built in The XVI Century (1605) in the Era of Sultan Pangali Patta Raja who was first adopted Islam after Islamized by Datuk Ribandang. In this site there is Prophet Mohammed’s SAW foot print and Datuk Ribandang’s Grave which is believed as shrine that must be visited before ones pilgrim to Mecca.

Nekara Museum.
Nekara Museum Building is use Traditional house architecture, located at Matalalang Village, at East Coast of Benteng City. The museum has collection of heritage of Selayar Kingdom and several replica of heritage.

Gong Nekara.
Gong Gong is the oldest and largest in the world. The gong/drum was found in 1868 in Selayar Island, made of bronze by Dongson culture contained in the delta of Red River of North Vietnam. Its made in about 600 years before by referring to the metal casting with lost wax method. According to the researchers, the history regarded as one of the best examples of metal working culture. At the time of first the drum served as drum of war and ceremonial tools for the Kings Inauguration and others retual. The object located at Matalalang Village, at East Coast of Benteng City, about 4 km from Benteng City.

Bitombang Old Village.
Bitombang Old Village is located about 7 km from Benteng City, the village is quite unique since the land topography is not flat as most land, so that has extremely high pole house for about 12 m high in the back side, while the front of the house is lower about 1 - 2 m high. The pole of the house usually use a high quality woods in Selayar traditional language call it "Batti/holasa", and the pole of the house can last for hundreds of years. Another uniqueness of this village is that most of the villagers are above 90 years old but still strong to work.

Baloiya Beach.
This is a white sand beach along about 300 m with the fascination of Selayar Island Resort. It has very beautiful underwater scenery and suitable for marine activities such as Diving, Snorkeling and Sunbathing, the sunset also can be view from this beach. Baloiya Beach can be reach in about 20 drive from Benteng City.

Pinang Beach.
It has spread of soft white sand with fascinating mountain and ocean panorama surrounding. Situated at the eastern coast of Selayar Island and it can be reached about 1 hours ride a boat from Benteng City or about 20 minute from Pattumbukang Harbor.

Bonetappalang Beach.
The beach has white sandy beach and beautiful underwater attraction. Wild boar and endangered species Tarsius can be spotted in this area and also there is a cave up on the hill. The beach is located on the east coast is also available Selayar Dive Resort. Tourist can be enjoyed is sunbathing, snorkeling and diving. Endangered species can also be seen, like Tarsius, wild boar, monitor lizards as well as natural caves. This location can be accessed approximately about 90 minutes ride a boat from the city of Port, or about 15 minute from Pattumbukang Harbor.

Talloiya Beach.
This beach has about 2 km long white soft sand with fresh air from the pine trees surrounding. The beach also suitable for Fishing, Diving, snorkeling and sunbathing, you may also enjoy a sunset from here. The beach can be reach about 60 minutes from Benteng and 15 minutes from Bonelohe, Bungaiya Village.

Je’neiya Beach.
It has white soft sand beaches along about 3 km with hadge of pine trees along the beach, the clear water will created its own nuances. The beach is suitable for marine activities such as Diving, snorkeling and sunbathing. It can be reached by boat in about 50 minutes from Benteng.

Baloiya Nature Cave.
This is a antural cave with stalactites and stalagmites formed from the contained calcium water drops and has been petrified. This cave is inhabited by bats and if its explored there are pathway guiding in to the Baloiya Beach.

Uhe Gonggong Waterfall.
Situated at Jammeng Tourism Village with seven levels of waterfall, an amazing sun rise can be enjoyed from the top of the waterfall.

Forest Animals.
In the forest of Selayar, you may found many animal such as Wild boar, monitor lizards, Melao, an many more including the Tarsier, the Tarsier habitat can be found in the eastern coast of Selayar Island. Unfortunately, this species is quite difficult to see closely.

Ngapaloka Beach.
Ngapaloka Beach has about 200 m long white sand beach. Its also suitable for marine activities such as Diving, snorkeling and sunbathing.

Hara Beach.
Hara Beach offer an atmosphere of a different nature with the beauty of the forest. Visitor may enjoy the natural scenery and marone activities such as Diving, Canoeing, Snorkeling, Sunbathing or Fishing. It can be reach in about 50 minutes drive from Benteng City, on the east coast Selayar Island.

Taka Bonerate National Park.
Taka Bonerate National Park well know as underwater paradise for Diving or Snorkeling and its was famous both foreign tourists and domestic tourists, the area of Taka Bonerate National Park is about 530.765 hectares which has an atoll expanse of about 220,000 hectares, includes about 21 atoll islands in the region. Read more Taka Bonerate National Park »



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