Shaped like a 4 legged octopus, this large island has many miles of coastline and thickly forested interior. Small offshore islands offer an incredible variety of diving options. The volcanic landscape gives way to traditional villages and terraced rice fields.
Sulawesi has a strong history of shipbuilding and it is here that many of the romantic wooden schooners used as diving liveaboards are built. High in the mountains are the Toraja people, who build their houses with dramatic saddleback roofs and have complex funerary rituals culminating in cliffside tombs guarded by wooden effigies. The tiny nocturnal tarsier dwells in the rainforests of the north and can often be spotted at Tangkoko Reserve, along with black macaques, cuscus and exotic birds such as the maleo.