Hey Palu, I bloody love you! (Plus a new video)

Our trip to Palu was cut in half due to our delayed flight leaving Manado. Arriving almost a day late to Palu meant we didn’t get to explore as much as I would have liked but likely the most amazing part of our entire trip remained on the Itinerary. That was the incredible Tanjung Karang Beach- I have to say I was absolutely blown away by its beauty and it was so nice after back to back days tours and walking to get to the beach and just bask in all its glory! A sneaky Bintang t 10 am, a satisfying snorkeling and a soccer game with the locals made Tanjung Karang Pantai (Beach) my favourite destination of our 7-day trip!

Good to know
 +Capital of Sulawesi: Makassar
 +Currency: Indonesian Rupiah
 +Wifi is fairly limited. Even at hotels that may say they offer wifi
 +On arrival get a sim at the airport, if you need to have contact to the rest of the world 🙂
 +Sulawesi has warm tropical climate with wet and dry seasons lasting approximately six months each.
 +Australians no longer need a VOA!

Getting there/around
 +I flew with Qantas to Jakarta, they have multiple flight daily. Search your flight here.
 +There are no international flights to Palu. There are a number of domestic flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, and Makassar to Palu’s Mutiara Airport.
 + We had a group bus, but hiring a driver or a tour guide would be the way to go, there isn’t too much tourist infrastructure yet so relying on ‘public transport’ might be a bit difficult.

 +Talise Beach
 On arrival to Palu we went straight to Talise Beach to catch the sunset. Throw in a bunch of locals and cheeky children and you have yourself a pretty rich afternoon!

+Tangang Karang Beach
 We were welcomed by a maze of palm trees that lead to powdery white shores, pristine water, and rickety beach bungalows. Tanjung Karang Pantai (Beach) is located 40 minutes from Palu, it’s a great escape from the uninspired city life. We began our morning with a spot of snorkelling, a boat ride and Bintangs at 10 am, it was pure bliss!

+Napabale Lake
 Napabale Lake is a salty lake lies at the foothill of Lohia village, Muna, Southeast Sulawesi. The lake is adjacent to the sea connected by a 30 meters long and 9 meters wide natural tunnel. Through this tunnel, Lake Napabale obtain water supply from the ocean. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to adventure this far due to time constraints but I’ve added it to the bucket list for next time!

+Lore Lindu National Park
 This park is situated in Palu and the experience of getting there itself is already adventurous and fun, going up the mountain along crazy roads. Experience the unexplored jungle which is rich with flora and faunas. You may find butterflies, hornbills, monkeys, snakes and also many wild flowers and plants.

+Saluopa Waterfall
 Waterfall is located in the Village Saluopa Tonusu, North Pamona Subdistrict, Poso, Central Sulawesi Province. The waterfall is composed of 12 levels. From one level to the next level there is a staircase of stone, making it easier for visitors to get to the bottom of the waterfall.

 + We stayed at Hotel Santika Palu in the city centre, and just 15 minutes from the airport.

I was a guest of Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia, but as always my opinions are my own.

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