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November 16, 2013 Destination ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Stretching south of the main island of Sulawesi  into  the Flores Sea, the Taka Bonerate National Park in the Selayar Regency, in the province of South Sulawesi  will come alive with all sorts of festivities when the Taka Bonerate Festival gets underway from 23rd to 29th November 2013.

Festival Taka Bonerate 2013

The Festival will feature exciting activities such as International Fishing Competition (both Professional and Traditional), Traditional Culinary Delights Fiesta, Folk’s games, and Art and Cultural Performances. As supporting programs, the event will also be highlighted with Underwater Photo Exhibition; Underwater and Coastal Area Photo Competition; and also Parasailing, Wind Surfing, and Jet skies attractions.

Taka Bonerate, together with  the Wakatobi islandsAmbonBanda and Raja AmpatBunaken as well as Derawan in Kalimantan, are at the heart of the Coral Triangle that stretches from the Solomon Islands in the east, to the Philippines in the north, to BaliLombok, Komodo, Flores and the Savu Sea in the south, forming the base of this huge triangle.

The Island of Selayar  is the gateway to this extensive 530,765 hectares national park, of which 220,000 hectares form an expanse of atolls and lagoons. Taka Bonerate is the third largest atoll region in the world after Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands and Suvadiva in the Maldives.

To get to Selayar and Taka Bonerate, you should take a flight to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi. There are direct flights from Singapore to Makassar on Garuda Indonesia and SilkAir. Since Makassar is the air hub for east Indonesia, almost all domestic carriers fly to Makassar from all main airports in the country.

From Makassar it is best to take an air-conditioned bus to Selayar that leaves around 09.00 am local time. The route goes via the town of Bira at Bulukumba Regency, where the bus will be loaded on the ferry to cross to Selayar and approximately arrived in Selayar at 07.30 pm local time. From Selayar it still takes some 8 hours trip by boat from the town of Benteng  to the island of Tinabo, the heart of Taka Bonerate .

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