Samalona Island, Sulawesi

Not far from the capital city of South Sulawesi, Makassar, there lies a beautiful tiny island named Samalona Island. With white sandy beach, beautiful underwater, and reachable location,  Samalona Island now become one of the most favourite place to go in South Sulawesi. You can easily see Clown fish (Nemo), anemones, and colourful reefs near to the beach. Sometimes, there are dolphins appearing in the morning time.

This Island has a wonderful underwater world that can impress your holiday. When diving, you can see the beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine fish, and even the sea horses you’d find there. The water has a crystal clear. Samalona Island beach has a white sand and extremely clean. And you can enjoy the sun bathing and a beautiful dusk there with beautiful waves to enjoy the sun slowly sinking.

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The island is saving a million mystery about his wreck of the ship-relics of World War II. There are about seven boats that sank in the area of this island, among them: Maru ship, owned by a Japanese warship sank at a depth of about 30 meters; ship Lancaster Bomber which also sank at a depth of about 30 meters; submarine hunter (gunboat) Japanese-owned ; Hakko Maru cargo ship made in the Netherlands, and Japan’s submarines. Wrecked ships have been transformed into a reef and became a “house” or “residence” for hundreds of diverse marine life forms, and type and color that is very admirable. The beauty of this is the major attraction for tourists to come swim in the carcasses of the shipwreck.

In addition to the mystery and beauty of the marine park, tourists can also watch the sunrise (sunrise) and sunset (sunset) at a similar position. In this island, tourists can also enjoy the delights of a variety of fresh seafood cooked in a way that is quite unique, that is placed on top of coconut shell and then covered with deciduous trees that grow around the island. In this way, the smell of charcoal smoke wafted immediately and could arouse appetite.

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At this location is a simple lodging house-shaped stage that can accommodate about 20 people. In addition, several small dining is also available that provides a variety of fresh seafood. Samalona Island is about 6.8 km from the city of Makassar, and can be reached in about 20-30 minutes by speed boat with a capacity of maximum 12 people.

The best time to tour the island Samalona is from February to October.



Almost all domestic flights are available from Jakarta and other big cities to Sultan Hasanuddin Airport, Makassar/Ujung Pandang.

This island can be reached by traditional boat for about 30 minutes or 7 Km  from Makassar, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. Just go walk to the street in front of Fort Rotterdam, then you’ll find traditional pier to pick you up to the Island with those traditional boat as well.

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