5 Beautiful Waterfalls on Sulawesi and Kalimantan Islands, Indonesia
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5 Beautiful Waterfalls on Sulawesi and Kalimantan Islands, Indonesia

Sulawesi (or Celebes) and Kalimantan (known also as Borneo) are the two largest islands in Indonesia archipelago. The islands are not only famous for their high land and marine biodiversity, but also for their beautiful landscape including a number of scenic waterfalls. Some of the most beautiful are described below.

Kalimantan and Sulawesi are two large islands located side by side on the southern part of Indonesia archipelago. Kalimantan Island had long been known for its endangered mammals and unspoiled tropical forests while Sulawesi Island is internationally popular because of its rich marine biota and beautiful coral reefs. But most people don’t know that the islands also have several beautiful waterfalls.   

Bissapu Waterfall, South Sulawesi

Bissapu Waterfall is located in Bonto Salluang Village, about five kilometers from Bantaeng, a small town in South Sulawesi Province. It takes approximately 15 minutes drive up a winding road from Bantaeng or four hours drive from Makassar, the capital city of the province. The water plunges from a height of eighty meters, making it the highest waterfall in the province. Splash and sound of water can be felt and heard from hundreds of miles away. The waterfall is surrounded by high trees. To reach the waterfall, visitors must walk down steeply staircases. Big rocks scattered around the waterfall provide perfect spot to enjoy the beauty of the waterfall and the peaceful green scenery surrounding it.

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Moramo Waterfall, Southeast Sulawesi

The waterfall is located deep inside the unspoiled Tanjung Peropa National Park, a protected nature reserve in Konawe district, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. It is situated around seventy kilometers to the south of Kendari, the province’s capital city. The access road is winding. Once you get inside the park, just forget your cell phone as no cellular signal is available. From the parking lot, visitors must hike a two kilometers distance to reach the waterfall. The journey is tiresome indeed but the waterfall is really worth the visit. The water descends series of dark marble and forms a scenic seven levels cascade fall. The marbles radiate brilliant bluish green colors when they are touched by sunlight. The height of the waterfall is around 100 meters. Local folklore says that the waterfall is the bathing place of the goddesses. TheTanjung Peropa Park and the Moramo Waterfall are popular tourist destination in the province.  Besides the waterfall, visitors can also do some bird-watching as the park is also home to various species of birds and butterflies.  The region had also been known as one of the largest marble producers in the world.

Bantimurung Waterfall, North Sulawesi

Bantimurung in local language means “to get rid of sadness”.  Located inside the Bantimurung National Park, Bantimurung Waterfall is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Sulawesi Province. It is situated in Maros Regency, about one hour drive from Makassar, the capital city of the province. A six meters statue of black, long-tailed leaf monkey called “lutung”, a species of mammal indigenous to the island, greets visitors at the entrance. Surrounded by dense rainforest, this cascade waterfall sits on a valley at the southern end of a limestone outcrop. The milky turquoise water plunges from a height of around fifteen meters. The area of Bantimurung is also famous for its numerous species of birds and butterflies.  Alfred Russel Wallace, an English naturalist studied and collected various specimens of birds and insects in Bantimurung in 19th century. He successfully discovered many new species of butterflies. Today, the region still attracted many scientist and naturalist. Besides the waterfall and the butterflies, Bantimurung is also famous for its mysterious caves full of colorful stalactites and stalagmites.

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Gunung Rambutan Waterfall, Kalimantan


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Gunung Rambutan is a scenic waterfall in East Kalimantan Province. The waterfall is located on the slope of Mount Rambutan. It stands near a busy road and is easily visible and accessible from the main road. It has three levels. The height of the waterfall reaches 80 meters.  Swimming in the waterfall’s pond is allowed. The volume of water depends entirely on rainfall amounts. The waterfall often runs out of water during dry season and the water will flow again during monsoon season. Local people believe that the water has healing properties. In particular months, visitors can buy durian fruits, a local juicy fruit famous for its foul smell, from local street vendors. The fruit grows in the forest surrounding the waterfall. .

Idaman Waterfall, Kalimantan

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Idaman Waterfall is another cascade waterfall in East Kalimantan Province. It also has three levels.The waterfall is located half an hour from Tanjung Selor, a town about one hour flight from Samarinda, the capital city of the province. To reach the waterfall visitors must hike two hills and cross several rivers for almost one hour. Surrounded by rainforest, the waterfall soars fifteen meters above the ground. Tourist activities around the waterfall include swimming, camping and trekking.

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Comments (12)

Beautiful presentation...voted

A place definitely worth visiting!

As usual, well researched and presented work. Thanks

Excellent with beautiful pictures. Thank you Yovita. Voted.

Great pictures to accompany this well presented article.

yes, every one must visit Indonesia, it's just a wonderful archipelago

Yovita, this is absolutely breathtaking, but I will pass on the durian! Voted!

Well presented guide to this paradise. thank you.

so interesting thank you

They are beautiful and popular waterfalls. I see the ad showing Sydney opera house as well.

Majestic waterfalls!

Wonderful, the series on waterfalls is well done!