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Jakarta Post

Nature, culture and history

  • Agung Parameswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 1 2012   /  11:09 am

No fear: Three children play in the water in the Padang fishermen settlement, Selayar Islands regency. This settlement consists of rows of houses along the coastal region.The Selayar Archipelago in South Sulawesi is famous for its fascinating marine national park, a diver’s paradise in Taka Bonerate.

This zone is the third-largest coral atoll in the world after Kwajifein Atoll, Marshall Islands, and Suvadiva Atoll, Maldive Islands, with a total area of 220,000 hectares.

The archipelago, covering 10,503.69 kilometers with a population of 123,283, has tourism potential with its significant cultural and historical heritage.

A small and remote hamlet, Gantarang Lalang Bata, in Bontomanai district, Selayar Islands regency, is an example. A religious and mystical atmosphere prevails as one passes its main entry in the form of coral steps under an old banyan tree.