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Jakarta Post

Buton Island: The hidden gem of the east

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Buton regency, Sulawesi   /   Sun, December 16 2012   /  03:30 pm

a: Nirwana Beach near Bau Bau airport.Traveling around Buton Island in Southeast Sulawesi in three days requires at least two things — a tough driver and a good company.  

A tough driver is crucial to beat the hard terrain and bring you to any destination safely, while good company can laugh with you on bumpy roads and share excitement when you pass the wonderful scenery.  

Buton comprises five regencies — Buton, Muna, Wakatobi, Bombana and North Buton — as well as one city, Bau Bau.

The fact that there are bad roads in remote areas around the island is ironic, since it is the richest natural asphalt source in the world, after Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

Unlike nearby Wakatobi — which has successfully promoted itself as a heaven for underwater lovers, Buton Island is not popular among many travelers. There are not many traces of t...