West Sulawesi

West Sulawesi
The Capital City of West Sulawesi Province is “Mamuju

West Sulawesi is the expansion province of South Sulawesi province. The capital is Mamuju city. West Sulawesi is known as tourism destination. Besides cocoa, this area is also producing robusta coffee or Arabica coffee, coconut, and clove. In mining sector there is the content of gold, coal, and petroleum.West Sulawesi is divided into the following regencies: Majene Regency, Mamasa Regency, Mamuju Regency, North Mamuju Regency and Polewali Mandar Regency. Simply romising tourism potential but has not been managed well so that optimal results can not be a more significant effect on foreign exchange income for the region however, the use to introduce tourism to the Indonesian community and even internationally, the government is preparing various efforts in the form west sulawesi promotions in print media or electronically to introduce tourism to the outside world.

Mamuju as the capital city of the province. Administratively, the province is divided into 5 Regencies. Geographically, the province is located in the cross position of the golden Triangle of South Sulawesi, East Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi as well as directly faces national and international sailing route of Makassar straits. Topographic condition of West Sulawesi Province comprises ocean, low land and high land, has enabled the province to have fertile land. Climate in the region generally belongs to tropical.Will put up facilities and infrastructure, adequate accommodation in the form of hotels and transportation to and from the existing attractions. Province is the 33rd and officially opened since October 5, 2004 under Law no. 26 of 2004. Mamuju and the provincial capital is composed Polewali Mandar, Mamasa, Majene, Mamuju and North Mamuju.

Territory located on the coast of West Sulawesi and the location is very strategic because it is the gateway triangle that connects the province of South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, East Kalimantan, so that an area 11057.81 km2 area before it bloomed dubbed "golden triangle". Borders in the north with Kabupalen Donggala Central Sulawesi province, the Southern District and the District Polmas Majene on the East by Tator and Luwu District and bounded on the west by the Straits of Makassar.

Demands separation from South Sulawesi province has begun public in the region Ex Afdeling Mandar since before Indonesia's independence. Furthermore, Polewali-Mamasa also separated into two separate districts namely Polewali and Mamasa district.
For the long term, this area had become one of the most isolated areas in South Sulawesi. Causes include a sufficient distance away from the provincial capital (Makassar), geographical conditions mountainous with poor road infrastructure.


Several kingdoms used to exist here, fourteen to be exacts. They are Balanipa, Banggae, Bambang, Binuang, Pamboang, Sendana, Tappalang, Mamuju, Rante Bulahan, Aralie, Mambi, Tabulahan, Matangga and Tabang. Right now West Sulawesi is known for its cocoa, coffee (robusta and arabica), clove and coconut. Gold, coal and oil mining also help to make this province more prosperous. West Sulawesi became a separate province in 2004, through Law no. 26. It used to be a part of South Sulawesi.

Mamuju Regency
Mamuju Regency is one of regency area in West Sulawesi, Indonesia. The wide of this area (before it has expansion program) is 11.057,81 km_. The residents' number of this regency is 296.229 men. Mamuju regency reside in West Sulawesi coastal area, its situation is very strategic because it is triangle gateway, which connected South Sulawesi Province - Central Sulawesi - East Kalimantan, so the 11057,81 km2 width area (before bloomed) called as 'gold triangle area'. Mamuju Regency has great natural resources, especially agriculture sector that cover plantation, forestry, fishery and breeding sub sector. The distance from provincial capital is 455 Km.


By air: Tampa Padang Airport 27 km from Mamuju capital city.
Belang-Belang Bakengkeng Harbor Mamuju District, Ferry Simboro Mamuju Harbor connect Mamuju-Balikpapan, Batulicin, Surabaya, Ujung Polewali Mandar, Palippi natural harbor in Majene;,Manakara Harbor in Mamuju.


People & Culture

Mandar people have been known for centuries for their seafaring abilities. They are dominant in this area, but you can also find Toraja, Bugis, Makassarese, Javanese and others here. Using their sandeq boat, Mandar people cruise to all over Indonesia and even reaching as far as neighboring country of Malaysia and Australia. Meanwhile, the people who live in mountanious area of the province have cultural similarity with Torajan ethnic in terms of architecture of the house. Their language, their clothes as well as in their traditional ceremony. West Sulawesi Province has fantastic natural tourism in form of its vast array of tourism in form of its still natural mountain view, uniqueness of culture of the people, as well as its vast array of tourism objects of special interest, which are scattered, in its coastal and mountainous areas where special skills are needed to enjoy them.


Potential Regional Dances are Below
Bamba Manurung, Ma Bundu Dance, Motaro Dance, Feather Londong Dance, Tuduq Mandar Pembolongatta Dance, Tuduq Kumba Dance, Dego Pallaga Dance, PaJinang Dance, Coconut Seven - Hot Water, Karampuang Island, Hangers.



Being close to the sea, sea food is one of the specialties.  Flying fish eggs are considered a delicacy and if you're offered some, be grateful because it is quite pricey and usually served during special occasions. You can also find it in certain hotels or restaurants. Pupu, fried tuna fish cakes, should also be sampled. Generally West Sulawesi dishes are spicy, a bit sour and they taste very delicious.

Mamuju regency lay in co-ordinate between 0o 530 100 to 2o 540 520 South Latitude and 118o 540 470 until 120o 050 350 East Longitudes. The boundaries are:

North side: Donggala Regency, Central Sulawesi Province

South side: Majene regency and Polmas regency

East side   : Tator regency and Luwu regency

West side  : Makassar Strait

Administravelly : North Mamuju regency has 9 districts, 8 sub-districts and 119 villages.

Population regency for 2002 is 323,692 people consist of 163,498 or 50.5% of men and 160,194 or 49.5% of women with people growth 5.36% average annually. The highest density occurs in Mamuju regency about 181 people/Km2 and the lowest occurs in Kalumpang district that attains six people/Km2.

Mamuju has long coastal line, which achieves about 400 Km that is extended from south to the north (includes coastal line of the islands). Generally, topographical types of this regency consist of highland, lowland and coastal line.

Tourism Sector
Mamasa regency has some tourism objects that are culture tourism Kuburan Tedong-tedong Minanga in Mamasa districts, Waterfall nature tourism Sarambu and the hot spring in Tadisi countryside, Sumarorong district, Agro Tourism Markisa in Mamasa district, Culture tourism house custom, Traditional Countrified is Ballapeu Countryside.

Nature Tourism in West Sulawesi are

Anjoro Pitu, Hot Spring, Well Love Match (Sumur Jodoh) on the Karampuang Island.

Maritime Tourism Objects, are

- White Sands in the Polman District

- Waterfalls cow eyes at Mamuju

- Karampuang Island Marine Park and Bala Balakang archipelago
- Bath Hot spring in Kalumpang, Tapandulu and Aralle in Mamasa

Cultural Travel, Potential Agro Tourism : A variety of Flora Fauna.
Manakarra Beach, Polewali Mandar, Mamasa, Plantation Sector, Majene

Breeding Sector
The development of sub breeding sector is pointed to increase the population and livestock produce to fulfill the consumption of nourishment public, beside that it's also applied to increase the breeder earnings. It is between the population of livestock growing in Mamasa regency are ox livestock, buffalo, horse, goat, and pig. While for poultry type is local chicken, race chicken, and local duck.

In breeding sector, Majene regency has big livestock potency expansion like buffalo, ox, Horse, Goat and also small livestock, and poultry like duck, race chicken and local chicken, which its population is always grew, special is big livestock like goat are looked after by the public for other and local requirement, while for inter island trade as for small livestock destined for local consumption.

To draw the foreign countries tourist and also domestic, it have been provided and developed by some tourism objects which spread over in each district, both nature, maritime and culture tourism. Special the pre-eminent tourism object it has been developed Dato Pangele White Sands beach, Bonde-bonde White Sand beach, Macula Limboro hot spring that have beautiful nature panorama. Majene regency have tourism attraction which do not fail to draw it, like Mandar traditional ceremony, Mandar-Majene Ethnical Dance, Public Sea transport and making of mandar palm oil.

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