Among the 17,000 Indonesian islands, Sulawesi is one of the five main (along with Java, Sumatra, Borneo and Papua) windiest spots in Indonesia. Sulawesi is also home to the two biggest Indonesian wind farms (Sidrap and Jeneponto) located in the south. Sulawesi is surrounded by pristine and warm waters and has recently become a trendy Asian kite destination for summer. Far from the crowd, it feels like an exclusive and authentic experience. Sulawesi, like all Indonesia, is gifted by a rich ancestral mixed culture and breath-taking nature, and you will be welcomed by a renowned culture of respect and politeness.
Wind and Weather
Unlike other Asian destinations, Indonesia's peak wind season is during the dry season; meaning consistent wind, with deep, rain-free blue skies and temperatures between 25/30°c, all year round.
Sulawesi benefits from its strategic location, with mountains compression and tip effect that both speed up the trade winds. This specific area also experiences a very long dry season which guarantees winds consistency (only disturbed by lunar cycles) The wind blows side-on from April to October with peak season at 20-35 knots. Usually, the wind starts in the morning till dusk, making the nights with comfortable temperatures. During this period, the wind is guaranteed 80%-100% of the time.
Due to these tremendous wind statistics, Jeneponto in southern Sulawesi is the home of the biggest Asia-Pacific independent Wind Farm (Tolo 1 Jeneponto)
From Makassar International Airport, there are daily flights from all main Indonesian cities including Jakarta, Bali, Lombok as well as direct flights from international hubs, like Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The kitesurfing spot is located in Mallasoro village, which is about 80 km from Makassar (it's about 1 hr 30 min to 2 hr drive) and It will cost you about 50$ to get from the airport to the spot.
If you are coming from abroad, you can:
- Either transit through Singapore or Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and get a direct flight to Makassar – It's about a 3 hours flights with Singapore Airlines, Air Asia or Silk Air.
- If you land in a big Indonesian hub like Jakarta, Bali Lombok, and then connect to Makassar – It takes about an hour from Bali and 2 hours from Jakarta with Garuda, Batik Air, CityLink or Lion Air.
Food and Drink
You will come across “warung” everywhere, that will serve local food like the famous Indonesian dish “nasi goreng”, the Sulawesi typical “lammang” (rice cooked in bamboo stems), and many other traditional foods. A meal cost around 3-4$ and a large beer 4$ (local beer Bintang).
There's not much going on around here at night, so it's usually a good idea to visit with a group of people.
Then it's time to rent a scooter and explore the area! The immediate surroundings offer activities like as stand-up paddle boards, snorkelling, uncountable waterfalls, traditional villages, salt marshes and seaweed farms. The region has a strong horse-culture with bareback races organised regularly. Don’t be surprised to see horses bathing at sunset on the kite spot.
We strongly recommend you check out:
- Tana Toradja with astonishing and atypical culture
- Bira and Bulukumba for their Phinisi boats
- Scuba diving at Selayar island, it's incredible!
- Taka Bonerate the biggest atoll in South-East Asia
The list is endless; you should also check out Wakatobi, Bunaken, Gorontalo (sharks and whales), Togean, … but let’s stick to the South for now!
Good 3G coverage – No optic fibre, only coconut fibre!
The options at the spot are quite limited with only one choice for accommodation, and the average cost per night is 60$. The closest other hotels are in the city centre (30-45 min drive from the spot) and cost around 20-30$.
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Where are the Best Kitesurfing Beaches in Sulawesi?
The sandy lagoon is stretching over 2km with shallow, flat and clear water. The beach is large, offering a lot of space to launch and land your kite safely. It works at both high and low tides with the lagoon changing, but the fun remains the same! Small kickers at high tide and glassy water at low tide, you will never get bored by the sessions. It's an idea spot regardless of your riding level; from beginners to experienced riders who want to push their limits with big air jumps and unhooked tricks.
At low tide, the beach widens till 300m to practice landboarding.
- Wind: On/Side-On
- Waves: No
- Shorebreak: No
When is the Best Time to go Kitesurfing in Sulawesi?
The windy months to go kitesurfing in Sulawesi are April, May, June, July, August, September, October