Sulawesi Kitesurfing Holiday and Travel Guide

Sulawesi

Indonesia

Why Visit?

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. Like all of Indonesia, Sulawesi 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 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 20-35 knots in peak season. Usually, the wind starts in the morning till dusk, making the nights' 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)

Getting Around

From Makassar International Airport, there are daily flights from all main Indonesian cities, including Jakarta, Bali, and Lombok, and 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 flight 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 costs around 3-4$ and a large beer 4$ (local beer Bintang).

Nightlife

There's not much going on around here at night, so it's usually a good idea to visit with a group of people.

No Wind?

Then it's time to rent a scooter and explore the area! The immediate surroundings offer activities like stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling, uncountable waterfalls, traditional villages, salt marshes and seaweed farms. In addition, the region has a strong horse culture, with bareback races organised regularly. So 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 is 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!

Internet

Good 3G coverage – No optic fibre, only coconut fibre!

Accommodation

The options at the spot are pretty 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 stretches over 2km with shallow, flat and clear water. The beach is extensive, 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! With small kickers at high tide and glassy water at low tide, you will never get bored by the sessions. It's an ideal 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 to 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

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