As the capital of Sulawesi Tenggara Province, Kendari has potential in nautical tourism including islands, cultures and beaches. Kendari is 295.89 km square and rich of sea products for the topography of Kendari is land with hills passed through many rivers which have Kendari Bay as the estuary.
Kendari City was first found by a dutchman named Vosmaer in 1831. Then he built Tebau, a palace for Tolaki tribe's king at Kendari port on May 9th, 1832. From the history, the date then became the anniversary of Kendari until now.
Things to see
There are several beaches which are the main tourism spots in Kendari. One of them is Nambo beach, located 12 km away from Kendari City. To get to this place, there are several different routes of 4 wheels, 2 wheels and also you can trace the river using traditional boat called kole-kole. There's also Karang Purinano Beach. This beach was formed by the abbration hundreds years ago.
Things to do
If you're visitting Kendari, there's a place you must visit at dusk. It's Kendari Beach. At dusk, there will be many tourists come just to enjoy the beautiful horizon or take picture of a beautiful sunset. At this place, there are many restaurants available serving particular foods of Kendari. For you who want to shop, mall Mandonga will be perfect. This mall is located at the heart of kendari and one of business centrals in Kendari City.
Things to eat
There are some typical foods in Kendari you can taste such as Pisang Epe made of roasted banana added with pandanus-flavour coconut milk. You can also taste various kinds of seafood both fried and roasted along Kendari's street. The most well-known food of Kendari is Sinonggi porridge. This porridge is made of sago porridge served with vegetables and fishes broth.
Getting to Kendari
Flying to Kendari: Kendari is served by Haluoleo Airport. Haluoleo Airport is located about 20 km southwest from Kendari. A taxi into the city from Haluoleo Airport would cost IDR 100.00. Read more about Haluoleo Airport or look for flights to Kendari