3 Island Tour
Off the southwest coast of the island of Buton are 3 islands (Kadatua, Pulau Ular, and Siompu). This tour provides the guest with a variety of experiences by hiking around a small island, living in the homes of the locals, and seeing what island life is like. They start on Siompu for a couple days and then take a boat to Kadatua with a stop over on Pulau Ular to enjoy the beach and snorkeling on this uninhabited island. If you only have a short period of time, but want to experience what the culture is like then this is a great package.
Buton & Mt. Siontapina
The island of Buton gets its name from the Arabic word “butuni,” which means stomach or belly. It is said that Buton is the belly of the world, and that it holds all of its core secrets. If Buton is the belly, then Mt. Siontapina is the belly button. There is an old banyan tree encircling a large rock in a clearing at the top of this mountain which is said to be from where the world was first created. Every year six villages, men, women, and children, hike to the top of this mountain to carry out the rituals they have been doing for hundreds of years and to meet with the King of the Jungle. This tour will give visitors a chance to see the sacred ground at the top of Mt. Siontapina. On the way to this mountain, we will spend some time at the current capital of the regency of Buton, Pasarwajo. Pasarwajo is the primary port for the largest deposit of natural asphalt in Asia. There is also some good diving around this city. For a tour rich in history, folklore, and with some beautiful dives, you can’t go wrong with visiting Buton and Mt. Siontapina.
Muna & Mt. Lambelu
The island of Muna gets its name from the word “wuna,” which means flower in the local language. One of the first villages on the island was founded near a rock that flowers. Muna is full of several other interesting sites, such as ancient caves full of paintings of animals and men, as well as a lake that hides an access tunnel to the ocean, which is revealed at low tide. Only a few miles away from these locations, on the coast of the nearby island of Buton, stands the distinctly shaped mountain of Lambelu. This mountain is well known enough to have had one of the large national passenger ships named after it. This tour will involve some travel on small boats with opportunities to dive around some small islands located in the strait of Buton. For a tour with a large variety of sites and experiences on land and sea, Muna and Mt. Lambelu are a great choice.
*Diving can be added to any of the above tours. Please see the price list for diving trip costs.