It was my first experience ever visiting a beach in Sulawesi, and glad that I have extended my business trip to visit the Tanjung Karang Beach. We tried to see the sunset, but it was too cloudy that morning. We walked along the beach, but the further we walked from Prince John Dive Resort, we found garbage on the beach. It was really a pity that people left garbage on the beach like diapers! Aaargh! But in the morning I saw people from each of the resort located on the beach were cleaning up the beach.
I tried to do snorkeling that morning, near our resort. There were plenty of resort on the beach, but the most private one was the Prince John Dive Resort.
Later that day, the beach look so gorgeous..
Tanjung Karang beach located in Donggala, only 1 hour from Palu airport and a taxi driver can take you to Tanjung Karang for IDR 200,000. It is famous for its beautiful underwater world, but as I am not dare enough to do the diving yet, I enjoy the beauty of its underwater world by a chartered glass bottom boat. We rented for IDR 250,000 and yes it's very beautiful!
Again, this beautiful tourist spot has not developed properly in my opinion. Before I go to Tanjung Karang beach, I did some research on google, but there were limited information regarding this beach. As it is located not far from Palu airport (meaning good access), the Palu government should start promoting this beach national wide. Many Indonesian don't know Tanjung Karang beach, including myself. I thought Tanjung Karang is only the name of Lampung's capital city.
Indonesian tourism is very potential, and Indonesian people do have the financial ability to travel. It is the time for each government province to develop their own tourism destination, so that the hidden gem in Indonesia could be explored by foreigners as well as by Indonesian.
I dream one day, all of Indonesian people would prefer spending money inside Indonesia, instead of going abroad. Imagine how the impact would be to Indonesian economy! Hey, Indonesia is indeed very beautiful...
written on October 25, 2012