Lighthouses of Indonesia: Eastern Sulawesi (Celebes)

Indonesia has been independent since 1945, after having been the Dutch East Indies for more than 350 years. It is a huge country, stretching along both sides of the Equator for more than 46 degrees of longitude (roughly 5100 km or 3200 miles). Comprised of some 17,000 islands (more than 6000 inhabited islands), it has hundreds of major aids to navigation. This page includes the lighthouses of the southern half of Sulawesi (Celebes), a major island in the northern part of the country.

Shaped like an artistically drawn letter K, Sulawesi consists mostly of four narrow peninsulas. The Makassar Strait separates Sulawesi from Kalimantan (Borneo) to the west. The Celebes Sea is north of the island, the Banda Sea is to the east and southeast, and the Flores Sea is on the south. Makassar, also called Ujung Pandang, is the major port. This page covers the east side of the island, including Southeast Sulawesi Province and the east coast of Central Sulawesi Province.

The Indonesian word for a lighthouse is mercusuar. The phrase menara suar, which includes the Arabic word menara, is sometimes used instead. Pulau is an island and karang is a reef.

Aids to navigation in Indonesia are operated and maintained by the Directorate General of Sea Navigation.

ARLHS numbers are from the ARLHS World List of Lights. Admiralty numbers are from volumes F and K of the Admiralty List of Lights & Fog Signals. U.S. NGA List numbers are from Publication 112.

General Sources
Online List of Lights - Indonesia - Vol. F and Vol. K
Coming soon: photos by various photographers posted by Alexander Trabas.
Indonesian Lighthouses
Historic postcard views from the collection of Michel Forand.
World of Lighthouses - Indonesia
Photos by various photographers available from Lightphotos.net.
Tanjung Kanolanatumbi Light
Tanjung Kanolanatumbi Light, Pulau Buton
Wordpress photo copyright musafirtimur; used by permission

Central Sulawesi Province East Coast Lighthouses

Gulf of Tomini Lighthouse
Pulau Panabean
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 31 m (102 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. No description given, but since the islet is quite low a tall skeletal tower would be required. The islet does not appear in Google's satellite view. Located on a dangerous reef off the north coast of the Gulf of Tomini. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty F2086.5; NGA 25238.
Tanjung Komali (Komnali)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. Described only as a "white beacon." No photo available, and the light is not seen in Bing's satellite view of the cape. This light guides vessels entering the Gulf of Tomini from the south. Located on the northwestern tip of Pulau Waleabahi. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1580; NGA 25262.

Banda Sea Lighthouses
Tanjung Kembani
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 22 m (72 ft); white flash every 10 s. 20 m (66 ft) "white beacon," probably a skeletal tower. No photo available, and Google has only a distant satellite view of the area. Located on the southern tip of Peleng, largest and westernmost of the Banggai island group, off the southeast coast of Sulawesi's eastern peninsula. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1565; NGA 25274.3.
Tanjung Bankalanutara
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white flash every 6 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located in dense forest on the north end of Pulau Bangkalan Pauno, marking the south side of the entrance to the Peleng Strait, which separates Pulau Seleng from the mainland of Sulawesi. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1566.7; NGA 25275.5.
Tanjung Tobo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); white flash every 5 s. Approx. 14 m (46 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Google has a distant satellite view. Located beside a road on a prominent point of land on the nirth coast of Pulau Peleng. Site appears open, tower closed. Admiralty K1566.6; NGA 25275.
Pondipondi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 84 m (276 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) square skeletal tower. No photo available, but Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located on a small island off the northeastern side of Pulau Peleng. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1567.6; NGA 25275.58.
Pulau Buangbuang (Buang Buang)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 28 m (92 ft); white flash every 5 s. 25 m (82 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, and Google's satellite view of the area is fuzzy and clouded. Located on a small island at the southeastern tip of the Banggai group, marking a narrow passage between the Banggai reefs and those of the Sula group in North Maluku province. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1569; NGA 25380.
Tanjung Bea
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (56 ft); white flash every 5 s. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, and Google has only a distant satellite view of this very remote area. Located on a promontory near the base of Sulawesi's eastern peninsula, near Morowali. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1563.5; NGA 25268.
Kolonodale
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 33 m (108 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. Sukri Ukhy's photo is at right, and Google has a satellite view. Located at the harbor of Kolonodale, a seaport on the central east coast of Sulawesi. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1564.7; NGA 25274.
Tanjung Losoni
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. "White lighthouse," according to NGA. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. This light stands on a promontory at Losoni on the central east coast of Sulawesi. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-311; Admiralty K1562.93; NGA 25274.6.

Kolonodale Light, Kolonodale, October 2015
Google Plus photo copyright Sukri Ukhi; permission requested

Southeast Sulawesi Province Lighthouses

Kendari and Pulau Wowoni Area Lighthouses
Note: Kendari is a port city on the east coast and the capital of Southeast Sulawesi province.
Pulau Dehaan (Pulau Labengki Kecil)
2007. Active; focal plane 55 m (180 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 40 m (131 ft) white concrete tower. A view from the sea by Muhammed Idris is at right, and Bing has a satellite view. Located on a small island about 65 km (40 mi) north of Kendari. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1559.97; NGA 25278.5.
Pulau Manui
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white flash every 4 s. "White beacon." No photo available, and Google has only a distant satellite view of the area. Located on heights above the southeastern point of Pulau Manui, a 12 km (7.5 mi) long high island about 80 km (50 mi) northeast of Kendari. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1559.8; NGA 25279.
Konawe
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white flash every 5 s. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. A view from the sea is available, and Google has a street view and an indistinct satellite view. Located at a small harbor about 15 km (9 mi) north of Kendari. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1562.5.
Teluk Kendari No. 1 (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 9 m (30 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located off the ferry terminal at Kendari. Accessible only by boat, but easily seen from shore or from ferries. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.3; NGA 25290.
Teluk Kendari No. 2 (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 11 m (36 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. Google has a street view and satellite view. Located 130 m (430 ft) west of the front light. Accessible only by boat, but easily seen from shore or from ferries. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.31; NGA 25290.2.
Pulau Dehaan Light
Pulau Dehaan (Labengki Kecil) Light, Banda Sea, May 2012
Panoramio photo copyright Muhammad Idris; permission requested
Tanjung Kendari No. 3 (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. This is a downstream range guiding vessels leaving Kendari. Located on the south side of the Kendari estuary. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.4.
Tanjung Kendari No. 4 (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Google has an indistinct satellite view. Located a short distance southeast of the front light. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.41.
Tanjung Kendari No. 5 (Range Front)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 15 m (49 ft); white light, 2 s on, 2 s off. 12 m (39 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the south side of the Kendari estuary. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.5.
Tanjung Kendari No. 6 (Range Rear)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 16 m (52 ft); white light, 1 s on, 1 s off. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. Moch Said S. Sirate's photo is at right, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located about 130 m (430 ft) southwest of the front light, adjacent to a bridge on the south side of the Kendari estuary. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1560.51.
Pulau Wowoni (Tanjung Pamali)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 44 m (144 ft); four white flashes every 20 s. Approx. 38 m (125 ft) square skeletal tower with lantern and gallery. Tower painted white. Coast guard station with staff quarters and other buildings. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Wowoni is a roughly heart-shaped island about 30 km (20 mi) in diameter located off the southeastern coast of Sulawesi. Located at the northern tip of the island. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1559.7; NGA 25288.
Tanjung Watutembatu
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 65 m (213 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. 40 m (131 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. This light stands on a promontory at the easternmost tip of the island of Wowoni, southeast of Kendari. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-334; Admiralty K1559.9; NGA 25289.
Campada South
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); red flash every 4 s. 17 m (56 ft) square skeletal tower, painted red, mounted on a square platform supported by piles. No photo available. Located at the south end of a reef on the west side of the strait separating Wowoni from the mainland. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1558.7; NGA 25310.

Kendari No. 6 Light, Kendari, October 2013
Panoramio Creative Commons photo by Moch Said S. Sirate

Pulau Buton Lighthouses
Note: Pulau Buton (Butong) and Pulau Muna are large islands located off the southeastern tip of Sulawesi. Pulau Buton is larger, about 120 km (75 mi) long, and is separted from Pulau Muna to the west by the Buton Strait, a narrow north-south channel.
* Bau-Bau
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) round barbell-shaped white fiberglass tower mounted on a square base. A photo is available, and Google has an indistinct satellite view. Bau-Bau is the largest city of Pulau Buton, with a population of about 140,000. Located on the side of a quay at Bau-Bau. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1552; NGA 25332.
Tanjung Batu Sori (Batusori)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 25 m (82 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 20 m (66 ft) tower. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on the west coast of Buton at the narrowest point of the Buton Strait. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1551.8; NGA 25330.
Pulau Lebutan
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 15 m (49 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. Zubair Alhawari has a photo, and Google has a satellite view of the tower peeking through trees. Located on an island in the channel on the west side of Buton. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-154; Admiralty K1551.5; NGA 25328.
Tanjung Loba
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 32 m (108 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. Approx. 28 m (92 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a prominent point of land on the northwest coast of Pulau Buton. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1550.5; NGA 25317.
Tanjung Buton
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 60 m (197 ft); white flash every 3 s. Described only as a "beacon." No photo available, but Bing's satellite view reveals a white concrete tower of unknown height. Located in a heavily forested area at the northern tip of Pulau Buton. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1558.4; NGA 25311.
Tanjung Kanolanatumbi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white flash every 10 s. 30 m (98 ft) white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. A photo is at the top of this page, and Google has a satellite view. This light stands on the eastern point of Pulau Buton. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-302; Admiralty K1555.8; NGA 25346.
Tanjung Kordoa
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 4 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) white concrete tower. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a promontory on the southeast coast of Pulau Buton. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1555; NGA 25344.
Tanjung Batu Toro (Batutoro)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 50 m (164 ft); white flash every 10 s. Approx. 35 m (115 ft) octagonal cylindrical white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. No photo available, but Google has a good satellite view. This major lighthouse seems to be very poorly known. Located at the southeastern tip of Pulau Buton. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1554.4; NGA 25342.
Tanjung Masige (Tanjung Masiga, Pulau Siumpu)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 20 m (66 ft); white flash every 5 s. 15 m (49 ft) square skeletal tower, painted white. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the southwestern tip of Pulau Siumpu, an island off the southwestern tip of Butan. Site status unknown. ARLHS IDO-280; Admiralty K1553; NGA 25352.

Wakatobi Islands Lighthouses
Pulau Wangiwangi
Date unknown (station established 1904). Active; focal plane 150 m (492 ft); two white flashes every 12 s. 21 m (69 ft) skeletal tower, painted white. Savitri Kusuma has the photo at right, Baizul Zaman has a closeup photo, Waode NaniKurnia has on Twitter a photo taken on the gallery of the lighthouse, and Google has a satellite view of the station. Pulau Wangiwangi is an island in the Wakatobi group, east of Buton. Located on the northern tip of the island, 35 km (22 mi) east of Tanjung Kanolanatumbi. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS IDO-259; Admiralty K1558; NGA 25348.
Pulau Tengah (Teluk Wanji, Kapota, "Midden")
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 18 m (59 ft); white flash every 3 s. Aprox. 16 m (52 ft) square skeletal tower painted white. Andreas Muljadi has a distant view from the sea, and Google has a satellite view. NGA lists the light as Midden. Located at the east end of Pulau Tengah across from the waterfront of Wanji, a port on the west coast of Pulau Wangiwangi. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1558.2; NGA 25348.5.
Pulau Binongko
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); white flash every 10 s. "White beacon," according to NGA. A tall tower would be expected here to guide vessels rounding the southeastern tip of Sulawesi and its associated islands. No photo available, and Google has only a distant satellite view of the area. Located at the southern tip of Pulau Binongko, the southernmost major island of the Wakatobi group, southeast of Buton. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1558.34; NGA 25350.4.
Pulau Wangi-Wangi Light
Pulau Wangiwangi Light, Banda Sea, October 2011
Panoramio photo copyright Savitri Kusuma; used by permission
Pulau Moromaho
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 45 m (148 ft); four white flashes every 10 s. Approx. 40 m (131 ft) white concrete tower with lantern and gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view of the station. Located on a small island at the extreme end of the Wakatobi Islands and at the junction of the Banda and Flores Seas. The island is a well known scuba diving site. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. ARLHS IDO-225; Admiralty K1558.33; NGA 25351.

Tioro Strait Lighthouses
Note: The Tioro Strait resembles a gulf more than a strait; except for a very narrow passage around the northern tip of Pulau Muna at its northeastern end it is a broad bay that separates the Southeast Sulawesi peninsula from Pulau Muna.
* Tondasi
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white light, flash interval unknown. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower painted white. Google has a street view and a distant satellite view. Located on the waterfront in Tondasi, on the northwestern coast of Pulau Muna. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1549.17.
* Tampo
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower. Google has a street view, and Bing has an indistinct satellite view. Located about one block from the waterfront in Tampo, on the northeastern end of Pulau Muna. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1550; NGA 25318.
* Torobulu
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 13 m (43 ft); white flash every 3 s. Approx. 11 m (36 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. Baitul Isamu has a distant view, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. NGA misspells the name as Turubulu. Located at the base of the ferry pier at Torobulu, a small port on the north side of Tioro Strait. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1549.4; NGA 25317.2.

Pulau Kabaena Lighthouses
Tanjung Pising
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 14 m (46 ft); two white flashes every 6 s. Approx. 12 m (39 ft) white concrete column with gallery. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on the northern tip of Pulau Kabaena. Accessible only by boat. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1554; NGA 25353.
Telaga Besar
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 42 m (138 ft); two white flashes every 15 s. Approx. 40 m (131 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white. Coast guard station with several station buildings. No photo available, but Bing has a satellite view of the station. This light marks the eastern entrance to the Gulf of Boni from the Flores Sea. Located at the west end of Telaga Besar, a small island off the south end of the much larger Pulau Kabaena. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1553.5; NGA 25374.

Gulf of Boni Lighthouses
Note: The Gulf of Boni separates the Southeast and South Sulawesi peninsulas. Kolaka is the principal town on the east side of the gulf and the west side of the Southeast Sulawesi peninsula; ferries cross the gulf from Kolaka to Watampone in South Sulawesi.
* Buapinang (Boeapinang)
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 3 s. 10 m (33 ft) square skeletal tower painted white. A photo shows most of the tower, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the pier at Buapinang. Site open, tower closed. Admiralty K1549; NGA 25373.
* [Kolaka Pier (2)]
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 17 m (56 ft); yellow flash every 3 s. 15 m (49 ft) white concrete post. A photo is available, and Google has a street view and a satellite view. Located on the east pier at Kolaka. Site status unknown, but there must be good views from the waterfront. Admiralty K1547.9; NGA 25360.
Lambacina (Lambasina) Besar
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 12 m (39 ft); white flash every 5 s. 12.5 m (41 ft) square pyramidal skeletal tower, painted white and mounted on a square platform supported by piles. No photo available, but Google has a satellite view. Located on a reef off the northern tip of Pulau Lambacina, about 25 km (15 mi) west of Kolaka. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1548.7; NGA 25372.
Lambacina (Lambasina) Kecil
Date unknown. Active; focal plane 60 m (197 ft); two white flashes every 8 s. 30 m (98 ft) square skeletal tower with gallery, painted white. No photo available, but Bing has a good satellite view. Located on a small island in the Gulf of Boni off the west end of Pulau Lambacina, about 30 km (19 mi) west of Kolaka. Accessible only by boat. Site status unknown. Admiralty K1548.6; NGA 25370.

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Adjoining pages: North: Northern Sulawesi | East: North Maluku | Southeast: Central Maluku | South: Lombok and Sumbawa | West: Western Sulawesi

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Posted December 18, 2008. Checked and revised January 20, 2017. Lighthouses: 43. Site copyright 2017 Russ Rowlett and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.