Activities

Jeneponto offers much more than kitesurfing !

Must-do in the surroundings

Mallasoro village in Jeneponto is at the heart of the Bugis culture. In the past, there were three powerful kingdoms in Jeneponto, namely the Kingdom of Arungkeke, Binamu, and Bangkala.

The main nickname of Jeneponto people is bumi turatea (”people above”). They earned this privilege by their courage and ruse to resist and to oust the powerful kingdom of Gowa, Dutch colonization and Japanese occupation. Another nickname is negeri kuda (”horse country”) for their strong horse-culture that impregnate their daily life. Don’t be surprised to cross some horses bathing at sunset … the spot is overflown with local life.

Jeneponto experiences a very long dry season from April to November when the wind blows non-stop. As a result, despite large fertile soils, crops can be grown only during a short window of 3-4 months from December to March, watered by the wet monsoon. Facing these difficult conditions, during the dry season, Mallasoro residents are mostly seaweed farmers who diversify their activities from salt production.

Untouched by tourism, we encourage you to ride a bike or a SUP to go to meet people and consume their local products along the way … it will be much appreciated by Jeneponto people.

Use #ayokejeneponto in your posts to let everyone know that you to help Jeneponto local community to grow

Stand-up Paddle

Let’s take a different ride to discover the lively bay and its people.

Snorkeling

The island in front of the spot offers stunning seabed with corals and sea life.

Sand kite

At low tide, the beach widen till 300m to offer an alternative playground for Buggy or Skate kite. These two belongs the the same family of Power Kiting sports. It will help you, on land, to improve your kite skills for kitesurfing.

Spear fishing

If you already practice free-diving, then the island is full of sizable fishes and lobsters.

Horse race

Called pacuan kuda

These events are held on week-ends and practiced since very young age by Jeneponto people. They ride bareback and train all year long for fame.

Salt Marshes

Largest salt producer in Sulawesi, farmers here still produce salt with traditional process: using small windmills and trenches to drain and raise the sea water into salt fields.

Waterfalls

Called air terjun

There are plenty of all sizes: Bossolo, Lembah Impia, Bissappu, Boro, Timurung, …

Traditional pottery

Called gerabah

Takalar craftmen still supplies the entire South-Sulawesi with their hand-made earthenware crafts.

Coconut sugar

Called gula merah (“red sugar”)

It is produced from variety of palm trees, mostly coconut tree in South-Sulawesi.

Bamboo Rice

Called lammang

Typical food from here, it made from black or white sticky rice mixed with coconut milk, and cooked in bamboo stems. Usually served with salted eggs.

Seaweed farmers

Traditional farms to grow and harvest seaweed with nets close to the shore. The products is aimed to supply cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, … and exported worldwide.