Pusentasi (or some people call it Pusentase or Pusat Laut), is known as it’s sink hole. There is also a beautiful white sand beach next to the sink hole where coral reefs in a pretty good condition lies underwater.
Pusentasi stands for Puse and Tasi, which came from Kaili’s language meaning the center of the ocean (puse = center, tasi=ocean). FYI, Kaili is Central Sulawesi’s native people. Pusentasi/Pusentase is located about 2 hours drive from Palu, the biggest city in Central Sulawesi.
The Turquoise Sink Hole
This sink hole creates a saltwater well and has a tunnel that connects it to the ocean. This bluish well looks like a deep lagoon. Visitors are allowed to swim in the sink hole. There are two stairs available for the visitors to go up again.
White Sand Beach
There’s a beautiful tranquil beach next to the sink hole called Bone Bula Beach. When i was there, there’s no other people except us on the beach.
The coral reefs under Bone Bula is somewhat destroyed. But, we can still see some coral and marine fish under with a little bit strong current.
Pusentasi is located in Towale, Donggala, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (-0.712847, 119.664939).
How to Get There
The easiest way is to rent a car or motorcycle (usually including the driver) from Palu, the capital city of Central Sulawesi. It takes about 2 hours drive from Palu. Alternatively, you can also rent a car or motorcycle from Donggala. It takes only 30 minutes form Donggala. But it’s a bit difficult to find rent car in Donggala. I think there’s no public transportation to get there since it’s location is still far from the city. Bargain the cost of rent car/motorcyle until you win the deal! It costs me 50.000 rupiah for me to rent motorcyle (ojek) including the driver from Donggala to Pusentasi.