SULAWESI Once known as the Celebes (Portuguese for ‘the celebrated ones’), Sulawesi was an important port of call in the legendary spice trade. Today it lures tourists with a promise of dramatic scenery, fascinating cultures, romance and adventure. Rugged, mist-covered mountains tower over emerald-green rice fields. Dense forests surround clear, still highland lakes. Land meets azure sea in endless stretches of white, sandy beach. The people of Sulawesi are famous for their hospitality, and visitors will find themselves welcomed with open doors and warm smiles.