Gorontalo is a province of Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi. Located on the Minahasa Peninsula, Gorontalo was formerly part of the province of North Sulawesi until its inauguration on 5 December 2000. The provincial capital, as well as the main gateway and the most populated city, is Gorontalo City often called Hulontalo City which is also famous for the nickname ""Porch of Medina"". This is because the kingdoms of Gorontalo have applied Islamic law as a basis for implementing the law, both in the fields of government, society and the courts. The total area of the province is 12,435 square kilometres with a population of 1,133,237 as of 2016 with a population density of 88 inhabitants per km².
Airports in Gorontalo
- Jalaluddin Airport, Gorontalo
Jalaluddin Airport, formerly known as Tolotio Airport, is an airport in Gorontalo Regency, Gorontalo, Indonesia. It is located 30 km in the west of Gorontalo's city centre, and it is operated by Ministry of Transportation of Indonesia Republic. The new terminal which has two aerobridges was opened on 1 May 2016.
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When is the Best Time to Fly to Gorontalo?
If you're looking for the very warmest time to visit Gorontalo, the hottest months are October, May, and then April.
What are the Top 3 Things to Do in Gorontalo?
- Fort Otanaha - In the past, this was a legacy of former Portuguese colonisation. Fort Otanaha, used by the Gorontalo Kings as a place of protection and defence. The uniqueness of the visible fort is the material used to build a mixture of sand, plaster, and egg white forts. The view of Lake Limboto can be seen clearly from here because it is located on a plateau. Precisely, in Dembe I, Kota Barat, about 8 km from downtown Gorontalo. There are two more forts located in the same area, namely Otahiya and Ulupahu Palace. Visitors must pass 345 steps to reach it. According to history, in the 15th century, the Portuguese sailor stopped in Kota Barat, Gorontalo because of the bad weather, pirate threat, and lack of foods. They offered the king of Gorontalo to build three fortresses in the top of Dembe Hill to protect the area. The Ilato King had two daughters name Ndoba and Tiliaya, and one son called Naha. However, after the construction of that fortress, the Gorontalo princesses found out that Portuguese misused the kingdom's kindness as an instrument to drive away their pirate’s enemy. Then, the Gorontalo people turned back to dislodge Portuguese out of their kingdom. When Naha replaced his father and became the King of Gorontalo, there was a war from Hemuto, the leader of the transmigrant in the north region. In 1585, he accidentally found Otanaha fortress and used it as a shelter of his wife, Ohihiya, and their two sons Paha (Pahu) and Limonu. During the war, Naha and Paha were killed by Hemuto. Then, Limonu made revenge and killed Hemuto. The name of three fortresses used during the war was given based on Naha family. The first fort name Otanaha from Ota means fort and Naha was, the person who found the fort. The second fortress was named Otahiya from word Hiya, an acronym of Ohihiya (Naha's wife). And the third fort named Uwole which means Pahu's (Naha's son) fortress.
- Olele Marine Park - Olele Marine Park is one of the leading International Underwater Paradise of foreign divers in Bone Bolango Regency. This marine park is even very popular in the ears of European divers. Olele Marine Park is famous for the uniqueness of Salvador Dalí Sponge, a species of sponge that cannot be found in any other marine parks in the world, even the marine park on Bunaken National Park in North Sulawesi does not have this type of sponge. This sponge is named Salvador Dalí because its physical appearance resembles a painting by famous painter Salvador Dalí.
- Saronde Island - Saronde Island is Indonesia's flagship International Tourism in Gorontalo Province, located in Kwandang, North Gorontalo. Saronde Island is famous for its beautiful white sand beaches, very clear water and the beauty of the surrounding coral reefs. Every year, this island is a stopover for yachts from all over the world. In addition to Saronde, there are three other nearby islands, namely Bogisa, Mohinggito, and Lampu islands.