- Elevation: 1,570 m (5,151 ft)
- Prominence: 1,570 m
- Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi
- Province: Sulawesi Tenggara (South East Sulawesi)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: Often mis-spelt Sambapolulu
This mountain is the highest point of Kabaena island. The mountain is mis-spelt Sambapolulu on Google Maps, Bakosurtanal and many other sources. Locally, it is Saba Mpolulu or Sabampolulu. The peak is listed as just 1,533m high on the Bakosurtanal map but this is probably slightly lower than the true elevation. The lower peaks a couple of kilometres to the south are referred to as Pegunungan Malapulu – the Malapulu mountain range.
Sadly, a trip to the top in August 2018 was cancelled at the last minute due to a contact there, Mr Jumrad Raunde, expecting an entirely unreasonable price for his guiding services. Most upsetting. At present we have no plans to visit the island as it feels very unpleasant to be considerably overcharged when you are actually trying to promote their remote island free of charge.
There are two small airports not too far away now: Raha on Pulau Muna and Bau-Bau on Pulau Buton. You can charter a simple wooden boat to the island of Kabaena from Mawasangka at the southern tip of Muna island to Dongkala for around Rp1,200,000 return (2018 price, roughly one hour crossing). From Bau-Bau this means crossing over to Wamengkoli first (a short crossing) then travelling by road to Mawasangka.
- Getting there: According to Heru Hendarto, there are two ways to reach this mountain :From BauBau (there are flights twice a day from Makassar/Ujung Pandang), take a ferry 3x a week to Dongkala-5 hours (east Kabaena). Then hire a motorcycle or car to the village of Enano-1 hour trip (at the higher slope of Sabampolulu). There should be a hiking track I think). OR From Ujung Pandang (Makassar), take a bus to Bira/Bulukumba (6 hours) and take a ferry to Sikeli (once in a week-a night trip). Then hire a car or motorcycle to Enano village (1 hour trip).
- Permits: Unknown
- Water sources: Unknown
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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