Most of the province of Southeast Sulawesi is mountainous. The provincial capital Kendari is in the east on the coast of Kendari Bay (part of the Banda Sea), and is also the largest city of the province with a population of about 300,000. The only other independent city is Bau-Bau on the island of Buton.
Kendari's Haluoleo Airport (KDI IATA) has direct flights to and from Makassar, Jakarta, Surabaya, and nearby smaller airports. The smaller airports of Bau-Bau (BUW IATA), Kolaka, and Wakatobi (WNI IATA) only have flights from Makassar.