Sulawesi is typical of Indonesia.... there are occasional outbreaks of violence and inter-ethnic clashes, but it's not constant conflict.
The warnings you've seen are probably the ones about Central Sulawesi and the ethnic clashes. The situation was really bad between 1998 and 2001 when 600 lives were lost - but that's 10 years ago! Bad reputations are hard to shake. There hasn't been any significant level of violence since a peace deal was made in 2007 - although there's the odd angry exchange - a couple of petrol bombs were thrown at police stations in September 2011 (no one was hurt).
This recent article in the Jakarta Globe argues that ethnic violence is whipped up by lazy politicians encouraging a few radicals at the fringe.
Not a bad argument and a point well made.
Just remember you'll be in a nation where democracy only dates back to 1998, so sometimes it's tense. But if you exercise the usual level of caution I think you;'ll be fine. Apparently the diving in south Sulawesi is amazing, let us know how your trip went.
Phil over 8 years ago