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South Sulawesi Round Trip

Duration: 8 Days

Overview

South Sulawesi is huge. The sprawling capital and bustling port city of Makassar in the far south is tumultuous yet friendly, and likely where your journey will start or end. While you're there, feast on some of the best seafood on the island and explore the stunning karst landscapes just outside of town. If you have a little longer, the southeast corner of the peninsula is home to sleepy Pantai Bira with its world-class diving and fine sandy beaches.

South Sulawesi's drawcard site, however, is Tana Toraja – a spectacular highlands that should not be missed. There, you'll find a dizzying blend of mountains carved with rice paddies, outlandish funeral ceremonies, and some of the most fantastical traditional architecture in Asia. You could easily spend weeks trekking through the verdant hills, visiting hidden villages, and discovering forgotten waterfalls.

Highlights

  • Take you out for a scenic drive to TanjungBira. On the way, you will visit Bissappu waterfall in Bantaeng
  • The Bugsinese and Makassarese is the expert of wooden boat makers and a skilful Sailor in Indonesia. At TanaBeru you can see Traditional Perahu construction
  • We will take you for an Island trip to Liukang or Ara for snorkeling (optional), by using a local boat approx 30 min, but depends to the weather.(Snorkeling equipment can be rented in Bira at your OWN cost)
  • Drive to Sengkang. Located in the center of the Former Bugisnese Kingdom
  • Watampone to see the museum of Andi Mapasissi to see his collection from the former Bugis Royalties
  • Crossing the lake Tempe by motorized canoe and visiting the fisherman families who live on the floating villages.
  • Visiting the traditional Silk Factory where you can see the traditional spinning and weaving of silk material by Bugisnese women
  • Full day exploring Toraja by visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and the hanging graves. Then continue to discover the secrets of baby trees in Kambira
  • Suaya to the graveyard of Kings of Sangalla lies on the hillsides, and then proceed to Londa to see ancient tombs in which the deceased was not buried, but placed among the rocks
  • Kete Kesu one of the oldest Torajan villages you can see Tongkonan (the traditional ancestral house, or rumah adat of the Torajan people), and also the old traditional rice barns with colorful woodcarving
  • Drive to Batu Tumonga best known for its spectacular view of rice terraces. If possible you can walk along the countryside to see the daily life of Torajan people
  • Pallawa, Sa’dan, known as the weaving center of Rantapao
  • A coffee-break at Puncak Lakawan to enjoy the spectacular view
  • Short city tour, visiting Fort Rotterdam the old Dutch fortress and Paotere Anchorage the Makassar's and Buginese boat harbor

Itinerary

After breakfast, we will take you out for a scenic drive to TanjungBira. On the way, you will visit Bissappu waterfall in Bantaeng. Lunch (excluded) en route. The Bugsinese and Makassarese is the expert of wooden boat makers and a skilful Sailor in Indonesia. At TanaBeru you can see Traditional Perahu construction. Overnight at accommodation in Bira.

After breakfast, we will take you for an Island trip to Liukang or Ara for snorkeling (optional), by using a local boat approx 30 min, but depends to the weather.(Snorkeling equipments can be rented in Bira at your OWN cost). In the afternoon back to Bira. Overnight at accommodation in Bira.

After breakfast, transfer to Sengkang. Located in the center of the Former Bugisnese Kingdom. In Watampone you will visit the museum of Andi Mapasissi to see his collection from the former Bugis Royalties. Lunch (excluded) en route. Crossing the lake by motorized canoe and visiting the fisherman families who live on the floating villages. You may have a chance to catch the beautiful views of the sunset over the Lake Tempe. Overnight at hotel in Sengkang.
NOTE: The water elevation in Lake Tempe will be low during the dry season. Not recommended to crossing the lake.

After breakfast, visiting the traditional Silk Factory where you can see the traditional spinning and weaving of silk material by Bugisnese women then proceed to Tana Toraja via Palopo, passing through spectacular view along the road. Lunch (excluded) en route. In the afternoon arrive in Rantepao. Overnight in Hotel.

After breakfast, a full day exploring Toraja. First you will visit Lemo to see rows of Tau Tau statues and the hanging graves. Then continue to discover the secrets of baby trees in Kambira. Onwards to Suaya to the graveyard of Kings of Sangalla lies on the hillsides, and then proceed to Londa to see ancient tombs in which the deceased was not buried, but placed among the rocks. At Kete Kesu one of the oldest Torajan villages you can see Tongkonan (the traditional ancestral house, or rumahadat of the Torajan people), and also the old traditional rice barns with colorful woodcarving. Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, another full day exploring Toraja. We will drive you to BatuTumonga best known for its spectacular view of rice terraces. If possible you can walk along the countryside to see the daily life of Torajan people. Lunch (excluded) will be served at the local restaurant. In the afternoon, visiting Pallawa, Sa’dan, known as the weaving center of Rantapao before heading back to the hotel for overnight.

After breakfast, transfer back to Makassar. A coffee-break at Puncak Lakawan to enjoy the spectacular view. Lunch (excluded) will be served at a seafood restaurant in Pare-Pare. Afterwards transfer directly to Hotel in Makassar for overnight.

After breakfast, we will take you on a short city tour, visiting Fort Rotterdam the old Dutch fortress and Paotere Anchorage the Makassarese and Bugisnese boat harbor. Afterwards, transfer directly to Hasanuddin International Airport for your next destination.

Hotels based on Luta Resort Toraja***(Superior room) / Misiliana Toraja***(Deluxe room), Bara Beach Bira (Deluxe Bungalow) / Anda Beach (Sea view room),BBC hotelSengkang(Superior room), Best Western Hotel*** Makassar (Deluxe room)

More Information

  • 7 Nights accommodation as mentioned hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Return hotel transfer and tours base on program
  • Private air conditioned transportation during tour
  • Entrance and donations  to visit object
  • Mineral water daily @600ml (1 bottle/day/person)
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Boat for visit Tempe Lake in Sengkang & boat for snorkel in Bira
  • Domestic air ticket
  • Lunch & dinner as not mention on program
  • Tipping for driver and guide
  • Porter
  • Personal expenses
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