Sulawesi - Please PLEASE help!
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Sep 7, 2012 3:45 AM Last Post By: freelancier
Jun 22, 2012 2:03 AM
Sulawesi - Please PLEASE help!Hello!
I am planning to visit Sulawesi in October for just over two weeks. I will be flying from London to KL and then getting an internal flight over. I know this question has been posted a few times but what are the key things that i shouldn't miss? I love beautiful beaches, snorkelling and adventure. The following are potentials - can you let me know if they are worth visiting or not please?
Lore Lindu National Park
Tentena and Pendolo
TANGKOKO-BATUANGAS DUA SAUDARA NATURE RESERVE
Can you please advise me on how long i would need in each and the easiest way to get from one to another (the ones that are worth going to!)
Thanks so much!
Jun 22, 2012 11:56 PM
Jun 23, 2012 12:40 AM
2Two weeks is not enough time to do Sulawesi properly.
But witn only 2 weeks:
Tana Toraja is # 1, at least 3 full days or more, plus travel time. You can take a night bus in either or both directions to save time.
If and only if you are a serious diver then you should include Bunaken. Although snorkling is very good there, I don't think it is worth going there with limited time only for snorkling. You will find yourself around tourists who are almost all there only for diving. There is nothing else to do on Bunaken. If you go there you could combine it with a trip to the Tangkoko Nature Reserve located on the mainland east of Manado, allocate 2-3 days for this side trip.
In addition to Tana Toraja you could also do the Togians (Kadidiri is the most popular island in the Togian chain), but that's adding a lot of long bus rides and boat trips taking up several days just to get there and back within the limited amount of time, but you would have enough time to go there and spend about 4-5 days there. An observation about Kadidiri: There are 3 places to stay there, there is no village, just 3 places to stay with foreign tourists staying there. Two of those three places are oriented toward driving, but not to the extent as on Bunaken. So athough the beaches and snorking are good, it is not a real authentic Indonesian experience b/c you will only be around other foreigners and the guesthouse staff.
From Makasar you could do a 3 or 4 day roundtrip to Bira.
With limited time you could take a bus from Tana Toraja (Rantepao) to Tentena and arrange a 3 day or so trip to the Bada Valley or Lore Lindu National Park, and then continue to the City of Palu where you can spend 2-3 delightful days at Tanjung Karang Beach which is only 3 km from the town of Donggala (50 minutes from Palu) -- this is a great village with friendly locals and good off the beach snorkling at the east end of the beach under the cliffs. Several places to stay right on the beach. This is The Real Indonesia -- not an island ghetto of tourists. Visit the great Donggala market, and ask a local at your guesthouse to take you to the lighthouse which you can climb to the top, but be careful. And there are daily flights from Palu back o Makasar.
You could also do a loop trip in either direction, combining 3 of the above: Fly Makasar to Palu, visit Tanjung Karang Beach for 2 full days, then bus from Palu to Ampana, and then boat to Wokai and on to Kadidiri, then back to Ampana with bus from Ampana to Rantepao, stay a few days, then bus to Makasar.
With 3 - 4 weeks you could do a lot more -- including most of the above places.
Edited by: TheAnswerMan
Jun 23, 2012 3:42 PM
3Thank you so much for all your advice! Do you think this is doable in
Makasaar to rantepao - 3 days in Tona
Back to Makadaar - fly to Palu
2/3 days in Palu
Palu to Ampana - ferry to the togean islands
What do you think?
Jun 23, 2012 4:37 PM
4With that route it will take 2 days by bus to get from Ampana back to Makasar, and the bus goes through Rantepao en route to Makasar, so it would save time and distance by doing the route I have suggested.
Your route cannot be done in 14 days, Makasar to Makasar without sacrificing needed days in thel places you want to be unless you take night buses on all sectors -- which will mean that you may be too tired during the daytime.
Doable (assuming no delays):
1. Fly to Palu, transfer to Tanjung Karang Beach
2 and 3. At T.K. Beach
4. Day Bus to Ampana, overnight Oasis Hotel in Ampana
5. Boat to Wokai and on to Kadidiri
6, 7, and 8. Kadidiri Island.
9 and 10. Boat back to Ampana and on to Rantepao
11, 12, and 13. Tana Toraja
14. Bus back to Makasar.
Your route with the same time in each place will take 15 days by my calculations, and is also more risky if you have a flight to catch leaving Sulawesi if you are delayed. You want to have a buffer at the end to take account for possiblle problems and delays.
The problem with going to the Togians is that it involves a total of at least 4 days of buses/boats to get there and back -- no matter which route you take. With only 14 days that is at least 28% of your vacation time.
I would make your trip 16 days for these places if you can.
Jun 23, 2012 9:06 PM
Jun 24, 2012 7:36 PM
Jun 24, 2012 7:53 PM
7Some information about the Togians at http://www.sulawesi-info.com, personally as a snorkler but not a diver, I would stay at the small family-owned Lestari Guesthouse, and not the much bigger yuppie diving-oriented Black Marlin or Kadidiri Paradise.
Jul 2, 2012 8:52 AM
8In the Togian Islands I recommend Sunset Beach, a new resort near Wakai.
Cheap, big clean rooms with toilet/shower (same price as rooms on Kadidiri that have shared toilet), free use of canoes, bajau village 10 minutes paddling away.
Excellent Indonesian meals and plenty of food. There are only 5 rooms so won't be overrun with tourists. Ask for Uni when you get to Wakai.
Snorkelling in front isn't soo good but they will take to nearby islands for free and will take you to a stingless jellyfish lake for a small charge.
I stayed there for 8 nights and was sad to leave.
Malenge Indah, a bit further away was also worth the effort but I don;t think you'll have time to go to both
Jul 7, 2012 7:48 PM
Sep 7, 2012 3:45 AM
10We are in Makassar at the moment, will be taking a bus out to Tana Toraja tomorrow morning. We are in a dilemma..as to whether or not to go by road all the way up to Manado or come back to Makassar and fly up there.
We must leave Sulawesi by Sept 20...need to reach Java for some sightseeing and catch outbound international flight from Jakarta.
What do folks think?
Thanks very much!
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