Attractions

Fort in Makassar

Fort Rotterdam

One of the best-preserved examples of Dutch military architecture in Indonesia, Fort Rotterdam was built on the site of a Gowanese fort, itself built to repel the Dutch East India Company. Having failed to keep out …
Tomb in Makassar

Makam Sultan Hasanuddin

This tomb memorialises Indonesian national hero Sultan Hasanuddin, who ruled Gowa during the 17th century, fiercely defending the kingdom against the Dutch. He held the impressively fortified Fort Somba Opu against …
Island in Makassar

Pulau Samalona

Just far enough away from Makassar to shed most (but not all) of the rubbish, the white sands of Pulau Samalona are popular with day trippers, particularly on weekends. There are patches of (degraded) coral offshore…
Port in Makassar

Pelabuhan Paotere

Pelabuhan Paotere, 4km north of the city centre, is a large port where Bugis sailing ships berth. It's a working port, with requisite bustle and grime, but the ships are photogenic, and people generally friendly. Th…
Museum in Makassar

Museum Negeri La Galigo

Spread across two buildings inside Fort Rotterdam, Museum Negeri La Galigo has an assortment of exhibits, including palaeolithic artefacts, rice bowls from Tana Toraja, Polynesian and Buddhist statues, musical instr…
Ruins in Makassar

Beteng Somba Opu

Once the most formidable fortress in the archipelago, Somba Opu was decimated by the Dutch in 1669, then consumed by the Jeneberang River delta. One massive wall was excavated in the '80s and '90s as part of a brief…
Waterfront in Makassar

Pantai Losari

Pantai Losari is a kilometre-long beach-less promenade that stretches south to Masjid Amirul Mukminin, the 'floating mosque'. It's a good place to catch some sea air by day, but springs to life at night with endless…
Museum in Makassar

Museum Balla Lompoa

A seemingly forgotten and rather dilapidated collection of local artefacts is housed in an impressive example of traditional Sulawesi architecture: the ancient fort of Benteng Sungguminasa. This massive ironwood bui…
Island in Makassar

Pulau Kayangan

This tiny island, a 10-minute ride (40,000Rp return) from Makassar harbourfront, was getting a much-needed face-lift when we last visited. It's rammed with locals on Sundays and holidays but is pleasant enough to vi…
Mosque in Makassar

Masjid Amirul Mukminin

Rising above the sea on concrete pillars, this small but stylish twin-domed 'floating mosque' enjoyed better sunset views (and cleaner waters) before developers began constructing a city-of-the-future on millions of…