Welcome to Sulawesi


Flanked by teeming waters and reefs, Sulawesi's interior is mountainous and cloaked in dense jungle. Here rare species such as nocturnal tarsiers and flamboyant maleo birds survive – as do proud cultures, long isolated by impenetrable topography from the onslaughts of modernity.

Meet the Toraja highlanders, with their elaborate funeral ceremonies and beautiful architecture; the Minahasans in the north, who offer spicy dishes made of everything from fish to stewed forest rat; and the lowland and coastal Bugis, Indonesia’s most (in)famous seafarers.

It all combines – the land and the people – to make Sulawesi one of the most compelling islands in Indonesia.


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$671 Cultural & Theme Tours

South Sulawesi in 8 Days

• ARRIVAL MAKASSAR, if arrive early take sightseeing visit Fort Rotterdam and Paotere harbour • MAKASSAR - TORAJA drive northward through the west coast of Sulawesi with two visits beforehand: Leangleang - the pre-historic cave with thousand years old car wall painting. Visit Ramangramang at Maros Pangkep Geopark by motorised wooden boat is included • Explore TORAJA visit places of interests in Toraja. There are possibilities to attend cultural activities if any.  • Explore TORAJA small walk or hiking is needed to enjoy the beauty of Toraja. There are weekly Toraja Market held in every Tuesday ad Friday • TORAJA - SENGKANG Drive southward through east coast of Sulawesi to arrive in Sengkang - one of the heart of Bugis Civilisation for Silk weaving and enjoy motorised canoe ride towards Tempe Lake for afternoon activities of locals by the river • SENGKANG - KAJANG - BIRA  • At your leisure. Enjoy the white sandy beach of Bira • BIRA - MAKASSAR AIRPORT visit Tana Beru - the place where Phinisi - the Bugis schooners are built.

$25 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ubud and Tanah Lot Temple Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ubud Traditional Art Market, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, BaliTravel to Ubud to explore Ubud Central Market. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Balinese Living Arts, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, BaliThere are a lot of Huge silver shop in this village. Batuan Village to see the painter make own creation and imagine. Textile factory at Tohpati Village. The woodcarving Village name is Mas and Kemenuh Village, both village produce very good quality of woodcarving made from very hard wood such as teak, mahogany, ebony and hibiscus wood, those of wood import from another island Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tegalalang Rice Terrace, Ubud, Gianyar Regency, BaliContinue into the countryside to admire Bali’s rice terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On a short trek around the rice paddies, listen to your guide explain the innovative irrigation system and enjoy stunning views. Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourist objects in Bali situated in Tegalalang Village north of Ubud Bali featured by the amazing rice terrace set the cliff. Tegalalang Village is located on 600 m above sea levels covered by good temperature where most of the villagers as a farmer.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tanah Lot Temple, Beraban, BaliLastly to Tanah Lot Temple. This temple is located in the middle of the sea and look like floating in the sea when the tide is high. Once the tide is low the visitor can walk really close to this temple, and there are some good spots for taking photos or generally for pre wedding. The temple is used for praying to the God of Sea by local people and the tourist can also participate asking to be blessed to be part of this. There is a cave in front of this temple inhabits by holly snake, history local legend the snake is guarding this area of temple all the time, the people can not disturb the snake according to belief.Duration: 2 hours

$50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Rammang-rammang Village Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Rammang-Rammang Village, Maros, South Sulawesi, SulawesiAfter boat ride along Pute river, then we will arrive in Rammang-rammang village. We will walk along the rice field and you can also take pictures of the beautiful scenery of lime stones. There is a traditional house of one of the local people that you can enter if you are interested. Then we'll continue to Padang Ammarrung, a small hill in the village with a better view of the whole village. There we can have rest in a hut and drink coffee,tea, or coconut water served by locals. Then we go back to dock 1, where we park the car. We can stop for lunch before going to our next destination.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Leang Petta Kere, Maros, South Sulawesi, SulawesiHere we will see hand stencills and paintings of deerhog from prehistoric human of Sulawesi. The paintings here are believd to be 5000 years old. Beside the hand stencills and paintings this park also has stone garden.Duration: 1 hour

$57.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day The Malino Highlands

Spending slightly longer in Makassar is not a bad idea when admiring Indonesia’s natural splendour, beyond the South Sulawesi’s capital city borders, is what you’re after. The cool climate and fresh air of the Malino Highlands were once the weekend retreat of choice for the Dutch settlers at times, Makassar was controlled by the Dutch East India Company as one of the main trading gateways between the East and the West. It’s cool and clean air, 1050 meters above sea level, have made the Malino Highlands an ideal place for various plantation projects, an in particularly tea.This private full day excursion starts with a pick-up from your booked accommodation by your guide and driver. The Malino Highlands is situated approximately 75 kilometres east of Makassar in the more mountainous regions of South Sulawesi. This was once a favorite weekend retreat for the colonial Dutch, the highlands nowadays attract many locals when they want to escape city life and enjoy the cool, fresh air. En route, you will get a good picture of the local life style of the local inhabitants as we slowly climb higher up into the mountains.Once passing the entrance gates, we head straight to the spectacular Takapala Waterfalls with its impressive 50-meter drop of fresh water. It is one of the few waterfalls at Malino but in terms of size and sheer power, this remains the most impressive one. The fertile soil and abundance of water around the waterfall have created excellent soil for rice cultivation; when harvesting season arrives, a verdant green landscape makes the area around the Takapala Waterfalls even more beautiful. Ample time to explore the region, take pictures or simply enjoy the sound of clashing water is among the favourite pastimes of previous visitorsLunch will be served at a local restaurant at the highlands where you can spend your free time before we make our way back to Makassar. Before we reach your hotel, we head into the Ballampoa Museum, a vast collection of artifacts and heirlooms of the former Gowa Kingdom. This kingdom was once the greatest kingdom of Sulawesi governed and ruled by various sultans and kings. Its history, portraits of the rulers and how the region prospered under its rulers are displayed here and have spread throughout large parts of South and East Sulawesi.We end the day when entering Makassar and reach your booked hotel at around 4:00pm.

$25 Tours & Sightseeing

Half Day Makassar City Tour

The once mighty port city of Makassar in south Sulawesi has seen its fair share of Dutch in the past. A central point for the trading routes for transporting spices and good around the world, Makassar still bears lots of resemblance to these times of prosperity. Food plays a very important part of Indonesia’s sixth largest city where the abundance of seafood Warungs (local street stalls) along the main streets and alleys brighten up the mood almost 24 hours. The social interaction with its very friendly residents and the historical sites that are spread around within easy distance and the blend of various nationalities makes Makassar a city not to skip on your Sulawesi travel endeavours.Ready for a half day of seeing the historical and cultural sites of Makassar, your guide and driver will be waiting for you at around 09:00 hrs to get exploring.  Formerly known as Ujung Pandang and still bearing the prestigious title as the capital city of South Sulawesi, the Dutch have left some truly remarkable buildings behind that remain intact. We commence our morning tour heading towards Fort Rotterdam and the enclosed Lagaligo Museum (closed on Mondays). The remains of the ancient Gowanese fort and typical Dutch architecture are striking examples of the influence of this sea-faring nation centuries ago.  The Lagaligo Museum has a nice collection of ethnological and historical artefacts spread around two buildings so we highly recommend trying to avoid making reservations on Mondays when this suits your interest!A visit to Makassar requires a visit to the old harbour; the main gateway for centuries, Makassar Harbour has been the focal point for all trading between the East and West for centuries. A collection of traditional, wooden schooners, called Phinisi or Bugis are used, in a more modern version, for sailing the waters. Excellent photo opportunities await, once you follow your guide as he explains how these boats played an essential role in Indonesian maritime history. We end the morning with a stop at the Clara Bundts where a nice collection of shells and orchids can be admired before heading back to your Makassar overnight address.

$45 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ubud Kecak and Fire Dance Tour

Tohpati Village Tohpati Village is located east side of Denpasar city, this village welknown for Batik Village. Most of the villager here making batik,process of making batik you can observe also here. There, batik making has evolved to become one of the greatest art forms of Asia.Celuk Village This village is located strategically on the main road form the Denpasar to Gianyar Regency which is about 5 km from Denpasar Town. CELUK Village is the famous village in Bali as a tourist destination cause of the local residents is very proactive and full of innovation to the gold and silver crafting and owns the individuality and excellence in production of gold and silver crafting.Tegenungan Waterfall This destination  located not in the highlands or mountains.Tegenungan waterfall Located at Tegenungan Village, approx. 5 kilometres, south Tengkulak Kaja, south east Ubud,district Sukawati, Gianyar. The distance is only about 16 km from Denpasar or 30 minute drive.Although not so high (only about four feet tall), water flow is very heavy. Natural scenery around Tegenungan Waterfall is quite beautiful, with green trees and beautiful. You can eat and drink at the simple stalls while enjoying the beauty of Tegenungan Waterfall from a distance. Entrance ticket is IDR 5,000/personKemenuh Village The Kemenuh village is located in Sukawati District, Gianyar regency. Just 10 minutes from Ubud.This Village, produce very good quality of woodcarving, made from very hard wood such as teak, mahogany, ebony and hibiscus wood, those of wood import from another island Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. No entrance ticketUbud Monkey Forest Ubud Monkey Forest is a small rain forest dwelt by some group of monkeys and other tropical animals. It is strategically located in the hearth of Ubud, precisely located in the region of Padang Tegal Village, Ubud Sub district and Gianyar Regency. Entrance ticket is IDR 20,000/personUbud Market Where the existence is not far different from other markets available in the tourism area.This market as a society economics center of Ubud and it is apposite to the existence of Ubud Empire that is called Puri Saren. The market is unfolding from west to easterly divided become two group with different purpose.Kecak Dance Kecak Dance performed at Batubulan Village., The Kecak dance performance is very simple. The men’s chorus chants the words Cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak, in rhythm, over and over again, For this reason they are called the Kecak or Cak dance.The Kecak dances consist of about fifty men wearing only a loin-cloth, the upper part of their bodies left bare. The Kecak dance is performed for dance-dramas and the story presented is take from the Ramayana epic. Ticket fee at  IDR  100,000 /person