Sulawesi – the eleventh-largest island in the world (some 175.000 km²) – located between Borneo and the Maluku Islands, is one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia. Its main cities are Makassar on the southwest coast and Manado in the north. The central part of the atypical island is jaggedly mountainous. Sulawesi’s different peninsulas are therefore better accessible by sea than they are by land.

Muslim-dominated Sulawesi with its distinct local traditions, culture and architecture has become a popular tourist destination to those in the hunt for the exotic. The densely populated north and south of the island are perhaps the most interesting areas to visit as they are home to a wide variety of luxurious resorts, budget hotels and thrilling tourist attractions. In Sulawesi’s north for example, reclines the Bunaken National Marine Park established in 1991, one of the best diving sites in Indonesia on account of its remarkable marine biodiversity. The park stretches over 890 km² of land and is embraced by a seemingly bottomless sea where there is an underwater visibility of up to 40 meters. In South Sulawesi, the unusual cultural traits of the Toraja Highlands are definitely worth discovering.

The whole of Sulawesi, however, is an ecological gem. The astounding and rare flora and fauna of this concentration of global biodiversity is inadequately documented and critically threatened. The island lays claim to no less than 127 known mammalian species. 62% of these animals are endemic, which means that they are nowhere else to be found in Indonesia or the rest of the world. The Togian White Eye is one of the island’s 1450 birds and another endemic species. The Alliance of Tompotika Conservation was formed in an effort to raise awareness and preserve the nesting grounds of these birds in the central-eastern part of the island. Along with a shipwreck dating back to World War II, several endemic freshwater fish inhabit Sulawesi’s rich underwater world. That is, 70% of all fish species known in the western Indo Pacific.

In addition to its impressive bionetwork, Sulawesi is also synonymous to an intriguing history. Portuguese sailors in search of gold are said to have been the first European visitors to the island in 1525. At the beginning of the 20th century, the entire island fell under the colonizing power of the Dutch until Japanese occupation during World War II. After a long period of foreign domination, the Indonesian archipelago achieved independency in 1949 and became the Republic of Indonesia in 1950.


Day 01: Ujung Pandang – Toraja
Upon arrival at Hasanuddin airport Makassar, you will be met on arrival and transferred by private car to Tana Toraja, which takes about 8 hours, passing through the Buginese area with their distinctive stilt houses through magnificent scenery and mountain. Lunch at local restaurant in Pare Pare. Afternoon arrive in Tana Toraja. Overnight at Hotel, with all meals included.

Day 02: Toraja Tour
After breakfast, visit the fascinating villages of Tana Toraja with the unique Tongkonan houses which shape like a ship bow and stern. LEMO, grave yard on the cliff. SUAYA, old royal stone graves of the seventh king. SANGGALA, the tree for the dead babies. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit LONDA, an ancient natural graves and puppets on the balcony representing the dead. KETEKESU, traditional Toraja village. Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Toraja Tour
After breakfast, visit BATUTUMONGA, mountainous area with fantastic scenery passing through the green paddy field, PALAWA, the oldest village of Toraja with old Tongkonan houses and rice barns surrounded. On the way back for lunch visit BORI, the stone showing the existence of the funeral site of the clan. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch visit MARANTE, the hanging graves. Overnight at Hotel, with all meals included.

Day 04: Toraja – Makassar
After breakfast you will be transferred by private car to the Ujung Pandang airport. Stop for lunch in Pare Pare. Late afternoon arrive in Ujung Pandang, proceed to the airport to catch the onward flight.

SULAWESI
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS TORAJA PACKAGE


 
 
 
PRICE INCLUDE:
Meeting service and porter age
Private AC coach
Full board meals as specified in the program
Accommodation in twin sharing
All entrance fee and admission fee
Guide assistance
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