Presentation of the destination
This metropolis has an exciting urban feel. Get lost among the honking horns and city chaos. Amidst this modern jungle, you will find charming locals and absolutely delicious food. Currently the city is expanding. As a result, there are plans to instal a light rail system soon. This city has served as the gateway to Eastern Indonesia. The Dutch understood this and during the colonial period controlled much of Makassar. By doing so, they controlled much of the trade between the east and west of Indonesia. Although the Dutch have since moved out, Makassar still operates as an important transportation and business hub. The biggest tourist attraction of the city is Fort Rotterdam which is a fascinating example of Dutch colonial power. Makassar is located in the state of Sulawesi and today serves as the provincial capital of South Sulawesi. The name of the city was officially Ujung Panddang from 1971-199. The city totals to about 175 square kilometers and, as of 2010, has a population of approximately 1.33 million.
Points of interests / things to see
Fort Rotterdam is famous for being one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch colonial architecture in the whole of Indonesia. Originally, this building was a Gowanese fort. The Gowanese construction dated all the way back to 1545, but when it feel to the Dutch, they rebuilt it to their stylistic liking. Portions of the fort have been reconstructed while other parts have been left in their natural decaying state for comparison purposes. Inside you will find two museums. One is the Museum Negeri La Galingo which includes a number of artifacts including kitchen utensils, musical instruments, and clothing. You can choose to have an official guide, or opt to journey around the fort by yourself. Remember that the quality of the guides vary, so be sure to establish a price for the tour prior to beginning the journey. Inside the fort there is also a library which visitors can explore. This impressive fort served as the central Dutch colonial power in the area of Sulawesi. Between 1700-1900, Fort Rotterdam served as an active trading post for the famous Dutch East India Company. Interestingly, during World War II, the fort served another purpose. The Japanese used Fort Rotterdam as a prisoner of war camp during this time.
This quiet island is approximately 45 minutes from the Makassar coast. It is wonderfully devoid of people or hussel and bussel. Come to Kodingareng Keke Island to find tranquility and wonderfully clear waters. Its a great place to take impressively beautiful photos. For those who love snorkeling, this island has much to offer. There are a number of different types of fish as well as coral around the island. The sea life is so plentiful that you are likely to see those fishes even before you put your snorkeling masks on. If you like, you can also camp on this tranquil island. Be aware that the island lacks any public facilities including restrooms, or public transportation. If you’ve ever dreamed of enjoying your own personal private island, this is the place to fulfill your dream. Since so few people either visit and no one lives here, you will truly feel like this is your special place. The beach is picturesque and the snorkeling is simply unforgetable. If you want to spend some quality time here, it is suggested that you bring your own lunch. As mentioned before, there is little evidence of human life on this island, so you will find no restaurant to satisfy your hunger.
The old part of Makassar is known as Old Gowa. It is located just seven kilometers from the outskirts of the town itself. Here you will find the famous Makam Sultan Hasanuddin. This memorial is dedicated to the this important ruler. Sultan Hasanuddin was borth in Makassar in 1629 and died in Makassar in 1670. He served as the sixteenth king of Gowa and is considered a national hero. The bravery he displayed in his life led the president to officially decree him a national hero in 1973. In Old Gowa, you will find his final resting place. Just outside of this tomb, you will find the important Pelantikan Stone which was used to crown the kings of Gowa. Additionally, you will find the Benteng Sungguminasa. This fort was once home to the king’s throne. Today the royal residence is called Museum Balla Lompoa and is home to a wide array of artifacts. Some of these include gifts from the important trade relations with Bugis. If you want to see the royal regalia, you can do so upon request. However, the most interesting element of the royal home is the Bugis-style palace itself. You can learn more here: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/sulawesi/makassar-ujung-padang/sights/other/old-gowa#ixzz2tVyTuOHK
This charmingly traditional harbor is a wonderful part of the charm of Makassar. Here you will see a number of traditional boats filled with the delightfully friendly locals. If you are interested in connecting with everyday life for those inhabiting modern Makassar, this is a great way to do so. You will see the daily activities of the ship crews, traditional fishermen, and classically beautiful sunsets. Watch the loading and unloading of a wide array of different goods. A visit in the late afternoon is accompanied by beautiful light and sweet colors making for gorgeous pictures. Near to the harbor you will find a delicious restaurant going by the name Paotere which serves fresh seafood. For those interested, there is a fresh fish market near the harbor as well. To truly experience the market, try visiting early in the morning. If you want to reach Paotere Harbor by foot, it takes approximately thirty minutes from the city center. You can also grab a taxi there if you choose. As a tourist, you will be asked to pay approximately 5,000 rupiah to enter the harbor area. If you enter the area on motor scooter, or any other vehicle, you will need to pay 6,000 - 10,000 rupiah to park.
The Bugis Water Park is famous as one of the largest water parks in the entirety of Indonesia. The park is themed to the different rural and cultural regions of the area. The park totals to about seven hectares of land. Today the park is home to ten different attractions including Polin’s Aquatube, a Free Fall speed slide, and Polin’s Black Hole. For those seeking a little less of an adrenaline rush, there is also a lazy river and three different pools. The younger members of your party may enjoy the water playground. The names and attractions in this park were all specifically designed to reflect the local Bugis culture and attitudes. The Allabuang zone in particular is great for kids as well as fun vacation photos. The Kampong Rilau zone is great for grabbing some food and chilling out in the nearby gazebos. If you are really looking for some family thrills, try out the multi slide with side by side lanes. Nothing like a little race to get the family enjoying themselves. Overall, this Water Park is a great way to learn more about local life while having a blast with everyone in your party. A trip to Bugis is a trip well spent. You can learn more from the official site here: http://bugiswaterpark.com/ Or check out this detailed post: http://www.sulawesi-experience.com/news/bugis-waterpark-makassar.html
This charming Indonesia city is the center of eco-tourism in the area. Here you can enjoy world class scuba diving, or snorkeling. There are a number of different companies you can arrange a seabound adventure with. Two of the most popular include Thalassa Dive Resort and Eco Divers You can really spice up your vacation with a visit to a number of the nearby volcanoes including Lokon Volcano and Klabat Volcano. Be sure to top off that excitement with a genuine Manadonese meal. If you love spicy, you will love the Manado cooking style. Nothing like an adventure in spices to keep you on your toes.
This fantastic spot in Bitung is perfect for Muck Diving. Here you will find a huge array of different unusual creatures to explore. Even the most experienced divers find incredible new surprises here in Lembeh Strait. The black sandy bottom combined with the brightly fluorescent sea life is a truly surreal and unforgettable experience. The diving conditions are quite amenable with no current and shallow waters. No matter what your level of experience with diving, you are sure to have a fantastic time in the Lembeh Strait. Get ready to explore a new undersea world!
This National Park is full of a number of exciting adventures. You can choose from a huge array of different dive sites as well as types of dives. Throughout the park you will experience enjoyable diving with fantastic visibility. If diving isn’t your style, there are also a number of great snorkeling spots as well. The reef here is a must see for anyone nearby. You can buy entrance tickets in Manado from the marine tourism operators. Or you can purchase them at the ticket counters in Bunaken or Liang. During the peak season it can be crowded, so plan accordingly.
These intriguing caves are well worth the journey to see them. The first thing you will see upon entering the area are the bodies stored high on the cliff. Rumor has it that these particular bodies were possessed and climbed to the cliff all on their own. Once inside the cave you will see hundreds of bones scattered about. These bones are not arranged in a very particular order and can be quite an experience to explore. Be sure to bring your own flashlight so you can see the details clearly. You may rent a light from the facilities, but it can be rather expensive.
Vacation rentals in Makassar (South Sulawesi)
How to get there ?
The main ways to reach Makassar are by plane and by boat. The Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport or UPG, is just twenty kilometers from Makassar’s center. You can catch flights going to a number of cities from UPG including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Denpasar, and Manokwari. A taxi from the airport to the city can cost as little as 70,000 Rp or for the official taxis as much as Rp 100,000. However, these prices don’t include the required toll fee. You can also grab a shuttle bus. Another option is to grab a becak or tricycle. Or, you can grab an Ojek to the main street, which is about three kilometers from the airport, and take the bemo to the centrally located Makassar mall. If you want to take a boat to Makassar, you are in luck. The city is a major port for Pelni ships. A boat journey will take you about sixteen hours to Balikpapan and a full 24 hours to Flores. Pelni is the company name and there is a website you can access for detailed information. Typically, the cost from Flores to Makassar is around 180,000 rupia. Boat journey’s have their own charm, but for those pressed for time, an airplane may be the best solution.
Hotels in Makassar (South Sulawesi)
Harmoni Inn Pelabuhan Makassar
Jl. Nusantara 114
90000 - Makassar
Indicative price : 200000 IDR - 300000 IDR
Amaris Hotel Panakkukang
Jalan Bougenville No 3,Panakkukang
90234 - Makassar
Indicative price : 350000 IDR - 400000 IDR
Losari Metro Hotel
Jalan Chairil Anwar No. 19
90113 - Makassar
Indicative price : 264000 IDR - 360500 IDR
Makassar Golden Hotel
Jl. Pasar Ikan 52
90111 - Makassar
Indicative price : 365000 IDR - 950000 IDR
Jalan A.P. Pettarani No. 3
90222 - Makassar
Indicative price : 660000 IDR - 2200000 IDR
Yasmin Hotel Makassar
Jalan Jampea No. 5
90174 - Makassar
Indicative price : 250000 IDR - 575000 IDR
Jl. Ance Dg. Ngoyo J9, Panakkukang
90231 - Makassar
Indicative price : 408000 IDR - 480000 IDR
M-Regency Hotel Makassar
Jalan Daeng Tompo 8
90112 - Makassar
Indicative price : 340000 IDR - 980000 IDR
Aston Makassar Hotel & Convention Center
Jalan Sultan Hasanuddin No.10
90111 - Makassar
Indicative price : 711480 IDR - 2151380 IDR
Aerotel Smile Makassar
Jl. Muchtar Lutfi No.38, Somba Opu
90112 - Makassar
Indicative price : 289800 IDR - 630000 IDR
Grand Celino Hotel
Jalan Lanto Daeng Pasewang no 27
90115 - Makassar
Indicative price : 300000 IDR - 450000 IDR
Four Points by Sheraton Makassar
Jl. Andi Djemma No.130
90222 - Makassar
Indicative price : 522839 IDR - 1482932 IDR
Jl. Boulevard No 55, Panakkukang
90333 - Makassar
Indicative price : 518000 IDR - 1357250 IDR
Hotel Grand Town
Jl. Pengayoman Kompleks Pasar Segar Blok E.9B
90143 - Makassar
Indicative price : 350000 IDR - 900000 IDR
Matura Homestay Syariah
Jl. Urip Sumoharjo No. 47
90232 - Makassar
Indicative price : 200000 IDR - 400000 IDR
Novotel Makassar Grand Shayla
Jalan Charil Anwar No. 28
90115 - Makassar
Indicative price : 606210 IDR - 1234669 IDR