Makassar, Indonesia: 5 locations to see in 3 Days

It’s the age old question, isn’t it? exactly how much do we truly want to understand about our neighbors?

About my actual neighbors, not much, to be completely honest. I’m not one to really stick my nose in the filthy laundry of the Bree Van De Kamps of the world. (So sorry for the the determined Housewives reference. I’m ancient.)

But in the context of worldwide tourism, hell yeah! I grew up in the Philippines, a country that is somewhat isolated from the rest of the world by a extremely questionable sea to the west as well as a bit puddle called the Pacific to the east. Our closest neighbors are located down south. Indonesia, for example, is just a boat trip away from the southern edges of the country. Yet, with the exception of a short chapter about Javanese as well as Sumatran civilizations in our high institution textbook as well as occasional Bali as well as Borobudur daydreaming, there truly isn’t much that we I understand about Indonesia.

The island of Sulawesi, just across Celebes Sea, is something I only see on Asean maps. however it wasn’t up until I was already there that I discovered much about it. We shown up in Makassar, funding of the province of South Sulawesi, after a two-hour flight from Jakarta. Makassar is an old port city, widely known for its obsession with sailing as well as boat-building as well as well-loved for its streets that are flanked with historical buildings. The great news is, it was my very first time right here as well as there was so much to discover. The poor news is, we would be staying for only three days.

But if these five locations are the only things I understand about our neighbor so far, I am absolutely looking ahead to seeing more of Makassar.

¿Qué está cubierto en esta guía?

1. Bantimurung national Park (Day 1)
2. Kodingareng Keke Island (Day 2)
3. Pulau Samalona (Day 2)
4. Losari beach Sunset (Day 2)
5. Fort Rotterdam historical tour (Day 3)

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1. Bantimurung national Park (Day 1)

The Bantimurung national Park isn’t truly in Makassar however in Maros, 50km north of the provincial funding as well as 20km (roughly 30 minutes) from the airport. Its insurance claim to fame is the 43,750-hectare Rammang Rammang Karst Area, the second largest of its kind in the world. beneath is a network of 286 caves, two of which (called dream Cave as well as stone Cave) open right near a waterfall. If our guide is to be believed, the location got its name from “benti,” meaning water as well as “murung” meaning rumble, referring to the thundering noise that the waterfall makes.

Inside one of the caves

2. Kodingareng Keke Island (Day 2)

An hour boat trip away from Kayu Bangkoa Port in Makassar lies Kodingareng Keke, one of South Sulawesi’s many uninhabited islands. It’s small, just a wisp away from ending up being a naked sandbar, what most tropical beach fantasies are made of. The cay is surrounded by a vibrant coral reef soaked in an even brighter turquoise waters. Snorkeling is a must, however be careful of sea urchins. Although uninhabited, there’s a roofed structure at the end of the wooden jetty where you can go to for shade.

How to get there: At Kayu Bangkoa Port, lease a motor boat to the cay. (Travel time: 40-60 minutes. Fare: 500,000 IDR.) The boat can fit as much as 10 passengers, which means the affordable method to go is to type a group with others with whom you can split the cost.

3. Pulau Samalona (Day 2)

Just 20 minutes away, a see to Pulau Samalona is usually packaged with any type of trip to Kodingareng Keke. It is bigger, much better to the city, as well as harbors a little village, making it the usual lunch (and toilet) stop. The island is famous for its world war II shipwrecks so snorkeling as well as diving are extremely recommended.

How to get there: At Kayu Bangkoa Port, lease a motor boat to the cay (20 minutes). You can stop right here before or after your time at Kodingareng Keke.

4. Losari beach Sunset (Day 2)

There are many reasons to set foot on Losari Beach, Makassar’s most widely known strip. It’s a jump off point to Kodingareng Keke as well as Samalona Island. It has a kilometer-long lane of food stalls as well as souvenir stores. however the one that I was drawn by the most is that it offers a stunning view of the sunset. There’s no other method of capping off a day of swimming as well as snorkeling than just sit there as well as watch the skies do what it does best: mesmerize.

5. Fort Rotterdam historical tour (Day 3)

On our last day in Makassar, we might not leave without a look at Dutch colonial design at Fort Rotterdam, one of the best-preserved in Indonesia. Taking the shape of a turtle when viewed from above, it rises at the site where an old Gowanese fort when stood (which was stated to be developed in 1545). The Gowanese believed that the turtle is the ultimate sign of adaptation, being able to online both in water, así como en tierra. Fue asumido por los holandeses en 1667.

Hoy, The Fort Homes the Museum Negeri La Galigo, con diferentes exhibiciones. También puede ver partes de la pared original mientras camina.

Horario de apertura: todos los días de 8 a.m. a 6 p.m.
Tarifa de entrada: GRATIS si solo va a los patios. El Museo de LA Galigo, sin embargo, recoge una tarifa de admisión de 10,000 IDR.

Esto fue parte de #TRIPOFWONDERS, una gira de escritor de blogs organizada por el Ministerio de Turismo de Indonesia.

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