Sulawesi island or Celebes is one of the four larger Sunda Islands of Indonesia and is situated between Borneo and the Maluku Islands.
Sulawesi is the world's eleventh-largest island, covering an area of 174,600 km². The island is surrounded by Borneo to the west, by the Philippines to the north, by Maluku to the east, and by Flores and Timor to the south. It has a distinctive shape, dominated by four large peninsulas: the Semenanjung Minahassa; the East Peninsula; the South Peninsula; and the South-east Peninsula. The central part of the island is ruggedly mountainous, such that the island's peninsulas have traditionally been remote from each other, with better connections by sea than by road.
The name Sulawesi probably origins from "sula" which means island and "besi" which means iron, which was formerly known as Celebes were found many deposits of nickel-iron, copper and gold. Sulawesi Island is a fascinating destination owing to its unique landscape, beautiful unspoilt beaches, magnificent mountain area, tradition and culture diversity, rice fields, and tropical forests. One can see and enjoy the uniqueness of this culture such as ceremonial, traditional dance, carving, beautiful weaving from cotton and silk, traditional house and the fascinating natural tropical scene.
Tropical forests in Sulawesi Island is inhabited by some endemic animal, such as : anoa or dwarf buffalo, babi rusas, which are aberrant pigs, crested macaque (Macaca nigra), tarsiers, the world's smallest primates including three tarsier species are found pumilus, spectrum, and dianae. Maleo birds, Bear Cuscus
As a local tour operator – travel agent in Sulawesi, we're offer Overland tour packages trip to Sulawesi Island, starting from South to the North. The following itinerary / trip program is one of our tour packages to visit place interest around Sulawesi Island :
Trans Sulawesi Overland Tour, 11 Days / 10 Nights.
Day 01 : Makassar Arrival – Toraja (LD).
Upon arrive at Sultan Hasanuddin Airport Makassar, meet and greet with our guide then directly trip to Tana Toraja. The trip will be pass some regencies in distance of 310 km (it’s about 8 - 9 hour drive from Makassar). On the way you’ll enjoy the beautiful rice field, fish pool and the Traditional Houses of Bugisnese which is adorn on the right and left side of the main road. Lunch will be at Pare-pare, one of the regencies we passing by in the distance of 175 km from Makassar. After lunch the journey will be continue and will arrive in Tana Toraja at late noon, then check-in to hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant, free program.
Day 02 : Toraja Fullday Tour (BLD).
Buffet Breakfast at hotel, starting tour to visit Lemo (stone carving grave on the rock cliff), Ke’te Kesu (the old traditional village of Torajanese), the stone carving grave of Ke’te Kesu Kingdom, then lunch. After lunch continue the tour to visit Londa (the oldest hanging grave) and Marante (the combination of carving stone and hanging grave). Afternoon back to the hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant, free program.
Day 03 : Toraja Fullday Tour (BLD).
Buffet Breakfast at hotel, starting tour to visit Pallawa (stone carving grave), Kambira (Baby grave) then lunch at the local restaurant after that continue the tour to visit Lokomata then visit traditional market to buying souvenir and Sa’dan River also souvenir, cloth and stuff atc. Afternoon back to the hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant, free program.
Day 04 : Toraja – Tentena (BLD).
Buffet breakfast at hotel, check out then leaving to Pendolo via Palopo. Along the road from Tana Toraja to Palopo you can enjoy some spectacular views and natural scene, padi fiel and local people do it their activities. Lunch will be served at an-route. The trip will be take about 9 - 10 hour drive. Along the way you may can see mountain natural scenery. Lunch will be served en route. Upon arrive in Tentena, a small town located on south shore of Lake Poso, check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 05 : Tentena – Parigi (BLD).
Simple breakfast at hotel, check out then leaving to Parigi. On the way we will stop to visit Orchid garden bancea, Wera Saluopa waterfall, famous for its multi stepped waterfall, and Pamona Caves. Along the way you will enjoy rain forest and Coconut plantations approximately 7 - 8 hours drive passing through Poso town. Lunch will be served en-route. Upon arrive at Parigi, check in to the hotel/resort at Tandaigi Village, free program, you may enjoy the beach while take a rest. Dinner at local restaurant or at hotel/resort.
Day 06 : Parigi – Moutong (BLD).
Simple breakfast at hotel/resort, check out then leaving to Moutong, small city North of Palu. Passing coast of Sulawesi with its Sandy Beach and coconut tree long the way. Lunch will be served en-route. Afternoon arrive in Moutong, check in hotel, dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 07 : Moutong – Gorontalo (BLD).
Simple breakfast at hotel, check out then leaving for Gorontalo, this trip will take about 6 - 7 hour drive passing the equatorial lines at Siney. Lunch will be served en-route. Afternoon arrive in Gorontalo, the city in Sulawesi where colonial Houses still in fact, check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 08 : Gorontalo – Kotamobagu (BLD).
Buffet breakfast at hotel, check out then continue trip to Kotamobagu. On the way you will visit Fort Otanaha, located at the Hill of faces to the Lake Limboto. In the past, the Kings of Gorontalo used Otanaha castle as a place of protection and defense. The unique of the castle applies in the material that was used to build the castle, which was the mixed of sand, plaster and the white part of Maleo egg. The panorama of Lake Limboto also can be seen clearly from the castle of Otanaha, because the castle itself stands in the top of the highland. Afterwards continue the trip to Kotamobagu. Lunch will be served en-route. Along the trip you will enjoy also some natural views, mountain and with few stops en-route for some interesting stuff. Upon arrive in Kotamobagu, check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 09 : Kotamobagu – Tomohon (BLD).
After breakfast at hotel with simple style, check out then leaving to Tomohon, in the highland of Manado. Tomohon is known for flower planting at people's homes. Nearby is the mountain Mount Lokon. Tomohon is also known for wooden house production, palm sugar (aren) production, vegetable agriculture, and as a center of Christian Ministry and as a student town. on the way you will have a time for visit Lake Moaat and Lake Linow, the Lake Linow is a beautiful but rather strange lake. It can change colors! The waters of the lake sometimes look blue, sometimes green, and sometimes red. Located of the Lake Linow lies in Tomohon city, Minahasa Regency. The lakeside is a lovely place to relax. Lake Linau is a unique lake for its high level of sulphur content that cause it tends to turn its color based on the viewing perspective and the lighting angle of the sun. There are numerous endemic faunas like Blibis birds and insects called “Sayok” or “Komo.” Those winged insects living in the water are consumed by the inhabitants around the lake. Besides the panoramic view of surrounding area, Lake Linau has special characteristics as the tendency to turn its color because of the high level of sulphur content. That is the beauty of the lake that will amaze you by watching it from different viewing perspectives. Lunch will be served en-route at local restaurant. Afternoon arrive in Tomohon, check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant. Free program.
Day 10 : Tomohon – Minahasa – Tangkoko National Park (BLD).
Buffet breakfast at hotel, check out then tour to Woloan; traditional minahasan house craftsmen, it traditional wooden houses are built in the small village of Woloan. This wooden house is special because it is knockdown house too, meaning that the house will be built in the production area and after it is finished, it will be knocked down and send to the client's place and rebuilt the house there, either permanently or not. This type of house is good because it works well for earthquake Japanese Cave, Built during World War II by the Japanese, these caves are located between the two charming countryside villages of Kawangkoan and Kiawa. The caves were mostly used to store supplies during the war and defenses against a possible allied invasion, and as arsenals Kawangkoan 'peanuts village', Pulutan Pottery Village, and Sumoro Endo's Lake Tondano. Lunch will be served en-route at local restaurant. After that proceed to Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Late afternoon, arrive in Tangkoko and before dark, take a walk into this nature reserve park. The Tangkoko National Park is located on the slopes of Mount Dua Saudara. It is situated to the north of Bitung and is a few hours away from Manado. Tangkoko National Park comprised of rolling hills and valleys with a variety of hardwood trees and unusual plant life. The lush green hills and valleys that make up the landscape of the nature reserve offer some exceptionally beautiful views. This ancient rainforest is packed with striking fauna and flora. Some of the more common fauna found here include anoa, black apes, cus-cus, hornbill, Tarsius Spectrum (world's smallest primate/the smallest monkey in the world), black tailess monkeys, Maleo Birds, Wild pigs and kuskus (marsupial family), after that back to the lodge/homestay, Dinner at the local restaurant or at lodge/homestay.
Day 11 : Tangkoko National Park – Transfer Out (B).
Simple breakfast at lodge/homestay, check out then Transfer to Sam Ratulangi Airport Manado to catch your flight to the next Destination. (end program).