Sulawesi Island is the world's eleventh-largest island in Indonesia, covering an area of 174,600 km. 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, air than by road, land area is 227,000 square kilometers no point of the mainland is more than 90 kms away from the sea. This makes the island has a long coast line. Most of the land are mountain in nature. The combination of the two offers wonderful sceneries both its shores and the highland.
The Portuguese were thbs, Indians, Siamese, Javanese, and e first to refer to Sulawesi as 'Celebes'. The first western visitors, reached Sulawesi in 1511, they found Makassar a thriving cosmopolitan entry port where Chinese, Arabs, Malays came to trade their manufactured metal goods and fine textiles for precious pearls, gold, copper, camphor and, of course, the invaluable spices - nutmeg, cloves and mace which were brought from the interior and from the neighbouring Spice Islands, the present day Moluccas. One suggestion is the Bugis word si-lebih for 'more islands' - a reference to its shape suggesting it was more than one island. The modern name 'Sulawesi' probably origins from the words "Sula" which means Island and "besi" which means Iron, thought to be reference to the rich Lake Matano iron deposits. Other suggestion is that it comes from the portuguese word "celebres" or famous ones, as these islands were famous for their spices throughout Asia and even Europe, this being the reason that attracted them to these islands.
Sulawesi Island now has subdivided into six provinces : Gorontalo, West Sulawesi, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, South East Sulawesi, and North Sulawesi. West Sulawesi is a new province, created in 2004 from part of South Sulawesi. The largest cities on the island are Makassar formerly know Ujung Pandang, on the southwestern coast of the island, and Manado, on the northern tip. Read More Sulawesi Overview »...
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.
* Guest can take also soft trekking, it depend on the request.
Day 04 : Toraja – Tentena (BLD).
After breakfast, check out then leaving to Tentena. Today, we will take a charter boat, crossing the crystal clear waters of Lake Poso. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Tentena. After lunch, we will visit the Wera Saluopa waterfall, famous for its multi stepped waterfall. Afternoon check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 05 : Tentena – Donggala (BLD).
After breakfast, check out then leaving to Donggala. along the trip you will enjoy rain forrest and Coconut plantations approximately 8 hours drive passing through Poso town. Lunch enroute. In the afternoon arrive in Donggala, check in hotel. Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 06 : Donggala – Moutong (BLD).
After breakfast, 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 enroute. Afternoon arrive in Moutong, check in Hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 07 : Moutong – Gorontalo (BLD).
After breakfast, check out then leaving for Gorontalo, this trip will take 7 hour drive passing the equatorial lines at Siney. Lunch enroute. 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).
After breakfast, check out then leaving for Kotamobagu. on the way you will visit Fort Otanaha, located at the Hill of faces to the lake Limboto. After that continue the trip to Kotamobagu. Lunch enroute. Afternoon arrive in Kotamobagu, check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 09 : Kotamobagu – Tomohon (BLD).
After breakfast, check out then leaving for Tomohon, in the highland of Manado. on the way you will have a time for visit Lake Moaat and Lake Linow. Lunch enroute. Afternoon arrive in Tomohon, check in hotel, Dinner at the local restaurant
Day 10 : Tomohon – Minahasa – Tangkoko National Park (BLD).
After breakfast, check out then tour Woloan (traditional minahasan house Productions), Japanese Cave, Kawangkoan 'peanuts village', Pulutan Pottery Village, and Sumoro Endo's lake Tondano. Lunch enroute. After that proceed to Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Late afternoon, arrive in Tangkoko and before dark, take a walk into this nature reserve park to see the Tarcius Spectrum, the smallest monkey in the world, and besides this protected animal, you can also see the Hornbill and Black Monkeys (macaca nigra), cus-cus. After that Dinner at the local restaurant.
Day 11 : Tangkoko National Park – Transfer Out (B).
After breakfast, check out then Transfer to Sam Ratulangi Airport Manado to catch your flight to the next Destination. (end program).