​Discover Sulawesi in 15 Days from South to North Sulawesi

DISCOVER SULAWESI, 15 D
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DISCOVER CELEBES (SULAWESI)


Duration : 15 Days / 14 Nights

Start/End : Makassar / Manado


DAY 01 : ARRIVAL MAKASSAR – RANTEPAO (TORAJA HIGHLAND)

Upon arrival at Makassar Airport, meeting service and then transfer to Toraja by Fully Air-conditioned private Minibus or Car to take a drive-trip to Toraja Land with appproximately 8 hours trip taking across the Bugis Vilage with their typical houses on poles along the magnificent mountain passes. Lunch will be served at Bukit Indah Restaurant in Pare-Pare, a small port situated 155 kms north of Makassar. Late afternoon arrive in Toraja directly check-in at hotel for accommodation. Suggestion arrival in Makassar in the morning or afternoon before 12:00

Accommodation Plan : Luta resort or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 02 : TORAJA TOUR (B)

After breakfast at hotel, we will conduct a visit to the royal family tombs at Suaya, the cliff side stone grave with wooden effigies ''tau - tau " on the balcony at Lemo, the baby's graves in the huge tree at Kambira. This way of tombs making is the only one in the archipelago, the Torajan do not bury their corps on earth, but on the stone hole, cave or alike. Before the died body placed in such place, it has to be put in the Tongkonan (the clan house) as they believe that, the died person would not leaving them as long as the body is still at home. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant with ricefield side view. After lunch, the next interesting place to visit are Londa, the natural cave grave, and Kete Kesu, traditional wooden carving village and hanging grave.

Accommodation Plan : Luta resort or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 03 : TORAJA TOUR (B)

Visiting Palawa, a village with the beautiful scenery of the Toraja family houses ' Tongkonan', and a number of buffalo's horns decorated to the front of their houses, Sa' dan To'Barana, the traditional cotton weaving village, Batutumonga, the highland area And the beautiful landscape of 1355 meters high, which has temperature 17o C in the daytime in here, Lo' ko mata, the graves on the rocky slope, Which mean, the hole of the grave seems like an eye. And then trekking from Pana to Tikala, more fascinating spot that can be seen along the way

Accommodation Plan : Luta resort or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 04 : TORAJA – SENGKANG approximately 6 hrs drive (B)

Drive to Sengkang, a small city to the south of Rantepao. We will need approximately 6 hrs drive. Sengkang is a cool mountainous city in the hinterland of South Sulawesi. Not too far from the small city, is a small preserved lake with various kinds of birds and floating houses. we will paddle the dugout canoe to reach the center of the lake and to pay a visit to the local people dwelling. In the clear weather, the beautiful sunset is another attraction. Overnight at a small but clean and comfortable hotel in Sengkang

Accommodation Plan : BBC Sengkang or similar non star hotel


DAY 05 : SENGKANG – BIRA BEACH (B,L) approximately 6 hrs drive (B)

Breakfast at hotel then check out. Today we drive you to the beautiful Bira beach where you could enjoy some relax, swimming on the beach, and else. Hotel plan BARA BEACH HOTEL or similar.

Accommodation Plan : Bara Beach Bungalow or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 06/14SEP’16 (WED): BIRA FREE PROGRAM – MAKASAR (B)

Free at leisure until apropriate Hotel check out time then transfer to Makassar

Accommodation plan : Aston Makassar or similar 4 star hotel


DAY 07 : MAKASAR – GORONTALO (B)

Transfer to Makassar airport for flight to Gorontalo. Arrival in Gorontalo, meet our guide then Then transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Flight Suggestion by Garuda Airlines GA 642 UPG GTO 11:30 – 13:00 or by Lion air ID 6236 UPG GT 13:25 – 14:55

Accommodation Plan : Maqna Hotel Gorontalo or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 08 : WHALE SHARK TRIP – GORONTALO CITY TOUR – TOGEAN ISLAND (B)

After breakfast at hotel, at 08.00 AM we will pick you up from your hotel to the Whale Shark park for snorkeling. At around 11AM return to the hotel for taking a bath. After lunch time continue for City tour to Otanaha Fortress, it was built in 1522 by King Ilato from Gorontalo Kingdom. Located in Dembe Hills, from this place you can see the beautiful Limboto Lake. In the afternoon we will drive to the harbor to take a Ferry boat to Togean Island. The ferry will depart at 17.00, it will takes around 10 hour boating. You can sleep in the simple standard cabin room with AC (1 room for 4 – 5 persons).

**The Ferry boat to Togean Islands only available every Tuesday & Friday (in this case you will have to depart from Gorontalo on FRIDAY)

Accommodation Plan : On Ferry Boat


DAY 09 : ARRIVAL TOGEAN ISLANDS – KADIDIRI ISLAND (L,D)

At around 5AM arrive at Togean Island, you can enjoy the sunrise from the ferry boat. Then we will transfer you to Kadidiri Island for check in at the standard resort here. Togian Islands is a beautiful island group in the Tomini gulf, the Togian Islands are very close to the equator, due to that are all islands covered with tropical rain forest. There are no signal for mobile phone here. The local people here are very traditional. After check in and breakfast, at 09.00 AM we will visit Ubur-Ubur lake (Jellyfish) by the boat. There are hundreds of colorful jellyfish. The jellyfish in the lake is not overpowering, participants can touch and snorkeling with hundreds of jellyfish. Continue to Karina Beach, an empty white sandy beach. Return to the resort.

Accommodation Plan : Kadidiri Cottage or similar non star hotel


DAY 10 : ISLAND HOPING TOUR (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the resort. Around 9am we will start the Island Holing Tour, first we will visit Malenge Island, see the activities of Bajo People here that very unique and interesting, they live by becoming fishermen on the islands. Around 12noon, continue to California marine park, a beautiful marine park expanse in the middle of the sea, a kind of coral islands. Snorkeling in this area. Around 3 pm back to the resort, Sunset program, free program ...

Accommodation Plan : Kadidiri Cottage or similar non star hotel


DAY 11 : TOGEAN ISLANDS – GORONTALO (B,L)

Breakfast at the resort and free on your own program, you can do snorkeling near the resort. After lunch time you will be transferred to Wakai Harbor to take a ferry boat back to Gorontalo. The ferry boat will depart at around 16.00. Overnight on the boat.

**The Ferry boat from Togean Islands only available every Monday & Thursday (in this case you will have to depart from Togean on MONDAY)

Accommodation Plan : On Ferry Boat


DAY 12n: ARRIVAL GORONTALO (B)

Arrive Gorontalo Harbor at around 5AM and transfer to Hotel in Gorontalo for resting. Rest of day free at leisure<

Accommodation Plan : Maqna Hotel Gorontalo or similar 3 star hotel


DAY 13: GORONTALO – MANADO – TOMOHON - TANGKOKO NATURE RESERVE (B)

Early morning transfer to airport for flight to Manado. Arrival in Manado meet our guide then directly visit the traditional market of Tomohon where there is a section of the market called as Extreme Market where we can see many kind of mammals and reptiles sold as Minahasan delicacy. We then proceed to Mt. Mahawu crater. 10 minutes trekking to the top of the crater we will enjoying magnificent view of cities of Tomohon and Manado and the islands beyond. then visit Woloan village, the centre of knock-down Traditional house industry with stop at Pagoda Budhist Temple with the flowers plantation surround. Chilling down at the beautiful multi color of Linaw Lake to enjoy the afternoon in cozy restaurant by the lake sipping coffee with traditional famous snack of Pisang Goreng (fried banana) and another traditional cookies. The journey continue to the highland of Minahasa with some stop at ancient Tomb of Minahasa People (Giant Stone Ages), and the historical World War II Japanese Tunnel System. Overnight at Tangkoko at Homestay.

Flight suggestion by Lion air IW 1164 GTO MDC 05:30 – 06:10

Accommodation Plan : Tangkoko Lodge or similar non sta hotel (homestay)


DAY 14 : FULL DAY TREK AT THE TANGKOKO NATURE RESERVE (B)
Explore the endemic flora and fauna of North Sulawesi at the Tangkoko Nature Reserve. Search for the Black Crested Macaque (Black Monkey indigenous to North Sulawesi) and the Tarsier Spectrum (the world’s smallest primate). Overnight at a homestay..

Accommodation Plan : Tangkoko Lodge or similar non sta hotel (homestay)


DAY 15 : TANGKOKO - MANADO – DEPARTURE (B)

At the appropriate time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight. If time allow then we will make a stop in town for souvenir shopping before depart Manado. END OF SERVICES