13 days in South Sulawesi Itinerary

13 days in South Sulawesi Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Makassar
— 2 nights
Fly
2
Rantepao
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Selayar Island
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Bira
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Maros
— 1 night
Drive to Hasanuddin International Airport, Fly to Plovdiv

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Makassar

— 2 nights
One of the nation's major port cities, the multicultural melting pot of Makassar gets most of its bustle from commerce and the shipping industry.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): stroll the grounds of The Tomb of Pangeran Diponegoro, take in the spiritual surroundings of Makassar Great Mosque, then pause for some photo ops at Mandala Monument, and finally browse the different shops at Mall Phinisi Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Al Fatih Al Anshar Mosque, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosque Amirul Mukminin, and then browse the different shops at Nipah Mall.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Makassar route planner.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria to Makassar is an approximately 31-hour flight. You'll lose 6 hours traveling from Plovdiv to Makassar due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Plovdiv in September, with highs in Makassar at 40°C and lows at 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Rantepao.

Things to do in Makassar

Shopping · Historic Sites

Rantepao

— 3 nights
Rantepao, the main town in the Tana Toraja region, remains an unassuming destination where urban streets blend with country roads and lead to traditional villages and small farms.
Step off the beaten path and head to Marante and Tugu Salib Bukit Singki. Change things up with these side-trips from Rantepao: Mount Sesean (in Tana Toraja) and Makale (Suaya, Roundabout Swimming Makale, &more). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Denis Massage & Spa.

To find photos and other tourist information, read Rantepao road trip planning app.

You can fly from Makassar to Rantepao in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Selayar Island.

Things to do in Rantepao

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Selayar Island

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Wed), kick back and relax at Selayar Beach. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Taka Bonerate National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Selayar Island travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rantepao to Selayar Island in 7.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bira.

Things to do in Selayar Island

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Bira

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): stroll through Bara Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Panrang Luhu Beach and then contemplate the long history of Tana Beru.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Bira trip site.

Getting from Selayar Island to Bira by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Maros.

Things to do in Bira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Maros

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): stroll through Karst Maros, then make a trip to Leang Petta Kere, and then take in the views from Helena Sky Bridge.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Maros tour itinerary app.

Getting from Bira to Maros by car takes about 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 40°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Maros

Parks · Wildlife
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South Sulawesi travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Sites · Cemeteries
South Sulawesi covers the southern peninsula of the iconically shaped island of Sulawesi. The culture of the seafaring and farming natives permeates the tourism atmosphere here that has spread across the island, with a unique philosophy, dress, and architectural style. Small fishing villages reflect native life along the coast, even offering local specialities such as Bolu (a milkfish dish). Inland you'll find agricultural settlements that offer dishes like Pallubasa (a dish made from offal).