Undiscovered Sulawesi

13 days
FROM £ 1307
Countries Visited: Indonesia

Undiscovered Sulawesi

Taste Makassar’s spicy beachside streetfood;
Canoe through Sengkang’s karst cliff landscape;
Fish with the locals on Lake Tempe;
Sample traditional Torajan culture;
Track tiny tarsiers in Tangkoko nature reserve;
Dive into Bunaken’s underwater beauty.

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Holiday Itinerary


Makassar has been the gateway to eastern Indonesia for hundreds of years, and most of the trade that passed between the West and the East during Dutch colonial rule was controlled from this bustling city. At its centre are evocative tales of spice routes and high seas that have sparked enduring legends, and today is a busy hub connecting the Indonesian islands by air and boat. Through its strikingly modern skyline, Makassar’s colonial history can still be seen at sites such as Fort Rotterdam, one of the best-preserved examples of Dutch architecture in Indonesia.


The market town of Sengkang, on the eastern shore of Lake Tempe, retains many of its deep-rooted, cultural traditions. You'll learn about the silk weaving process from caterpillar to thread, and pass through the Maros Pangkep Karst region, a stunning UNESCO site peppered with towering limestone cliffs and caves adorned with prehistoric paintings. Explore Rammang Rammang village on foot (keeping your camera close to capture the extraordinary landscape), enjoy lunch with a local village family, and relax into the region’s quiet rhythms.

DAY 3 - 6

Rantepao Region
Sitting 2,600 feet above sea level, the cool, picturesque Tana Toraja region is dominated by mountains, rice terraces and bamboo forests, and is home to traditional Torajan communities. Rantepao, the region’s main town, is a good base for exploring the area’s long- established villages, unique architecture, caves and waterfalls. You might even see a ceremonial Torajan funeral - a vital part of the culture that involves days of feasting, dancing and drinking - and observe as the deceased are reverently laid to rest in hanging graves, carved into steep cliffs and guarded by life sized tau tau effigies.
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  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation
Not Included: Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination. * Entry visas
International airport departure taxes * Any meals not listed in the itinerary * Drinks, other than water on activity days * Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...) * Travel insurance * All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Price Guide

Price per person starts from £1,307 based on two people sharing. 

Price depends on the season of travel and availability at time of booking. Price per person reduces if there are more than two people travelling. We will provide a tailormade quote based on your dates and requirements - please complete an enquiry form below so that we can put you in touch directly with one of our Asia specialists.  

We provide private tailormade guided holidays - this means that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can start your holiday on the day you choose.

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