19D Sulawesi Overland Tour

Join our 19D Sulawesi tour for an unforgettable experience of our unique tradition. Visit two of the best dive spot in Sulawesi (or formerly known as Celebes), Togean Island and Bunaken, and meet some of the best creatures of the deep sea. Experience a day visit to the indigenous tribe of Sulawesi, and see their grand creation of stone tomb. This 19 days trip will sure pique your wildest interest in both nature and the unknown culture

Route : Makassar – Toraja – Pendolo – Tentena – Ampana – Togean Island – Palu – Gorontalo – Bunaken – Manado

Highlights : Hanging stone grave of Lemo, Lake Poso with its white sand shore, island retreat at Togean Island, exploring Bunaken Island

 

Day 1   Makassar (No Meals)

Pick up at Hasanuddin Airport Makassar. After a warm welcome from our driver and guide, then we will drive to the downtown Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi.  Upon arrival, check in hotel and free time for you to rest.

Day 2   Makassar (B)

After breakfast, we will take you on a full day tour, visiting the Sulawesi Miniature Garden to see various types of South Sulawesi traditional houses. Then we will head to the Museum of Balla Lompa, where we can find various ancient collections from the past Gowa Kingdom. Continue to Malino, a high mountain resort famous for its extensive mountainous view. After done, we can visit the tea plantation in the area and head back to Makassar afterwards.

Day 3   Makassar – Rantepao (B)

Today, we will drive to the highland of Rantepao, the capital of Tana Toraja regency, which will take approximately 8 hours drive by passing through the Bugis villages with their typical wooden houses. We will make a stop in Pare-Pare for you to have a fresh seafood lunch. In the afternoon, have some drink or snack on the Puncak Lakawan while enjoying the beautiful view of Mount Buttu Kabobong. Upon arrival in Rantepao, check in hotel.

Day 4   Toraja (B)

After breakfast, we will visit the hanging stone tomb of Lemo with its Tau-Tau effigies. Then we will head to Kambira where we can find the unique baby graves in the trees. Onwards we will explore the architecture of Tongkonan houses in Ketekesu Village and Londa, which is a natural grave with entombed deceased. In the afternoon, we will visit Nanggala and Siguntuk, the local Torajan villages which famous for their old Tongkonan houses and rice silos. After done, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 5   Toraja (B)

After breakfast, we will visit Tinombayo where we can enjoy the spectacular view of the megalith stones spread over the extensive rice fields. Then continue to a burial cave of Lokomata. From Lokomata, we will proceed to Batutumonga where we will do a short trekking, enjoying the beautiful panorama and experience a moment of the unique Torajan life style. In the afternoon, we will visit Pallawa and Sa’dan, local Torajan villages famous for their wood carving. After done, transfer back to your hotel.

Day 6   Toraja – Pendolo (B)

Today we will head to Central Sulawesi territory. We will drive to Pendolo, a small town located on the shore of Lake Poso, via Palopo. Upon arrival in Pendolo, check in hotel for a good rest.

Day 7   Pendolo – Tentena (B)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we will depart to Tentena with a motor boat, and explore along the mysterious and crystal clear water of Lake Poso. In the afternoon, we will visit the Saluopa Waterfall. Then proceed to your hotel in Tentena for overnight.

Day 8   Tentena – Ampana (B)

After breakfast, we will drive to Ampana for an overnight before heading to Togean Island tomorrow. Upon arrival, check in hotel and free time for rest.

Day 9   Ampana – Togean Island (B)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we will board a public ferry heading to Wakai at Togean Island. Upon arrival, check in hotel and free program.

**During your stay in Togean Island, you will have a completely free time. You can snorkel in the area, just relaxing and wind up at the beach, or we also can help you to arrange several diving session during your stay in the world’s calmest deep water bay. If you’re keen on having a “live on board” experience, we can also arrange one with a 4 days duration, visiting the small islands and their villages surrounding Togean Island**

Day 10   Togean Island (B)

Free program for today.

Day 11   Togean Island (B)

Free program for today.

Day 12   Togean Island (B)

Free program for today.

Day 13   Togean Island (B)

Free program for today.

Day 14   Togean Island – Ampana – Palu (B)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we will go back to Ampana and continue our trip to Palu. We will arrive in Palu at around late afternoon, and will proceed to your hotel for check in.

Day 15   Palu – Gorontalo (B)

After breakfast and check out hotel, we will drive to Gorontalo. Along the the road we will find and stop at several wonderful views and local life with various culture. Upon arrival in Gorontalo, check in hotel.

Day 16   Gorontalo – Manado (B)

After breakfast, we will drive to Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, passing through the local villages along the white sandy beach, coconut and clove plantation. Upon arrival in Manado, check in hotel.

Day 17   Manado (B)

Today you will get a combination of scenic and historical tour, fresh air and enjoying the beautiful panorama of hills and mountain area. In Tinoor Spot, you can enjoy the beauty of Manado from the height. Then continue to Tomohon city, a windy and cool city famous for its flowers, volcanoes and the smiling people. We will aso visit Tomohon traditional wet market which sells fresh vegetables and also traditional food of Minahasan, such as wild pigs, dogs, rats, giant bats, snakes, and so on. Then we will continue to Woloan Village, an area with a big group of carpenters who builds the traditional Minahasan wooden house for sell. After done, we will head to Temboan Hilltop, where you can enjoy the fantastic view of vegetables farms, Bitung Port and Tondano Lake, that surrounded by rice fields. Then we will drive around Tondano Lake that famous for its tilapia fish farm and also visiting Pulutan Village, the producers of traditional clay potteries. After done, we will head back to your hotel in Manado.

Day 18   Manado – Bunaken (B)

After breakfast, full day tour around Bunaken Island. We will explore the magnificent beauty of of the Muslow Island coral reefs. With an abundance of colorful fish in the background you can enjoy the beautiful soft and hard corals of Bunaken. You can opt for a diving trip here too, if you want to see some more wonderful creatures deep down. After done, transfer back to your hotel in Manado city.

Day 19   Manado (B)

At agreed time, transfer directly to Sam Ratulangi Airport Manado for your flight to next destination. End of tour.

  • Private air conditioned car with licensed driver
  • Licensed English speaking guide
  • All petrol, parking, and toll fees
  • 18 nights accommodation in a twin/double bedroom
  • Tour and entrance fees to all objects as listed in the itinerary
  • Return public ferry tickets to /from Togean Island
  • Meals : daily breakfast
  • Daily mineral water
  • Treats of seasonal and exotic fruit if we find some along the way 🙂
  • Travel insurance
  • Air tickets
  • Daily lunch and dinner
  • Donation to national parks or traditional villages (if any)
  • Personal expenses (telephone, minibar, laundry, horseback ride, etc.)
  • Optional tours or additional meals
  • Tipping for driver and guide will be very much appreciated
  • Comfortable clothing (cotton preferred)
  • Comfortable shoes and flip flops
  • Dry bag for your camera and gadgets
  • Personal Medication (including mosquito repellent and sunblock)
  • Cameras and enough memory (no worries if you don’t have enough.. we can send you the pics through email!)
  • Small plastic bags (please be a responsible traveler by not littering on the objects..)
  • Lots of smile.. 🙂
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