Transulawesi - Azimuth Adventure Travel Ltd
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Transulawesi

Sulawesi, also known as the Celebes Islands, is a veritable mosaic of peoples. Its position at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago and its strategic role in the international spice trade have made this island a crossroads of peoples.

The Bugis: Indonesia's most famous and best sailors. More than 500 years ago, the Bajau, Bugi, Buton and Makassar peoples were already trading with the Australian Aborigines. Their ships, still built using traditional methods along the coast of Sulawesi, continu...

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Day 1Welcome to Celebes

Day 1Welcome to Celebes

  • Your English-speaking guide meets you at Makassar airport and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.

Meal and accommodations

Dinner: Dalton Hotel or Harper Hotel

Accommodation: Dalton Hotel or Harper Hotel

5h-210km
Bira

Day 2Shipyards

Day 2Shipyards

  • Drive to Bira, on the western tip of the island. On the way, visit the shipbuilding yards (mainly in Tanaberu). Renowned for supplying the best wooden boats in Sulawesi and probably Indonesia, the carpenters still use ancestral techniques without any construction plans, relying solely on know-how passed down from father to son. The "pinisi" schooners (large cargo ships) can be over 30 metres long and weigh almost 200 tonnes. Afternoon relaxation by the sea, and a visit to traditional Bugi houses where ikat is woven.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Dalton Hotel or Harper Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Bara Beach Hotel or Same Resort

Bira
5h-210km
Sengkang

Day 3To the Bugis country

Day 3To the Bugis country

  • Free morning (possibility of snorkelling) before setting off again for Sengkang, situated on the shores of Lake Tempe, a paradise and refuge for hundreds of birds (350km2 in area but barely 5 metres deep). En route, visit to rubber plantations.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Bara Beach Hotel or Same Resort

Lunch: Included

Accommodation: BBC Hotel or Pondok Eka

Sengkang
5h-210km

Day 4Tempe Lake

Day 4Tempe Lake

  • At daybreak, set off in a long motorised pirogue to discover the riches of Lake Tempe and its birdlife: dozens of egrets, herons, etc. take to the skies as our boat makes its way through the astonishing vegetation that closes in behind you.

  • Meet the fishermen who live permanently on the lake in floating bamboo houses (in August, you can attend the "Maccera Tappareng" festival to purify the waters of the lake).

  • Back in Sengkang, visit the silk weaving workshops before taking the splendid mountain road to Rantepao, the capital of Toraja country.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: BBC Hotel or Pondok Eka

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Day 5Toraja country

Day 5Toraja country

  • A visit to the pig and buffalo market is your first introduction to the astonishing world of the Toraja people. Then on to the sites of Lemo, Suaya, Kete, Londa, Bri and Tampang Allo, for an in-depth look at the special relationship between the Toraja and death… Opportunity to attend an impressive funeral ceremony (very frequent).

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Day 6Immersion

Day 6Immersion

  • Morning transfer to the hilltop village of Batutumonga (1,300 m), which you reach after a superb walk through terraced rice fields. Many encounters with the local people. Overnight in a boat-shaped Toraja house.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

7h
Karonanga

Day 7Immersion

Day 7Immersion

  • A full day's trek through rice paddies and bamboo forests. Discover the surprising use of bamboo in typical Toraja cuisine. Visit a number of Toraja villages.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

Karonanga

Day 8Back to Rantepao

Day 8Back to Rantepao

  • Another day of trekking before returning to Rantepao.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Day 9Rafting

Day 9Rafting

  • The day is devoted to rafting along the beautiful Sa'dan river: another way to discover the riches of the Toraja.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

9h
Tentena

Day 10To Central Sulawesi

Day 10To Central Sulawesi

  • Long drive towards central Sulawesi to Pendolo, situated south of Lake Poso. This immense lake, 323 km2 in area, is one of the deepest on the planet (450m) and its waters are considered to be among the purest in the world (their temperature is almost constant - around 26-30° whatever the depth).

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Siury Cottage

Tentena
Tentena

Day 11Around Poso Lake

Day 11Around Poso Lake

  • The day is devoted to orchid hunting in the forests surrounding the lake and, with a little luck, you may catch a glimpse of two endemic and extremely rare animals: the Anoa (small forest deer) and the Babiroussa (deer pig).

  • Back at the hotel, you can take a dip in the warm waters of the lake (but be warned: local legend has it that there is a Loch Ness-type monster in the lake…).

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Siury Cottage

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Siury Cottage

Tentena

Day 12Lore Lindu National Park

Day 12Lore Lindu National Park

  • By 4x4, you will reach the Lore Lindu Park. This 2,290 km2 park has been classified as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations. Located between 200m and 2,620m above sea level, it is home to a particularly rich fauna. As well as 227 species of bird, including the Red Rhinoceros Hornbill (the largest on the planet), you can also meet the very discreet Anoa or the very rare Babiroussa, not forgetting the "cuscus" (opossum), the giant civet and 3 species of tarsiers (the smallest mammal on the planet…).

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Siury Cottage

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

Day 13Bada Valley

Day 13Bada Valley

  • A day full of discoveries: wildlife and the strange giant megaliths (4m high) of the Bada valley. Along the Laliang river, these marks of the past are still unexplained… These statues seem to watch over the surrounding villages and their inhabitants.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Homestay

5h
Tentena
4h

Day 14To Ampana

Day 14To Ampana

  • Return by 4x4 to Tentana, then, after lunch on the shores of Lake Poso, transfer to Ampana. Overnight by the sea, facing the immense Gulf of Tomini and the Moluccan Sea.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Included

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Marina Cottage

Day 15To paradise

Day 15To paradise

  • In the early morning, board a speed ferry bound for the Togian Islands.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Marina Cottage

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Fadhila Cottages

Day 16-17Togian islands

Day 16-17Togian islands

  • The Togian Islands are an archipelago of 56 islands and islets, 30 km south of Ecuador, in the Bay of Tomini. Emerging from volcanic activity, the islands are covered in tropical forest and bordered by coral reefs. The average water temperature is 31°C and underwater visibility reaches 40 to 50 metres. The marine and terrestrial ecosystems have remained untouched and wild, which is extremely rare. The coasts and coral reefs form an excellent habitat for many wild animals specific to the Togians, such as turtles, dugongs, macaques, parrots and babirusa boars. At the heart of this paradise live 37 villages from different ethnic cultures, including the Bobongko, Togian, Saluan and Bajau, known as the sea nomads. These two days are devoted to exploring this little paradise: Unauna and its active volcano Colo, Malengue and its wildlife, the Bajau villages and, of course, the underwater world of great beauty.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Fadhila Cottages

Breakfast: Fadhila Cottages

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Fadhila Cottages

Day 18To Gorontalo

Day 18To Gorontalo

  • Departure by speed-ferry to Gorontalo. Transfer to hotel on arrival.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Fadhila Cottages

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Hotel

9h
Manado
1h
Tomohon

Day 19To Manado

Day 19To Manado

  • Early morning departure for Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi.

  • Continue on to Tomohon, a small mountain town in the heart of the subduction volcanoes of the Sangihe Arc. Settle into a magnificent lodge nestling in the middle of an extraordinary garden facing 3 active volcanoes: Soputan, Lokon and Mahawu.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Minahasa Highland Resort

Tomohon
5h
1h
Tomohon

Day 20Volcanoes & lake

Day 20Volcanoes & lake

  • Easy ascent of the Mahawu volcano and discovery of its acid lake (superb view of the Lokon volcano, the Minahasa region and the tip of the island of Sulawesi). Descent and route to the Tandano caldera lake. Visit to an "ikan mas" fish farm and lunch in a traditional restaurant on the shores of the lake. Return to Tomohon and climb the active Lokon volcano (approx. 1h30). Depending on volcanic activity, it may be possible to descend to the bottom of the crater.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Minahasa Highland Resort

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Minahasa Highland Resort

Tomohon
2h 30m
Tangkoko

Day 21Minahasa Country & Tangkoko National Park

Day 21Minahasa Country & Tangkoko National Park

  • Morning transfer to Tangkoko National Park. Stops en route to visit a Minahasa cottage construction site, then to discover the animist Waruga tombs.

  • In the afternoon, trek through the national park to get close to the endemic fauna: black macaques, hornbills and the park's star attraction: the fragile Tarsius (the smallest mammal on the planet).

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Minahasa Highland Resort

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Tangkoko Hills Hotel

Tangkoko
1h
Pulisan

Day 22Superb beaches at Pulisan

Day 22Superb beaches at Pulisan

  • Morning transfer to the superb beaches of Pulisan (the most beautiful in North Sulawesi), and accommodation in a hotel whose owner has set up an original eco-tourism initiative with the local population.

  • A day of snorkelling around the Bangga Islands.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Tangkoko Hills Hotel

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Pulisan Beach Resort

Pulisan

Day 23Rest

Day 23Rest

  • Free day to enjoy the pleasures of the sea and the most beautiful white sand beach in North Sulawesi. Many other activities are also possible: walking, fishing, snorkelling, diving, etc.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Pulisan Beach Resort

Lunch: Included

Dinner: Included

Accommodation: Pulisan Beach Resort

Pulisan
2h
Manado

Day 24See you soon in Sulawesi

Day 24See you soon in Sulawesi

  • Free time until transfer to the airport.

Meal and accommodations

Breakfast: Pulisan Beach Resort

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