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Makassar Day Trip: Ramang-Ramang & Paotere Harbor

Tour Code: C2I-SULAWESI18

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Makassar Day Trip: Ramang-Ramang & Paotere Harbor
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Explore the village of Ramang-Ramang, a green farmland framed by Karst mountain which makes a wonderful panoramic view of Stone Forest. In its neighboring village of Berua, you will also see a thrilling message from our ancestors in the distant past through ancient paintings in caves of Leang Leang. The tour includes a visit to historic harbor of Paotere that’s been bustling since around the 14th century. Here, you will see the masterpiece of the seafaring tradition of the Bugis ethnic group of South Sulawesi, the phinisi boats. In this one-day tour, you will explore the historical sites that makes Makassar today.

  • 1 Day
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Hotel in Makassar
Itinerary: Makassar Day Trip


Welcome to Makassar in Sulawesi, an exotic island with a very particular shape as the letter “K”. Either from the airport or the hotel, you will be welcomed by our local guide and we will start the tour by visiting Paotere Harbor where you’ll see the world’s last commercial sailing fleet in action. Here the crews of these fascinating phinisi schooners load and unload the ships in a scene of constant bustling action. Lunch served en route. Afterwards, we will drive to Leang Leang caves for about 1 hour to see some remains of primitive paintings (already very worn out), dating back more than 30,000 years, these are the oldest paintings in the world, together with those of Altamira in Spain. Leang means cave in the local language, and so Leang Leang refers to a place with a lot of caves. From there, we will drive about 20 minutes to Taman Batu pier where we will take a local canoe to go up the Pute river. During this journey of about 1,5 hours on the canoe, we will enjoy a spectacular landscape, surrounded by jungle, and karst mountain which is also known as Stone Forest. You will arrive in Berua Village, where you can walk around and enjoy the amazing views of karst mountain, local houses, ricefields.

After the tour, we will return to Makassar city, either to the hotel or the airport.

Photos: Makassar Day Trip

Price Includes

  • Lunch
  • Transportation and visits according to the itinerary
  • Entrance fees and tickets for places visited in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide throughout the journey

Price Excludes

  • Accommodation
  • Flights
  • Visa & airport tax
  • Personal expenses: Laundry, tipping, etc.
  • Soft drinks, alcohol and other beverages
  • Extra expenses occurred due to problems greater than our control such as flight cancellations or delays, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in "INCLUDES".
Map: Makassar Day Trip


How do I get to Makassar?

Direct flights to Makassar are available from Jakarta (CGK) and Denpasar, Bali (DPS). There are also some direct international flights from Singapore by Lion Air, AirAsia and SilkAir.

When is the best time of the year to do this tour?

Our favourite time for travel in Indonesia is between April to October, although Indonesia is a great year-round destination, offering memorable experiences for all kinds of adventures. July to August are the peak summer months.

In West to Central part of the weather is delightfully warm and it’s a popular time for travellers to visit for holidays, whilst if you wish to travel from October to April, the Eastern part Indonesia, like Banda and Raja Ampat, would be the best option.

If you wish to have a relaxing journey in Indonesia with less crowds, the shoulder months of April to June and September to October are ideal and slightly more economic. If you must travel in ‘high season’ but want to avoid the crowd, worry not, there are numbered of unbeaten track in Indonesia ready to be explored.

What should I bring?

Tropical areas are usually warm and often sweaty places, especially if you have Borneo or Sulawesi included in your travel. Check out our suggestions on What to Wear:

  • Comfortable and light shirt and at least a pair of long sleeves
  • Comfortable walking shoes or trekking shoes if your trip include some trekking
  • Shorts and long pants
  • Couple of pairs of socks
  • Waterproof Jacket/Raincoat

Depends on the type of travel, you may also need these in your What to Bring list:

Underwater trips:
  • Dive Insurance
  • Dive certificate
  • Certificate of Nitrox (for those who are using Nitrox)
  • Dive equipment except Tanks and Weights. Please consult your travel expert to find out if the equipment is inclusive or not in your booking.
  • Swimsuit/Dive suit
  • Adapter DIN or INT
  • Flashlight
  • Sunscreen SPF +40
  • Waterproof bags
Land tours and trekking:
  • Small backpack for daily important item
  • Travel Insurance, which covers trekking and sport risk
  • Trekking shoes (check with your travel expert if you need a Goretex or simply a walking shoes)
  • Pullover (as in some areas with high altitude like Mt. Bromo, the temperature can get as low as 0 degree)
  • Small flashlight or head flashlight
  • Valid passport with valid visa (or check if you are eligible for Visa Free Entry)
  • Waterproof bag to put all important documents
  • All documents for your trip: vouchers, tickets, contact numbers ((keep the soft copies in your mobile)
  • Credit card (in some major cities, credit card is widely accepted in restaurants and shops. Small charge might be applied)
  • Cash in Euro or USD (you may change into local currency Rupiah when you arrive here)
  • Camera, Battery and Charger
  • Adapter (220V is used in Indonesia)
  • International driving license (if you plan to drive on your own)
  • Mosquito Repellent with DEET
  • Hygienic travel kits (mask, disinfectant or anti-virus spray, etc.)

How hard is this tour?

We have classified our tours in 3 different classes. Always check which one suitable for your condition. If you have any doubt, you may consult to our travel expert.

Easy: Suitable for most people in good health. These trips can include short walk for days with around 2–3 hours in good paths and at low altitudes.

Medium: A reasonable level of fitness or technique is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels as the trip may include longer days of approximately 5-6 hours of activity or/and in higher altitudes, or snorkelling in strong current.

Hard: These trips are physically demanding and best suited for people with a high endurance level, good level of fitness and exercise regularly. Days can be long around 7-8 hours of activity, often at high altitudes, in remote regions and sometimes without a support vehicle nearby. Travellers may be required to carry their backpack, trip with trekking overnights without access to normal toilets or accommodations.


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