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Toraja, Sengkang & Bira: Unusual Graves & Floating Village (7D/6N)

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Explore Toraja, Sengkang & Bira in this 7-day trip to the land of spirit, floating village and calm beach! In Tana Toraja, local people practice unique culture and rituals that revolve around funerals and tombs. But not only that, since the place is located in the highlands with hills and cliffs, they have an incredible landscape. During this tour, you will also see a unique view of settlement over the vast Lake Tempe. Before leaving Sulawesi, you can relax in Bira Beach, sunbathing on the fine sandy beach and snorkeling around the turquoise water with abundant corals and colorful fish.

  • 6 Nights
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Pickup: Makassar, Sulawesi (UPG)
Itinerary: Toraja, Sengkang & Bira

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN MAKASSAR - RANTEPAO      ▼

Welcome to the island of Celebes, an exotic island with a very particular shape as the letter “K”. Sulawesi has an impressive variety of animal species, tropical plants, and two extravagant ethnic groups; the mountainous Toraja, and the Bugis sailors. The airport of the capital of the Celebes Islands (Makassar), is the transit center of all the airplanes that move from the East to the West of Indonesia (and vice versa).

We will begin this Toraja Sengkang tour by heading towards Toraja land by car. The route, about 310 km is full of rice fields, Bugis villages, who are the owners of the famous and traditional Phinisi ships and are therefore better known as “sailors”. It will be 9 hours by car from the airport, so you will make a stop halfway to lunch or dinner. This will depend on the time of your flight. After arrival at the hotel, you will enjoy your well-deserved rest after the long trip.

Note:

If you arrive in Makassar after 3 PM, we suggest you book an overnight stay and start the Toraja Sengkang tour the next morning. We can arrange airport transfer and accommodation if you need it.

Meals: Lunch

Accommodation: Santai Hotel / Misiliana Hotel / or similar

DAY 2-3:TORAJA TOUR - EXPLORE THE WORLD OF SPIRITS       ▼

We will have two days of adventure in the Toraja Lands. It will be two days to explore not only its incredible landscapes but also its remarkable culture. And it is time to discover it during our stay in this magical land. The local people, mostly Christians, still practice animism according to their original religion called Aluk Todolo. Are you ready to soak up the Toraja culture? We will visit Lemo with the cemetery on the rock walls and all the wooden statues called Tau-Tau that represent their deceased.

The town of Ke’te Kesu, one of the oldest in Toraja where you will see the typical houses called “Tongkonan”. You will also see other hanging tombs in one of its caves. And in the towns of Bori, Nanggala, Suaya, there are baby graves in the trees. We may find it strange, but it is something that is part of this ancient culture. During your stay in this land of spirits, with “luck”, we can see their funeral ceremonies up close. These picturesque funerals are frequent, but not every day, so we can’t assure you will see them. When we attend them, as an offering to the family, tourists are asked to donate about 100,000 Rupiah.

In addition to these visits, we will visit its attractive markets where local people carry out their daily transactions. On Tuesday and Thursday, a larger market develops.

Afterwards we will return to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Santai Hotel / Misiliana Hotel / or similar

DAY 4:RANTEPAO - SENGKANG       ▼

Breakfast at the hotel and then we continue our adventure on this dream island. We will leave for Sengkang in the Bugis territory (enclave of the old feudal kingdom, nowadays best known for its handmade silk fabrics).

As soon as we finish our lunch, we will visit Tempe Lake with canoe where the fishing community of the Bugis is settled. It is really impressive to see their houses built in the middle of the lake that they only leave when they go to work or trade. We will have the possibility to visit them and enjoy their hospitality by taking you together with them. A very enriching experience where we can live with this ethnic group with so many years of unique existence in the world. After spending this day that will undoubtedly impress you, we will go to the hotel and you’ll have time for yourself.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: BCC Sengkang – Standard room

DAY 5:SENGKANG - BIRA BEACH       ▼

After our well deserved breakfast, we will go south to the paradisiacal Bira. It is a quiet white sand beach where there are caves, diving reefs, traditional weaving arts and boat building workshops. During this trip we will visit the villages of the Bugis region, sugar and cocoa plantations and rice fields. At approximately noon we will be in Bira, where you can enjoy lunch. We will have time to relax on the beach. Afterwards, return to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Anda Bungalows – Standard Room

DAY 6:LIUKAN ISLAND TOUR - TANAH BERU       ▼

Today will be a great day under the sea and the sun of Bira. In the morning we will take a boat of local fishermen and go to a nearby island called Liukan. There, we will enjoy fantastic nature, diving in a bottom full of corals and colorful fish. What will we do on Liukan Island? We will visit the fishing community of “Konjo” that lives there. This community is known for its traditional hand weaving, known as “ikat”. Before returning to Bira, we will still have time to relax on the beautiful Liukan Beach. In the afternoon, we will visit the town of Tanah Beru, known as the heart of the marine buggy industry. We will see gunners and the city. After this visit to Beru, we return to Bira for dinner and rest.

Meals: Breakfast – Lunch

Accommodation: Anda Bungalows – Standard Room

DAY 7:BIRA - MAKASSAR      ▼

Today is our last day in this special area of Indonesia. After breakfast, we depart south towards the capital of Sulawesi and then take the flight to our next destination. This will take approximately 5 hours. Thank you for exploring Toraja, Sengkang & Bira through the hands of Come2Indonesia. Sampai Jumpa!

Meals: Breakfast 

Accommodation: –

 

Photos: Toraja, Sengkang & Bira

Price Includes

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

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes
  • 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: Toraja, Sengkang & Bira

FAQ

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. 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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