Bali & Sulawesi

Toraja village

A journey through Indonesian’s diversity: From Bali, where Hinduism defines every-day life, to Makassar, capital of South Sulawesi and the site of turbulent colonial history, on to Bira with famous traditional boatbuilding, and to mystical Toraja where animistic customs are still alive.

ITINERARY

DAY 1

We pick you up from the airport in Bali’s capital Denpasar and bring you to your hotel at the relaxed Sanur beach.

Sanur Beach

Sanur Promenade

DAY 2

A day for recovery after a long flight. Enjoy the hotel and its extensive garden, the beach and the warm, calm Ocean. In the afternoon, we take a walk along the Sanur beach promenade.

DAY 3

We check out of our hotel in Sanur and move eastwards to Candidasa via the small town of Muncan for a ‘Farmers walk’: Experience first-hand the tropical countryside and life in Bali on our walk with Suar the farmer and temple guard and his wife Subita.

Muncan Farmerswalk

Lempuyang

DAY 4

Today we go on an adventurous tour to the Lempuyang Temple, high up in the mountains, with a spectacular view onto the active volcano Mt Agung. In the neighbourhood, at the foot of the mountain, lies the picturesque Waterpalace Taman Ujung.

DAY 5

We visit Besakih, the Bali Mother temple, and continue to the mountains and to Kintamani at the Batur volcano.

Pura Gelap at Besakih

 Saraswati Ubud

DAY 6

We check out of our hotel and move back to Sanur via Ubud. Explore the art market, stroll down Monkey road for some souvenirs, or visit the wood carvers and silversmiths. In the early evening, a Kecak Firedance performance on the accomplished Batubulan Stage is on the program.

DAY 7

Time to rest at Sanur’s beach, see the turtles at the Turtle Rescue Center or the exotic birds in Bali Bird Park

 Releasing a turtle

Pantai Losari

DAY 8

Today we move on and fly to Sulawesi! We arrive in Makassar in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, we take a stroll along the city’s sea-side, Pantai Losari, to watch the famous sunset

DAY 9

A drive through Sulawesi’s fisher towns with several stops. Fancy a try of the famous Jeneponto horse soup? We arrive in Bira in the early afternoon, time for a rest or a walk at white beaches under coconut trees.

Bira beach

Boatbuilding in Tanah Beru

DAY 10

Today we visit the traditional boat builders in Tanah Beru and have a lunch of home-cooked real fresh fish a la Sulawesi (veggie version available!). In the afternoon more white beaches.

Day 11

Absolutely off the touristic tracks, Kajang people choose to live without electricity and modern technology. A visit to the main village, Tana Toa, requires permission by the village authorities and guests have to stick to their rules: No photos, black clothing, no shoes.

After this very special trip we continue north through to Sengkang, arriving there in the afternoon.

Tana Toa entrance

Toraja Burial Ceremony

Day 12

Sengkang is the ‘Silk City’. We visit a traditional weaving factory where finest silk clothes are produced. Optionally, we go for a boat trip to the floating houses on the Tempe Lake in Sengkang. Lunch in a panorama restaurant in the mountains of Enrekang. Passing the city of Makale, we arrive in Rantepao, capital of North Toraja Regency, in the afternoon.

Day 13

Today we explore the south of Toraja: A short drive brings us to the Tau Tau of Suaya, and the baby grave tree of Kambira. After lunch in a scenic restaurant, we take walk alongside a panorama road, followed by refreshments in a traditional setting. On the way back north we visit Lemo and/or Londa, famous stone graves nominated as UNESCO World Heritage.

Lemo

Batutumonga. With I wheel travel

Day 14

We are heading further north today. First stop is Palawa, a beautiful traditional village. The road then takes us high up into the slopes of Mountain Sesean and the area of Batutumonga, land above the clouds. The scenery gets more spectacular after every curve, until we reach Lokomata, which seems to be world’s end. In the afternoon, Kete Kesu will be our last stop: One of the oldest villages in Toraja, and, at the outskirts of the village, one of the spookiest burial sites.

Day 15

We return to Makassar on a different route which takes us along South Sulawesi’s longest river, the Sungai Saddang, through endless rice fields and, finally, to the ocean. Lunch in the pretty coastal city Pare Pare. We arrive in Makassar in the late afternoon.

Pare Pare

In Benteng Somba Opu

Day 16

A relaxed day in Makassar. There is time for a visit to Fort Rotterdam, representing 300 years of Dutch rule in Sulawesi and (or) Benteng Somba Opu, the 17th-century citadel of the rulers of Makassar with a stroll through the large park, exploring the archaeological remains of the fort and the traditional houses of the numerous Sulawesi ethnics.

Day 17

Departure to Bali / Jakarta / Singapore.

Sunset in Sulawesi, photo by AI