ROUTE SULAWESI 4 WEEKS
For the ultimate Sulawesi trip we have mapped the perfect Sulawesi route for you. From beautiful green rice fields, special ceremonies to the most paradisiacal bounty islands. The island really has everything. Sulawesi is the second largest island in Indonesia after Kalimantan. The island therefore has an enormous diversity of landscapes. You will also find jungle, volcanoes and the most beautiful dive sites in the world.
Many people made us crazy. Are you already after Indonesia again? After all, we had been here three months a year ago. You would indeed think that this would be enough. But Indonesia is so big and every island so different that you can’t get bored. For Sulawesi alone you need at least 4 weeks and then you will run out of time. In 4 weeks and several flights, bus rides and boat trips later we traveled from Makassar to Manado to end up there on the fine island of Siladen, Bunaken National Park. View our route Sulawesi in 4 weeks from North to South.
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ROUTE SULAWESI 4 WEEKS FROM SOUTH TO NORTH
- Makassar / 3 nights / Visit Rammang Rammang here
- Tana Toraja / 3 nights / unique funeral ceremonies and impressive landscapes
- Tentena / 2 nights / lovely village on the beautiful Poso lake
- Ampana : 1 night
- Togian Islands / 4 nights / paradise on earth!
- Boat trip to Gorontalo : 1 night / not nice, especially private cabin or exclusive booking
- Gorontalo / 2 nights / go diving with Whale Sharks
- Manado / 2 nights / base for Bunaken National Park and perfect for muckdives
- Tangkoko National Park / 1 night / spot the cute ghost animal here
- Bangka Island / 2 nights / bounty island
- Siladen / 3 nights / more paradise and the most beautiful dive sites
- Manado / 2 nights / one last day in Sulawesi
Makassar / 3 nights Makassar
may not deserve a beauty prize, but is definitely a good starting point for your Sulawesi route. In addition to a lively center and some sights, you will find the beautiful Rammang Rammang within an hour’s drive. Beautiful mangroves, giant limestone rocks and lots of greenery. An absolute must-visit! In Makassar it is nice to visit the night market and eat at 88 Noodle House. From Makassar you can catch a night bus to Tana Toraja. The buses are super luxurious. Choose Prima Donna. You will certainly not regret this. There is also a bus going early in the morning. You then have fewer options and spend the entire day traveling.
Tana Toraja / 3 nights
Tana Toraja / 3 nights Tana Toraja is one of the best known places in Sulawesi and perhaps even in Indonesia. The area is known for its special funeral ceremonies, but it is also one of the greenest and most breathtaking places in Indonesia. Culture and nature lovers can indulge themselves here. We stayed there for 3 nights, but you can easily stay longer. From Tana Toraja you can take the bus to Tentena. We decided to go by taxi early. A lot more expensive, but because of this you get there faster and you have something to your day.
TIP: attend a funeral ceremony and explore the area with a scooter.
Tentena / 2 nights
Tentena has completely surprised us. We were under the assumption that this place would only be a kind of transfer for our trip to the Togians. But Tentena was really a wonderful place to visit. The town lies on the Poso lake. One of the largest lakes in Indonesia. The area is beautiful. From Tentena you can travel to Ampana. This is the place where you can catch a boat to the Togian Island.
Ampana / 1 night
To go to the Togian islands, you have to spend the night in Ampana. This is not a great city, so try to stay in Tentena during the day. We do have a great tip for you to eat, namely Ayam Geprek Ampana. Unintentionally super hipster. You can put together a delicious rice table here. Definitely recommended. The next day you can take the boat to the islands.
Tip: eat at Ayam Geprek Ampana.
Welcome to paradise. No wifi, hardly any electricity, no roads, a few bamboo huts, white beaches and crystal clear water. Well … how beautiful do you want it to be. The Togian Islands consists of different islands. Super fun to island hopping.
Do: swim among the jellyfish at the special jellyfish lake, dive at Una Una, visit a village, snorkel and chill on Karina beach.
You can book a night boat to Gorontalo from Togian Islands. Not a top ride, but doable. After 11 hours of sailing you will arrive in Gorontalo.
Gorontalo / 2 nights
Many people went straight to Manado. Gorontalo does not have much to offer. The city itself is fine, but not very special. You can swim here with whale sharks. We didn’t want to do this in advance, because we weren’t so sure about the circumstances of the animals. But several people were so enthusiastic about this, that we still stayed in Gorontalo. Unfortunately for us the whale sharks had been nowhere to be seen for a few days. From Gorontalo we flew to Manado. You can also take the bus, but the bus ride lasts 13 hours.
Manado / 2 nights
We love a lively city and that is certainly Manado. Shopping and eating are excellent here. From large shopping malls to small food trucks. But Manado is above all a very nice base to discover the rest of North Sulawesi, such as Bunaken National Park, Tomohon or Tangkoko National Park. From Manado we left for Tangkoko National Park to go into the jungle.
Tangkoko National Park / 1 night
You can spot unique animal spots here. In addition to the black macaque and the KoesKoes bear, you will also find the most adorable animal in the world, the ghost animal. The jungle itself is not very special, but the animals certainly are.
From Tangkoko National Parkwe left for the beautifulBangka Island.
Bangka Island / 2 nights
Bangka is a well-kept secret of Sulawesi. Perhaps the most beautiful island we have ever stayed in. Along the way we came across people with the most amazing stories about this island. We also read stories about spotting the dugong, Indian manatee. Enough reason to go. Unfortunately we saw no manatee (not here anyway) but it is certainly a wonderful place with a super relaxed vibe. The beaches are really breathtaking!
Tip: doing nothing, and if you want to do something, then go diving and who knows, you might spot a manatee!
Siladen / 4 nights
Paradise abounds on Sulawesi. One of our last destinations was Siladen, a tiny bounty island located in Bunaken National Park. This area is known for its amazing coral walls and nothing has been lied to. WOW! You can really dive here. The island of Bunaken itself seems to be a bit disappointing. If you want to visit the national park, we definitely recommend that you book an accommodation on the neighboring island of Siladen. An absolute gem. We slept right here on the beach with a house reef that you say against.
Tip: diving, diving and diving again.
Manado / 1 night
And then it was time to head home again. We still had 1 night in Manado and then the next morning to fly to Bali very early. Flying to Denpasar is much cheaper than going directly to Sulawesi. You can also add Bali to your trip for a few more days.
Destination Sulawesi that you can still add to your trip
After 4 weeks of traveling through Sulawesi there were still beautiful destinations that we would like to have added to our Sulawesi route. We would have loved to have gone to Wakatobi. Even more paradise. Bima also seemed very beautiful to us. Unfortunately our time in Indonesia was over. But who knows, we will come back