Makassar holidays start—where else?—in the Gateway to Eastern Indonesia. At least, that was its nickname when the Dutch were in charge. Now you can sail from east to west without some guy in a funny hat chasing you down in a fluyt. It’s pretty sweet.
The area’s colonial past is most evident in the centre of the city. Makassar is one of the greatest port cities of Indonesia, and the largest on the island of Sulawesi. Locals have a reputation for being friendly and sociable, so brush up on your Makassarese before heading to your Makassar accommodation.
What to Do in Makassar
You can brush up on your Makassarese history by checking out Fort Rotterdam for some cool Dutch buildings, La Galigo museum, and the remains of a Gowanese fort. For a different cultural look, head to Masjid Amirul Mukminin, the floating mosque. It’s actually just on a pier, but it’s gorgeous all the same.
Stay at Makassar hotels near the food stalls at Laguna at Losari Beach and sample island favourites like Pisang epe (grilled banana and brown sugar), Nyuk Nyang (Chinese-style meatballs), or Sop Saudara (traditional South Sulawesi soup).
And what about those even smaller islands of Pulau Khayangan and Pulau Samalona—great for both catching fish and watching fish (with a fishing pole and through a snorkel mask, respectively). And after a long day of making friends with the local sea life (or eating it, if that’s how you roll), head back to your accommodation in Makassar to kick back and relax.
Getting To & Around Makassar
Touch down at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport (UPG). Catch a bus, hail a taxi or pick up the wheels you rented right here on Wotif and travel the quick 20 km west to Makassar.
Ready for your Indonesian getaway? Create your own island-hopping holiday by adding Bali accommodation to your Wotif bookings. It’s as easy as Pisang epe.