Undiscovered Sulawesi 13 days

Our thirteen day Undiscovered Sulawesi tour offers an insight into this fascinating island, giving you time to soak up the stunning scenery, dive in the coral reefs, and learn more about its unique culture and traditions.

The busy port of Makassar is the gateway to South Sulawesi and the starting point of your journey. After a night exploring the Colonial architecture and sampling the local cuisine, travel north into the Maros region where a breath-taking landscape of lush rice fields and towering cliffs quickly replace the (relatively) bright city lights. Prehistoric cave paintings have been discovered amongst the limestone karsts and there will be time to view these.

Lake Tempe is your next port of call: a beautiful ‘expanding’ lake on which fishermen have worked for generations, living in wooden houses floating on the water. Continue onto the highlands of Tana Toraja to witness the rare ancient rites and strange, yet captivating burial traditions of the Torajan people – we’re talking cave graves, hanging graves, life-sized wooden effigies and animal sacrifice. Having spent time visiting traditional villages and meeting the locals return to the city of Makassar for your flight on to Bunaken and the award winning Bunaken Marine Park cited as one of the best in the world. Here you will have time to dive within the park in search of reef sharks and turtles as well as relax on the islands beautiful beaches.

As with all our itineraries, we have created lots of free time for you to enjoy as you please. If you would prefer a more ‘complete’ travel programme, we will be happy to oblige. We can also tailor this holiday to meet your exact needs - your holiday, your way.


  • Try your hand at cooking Sulawesi specialities in a traditional Buginese stilt house.
  • Visit several Torajan villages and learn about their fascinating ancient rituals. You may be lucky to witness a funeral ceremony.
  • Explore the beautiful Lake Tempe by motorised canoe and witness life on the lake.
  • Dive within the natural beauty of Bunaken Marine Park.

We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel Class

Price per person (based on total # travelling)

 2 3 - 45 - 6
First Class$1,685$1,596$1,445

Favehotel Daeng Tompo

With an exterior of glass and neon pink, the Favehotel Daeng Tompo is an eye-catching addition to the hotel offerings in central Makassar...
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BBC Hotel

The BBC Hotel is arguably the best place to stay in Sengkang, although we’re not talking five star. Contemporary style rooms are simply furnished, clean and comfortable, with views over the river or the town...
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Luta Resort

Sitting at an altitude of 700 metres above sea level in central Rantepao, the Luta Resort enjoys views over the surrounding mountains and rice fields, the town and the Saddan River...
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Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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Two Fish Divers Resort

Set amongst the coral reefs and idyllic landscapes of Northern Sulawesi, Two Fish Resort’s purpose built accommodation and dive centre on Bunaken Island, is an ideal base for divers to explore...
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Aston Makassar Hotel

The Aston Hotel enjoys a central location in the heart of Makassar, within strolling distance (or short rickshaw ride!) of Fort Rotterdam and Losari beach...
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BBC Hotel

The BBC Hotel is arguably the best place to stay in Sengkang, although we’re not talking five star. Contemporary style rooms are simply furnished, clean and comfortable, with views over the river or the town...
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Toraja Heritage Hotel

Uniquely designed in the architectural style of a traditional Torajan clan house (Tongkonan), the Toraja Heritage Hotel offers a true sense of place, complemented...
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Homestays have been operating in various parts of Asia since travellers started to seek a more authentic travel experience in less-visited regions....
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Siladen Resort & Spa

If you are looking for the wow factor of a world class Marine National Park complemented by classic boutique hospitality and service than the Siladen Reort is the ideal option...
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Travelling alone? Prices available on request.
  • After a fairly busy week of travelling through Sulawesi you'll probably appreciate a few days of beach time to relax and reflect on your experiences. Rather conveniently, Garuda operate frequent direct flights between Makassar and the island of Lombok where the pace of life is slow and the beaches are unspoilt. Speak to your Selective Asia consultant for inspiration and information.
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.
Please note: During high season periods (such as July - September and Christmas) hotels often levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.


  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.


  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.



We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.


You will require a visa to enter Indonesia but this is obtained on arrival. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.


Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.


You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Kate - Selective Asia consultant

'Sulawesi is unlike anywhere else I have visited in Asia. Toraja’s unique funeral rituals are a particularly fascinating and genuine insight into Sulawesi’s ancient tribal culture.'

Kate - Indonesia tailor-made specialist
Undiscovered Sulawesi