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Ramang Ramang - Sulawesi

Exploring the Wonders of Indonesia: Sulawesi, Lombok, and Komodo Adventures

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Join this 15-day adventure in Indonesia! Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscape, rich history, vibrant cultures, diverse wildlife, and stunning beauty of Sulawesi, Lombok, and Komodo Islands. Explore the Indonesian archipelago's treasures as you journey through Lombok, Sulawesi, and Komodo Islands. Discover the idyllic Gili Islands for pristine beaches and snorkeling. Dive into the rich culture of Sulawesi with the Toraja people's unique traditions. Encounter the prehistoric Komodo dragons on Komodo Island and relax on Pink Beach. Unearth the pristine beauty of each island, from the traditional charm of local villages to the stunning marine wildlife. This 15-day adventure weaves together natural beauty, diverse cultures, and remarkable wildlife encounters for an unforgettable Indonesian odyssey.
Jakarta CityBreathtaking aerial sunset in Komodo National Park in IndonesiaWild Komodo Dragon in its habitatRamang Ramang - Sulawesi
Highlights
  • Explore the picturesque scene across the Tempe Lake and its inhabitants
  • Visit hanging tombs on cliffs at Lemo, decorated with Tau Tau sculptures
  • Discover panoramic views of Sire beach and the mountain ranges
  • Enjoy snorkeling with manta rays and other sea creatures at Manta Point
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in Jakarta

Welcome to Jakarta, Indonesia's largest city!

Upon arrival in Jakarta, a VIP service staff member is waiting to escort you through fast-tracking immigration service, helping you collect your luggage, and connecting you with your driver. From there, you'll be transferred to your airport hotel, allowing you to settle in for a comfortable night's rest. Jakarta, despite its imposing traffic and towering skyscrapers, possesses its distinctive charm. A visit to Sunda Kelapa, the former Batavia harbor, offers a glimpse of traditional wooden schooners docked there. Make sure to visit Cafe Batavia while in the vicinity. In the evening, head to Jalan Sabang to savor delicious local street food and get a taste of the city's vibrant culture.

Day 2: Fly to Makassar | Sengkang via Rammang Rammang

Morning flight to Makassar.

Welcome to the metropolis of Sulawesi, Makassar, one of Indonesia's greatest port and air hubs full of history and cultural diversity. Upon a recommended early morning arrival, a guide and driver takes you to Sengkang, the capital of a former Bugis kingdom known for its silk weaving. This historical and bustling market town overlooking Lake Tempe maintains its traditional character, old cultural traditions, colorful wedding celebrations, ancient customs, and traditional orchestras.

Visit Rammang Rammang on the way, where you board a jolloro, a traditional local canoe, and cruise along the Pute River (approximately 30 minutes). The area is renowned for its spectacular limestone karst formations, and the river banks are draped in majestic nipa palms, which contribute to an incredibly "exotic" landscape. Upon arrival in the main village, make a short trek towards Telepak Tangan Cave to see prehistoric fingerprints left thousands of years ago by ancient cave dwellers. Afterward, enjoy local hospitality with a cup of coffee or tea with traditional local cakes and fried bananas.

Reach Sengkang in the afternoon, check in to your hotel, and enjoy a delicious dinner.

Day 3: Sengkang | Toraja via Palopo

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start early in the morning with your guide to take advantage of the picturesque scene across Tempe Lake. Board the belong boat to explore the lake and its inhabitants. A good opportunity to get to know the lifestyle of local Bugis fishermen who live in floating houses. Return to Sengkang to visit a weaving home factory where you can see a woman weaving colorful traditional silk dresses.

Afterward, continue to Toraja via Palopo. You'll drive through the spectacular scenery of rice terraces, and impressive mountain passes and have the opportunity to enjoy the view from Puncak Paredean before reaching RAntepao late afternoon. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a comfortable bed in a friendly and centrally located hotel.

The mountainous district of Toraja is the homeland of several ethnic groups who are called Toraja (Toraja means 'the people of the mountains' or 'the people of the west'). The Toraja call their traditional religion Aluk to Dolo (rites of the ancestors) and live according to the patron that was defined by the ancestors and gods. These include the impressive rituals accompanying the burying of the deceased. The beautifully carved houses with remarkable roofs, the so-called tongkonan, are also built according to the principles of Alukto Dolo. Although most Toraja are Christian nowadays, still many traditions live on. During the stay at Toraja there may be a unique opportunity to visit an impressive funeral, house ceremony, or the big animal market, the program may be altered to fit in these visits.

Day 4: Toraja

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your Toraja excursion after breakfast. The first visit is to Lemo, famous for its tombs hanging on steep cliffs, whose verandas are decorated with dozens of Tau Tau sculptures depicting the deceased ancestors. Here you also have the opportunity to take souvenir photos of your Indonesia trip in traditional Toraja attire.

Onward to the tomb of Tampang Allo and Kambira, where you can explore the different ways the Toraja bury their dead from the hanging graves as done in the old days to the baby graves in the trunks of big trees.

After lunch, hike in the beautiful scenery surrounding Bebo to Karuaya. Enjoy the afternoon atmosphere and get a real impression of the village life of the locals. The trail leads past rice terraces and small picturesque villages, whose traditional houses, and beautiful landscapes, give a perfect picture.

The day ends at the village of Kete Kesu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village is one of the most important centers of Tana Toraja culture with its typical Tongkonan houses, ornately carved and decorated with antique wood ornaments. Near the village, there are rock cave tombs, as well as hanging coffins.

Dinner is served in a local restaurant.

Day 5: Toraja

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you'll find yourself captivated by beautiful scenes. Visit Londa in the morning to see the most unusual tombs in the world. It is located on steep, overgrown limestone rocks and in caves. The special feature here is the densely packed ancestor figures on a porch, which carry quite realistic facial features.

Catch the dawn chorus of buffalo grunts and excited haggling at the Bolu buffalo market. This open-air market takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays, one of Indonesia's most fascinating animal shows, yet it remains a local event with few outside visitors.

Continue to Bori, passing by beautiful scenery, where more than a hundred ancient monoliths stand tall on the funeral site showing the local family status. In Pallawa, you'll gather more insight into the way of life of Toraja residents and their impressive Tongkonan houses.

Proceed towards Batutumonga, an area located on a dramatic ridge high on the slope of Mount Sesean known for its spectacular rocky terraces that last forever. It offers a relaxing ambiance and cool temperatures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the top which offers a wonderful view over Rantepao.

The next visit is to Lo'komata, a huge burial stone. Spend your afternoon walking through the authentic village of Buntu Lobo before returning to the hotel.

Day 6: Toraja | Makassar

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast, say goodbye to the surreal world of Tana Toraja. On the way back to Makassar, stop in Puncak Lakawan to enjoy an incredible view of hills and valleys. Lunch is served in a restaurant in Pare-Pare. You'll arrive in Makassar in the afternoon and directly transfer to your hotel in Makassar, check in and the afternoon is free for leisure.

Day 7: Makassar | Fly to Lombok

After breakfast, meet the guide and proceed to the airport for your flight to Lombok.

Upon arriving in Lombok, your guide meet you at the airport and you'll continue the adventure to Tanjung. Tanjung, a sub-district and capital of North Lombok Regency, boasts various upscale hotels. Renowned for its distinctive cuisine, Tanjung offers satay as a specialty, crafted from crispy and spicy cakalang fish, typically enjoyed with rice or lontong.

Enjoy your evening of rest.

Day 8: Lombok

The New Zealand government initiated a project to train local women in Lombok as guides. During this captivating, gentle hike, one of the ladies assumes the role of your guide. Some breathtaking views unfold as you traverse local trails through bamboo forests that lead to a scenery of idyllic rice terraces. Along the route, several traditional villages await your visit, providing insights into the vibrant life of the Sasak people, Lombok's indigenous inhabitants. The hike culminates at Sendang Gila waterfall, offering a refreshing spot for a dip. Subsequently, return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 9: Lombok

A brief 20-minute cruise aboard Tugu Lombok's private boat reveals three small islands adorned with coral reefs – Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. Each boasts crystal-clear waters, vibrant coral, and colorful fish. These islands have gained popularity for enjoying the simple pleasures of sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, and mingling.

En route to the islands, you'll witness panoramic views of Sire Beach and the mountain ranges. Gili Trawangan, the largest among the trio, stands out as the most developed, offering entertainment, eateries, cafes, and shops.

Snorkeling equipment, towels, mineral water, and a choice of soft drinks, local beer, and fresh fruits are provided for this excursion. The boat voyage encompasses the three renowned Gili Islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan, with a 20-minute journey to reach Gili Trawangan.

Day 10: Lombok

Today is free for your own leisure to relax at the resort.

Day 11: Lombok | Fly to Labuan Bajo

Meet your guide and drive to the airport to catch your flight to Labuan Bajo.

Upon arrival at Labuan Bajo Airport, transfer to Labuan Bajo harbor (approximately 20 minutes drive) for harbor clearance. Once cleared, you'll board your yacht for the next couple of days and head out for Kelor Island, taking approximately 40 minutes. On arrival on Kelor Island, dive in for snorkeling and underwater views.

Enjoy lunch on the boat after your snorkeling excursion.

After lunch, move to Rinca Island which takes approximately 1.5 hrs by yacht. On arrival on Rinca Island, go trekking and see some of the infamous Komodo dragons, as well as the other wild animals such as Timor deer, buffalo, monkey, snake, etc. 

In the afternoon, the boat is anchored in Kalong Island for an overnight stay, and you can enjoy the sunset while the bats (Kalong) fly out from their nests in the mangroves.

Day 12: Boat Trip Komodo Rinca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning, move from Kalong Island to Padar Island while enjoying your breakfast with a view.

Padar Island offers spectacular views after trekking to the highest point of the island. This has become one of the favored spots in Komodo islands and trekking to the high point takes only 1-2 hours at your leisure.

After trekking, return to the yacht and move to the infamous pink beach. Here, you can go snorkeling on Pink Beach to see the amazing marine life and also relax on a pink sandy beach, perfect for photos!

Enjoy lunch on the boat while you move to Komodo Island; taking approximately 1 hour by boat. Komodo Island offers more fantastic trekking opportunities to spot wildlife and get up close to the Komodo Dragon.

After trekking, return to the boat and move to Kalong Komodo Island to stay overnight onboard the boat. Enjoy the sunset while the bats (Kalong) fly out from their nests in the mangroves.

Day 13: Boat Trip Komodo Rinca

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, after breakfast, head to Manta Point, the best site to see the manta rays. Here you can snorkel and have a chance to see the manta rays and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.

After a morning swim with Manta, head to Gili Lawa Island which takes about 1,5 hours. Gili Lawa is a beautiful small and relaxed uninhabited island, located in the Northern part of the Komodo National Park.  It faces the wide and deep bay of Komodo Island and offers amazing views and white sand beaches, especially at sunset.

Tonight, enjoy dinner and a good night's sleep on the boat. 

Day 14: End of Boat Trip | Labuan Bajo

On the last day of cruising, you can do the trekking in Gili Lawa Darat starting around 5 a.m. to catch an incredible sunrise over Komodo National Park. After your morning trek, return to the yacht for a fulfilling breakfast.

Afterward, transfer back to the harbor. Upon arrival at the harbor, your driver is waiting to bring you to Labuan Bajo air

Day 15: Fly to Jakarta | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After a leisurely to enjoy your surroundings, return to the Labuan Bajo airport for your flight to Jakarta to catch your connecting flight back home. Goodbye, Indonesia!

Accommodations

Tugu Lombok

Tugu Lombok
Tugu Lombok
Tugu Lombok

Sermani Hotel Sengkang

Dining and Lounge area
Lobby
Hotel's entrance

FM7 Resort Hotel

Toraja Misiliana Hotel

Hotel Facade
Toraja Tongkonan Suite of Toraja Misiliana Hotel
Welcome to home

Ayana Komodo

Hotel Facade
Unique Rooftop Bar
Mesa Bar and Lounge

Aryaduta Makassar

Hotel Facade
Swimming Pool
Lounge

Pinta Boat

Sleeping couches
Living room
Dining area

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Included
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • All entrance fees
  • Chartered Boat
  • Komodo National Park fee
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • All drinks

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