West Papua or Western New Guinea was annexed by Indonesia from the Netherlands in 1969 and is the western half of the island of New Guinea and smaller islands to its west. The region is administered as two provinces: Papua and West Papua. The eastern half of New Guinea is the country of Papua New Guinea. The population of approximately 3.6 million comprises ethnic Papuans, Melanesians, and Austronesians. The region is predominantly dense forest where numerous traditional tribes live such as the Dani of the Baliem Valley, although the majority of the population live in or near coastal areas. The largest city in the region is Jayapura. The official and most commonly spoken language is Indonesian. The main industries.
Raja Ampat is a paradise on earth. Untouched and absolutey gorgeous, Raja Ampat and its majestic islands put their spell to everyone who visit. Located on the northwestern tip of Papua, Raja Ampat stands for ‘Four Kings’ in native language. These kings are the beautiful islands of Waigeo, Misool, Batanta, and Salawati. More than 600 smaller islands are scattered around the larger ones. Raja Ampat lies in the center of the coral triangle, the most bio-diverse marine region on earth. Above water, the landscape of Raja Ampat is exceptionally stunning. Under water, it is as captivating if not more. The diversity of marine life in the area offers endless exploration. Raja Ampat is home to 1,430 species of reef fish, 10 times the number of hard coral species found in the entire Caribbean, 75% of all known coral species in the world, and 700 kinds of mollusk. Diving here is an experience unsurpassed by anything. Fish and other marine animals crowd the water, following divers, or just simply being nonchalant and just keep on with whatever they are doing. Manta rays, green turtles, even whales are regular sightings here.
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DAY 01: MAKASSAR – PARE PARE – TORAJA (L)
Upon arrival, meeting service and then drive to Toraja land along the coastal area until Pare pare. Passing rice field, fish ponds and Bugis villages. Lunch will be provided en route. Afternoon start entering the hinterland of south Sulawesi, the panoramic views changing. Photo stops are provided such as at Pucak Lakawan and Salubarani.
DAY 02: FULL DAY TANA TORAJA TOUR (B,L)
The tour starts by visiting Lemo - where the burial places are carved high up on the rock cliffs. There are rows of effigies of deceased on display next to them. Continue then to Pasiliran in Sangalla area - it is a burial place for babies on the tree trunk. The last visit before lunch is Suaya - the burial site for the nobles of Sangalla. There are effigies on a balcony carved on the cliff and preserved ancient sarcophagus nearby. Lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon visit Londa - the biggest burial places in the cave. There rows of Tau Tau or wooden effigies are displayed in the balcony. Proceed then to Kete' Ke'su one of the most beautiful places with rows of traditional houses set on a beautiful setting. Kete Kesu area is well-known for Toraja wood carving too. Take the chance to walk to a burial place just behind the village. There are hanging ancient wooden sarcophagus and rows of wooden effigies also exist here.
DAY 03: FULL DAY TORAJA TOUR (B,L)
If no cultural events, visit Pallawa - one of the biggest Traditional village, proceed then to Sa’dan the place know for the typical Toraja Weaving. Lunch at local restaurant. Drive then to Batutumonga the place where one can have an aerial view over the valley of central Toraja. Next to Batutumonga there are Lokomata, the burial place carved on a single huge rock almost in round shape. On return to hotel drive to through Bori visit a place where the Simbuang – Toraja stone monuments located.
DAY 04: TORAJA – PARE PARE – MAKASSAR (B,L)
Drive back to Makassar airport to take flight to the next destination. Lunch en route.
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DAY 01: ARRIVAL MANADO – HALF DAY CITY TOUR (D)
Upon Arrival at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, the guest will be picked up to start the tour: Visiting Ring Road Area on Citra Land – to see closer “The Amaze Tower” as the Biggest Jesus Blessing Statue in Asia. Then go to “Manado Down Town” for City Tour: passing “China Town”, “Ban Hin Kiong Temple”, “TKB (Taman Kesatuan Bangsa)”, “Zero Point”, then “Government Area of North Sulawesi on Jl. 17 Agustus”. On Afternoon, go to Boulevard Area for “Culinary Tour” enjoying Fried Banana + Sauce of Roa Fish. Dinner will be served at Local Restaurant in Manado. Check-In Hotel & have rest.
DAY 02: BUNAKEN TOUR – SHOPPING (B,L,D)
After having breakfast at Hotel, the guest will be picked up to go to Marina Harbour. When arrive at Marina Harbour, use Speedboat / Glass Bottom boat to “Bunaken Island” takes ±45 minutes, and ±20 minutes time for Sightseeing the Beautiful Marine Park of Bunaken. After sightseeing tour, go to Bunaken land. Free Program for Snorkeling / Diving. We provide Boat for Free (Snorkeling Equipment + Guide Snorkeling: Optional) Lunch will be served at Local Restaurant. At afternoon, back to Manado. Then “Shopping Tour” at the Biggest Souvenir Center in North Sulawesi “Merciful Building”. Dinner will be served at Local Restaurant in Manado.
DAY 03: MINAHASA HIGHLAND TOUR (B,L,D)
After having breakfast at hotel, the guest will be picked up to “Minahasa Highland Tour” where you can enjoy the beautiful view of Manado City with an Altitude of 500 Meters at “Tinoor”, the Cold city “Tomohon”, “Bukit Doa”, “Pagoda Tower”, the Location of Traditional House making of Minahasa at “Woloan Village” and to “Tondano Lake”. But before, stop by at Ring Road Citra Land to see closer “The Amaze Tower” as the Biggest Jesus Blessing Statue in Asia. Entering Tondano city, we are welcomed with a view of rice fields in Boulevard of Tondano. As we see the biggest rice fields here, it’s because Tondano is one of the best rice producer in North Sulawesi. To enjoy the beautiful view of the rice fields, the guest will use “Bendi” as the traditional public transport of North Sulawesi people, which at Java areas known as Wagon. After enjoy the fresh air in Tondano rice fields, Lunch will be served at Local Restaurant near Tondano Lake. After Lunch, visiting “Hill of Love” by passing the Location of manufacture original pottery in “Pulutan Village”, the shopping location of Crunchy Beans & Buns in Kawangkoan. Then go to “Linow Lake” to see the changing color lake depends on sunlight and the sulfur. Back to Manado then Dinner will be served at Local Restaurant in Manado. Back to Hotel & have rest.
DAY 04: MANADO - DEPARTURE (B)
After having breakfast, transfer out and directly go to the airport.
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Dubbed as ‘Land of the Heavenly Kings’, Tana Toraja lies 328 KM north of Makassar in the central highlands of South Sulawesi. Toraja is lush and fertile, snuggled between mountains and cliffs. It is a serene place with ancient tradition that is successful in attracting people from all over the world.
Manado is the capital and biggest city in North Sulawesi, famous for Bunaken, a world-class diving destination. There are at least 20 dive spots around Bunaken with amazing marine biodiversity. Diving is obviously the activity of choice here, but non-divers need not worry, because Bunaken is also an excellent snorkeling spot. In the town of Manado be sure to visit Ban Hian Kong Temple, the oldest Chinese temple in Manado built during the Qing Dynasty era (17th- 20th century) and the Sawangan highland where sarchophagus from the megalithic era, along with 144 tombstones from the 16th century can be found.
Explorer and conservationist, Jacque Cousteau is said to have named the Wakatobi island: ‘Underwater Nirvana’. Covering the entire Wakatobi District, now the ‘Underwater Nirvana’ is a National Marine Park that comprises a total of 1.4 milion hectares and 4 main islands: Wangiwangi, Kalidupa, Tomia and Binongko. More than 75% of the area is where tropical coral reefs thrive and provide a safe haven for marine life of all sizes. Wakatobi has the highest number of reef and fish species in the world.
Gorontalo is often overlooked by travelers that are heading to Togean island. Just like Makassar, Gorontalo also has historical buildings from the bygone era. The Otanaha Fortress is one of them, uniquely built using a mixture of sand, plaster and egg. Natural swimming pools with natural spring water and hot springs can also be found here. Gorontalo has huge potential to be the next dive mecca with its stunning underwater life and the Salvator Dali coral sponge, indigenous to the region.
Previously named Ujungpandang, Makassar is the biggest city in the eastern part of Indonesia. It also acts as a gateway to enchanting cultural adventures in the highlands of Toraja. Makassar is known for its to-die-for seafood dishes, but also for its historical background, and with that, also the remains from the days of Dutch colonial. Fort Rotterdam is a popular spot, along with Somba Opu Fortress, Bantimurung waterfall, and Losari Beach where locals gather to watch the sunset while munching on local delicacies. Across the Ujung Pandang harbor is the tiny island of Samalona that offers recreational watersports.
- Unlike most parts of Indonesia, Manado is predominantly Christians thus choosing halal food might come as a challenge although not impossible.
- July to August is the busiest season in Bunaken. Reserve early to get the resort and diving operator that you want.
- Coto Makassar (meat and cow innards stew) is a must-try while in Makassar, along with Pallu Bassa (water buffalo or beef stew) and served with steamed rice. To fight off the heat, choose Es Pisang Ijo, a popular dessert that is made from pancake-covered banana that is served like soup, in a bowl with syrupy water.
- Manado is food lovers’ paradise. Enjoy all the fresh food you want, directly from the sea or fertile mountain. Grilled fish is very popular among locals, especially when served with kangkung (watercress). Bubur Manado (Manado Porridge) or Tinu'tuan is also a favorite. For the dessert, choose Klappertaart, the Dutch inspired cake made from coconut.
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