Sitting on the southwestern coast of Sulawesi Island, Makassar – formerly named Ujung Pandang – is historically known as an important trading port due to its proximity to the famed Spice Islands. Once colonised by the Dutch, and home to Indonesia’s ethnic groups including the Bugis, this bustling seaside city taps its rich heritage, offering travellers historical gems, natural attractions as well as a variety of sightseeing opportunities within the city and beyond its coast.
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Get a glimpse of Makassar’s glorious past as a trading outpost at Fort Rotterdam, one of the city’s most well-known landmarks...
Diving and snorkelli...
There are plenty of diving and snorkelling opportunities off the coast of Makassar. Nearby Kayangan and Laelae islands, which...
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Island hopping tips
Travellers keen on visiting the islands are advised to check the boat arrangements available to and from Makassar. Ask your h...
Those looking for day trips from the city are spoilt for choice. Visit Bulukumba District – situated in South Sulawesi about ...
Makassar is the gateway to Tana Toraja, which is about eight hours away by car. Famous for its beautiful landscape of rice te...
Snap up some antiques and souvenirs at Jalan Somba Opu, Makassar’s shopping strip. Handicrafts, silk, pottery and brass work ...
- Flying time from Singapore3 hours
- CurrencyIndonesian Rupiah (IDR)
- Airport to city17 kilometres
- Airport taxInternational flights IDR200,000
- ClimateAverage Temperature 26 degree Celsius. April to September is Dry season (humid and sunny). October to March is Wet season (Rainy)
- ActivitiesSightseeing, shopping, diving