Makassar Indonesia is the largest city in eastern Indonesia and the capital city of South Sulawesi province. Makassar enjoys a central location in the Indonesian archipelago and is Indonesia’s busy air hub, connecting Sumatra, Java, Bali and Kalimantan in the west with Sulawesi, the Moluccas and Papua in the east. Ever since the fourteenth century and located on the busy trading route along the narrow straits of Makassar, the city of Makassar is a bustling cosmopolitan town with the settlement of many races and ethnic groups, of Chinese, European, Javanese, Balinese, Ambon, and others. Makassar is the Gateway to East Indonesia, and also the point of entry to an adventurous tour to the TanaToraja highlands, where awesome mountain scenery and the distinctive rituals of the Toraja people await.
The island of Makassar is also known to have some of the most beautiful spots for diving. Just a mere 50 km from the city, BantimurungBulusaraung National Park awaits with its spectacular waterfall and hordes of enchanting butterflies, or visit Bulukumba’s fascinating traditional shipbuilding dockyards and pristine beach at Bira. Freshly caught seafood served in various ways, Chinese or locals is the highlight of any visit to Makassar.
As a big cosmopolitan city, Makassar has a good number of taxicab available in hotels and shopping malls. Else take a bemo, or for slower sightseeing, take becak, better known here as rodatiga’.