Travel itinerary

Here is our travel itinerary for the 3 weeks:

From Jakarta, we flew to Makassar in South Sulawesi and spent 3 days there. Then we went by bus to Rantepao (8h) in the highlands, where we stayed 4 days. From there we went by bus on a bad road to Tentena (14h). We stayed 3 days. From Tentana, we went by public car to Poso (1.5h), where we switched to a mini bus which brought us to Ampana (4h). We only spent 1 day in Ampana. Then we took the speedboat to Bomba on the Togean Islands (40 min).

Our route for 3 weeks in Sulawesi

We stayed at Poyalisa, a very small island near Bomba, for 8 days. Then we went back to Ampana by ferry (3h) and on by mini bus to Palu (10h), where we spent 2 days and then flew back to Germany via Makassar, Jakarta, Singapore, and Amsterdam (> 30 h).


Getting to Sulawesi

We flew from Frankfurt, Germany to Makassar in Sulawesi. There were 2 stopovers, one in Amsterdam and one in Jakarta.

Sumatra from above

The total flight durations were:

  • Frankfurt to Amsterdam, 1:15 h
  • Amsterdam (time zone GMT+2 in summer with DST) to Jakarta (GMT+7), 13:55 h
  • Jakarta (GMT+7) to Makassar (GMT+8), 2:30 h

The total journey took more than 30 hours. When we arrived in the heat of Makassar late at night, all we wanted was to sleep.


Leaving Jakarta for Makassar

My packing list for 3 weeks in Sulawesi

Here is my packing list for 3 weeks in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Essential stuff
* passport
* cash card
* credit card
* cash, 150 Euro pp
* flight reservation numbers, copies of passports
* money belt / secure money storage
* scuba diving license

* DSLR Body (Nikon D7000)
* all-purpose lens: Nikkor 18-200 mm f 3.5-5.6
* flash
* charger, replacement battery, SD cards
* small backup camera: Canon Powershot SX 110-IS, 2× 4GB SD cards
* power adapter
* waterproof camera bag (canoe-style)

Daypack / Travel / Cabin luggage
* small backpack
* 1 good book
* music / MP3-player
* sun glasses
* guide book (lonely planet, rough guide or whatever)
* pocket tissue
* batteries

Health / Personal care / Drugs
* travel toilet bag
* travel towel
* tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, …
* mosquito repellent
* sunscreen
* contact lenses, solution
* antimalarial medication (e.g., Lariam)
* anti-diarrhoeal drug

Trekking / National Park stuff
* knife
* head torch [caving + climbing in the dark]
* very bright torch (e.g., Fenix LD20) [caving, night trails in the rainforest]
* mosquito-net + line
* hut sleeping bag, cotton

* biodegradable washing powder
* zip-off trekking trousers long x2 [good for night trails or when walking in dense vegetation, warm though]
* trekking sandals [used as walking shoes for the city]
* sneakers, socks x2 [for jungle trekking. ordinary trekking boots are far too heavy and warm]
* hat / head wear [sun protection for trekking, canoeing etc]
* underwear x5
* shorts x1 (I also have the 2 zip-off pants, so 1 should do it)
* swimming shorts x1
* divers mask for snorkeling
* light cotton t-shirt x4 (including a very old one for snorkeling)
* small umbrella x1
* pullover / hoodie x1 [for buses, boats and buildings with insane aircon only, or if you are going into the mountains >=2000m]

First blog post

On this blog, I will post some photos and travel information from our 3-week trip to Sulawesi, which will start in June 2016.

We will be flying from Jakarta to Makassar, then our intention is to travel to Rantepao, Pendolor or Tentena, Poso, the Togean Islands, and Palu. We will be flying back to Jakarta from Palu.

Hopefully we will get to see some great national parks, the ones highest on my list are Togean Islands NP and Lore Lindu NP atm.