Modular options lasting one to three weeks open up south, central and north Sulawesi to travellers with a passion for going off the beaten track in Southeast Asia.
Khiri Travel Indonesia has launched three innovative options for exploring the Sulawesi archipelago in Indonesia based on available time. Sulawesi Island is the fourth largest Island in Indonesia after Kalimantan (Borneo), the Indonesia half part of Papua and Sumatra.
There’s one-week south Sulawesi only. For up to two weeks there’s south Sulawesi with central or northern areas added. And there is a three-week or more option exploring all three regions.
Each option can be customized and has been designed for the adventure seeker who wants to get off the beaten track but retain comfortable lodgings and transport, quality meals, and in-depth cultural insights from local Khiri guides.
“The Sulawesi experience is a world within a world in Indonesia,” says Herman Hoven, the General Manager of Khiri Travel Indonesia. “In most places there are very few tourists. Our guests tell us they feel a real sense of discovery in Sulawesi.”
After exploring the capital Makassar, the one-week south Sulawesi trip focuses on the Toraja Highlands with its mythical culture and elaborate funeral ceremonies. The journey includes riverboat trips, forest hiking, and some cycling. On the return leg, the flight between Palopo (near Toraja) and Makassar takes only an hour.
The two-week option continues from Toraja to central Sulawesi’s Post Lake, Tentana, waterfalls, a local homestay and the mysterious and still unexplained Bada (Napu) Valley megalithic site, which was only discovered by the outside world in 1908.
A trip to the Togean Islands to see the local Bajo people, who live in stilt houses at sea, and to discover secret beaches and a lake full of jelly fish, can be inserted instead of — or as well as — the Bada Valley.
Hoven says north Sulawesi, by contrast, offers a big nature experience with world-class snorkeling and diving sites in Bunaken, a drive and hike to the top of the Mahawu volcano, a walk beside a colored sulphur lake, and an immersive rain forest journey in Tangkoko national park, home to the tarsier, the smallest primate in the world.
Khiri Travel opened its Sulawesi office in Makassar in January to continue expansion of its DMC services across the Indonesian archipelago. International aviation hubs such as Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Jakarta and Bali offer direct flights to Makassar, putting Sulawesi within easy reach for mainstream tourists in Southeast Asia. Makassar is an important domestic hub in Indonesia with flights to Solo, Surabaya, Yogjakarta, Manado, Palu, Jayapura (Papua) or Ambon (Maluku) among others. Manado is also internationally connected to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Hoven says the three Sulawesi options from Khiri are designed to be modular. They can be done alone or in any combination or sequence to fit in with traveller needs.
Apart from Makassar in Sulawesi, Khiri Travel Indonesia now has operational offices in Lombok, Bali, Labuan Bajo (Flores), and Yogyakarta (Java).