- PISANG IJO
This is a traditional food from Makassar. Pisang ijo is one of the most popular dessert from Makassar. This dessert is a type of food made from banana sago flour dough covered with green colour and coconut milk, then doused with syrup. It has a sweet taste, nice and refreshing.
Kapurung is a traditional food from south Sulawesi specifically from Palopo. This traditional food made from sago, some vegetables (spinach, corn, etc.) and also have some variant like kapurung with fish, kapurung with shrimp, and kapurung with chicken. You can choose between three of them.
- COTO MAKASSAR
Coto Makassar is the traditional Makassar soup that includes meat and offal. The soup is served with rice cake wrapped in leaves, or with rice. It made from some traditional herbs originally from Indonesia. The taste for some foreigner might a lil’bit heavy but it worth to try.
- MIE TITI & MIE CELUP
Both of them are traditional food from Makassar made from noodle. The different between two of them is the noodle of mie titi is fried and then the noodle of mie celup is grilled but both of them serve with thick soup.
- SOP SODARA
Sop Saudara is a traditional soup of South Sulawesi. Like Coto Makassar it is made with meat and innards such as liver and lung. The meat and offal components of the soup are added separately, so if offal isn’t your thing you may choose the ingredients you want in your soup.
Pallubasa is a beef, coconut and offal is also used in the soup. Egg yolk also can be used in the soup which added to the visual delight of the serving.
- PISANG EPE
No visit to Makassar is complete without having a stroll along Losari Beach at sunset. There is no actual beach here but the waterfront faces the west, making it the ideal place to watch the sunset over the sea. Pisang epe is pressed grilled banana, served with melted palm sugar. As it was my first I went for the original flavour but there are several flavour toppings available, including chocolate, durian, and cheese.
Sarabba is a specialty of South Sulawesi that you should also seek out on your visit to Makassar. This is a spicy hot drink that includes ginger, palm suger, pepper, and coconut milk. The easiest place to find Sarabba is among the Pisang Epe vendors on Losari Beach. You can also buy instant satchels at some of the souvenir shops.
- SPERMONDE ISLANDS MAKASSAR
Most of all islands are atol. Some of those islands are; Samalona Island, Kodingareng Keke Island, Kapoposang Island, Lanyukan Island, Kayangan Island, Lae-lae Island and many more. Usually, the boat rental owner will call us once we walk in front of Fort Rotterdam. The boat rental cost is between Rp270.000 – Rp2.000.000 a day.
In terms of formal tourist accommodation, your options out of Makassar are Samalona, a tiny island just 30 minutes from Makassar, with simple guesthouses. Kodingareng Keke is a small island only 10-15 minutes from samalona, in kodingareng keke there’s no people who lived in but you can build a tent if you want to stay for a night and enjoy the waves, the sunset and also the sand. Kapoposang, which has a sweet resort on a soft, deep white sand beach complete with compressor for diving. Lanjukang island is located on the outer edge of the Spermonde shelf with a barrier reef protecting its western shore. Around Lanyukan are reefs with steep drop-offs and caves, excellent for diving. There is a small village on the island but Lanjukan does not offer facilities for staying overnight and we need to 3 days free time so we can enjoy the island because from the port to the island it takes half-day. Lae-lae island is the island nearest to Makassar. It has been extended with a long breakwater at the north side that is designed to protect the harbour of Makassar against waves. Lae-Lae is densely populated. A part of the population earns their money with fishing, others run the small boats that can take you from town to Lae-Lae, Samalona and Kodengareng Keke. More and more people find work in town as crossing by motorboat now takes only 5 – 10 minutes.
- TANJUNG BIRA BEACH
Tanjung Bira is located at Bulukumba, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. It’s about 5-6 hours from Makassar downtown. There are so many hostels/hostels along Tanjung Bira Beach (priced range Rp75.000-500.000).
- FORT ROTTERDAM
Fort Rotterdam lies in the heart of Makassar. Fort Rotterdam is a historical traces dating back to the Kingdom of Gowa from the 16th century to colonization by the Dutch, this Fort has silently witnessed many episodes in Makassar’s history, playing a most essential role in its development. The shape of the fort is like a turtle. Not only unique, but also contains deep meaning. For just as a sea turtle lives both on land and at sea, the glory of the Gowa Kingdom also stretched on land as well as over the seas. Now fort Rotterdam became a museum.
to get there we need 2 hours drive but it’s worth it. Because it’s far from crowded city so we can enjoy the fresh air, pines forest, tea fields, and waterfall. Because the place like in a mountain so the weather is a bit cool and it’s different from Makassar. There’s a lot of place to stay in Malino like hotel, a villa and many more.
Rammang-Rammang is a village in Maros regency where lays the world’s second longest karst. Rammang-Rammang is located in Bontoa, around 40km from Makassar so it’s like 1 hour and a half from Makassar by car. To get to see the karst we need to rent a boat and it cost like Rp250.000,-. A long the river journey we will see a beautiful karst with a uniqe shape. to see what inside the karst we have to walk after we get down from the boat.
- BANTIMURUNG WATERFALL
Bantimurung waterfall has a width of 20 meters and a height of 15 meters with hills panorama and natural waterfall cascading from the top of cliffs. The depth of water in these baths between the ankles to the waist. It will give you beautiful landscapes and relaxing time to just lay on the ground and listen to the voice of the waterfall. On the left there is a waterfall 10 meters high concrete staircase that is the way to the two caves that surround the waterfall, the Cave of Dreams and Batu Caves. Besides having a stunning waterfall and tourism area, Bantimurung also a home of many species of rare butterflies, so the Dutch colonists once called this place as the “Kingdom of Butterfly”. To get to Bantimurung from Makassar it takes almost 2 hours drive and have to pay from Rp50.000, – Rp150.000,
- TANAH TORAJA
Tanah toraja have a lot of beautiful icons such as traditional house called Tongkonan, traditional cemetetry called Londa, etc. Tanah Toraja familiar with their Rambu Solo ceremony that only happened in November – December. Rambu Solo is a funeral procession of Torajan people which is different from common funeral. In this funeral you can see Torajan people respect their ancestor very well. The funeral consist with of several show list, you’ll be able to see cultural values that still highly maintained by Torajan people.