Traveler Stories

Sulawesi

Bus trip was very comfortable and most preferred. and 2 mini vans were spacious.
The Taka Bonorate sand bar was magnificent..excellent place to visit. Snorkeling were v good. And diving spot is good as well.

Landscape Toraja excellent.

Guides from Bonorate v good. Torajan guide quite good.

Group mixture v good. Generally, no negatives point for me to add. But a fast boat to Bonorate would be a big plus.

James Lee

South Suluwesi, Take Bonarate & Toraja

Met many new friends and they were great company. We had an excellent adventure leader throughout the trip who made the journey safe, enjoyable and fun. The local guides were also friendly, attentive and caring.

Luckily the fun parts outweights the long and often tedious rides by planes, roads and boats, which are also opportunities to catch up on sleep.

It was also a great opportunity for me to shoot many photos. I enjoyed the trip. Thanks all.

Nelson

Takabonerate

Great trip and organizer, clear itinerary and helpful organizer. Will definitely join another trip again

Helen Ong

Sulawesi: A Trip to Challenge All Expectations

The Sulawesi trip (17-26 Nov 2017) was filled with more challenges than I’d expected, but on hind-sight perhaps it was better to be surprised. Otherwise I might not gone.

Travel was long and tough especially on the first leg to Taka-bonerate Marine Park. Flight to Jakarta came in around 2 am so hung out in airport till next flight at 8 am to Makassar, after which it was a short flight to Selayar, a big island, and then directly onto a boat for a 5 hr open sea ride the marine park. The night was spent in a room so hot it was impossible to sleep. But the sheer wonder of Taka-bonerate’s pristine beaches, coral reefs and rustic villages more than made up for previous travails.

The return journey involved hours of ear-numbing engine roar, storm-tossed sea, a ferry ride and then a night in run-down hotel. That sandwich of bliss between 2 layers of hardship was for me something to really think about.

Toraja was beautiful for its serene green padi-fields and mist-clad mountains that surround them. All sorts of surprises awaited : a boat-ride on a lake to visit a fisherman, a quiet hotel which insisted on blacking out at dinner times, world-class coffee and of course death rituals that involve commerce, animal violence and community celebration and more.

It was a trip of amazing proportions for me. It stretched my coping mechanisms where the travel was concerned, and it enriched my perceptions of culture, nature and people. I don’t think of such a trip as a holiday, or vacation. It was an experience, and like I said, the less prepared one is the better it’d be. Kinda an irony, but life is like that.

I love Tracy for her enthusiastic desire to share her country with us, and for always giving us the best she can find in terms of travel and accommodation in situations where standards can be vastly different from what we’re normally used to. Where there were challenges they were good for my soul. And my travel companions were exceptionally like-minded, and that made all the difference!

Pauline Koe

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