Sulawesi is, in our belief, the island with the strongest culture. This Indonesian island still isn't visited that much by tourists which makes it's authentic to. It is one of those islands you fall in love with. We made a map of our route so you can easily see which stops we made.
From Makassar to Manado we had 9 travel days (including boat to and from the Togian Islands) and covered around 2.000 kilometers. Sulawesi is big, and a trip of 250 km takes you easily 5-6 hours due to road conditions and mountainous terrain.
Our Sulawesi trip started in Makassar. There isn't that much to do here, but we stayed here a couple of days, to give our visitors some time to recover from the long flight. We met our private driver Jemi here, who will drive us all the way up to Manado.
Leaving Makassar we drove to Sengkang where we visited Danau Tempe Lake and saw the sunset. Our next stop was the beautiful, impressive Tana Toraja Regency where they have an incredibly strong and beautiful culture. We drove through the lovely surroundings en visited a funeral. You cannot visit Sulawesi without going to Tana Toraja!
After Tana Toraja, Lake Poso was on the agenda. We visited 2 villages at the lake and learned that if you really want something, and work hard for it, dreams can come true.
Via Ampana we crossed over to the Togian Islands. These are beautiful islands where you can snorkel and/or dive en can do nothing. From there, leaving with the night boat, we went via Gorontalo to Tomohon. A remote place where we climbed the volcano. Next stop was the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, one of our highlights. We finally saw the hornbill and even saw the tarsiers. Our final stop was at Manado & Bunaken. We really enjoyed the underwater life here and it is a great place to start or end your trip.
In total we have been for 28 days on the island Sulawesi. You can shorten this because we spent some extra days in Makassar and 1 week in the Bunaken. Also we spent 2 days in Tomohon, which wasn't that special and can be skipped in our opinion. The route we took, can be easily done in 3 weeks.
Because we've been traveling with our family, we don't have a clear view on the average daily spendings. We can tell you however that you can easily manage with 300.000 Rupiah p.p.p.d.
Hopefully our information is useful to future Sulawesi travelers. If you have any questions, don't hesitate and let us know!