Travel Blogs from Makassar
... way here, we can tell this as the market stalls outside the port are selling those last minute things you need before going on a long journey, food, fruit etc, and not the usual tourist trinkets. We cross the busy main road with a little help from a police man and nerves of steel and find ourselves in a local market mall type thing. Here there are hundreds of small stalls selling clothes, shoes, curtains, jewellery etc, and for a change no signs saying in big letters WE DO BIG ...
... br> Our destination for diving was the Lembeh Straights, a somewhat narrow channel between Sulawesi and an offshore island. To look at the place you wouldn't think much of it, but Lembeh sits in a location where huge, nutrient-rich deep water currents funnel into a narrow area and leave behind some magic detritus and plankton soup that nurtures a staggering variety of micro marine life. This is what the diving community calls 'muck diving', the bottom of ...
The amount of air conditionned shopping malls seduced us to enter to have a glance at what the shops offer. A whole new world just opened and we spent the entire afternoon and evening inside. We ended with a great pizza to change the rice for one time ...
... our flight and had to kill a few hours before we could check our bags. Not a big deal - we're used to waiting around and entertaining ourselves.
The airport featured gorgeous large saltwater aquariums at each gate. Beautiful clown fish, cleaner shrimp, and small corals and anemone, but seemed to want a little TLC as some brown algae see.med prevalent.
We're both excited to reach Bali and be somewhat back on the grid for a few days!
February saw us leaving Bali and arriving in Sulawesi, in a
thunderous downpour. Indonesian airlines have a poor safety record
and I could be forgiven for thinking our plane was about to skid off
the runway on landing in Makassar the island capital. Colins knee had
a good pinching anyway!!
We immediately left the
airport and caught a night bus to Tana Toraja, a region of Sulawesi
famous for its obsession ...