Hotel Sahid Jaya Makassar
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Wow what a day!!!
I spent most of our first night chronically ill with food poisoning from Chinese takeaways and we hadn't even left Australia yet!!! I was certainly not in a good mood to start the first leg of a 22 hour journey to get to our first destination Sorong this morning.
Our first flight went smoothly enough, Garuda airlines are one of the best airlines I have flown with to date and journeys are made so much easier with a good movie and ...
... after collecting one of our friends on the outskirts of the city. Only once did one of the convoy members fall behind or get lost, and that was Abbie and I because we hit a red light and the others hadn't noticed. So after waiting for 2 minutes at the lights they were long gone down the road and had to pull over to wait for us. As we drove along the highway, the karst rock formations that Rammang Rammang is famous for began to appear on the horizon to the east of ...
... scheduled to leave at 8 pm, but we planned to arrive at roughly 6 pm because the departure times are liable to change (and the next boat was in 2 weeks!). On our way to dinner at 5 ish, we saw the boat already docked and already packed with people! We rushed dinner and got to the docks as quickly as we could. Luckily, the departure time had not changed. Unluckily, the boat certainly was already crammed full. We pushed past ...
... to the bus terminal. True to his word he arrived at 7pm and the journey to the terminal took just shy of an hour. We arrived 30 minutes before our bus was due to leave. 2 hours later and seeing 6 busses leave for Tana Toraga, none of which where Mangala trans busses the company we had brought our ticket from. We where starting to think the worse and starting to have a major sense of humor failure. Could we really be having this much bad luck with transport. Luckily our ...
... used to seeing.
We began planning an epic bus-ferry-bus-ferry x2 ordeal lasting two days to reach the Wakatobi Marine reserve, when a sharp hotel owner named Mr. Eddie suggested we do ourselves a favor and take the fast air-con bus down a nice road to the airport and fly to the end of the South East peninsula. By the following evening we were on Hoga island eating a communal meal on the beach, giant insects crash-landing on the table and our heads. ...