This page's content is all information about tourist facilities, including hotels, Travel agents, Communication, Transportation, Restaurants and Shoppings
Besides Makassar, Tana Toraja is the only area in the Province of South Sulawesi which owns several star hotels. Some widely known star hotels in Tana Toraja are Toraja Heritage Hotel (check www.torajaheritage.com ), Toraja Misiliana Hotel ( check www.torajamisiliana.com ), Marante Highland Hotel and Toraja Sahid Hotel.
There are also a number of non-star hotels, homestays and local residences for tourists' accomodation.
Most of the hotels provide standard facilities such as single and double bed, hot and cold water, telephone line, entertainment, meals while some provide additional ones like sports facility, spa and massage, laundry and others.
The hotels also can arrange some activities for the guests, such as tours to some tourist destinations, trekking or rafting.
There are several travel agents which are operating in Tana Toraja at the moment. However, most of them are not Toraja-base operated. They arrange the tour to Tana Toraja from their offices in Makassar or in Bali.
Some travel agents are big due to their large number of visitors or guests, such Caraka Travelindo, Wira Tour, Torindo Tour, Sulawesi Adventure, Toraja Top , etc.
Local travel agents are Toraja Permai and Panorama Tours.
The following list is names of travel agent operating in Tana Toraja ( in alphabetical order )
- Anoa tour
- Adventure Indonesia
- Alvin tour
- Alif tour
- Atos tour
- Bagus Indonesia
- Breeza tour
- Caraka Travelindo ( check www.sulawesi-indonesia.com)
- Celebes tour
- Cendana tour
- Dhifa tour
- Fortuna tour
- Grand Toraja tour
- Grand Oriente tour
- Insatra tour
- Irama Suka tour
- Incito tour
- Limbunan tour
- Lintas Alam tour
- Logos tour
- Orient celebes
- Pelangi Makassar
- Pacebo tour
- Rovita tour
- Santa Bali
- Sulawesi Adventure
- Torindo tour
- Toraja Top
1. Land Transportation
a. Bus Service
non AC : Leaving for Toraja or vise versa at around 8 a.m and 8 p.m. The recent ticket
price is Rp 60.000.
AC : Leaving for Tana Toraja from Makassar or Vise versa at around 9 a.m, 10 a.m, 1 p.m
and 10 p.m. The recent ticket price is Rp 80.000 - 100.000,- ( FIXED ).
Some non AC bus companies ( Makassar - Tana Toraja ) : BATUTUMONGA, SETUJU, PELANGI, TIKULEMBANG, BORLA INDAH, TORAJA INDAH, TORAJA RIA, MITRA MUDA, DISCHO INDAH, SUMBER SEDERHANA. Find their offices at the Makassar Bus terminal and at Makale and Rantepao.
Some AC bus companies ( Makassar - Tana Toraja ) : FA. LITHA, ALAM INDAH, BINTANG PRIMA, NEW LIMAN, METRO PERMAI and MANGGALA TRANS.
b. Rental car
Rental cars can be found around Hasanuddin Airport parking area or belong to a travel agent
or a car rental service.The recent price one way to Tana Toraja is Rp 800.000-Rp 1.400.000.
The price is negoitable according to the type of the car.
c. Other Information
- Always ask for the ticket if you take the bus service.
- The journey from Makassar to Tana Toraja by land takes between 7 and 8 hours. Stopping
by in certain areas for resting and having some food or drink is very possible, especially if
you take a rental car.
- If you take a bus service, the bus is usually stopping by once for resting and having
some food and drink.
d. Local Transportation
- You can take public transportation, either cars ( 'bemo') or motorcycles ('ojek') or three-
wheel pedicab ('sitor') in the town of Makale and Rantepao and to any directions in Tana
Normal price ( recent ) : Rp 5,000 - Rp 20,000 for 'bemo'. Rp 3,000 - ... for ' ojek '.
Rp 2,000 - ... for ' sitor '.
- You can rent a car, a motorcycle or a bicycle. Many private tourist service offices in
Rantepao provide rental transportation.
Normal price ( recent ) : Rp 350,000 for a car per day. Rp 20,000 - Rp 60,000 for a
motorcycle per day. Excluding the petrol. Driving and riding skills are necessary.
2. Air Transportation
From the Hasanuddin Airport in Makassar, one can fly to Tana Toraja or vise versa. The name of the airline is SMAC ( Sabang Merauke Air Charter ). The ticket can be booked in Hasanuddin Airport and in the office of PT. Toraja Permai in Rantepao, Tana Toraja. The flight schedule is TUESDAY and FRIDAY WEEKLY. Leaving for Tana Toraja at 10.00 a.m and leaving back to Makassar at 11.30 a.m. The flight takes about 55 MINUTES. The ticket price is Rp 204.000 ( excluded tax and boarding pass). The flight is using CASSA type airplane. For the time being, the flight is being stopped.
For more information, please contact :
- Makassar : 081251524809, 081343820998
- Toraja : 0423-21785,25111 ( Toraja Permai Travel Agent ), 0423-22277 ( Pongtiku airfield ), 085255188899
There are some restaurants in Rantepao and Makale. They serve menus of Indonesian, Chinese and western food. Torajan specialties, such as pa'piong (chicken/pork or fish cooked with vegetables in bamboo tubes) is also available and usually must be ordered in advance. Local Torajan palm wine, ballo', is also easily found.
Some restaurants in Rantepao and Makale :
Wae Rumbang, Main Road to Makale, Pao Rura
Rama, Main Road Makale - Rantepao
Padang Restaurant, 58 Diponegoro st., Rantepao
Idaman Restaurant, 28 Merdeka St. , Makale
Mambo restaurant, 34 Ratulangi St., Rantepao
Flamboyan, Main Road Makale - Rantepao
Riman, A.Mappanyukki st., Rantepao
Rahmat, Ahmad yani st. , Rantepao
Sallebayu, Ke'te kesu' st.
Celebes, Palopo st. , Rantepao
Saruran, Ahmad yani st. , Rantepao
christo, Landorundun st. , Rantepao
Rimiko, A. Mappanyukki st. , Rantepao
Pong Buri' , Monginsidi st. , Rantepao
Damai, Main Road Makale - Mengkendek, Makale
Tourist Information and Service Bureaus
Rantepao is the centre of tourism's activities in Tana Toraja. Therefore, tourist service and tourist information office are very necessary. The bureaus give various kinds of service, such as information, guides, trekking package, rafting package or arranging visit to cultural events and other services.
Recent tourist Information and tourist service bureaus :
Government Tourist Information Center, Ahmad Yani st. No.62A, Rantepao
Indosella Expeditions, A. Mappanyukki st. , Rantepao
Toraja Permai, A. Mappanyukki st. , Rantepao
Lebonna, Monginsidi st. , Rantepao
Celebes, Mangadil st. , Rantepao
Country, Budi Utomo st. , Rantepao
Kareba, Mangadil st. , Rantepao
Luna, Ratulangi st. , Rantepao
Bagus Tourist Service, Mangadil St. , Rantepao
Decouverte Tourist Service, Taman Bahagia st., Rantepao
The area code in Tana Toraja is 0423 and is one hour ahead of Jakarta. There also some internet cafes with high speed wired connection and Wi-fi based in Makale and other places. Cellular phone networks are also available. The Post Office is in front of the pond downtown Makale. The post offices are opened 5 days a week, Monday to Friday.
Telkom Makale, Pongtiku Street , Paku, Makale. Phone No. 0423-22108
- Internet cafes, surrounding the town of Makale, Rantelemo, Ge'tengan and Rembon.
The call-center numbers for Telkom :
- 108 for information about telephone no.
- 147 for other information
Carvings, weavings, handicrafts and antiques in Torajan unique styles and motives and also from all around Indonesia can be purchased in the souvenir shops in Makale or some tourist objects. All prices are usually negoitable. For daily needs, supermarkets, traditional markets, retail shops and small kiosks are scattered around the area and easily found. The main market is Makale market which is opened every 6 days.
Guide service is provided by travel agents, travel bureaus and independent guide. In travel agents and travel bureaus, this service is usually included in a package of service. The independent guides determine their own fee. The recent guide fee is :
For ordinary tour, such as visiting interesting places or ceremonies, minimum Rp 250.000 per day excluding transportation, food and drink.
For Trekking or hiking, depends on the length of route and the duration, minimum Rp 350.000 per day excluding transportation, food and drink.
Local guides can be found easily at some travel bureaus in Rantepao, at hotels or at Guide Association's office.