Cruise ships dock close to the center of town. The terminal has few facilities.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
Ujung Pandang, formerly Makassar, is capital of southwestern Celebes (Sulawesi) Island, on the Makassar Strait. The largest city and chief port it serves as a commercial center and a transshipment point for goods being transported to and from the eastern Indonesian islands. The city is the site of Hasanuddin a museum of handicrafts and Fort Vredenburg.
Experience an historic and impressive reminder of the city’s Dutch colonial history with a visit to Fort Rotterdam.
There's a lot of taxi companies, all have the same fare and all use meters. About 50 USD for a 4 hour tour.
Also plenty of trishaws are available for town tours. 10 USD per hour.
3 kms north of the port is the old harbor of Paotere. Paotere is the harbor in the north of Makassar where traditional Buginese sailing boats (pinisiq) load and unload their cargo. It is fascinating to see the boat workers running across narrow wooden planks from the dock to the boats carrying unbelievably large loads
Dine on a delicious mix of Chinese, Sulawesi and local cuisines, take a stroll along the mid-city waterfront
ATMs are common in any major cities in Indonesia.
Be careful when using credit cards, as cloning and fraud are a major problem in Indonesia. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, but American Express can be problematic. At smaller operations, surcharges of 2-5% over cash are common.
The sole official language is Indonesian, known as Bahasa Indonesia.
There is WiFi at the terminal.
mobile phones emergency number: 112
December/January Idul Fitri, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.
January 1 New Year's Day ( Tahun Baru).
March/April Nyepi, Balinese saka New Year.
March/April Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
May Idul Adha (Hajh), Muslim Day of Sacrifice.
May Waisak Day, anniversary of the birth, death and enlightenment of Buddha.
May/June Ascension Day.
June/July Muharam, Muslim New Year.
July/August Maulud Nabi Muhammad, the anniversary of the birth of Mohammed.
August 17 Independence Day ( Hari Proklamasi Kemerdekaan) celebrates the proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945 by Dr Sukarno.
December Ascension Day of Mohammed.
December 25 Christmas Day.
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