Makassar Waterfront  @ Pantai Lestari

It was a long eight hour bus ride that had taken me from Tanah Toraja to the city of Makassar, driven through mountain passes and villages along the journey. I arrived at the  designated bus station which was about ten kilometres away from Makassar city at dusk. Luckily enough for me, I was assisted by another passenger on the bus to get a taxi for me to the city. I asked the taxi driver as to which location in Makassar should I spend my two remaining nights  and  he recommended Pantai Lestari ( Lestari Beach ) which is the waterfront area of Makassar.

After dropping me off at his recommended hotel, I refreshed myself and started walking along the waterfront looking for a restaurant to have my dinner. The seafood dinner did me wonders as I had the appetite that would put Adam Richman of Man vs Food to shame , thanks to the long bus ride that I endured for a whole day. Alhamdullilah (Praise be to Allah). Walked back to the hotel and retired early as I planned for an early morning tomorrow ….

Fishermen unloading their catch @ Makassar Market 

Makassar fishermen .
Woke up to an early morning and as usual, the first place that I would visit is any market as it is the best place to observe and mingle with the real people of any town. The security guard at the hotel mentioned to me that the nearest market was the fish market that was nearby. I took a ‘beca’ trishaw to the market and was in time to observe the incoming fishermen’s boats that were arriving at the pier which was adjacent to the market. 
Makassar fish market.

Makassar fish market .

Makassar fish market.
Makassar fish market .

Makassar fish market.
I was greeted with the sounds of haggling between sellers and buyers in the market which was lively with words, tones and facial expressions  being widely used to get the agreed price. I was amazed with the varieties of fishes and shellfish that were being sold there. 
Makassar Statue.
Took a walk back to the hotel passing by a lot of government offices where patriotic themed statues filled the compounds of the said office’s. Stopped at the hotel to have my breakfast and then continued walking towards Fort Rotterdam which is one of the city’s landmark.
Fort Rotterdam entrance.
Fort Rotterdam Museum.

Fort Rotterdam.

Outside Fort Rotterdam.

Fort Rotterdam.
Fort Rotterdam is a Dutch fortress that was built in 1667  on a Gowanese Kingdom fort area that was built 100 years before the Dutch forces captured the fort. It is one of the best preserved Dutch buildings in Indonesia. Presently, inside the Fort compound are two museums that exhibits artifacts from Tana Toraja which includes rice bowls, kitchen equipment, costumes and musical instruments. There is nothing much else to see except for the well preserved Dutch styled colonial buildings which are presently being used by  Government agencies. 
In front of the fort lies the sea with a nearby island that according to the locals is worth visiting but as I  had the nice experience at Pulau Mansinam earlier in the week I decided to give it a miss. I stopped at a nearby Masjid to perform my Friday prayers as it was approaching midday. After performing the Friday prayers I had my lunch and decided to return to the hotel to rest as the weather was hot. According to the locals, Makassar is facing the drought season as it has not rained for the past  two months.
Peddlers @ Makassar Waterfront 

The floating Masjid of Makssar ( Right of picture)

Statue @ Makassar Waterfront 
Evening activities @ Makassar Waterfront

Statue @ Makassar Waterfront 

Peddler @ Makassar Waterfront 

Banana theme food stalls @ Makassar Waterfront

Banana theme food stalls @ Makassar Waterfront

Sunset @ Makassar Waterfront

Sunset @ Makassar Waterfront
After a few hours rest I walked by the Makassar Waterfront promenade watching locals enjoying themselves – having drinks at stalls that sells banana themed cakes, walking by the seaside, having aerobics exercises, parents with their children enjoying theme park paddle cars, young couples sitting and enjoying the sunset and peddlars selling their goods . I had a nice time in Makassar and In shaa Allah I hope to be back  again soon  …………………….. 

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