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Paotere Harbor

Northern Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Makassar
Type: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Melbourne, Australia
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279 reviews 279 reviews
129 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I nearly did not bother going until a friendly old rickshaw pedlar swayed me back again. Glad he did 15 minute cycle from the fort. Stopped off at fish market first and had some friendly banter with fishermen boasting about the ones that did not get away and then onto the harbour which was filled with a variety if vessels... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Not too much to see here except for a couple of boats. We visited in the morning around 9am and the activity was low. Maybe it is more interesting earlier in the morning? The tourist fee is relatively high.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

The old traditional harbour is nice to spend a couple of hours in the afternoon.You can see the traditional boats and the people are friendly.It's a good way to take a look in the local everyday life.Afternoon is a good time as it's not so hot,the light is sweet and the colors are more beautiful (which makes for nice photos!)... More

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Perth, Australia
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7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Didn't find anything special about this harbour. Good photo opportunities with 'some' of the old wooden boats but the rip-off 'tourist tax' to enter the harbour was a total con. The harbour itself was a typical mix of Makassar run down buildings, unsafe roads closer resembling piles of blue mettle and other rubbish mixed in. It is overrated as a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Paotere is a harbour for the traditional ship like "phinisi" you can see many things here. From the ship crew activities, traditional fisherman, and also sunset. The best time to comes accoding to my experience is in the late afternoon like 4PM and there's also a good and cheap restaurant call paotere, they sell fresh seafood.

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Singapore, Singapore
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

local fishing port. Not maintained, very fishy smell everywhere. BBQ fish is awesome though. So worth the short walk.

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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

I found it enjoyable walking around this harbor, watching the loading and unloading of the ships and boats. By the way, tourists have to pay 5,000 rupiah just to enter the harbor area; it's only half a dollar but I don't know why they charge it. If you go by motor scooter or other vehicle, that will cost a few... More

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

I remember visiting the old port in the early 70s when it was still full of beautiful wooden sailing perahus, so seeing it now was a bit of a disappointment. A lot has been lost in the "modernisation" process. It's still interesting and colourful and if you know a bit of bahasa it's fascinating talking to the sailors and seeing... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Makassar is filthy and dilapidated even by Indonesian standards (trust me, I live there), and Paotere is no exception. Expect lots of garbage in the water, mud and puddles instead of a road and a bunch of stores and offices that look like collapsing. Only go here if you want to witness the hustle & bustle of seafaring and trading... More

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Innisfil, Canada
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

The harbour has a beautiful and colourful mix of all sorts of ships from a little dinghy to large sea going vessels. It's a great photo-op but may be distressing to more sensitive travellers. The day we were there - kids begging for food and money and a couple of dead rats and a new-born kitten whose mother had abandoned... More

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