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Address: Northern Makassar, Makassar, Indonesia
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Worth the easy walk from the city and no entry charge.

The general shipping harbour is well worth a visit just to see the amazing locally made boats (made in Sulawesi) and to watch the goods that are moved around the islands by them... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Cairns, Australia
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Cairns, Australia
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59 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The general shipping harbour is well worth a visit just to see the amazing locally made boats (made in Sulawesi) and to watch the goods that are moved around the islands by them and how they load and unload. We watched a semi load of rice being hand loaded on gangplanks by a team of guys in double time. These... More 

1 Thank Bukashaus
Rome, Italy
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232 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Here is where the Bugis seafarers made their wooden dhows called Phinisi. There are still many here for inter island transport made of wood but use engines. Its a bustling local port but no historical site availble

Thank Geeess
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

10,000Rp entrance fee. The wooden boats were beautiful and the workers were friendly and waved to us. If you appreciate old fashioned boats you will like it here. An hour is enough time to see all the boats. Unfortunately there is a lot of rubbish in the water and also on the cement walkway.

Thank 7bernadette
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We were looking forward to seeing the harbour but we were extremely disappointed. First, the tourists have to pay 10.000rp per person. Locals pay nothing. The harbour is empty, water is full of garbage, there is no shadow, no place to sit, nothing to do. It is expensive for what you get - you get nothing and pay for the... More 

Thank Janja D
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

After reading so much of the Paotere Harbor, I decided to pay a visit. To my surprise there is an entrance fees to visit the harbor. When I ask the guide about the fees ,they do not have a specific fare. Then I saw most people go in without paying and ask the guide why I need to pay? they... More 

Thank Koor A
Bendigo, Australia
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Watching the labourers hand load the Phinisi here, its very difficult to tell which century you are in. It appears not much has changed here. A great experience.

Thank Ausrally
Brisbane, Australia
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75 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

A small fee on entry and a short but interesting place to see. The various sizes of the boats, the work needed to maintain them left me wondering how frightening it would be in open waters. A Tip: Check with the kids if they mind their photos being taken, as they live very close to the docks, they have limited... More 

1 Thank JulieJulie88
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Entrance fee was IDR10,000 per person. The road leading to the Bugis ships area where the photograph session was to take place were crowded with lorries and people. Quiet difficult to move around. Understandably they are the ships' crew and the lorries were in the midst of loading/unloading goods. The inter-island ships look unique due to their Bugis' orientation.

Thank AmirHamzah
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16 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

being curious with this harbor,from fort rotterdam using of traditional vehicle ,local dubbed becak,i'm enjoying city of makassar in the afternoon.Seeing of bugis village around this harbor,phinisi boat that lean on the harbor,good ambience,you must come to see this site.

Thank Puti E
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345 reviews
155 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Yes, the water and the harbour is filthy. But is this what we are looking for in our travel? When have we become the cleanliness and hygiene inspector? Everyone's interpretation of travel is different and if you were the type that's looking for a clean and predictable experience, I don't think you would have thought of coming to Makassar at... More 

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