Paotere Harbor
Paotere Harbor
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nilintentum_reliquit
Melbourne, Australia2,603 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 which collectively offered you a rainbow of colour.
Some good photos to be had for an entrance of Rs5000.
If you have time to fill in Makassar it is worth doing along with the fort and the boardwalk at Losari beach. None though are outstanding when compared to the rest Sulawesi has to offer.
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Written 9 April 2014
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Idam007
Jakarta, Indonesia226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
Actually, I come to Paotere for hunting photo.. hehehe.. But I also buy some fishes, shrimps, and calamari for our lunch. Very nice to see early morning activities of fishermen and the buyers at the TPI (tempat pelelangan ikan) or fish market. The price is very cheap and you will get very fresh fish and their friends ^_^. Compare to Muara Angke, Jakarta, you will be surprised and envy with the price and quality of the fish here!
Written 29 May 2016
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gergmu
Makassar, Indonesia154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
It's interesting to see the trading boats built locally based of the the design of Arab boats going back hundreds of years. They still carry goods to the remote islands and are working vessels. Not a lot to see there but still worth a look. We spent a couple of hours there climbing over the boats & talking to crew.
Written 6 December 2017
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Gottfried Z
Bremen, Germany135 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Solo
Makassar really is not the place you would like to visit, dirty, congested, no real city center, just malls. But if you get stuck there, don't get depressed. There is one sight worth coming to Makassar and that is the old traditional harbour Paotere. Maybe you visited Fort Rotterdam, the most famous sight of Makassar. From there take a becak (cycle rikshah) or a bentor (same with motor) to Pelebuhan Paotere. You could take a taxi, but don't. You see so much more sitting in front with the sight of the street just before you, the stalls with the fruit or picturesque dried fish, the houses and the people. The ride is 20.000IDR, that is about 2$.

There is a modern port in Makassar, but it is Paotere where the Portuguese and Dutch sailships moored centuries ago, and it is Paotere where today the fleet of the Pinisis load and unload every sort of cargo, mostly carried on the back of their crews from the truck onboard. Only a few of Indonesias thousands of islands are served by regular shipping lines. It is still the Pinisis who serve most of the islands, spectacular wooden ships from 20 to 40m long, sturdy with towering high bows to survive tropical storms, in every colour, faded from the sea, some still with their tradtional sailing gear, and still home of the skipper's family with their clothes drying in the sun and colourful decorations. You won't find neither GPS nor even a compass onboard, but their skippers know their ways and the can smell shallow water, no kidding. Whether you take your camera or sketchbook and watercolours - this is the most authentic place you can get to in Makassar and you will not meet any other tourist there. 3 minutes walk from the harbour there is the simple restaurant ( rumah makan) Paotere, known for the best fishmeals in Makassar, you pass it on your way there.
And if you fall in love with these sailing beauties though of age then you should think of visiting Tanu Beruh near Bulukumba where these ships are still built by hand without a nail. There are nice beaches so you can also enjoy the sea.
Written 27 January 2013
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Ping L
Timaru858 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Friends
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 the first place. People who come here are perhaps jaded by the developed world and that they have hunger to explore, discover "new" cultures out there and a sense of adventure - not in the sense of Indiana Jones' adventure needing to fend off hostile local tribes and wrestling with giant snakes but welcoming the unknown and the unexpected. Paotere Harbour is NOT an artificial experience. It's not a touristy spot and it's never intended to be. It's a working functioning Port for traditional ships to service the isolated spots around the region. I was fortunate enough to be taken there by my local friends armed with very basic Bahasa and a willingness to branch out to local people. The smell, the commotion, the decay, the chaos are very much the essence of Makassar and you would experience them in their full glories here, especially during sunset time where the Nature put on a glorious shoe. You would share the space with local people who would come here for their evening walk, for the introverted to see there and gaze at oblivion, for the hipsters to take selfies to share with their social media friends, enthusiastic photographers local and abroad alike who would be contorting to their best abilities to take the best shots imaginable. Local people there left you alone to your own device and they were very friendly. I love the fact that the skipper of the ships would invite us onboard to have a better appreciation of their way-of-life whilst overseeing local carpenters doing what they must to bring the ships up to scratch. The day I was there, the ships were loading and unloading onions, and even cements. I love the commotion and stench of humanity as they were helping one another to get things sorted out. If this is your cup of tea, then, you will LOVE Paotere Harbour. I, for one, simply love it.
Written 29 September 2014
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Janet W
Brussels, Belgium303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Solo
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 thousand rupiah more for parking fee.

Not far from the harbor is the fish market. I went around mid-day and things were very calm, but I suppose it would be very interesting early morning. The streets around here are interesting and the people are very willing to be photographed.
Written 31 July 2013
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Jacco H
Utrecht, The Netherlands12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Couples
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 Indonesia, but don't expect to see a lot of pretty sights.
Written 13 March 2013
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misterBigP
Nijmegen, The Netherlands40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
If you can visit a ship, you see a lot and people on board are very friendly and want together with you on the picture. We were with a guide. I don’t know if you can do that without. I think so but I’m not sure.
Written 12 July 2018
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Bukashaus
Cairns, Australia206 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Family
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 local shipping boats are also the means of travel for many people between the islands.
Written 4 November 2015
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vagebond
Canada56 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Couples
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.
Written 1 April 2014
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