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A very nice island

Similar to Keke Island, the water around the island is crystal clear ... unfortunately with too... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
dwanat
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Malang, Indonesia
White sandy beach with dazzling varieties of fish and coral reefs.

This beach is about 20-25 minutes ride by boat from the port of Popsa in Makassar. It has white... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
J Aditya T
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Makassar, Indonesia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Similar to Keke Island, the water around the island is crystal clear ... unfortunately with too much rubbish. Nonetheless is a very nice spot for snorkelling. You do not need to go far from the shore to see some interesting fish. Avoid weekends when the...More

1  Thank dwanat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This beach is about 20-25 minutes ride by boat from the port of Popsa in Makassar. It has white sandy beachfront, very clear water and you can see the sea floor up from a few metres up. This beach is very suitable for snorkling and...More

Thank J Aditya T
Reviewed 10 July 2018

It's a small island that's got great snorkeling. Day trips are good, but you can organise to hire out a house and stay overnight (we've done both, but with young kids would recommend just a day trip because it can be noisy and hot at...More

Thank AussiesinIndo
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Samalona Island is a great choice for those who are looking for sunset. Ride a small boat from fort rotterdam port (cost around IDR 400K). This island has a clear blue ocean, great spot for snorkeling. Overheard that it has so many sea urchins, so...More

1  Thank Malviansyah G
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

I went to Samalona Island for snorkling. The water is very clear and beautiful. You can see the colourful fish swimming around. Alot more beautiful than Bali. Very recommended.

Thank katherine a
Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

Stopped by Samalona after a business trip to other island. The spot we landed has white sand, unfortunately the beach was dirty. Trash everywhere and it stank. Was offered divan for rent @ IDR 100.000 but bargained down to IDR 70.000 each since we rented...More

1  Thank Renata S
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

I planned to visit some islands around Makassar. One of them was Samalona. I got the contact of person that can give boat rental. So I call the person and arrange a meeting point. Yes, I had arrangement, but if you have no contact, it's...More

Thank NohanBRW
Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

A short boat ride from Makassar marina A little bit of paradise. Coral sand. Clear warm water. Colourful tropical fish swim very close. Great grilled fish, rice and vegetables. Plenty of shade from the trees. Lovely lazy day.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 14 December 2017 via mobile

I really love this place seriously! 1. Cristal clear water, abundance of fish and coral 2. 25 minutes only from Losari 3. Transport IDR 400 K per boat full day 4. Cheap food and beverage in the island 5. You can do all water sport...More

Thank Radvrich R
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I like the color of the water and white sand, but a little bit messy for the island. All the thing here is pricy even toilet. If u wanna have some food an drink, you better bring it first from city before leaving to samalona.

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Nisha T
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Response from 123letsgonow | Reviewed this property |
Hi there Nisha, Sorry for the late reply; been busy with work. To go to Pulau Samalona, it should cost Rp. 400,000. You must bargain hard especially if you are not able to speak in Bahasa Indonesia as they would try their... More
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Response from Randi M | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Asti is correct, you can get the boats nearby Rotterdam Fort and tell the drivers you wanna head to Samalona. I chartered one boat for 350K for return trip. I just visited Samalona, but yes there are a few other islands... More
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