Paradise was closer than we thought. Before we moved to Makassar, I knew we’d be living on the coast, but never suspected visiting an island like this would be on a normal weekend itinerary. Not far off the southwest coast on the island of Sulawesi, a sliver of uninhabited sandy escape pokes its head out into the Makassar Straight. Islands like this on this side of the world are dime a dozen, but being able to be the only one on the island? It’s the stuff made of paradise dreams. Offering amazing snorkeling and solace from the crowded, busy city, the water is perfect, the sun is searing and it’s just perfection. There’s nothing but trees and two cats on the island, so don’t expect to camp overnight unless you bring everything you need with you. Keke is the best day trip if you find yourself in Makassar at a loss for things to do and need a real secluded getaway. For an overnight trip to an island that’s closer to Makassar, and has food/amenities, try Samalona Island.
Helpful Tip: Head to the small boat harbor to the left side of Popsa, across Fort Rotterdam and you can bargain for a simple boat and captain to get to the island. It costs about 450,000- 600,000 rupiah for a big group.