Tangkoko Nature Reserve located in North Sulawesi in Bitung Region. It is about 6 km from Manado. It is one of the most impressive reserves in Indonesia. The 8800 hectares are home of black macaques - the endemic Sulawesi monkey with no tail, cuscus and tarsier, maleo birds, and endemic red-knobbed hornbills. Tangkoko Nature Reserve provides one of the last refugesin North Sulawesi for these unique species and is therefore an extremely important conservation region.
The opportunity to observe entertaining groups of crested black macaques (macaca nigra) is the highlight of any visit to Tangkoko Reserve. These monkeys, found in social groups of up to 100 individuals, can be seen grooming, fighting and playing with each other. You may also be rewarded with sights of cuscus, a free-dwelling pouched mammal that moves in slow motion through the canopy.
Another highlight of Tangkoko Nature Reserve is Tarsius Spectrum - the smallest primate in the world. The locals name it Tangkasi. Tangkoko Nature Reserve is the only place in the whole island of Sulawesi where one can have chance to surely see the animal in it's natural habitat.
The reserve is accessible by land tranportation from Manado. It takes about 1 hour driving through the winding road untl reach Batuputih where the guest houses and homestays are. There are several homestays with simple facilities like water tank in the bath room, soft bed with mosquito net.
There is a beach with beautiful pure black volcanic sand located just next to the jungle where one take observation on the above mentioned animals of Tangkoko Nature Reserve.
Here are some recommendations for getting the most out of your your visit to the forest:
Dress appropriately. Wear light, breathable clothing that dries quickly. Drab colours are preferable; avoid whites and reds. Although it is hot, long sleeves and pants prevent scratches and insect bites. Use insect repellent and tuck your pants into your socks to minimize insect, leech and mite bites.
Carry good binoculars; without them even the most spectacular birds will be no more than a shiny dot in the canopy. Carry a waterproof bag big enough for binoculars and cameras in case of a downpour.
Go slowly, quietly and in small groups (no more than 5) so animals will be less likely to be disturbed by your presence.
Seek out fruiting trees, especially figs, or pools and streams. These are profitable places to sit and wait for wildlife, particularly birds.
Sit often and for long periods and search for the things that tend to go unnoticed like glossy beetles, graceful butterflies, velvety ants, and exquisite but minute flowers.
Be aware of sounds - the buzzing of insects, calls of birds, rustling in the underbrush. Quite often these cues are the first indication that something is about to happen.
Go early. Most birds and many mammals are active in the morning with their movements dropping off by midday. The afternoon peak is never as energetic as the morning but these are good times to visit streams and water sources.
When viewing monkeys, let them approach you on their own terms. If you stoop down and avoid looking directly in their eyes they will be less inhibited. Do not chase or pursue monkeys and never feed them. No matter how innocent they may look, wild monkeys bite and carry dangerous diseases.
When viewing tarsiers at night don't forget your flashlight. However be considerate of their extremely senstitive eyes.
Cap Go Meh is also known in other places as Toa Peh Kong or the Lantern Festival. It's held on the fifteenth day (the first full moon) of the Chinese Lunar calendar, which usually takes place in February. Search Google for the dates of the Chinese New Year then add 15...:-)
The festival centered around several Buddhist Temples in Chinatown, starting in Ban Hing Kiong temple. It usually consists of:
* Traditional Bamboo music.
* Parade of kids wearing traditional Chinese costumes on some floats or moving platforms.
* The lion dance (barongsai) and the dragon dance.
* Young men dressed like the god Na Cha / Lo Cia on horses.
* Men in trance (Ince Pia) who cut their own bodies with sharp objects.
Thrills and fun are guaranteed as you race down through rainforests, experiencing a serious adrenaline-rush and maybe even taking in some wildlife along the way.
As far as i know, there's 2 local operator running this business and there's 3 rivers with different classes of rapids ranging from intermediate to advanced. Half day trip for about 35 rapids (9 KM along the river) on Nimanga River, about 60 Rapids (35 KM along the river) on 2 days and 1 night trip on Ranoyapo River and 4 hours trip for Sawangan River.
YOUR SAFETY IS FIRST PRIORITY
The guides (skippers) and equipment are of internastional standard following procedures set by A.W.A (American Whitewater Affiliation).
Tomohon is up to the hill to Manado. About 10 km, following a curvy steep road. When Manado is not so hot, though it is located in a seashore. Tomohon is cool, especially during the night. People from Manado like to come here for it fresh air and cool weather. Another than enjoy those, with a culinary experience, Tomohon also well-known of its traditional house industry. The houses built from woods, and some with the knock-down system. The buyer could have it transported abroad, and built it in their hometown. To visit this industry area is quite an experience, even if we don't buy.
The sea near Bunaken and Siladen islands are probably one of the best places to go diving or snorkelling in the world... Even if you don't do both, you can still go on the glass-bottom boats. It's definitely a must do activity in Manado
These babies are really cute and shy.... They swim slowly and will always look away from your camera. The trick to capture their photo is to corner them! This particular one is cornered into a sponge..... heh!
Pigmy seahorse are unique creature that is minute and chamoflage well at seafan. These elusive animals can only be found in Lembeh Strait. Be sure to have a magnifying glass handy as it is well hidden and the size is very small.....
In Manado are two Chinese temples. The oldest and biggest is the Ban Hin Kiong Temple.
This 19th century temple, the oldest in east Indonesia, is the worship place of Chinese Buddhist believers. The temple is located on Jl. Panjaitan in the center of the city.
Don't forget to take off your shoe's when entering the temple. Inside there is a lot to see and visitors are always welcome. There's no entrancy fee, but donations are, of course, always welcome.
When inside, you can climb the temple's roof, there you'll have a nice view. On top op the temple you can also find old Dutch canons.
During Toa Peh Kong each February, a traditional Chinese parade dating from the 14th century is held.
The second temple of Manado is much smaller and not interesting enough to visit. Unless of course, you have already seen everything else there is to see in Manado.
These caves were built by the Japanese during the world War II particularly used as supplies storage.
there are several colonial buildings remain from dutch era. one amongst them is a beautiful church named sentrum, situated downtown manado.
This 19th century temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in eastern Indonesia and has been beautifully restored.
Beautiful coral reefs and wall dive.Excellent drift dive..although currents can be nasty for beginners. Lots of nudibranchs, lionfishes and the famous ghost pipefish.