North Sulawesi Province Off The Beaten Path

  • 'Smelly' Danau Linow near Tomohon
    'Smelly' Danau Linow near Tomohon
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  • Fishing in Danau Linow
    Fishing in Danau Linow
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  • Danau Linow, near Tomohon
    Danau Linow, near Tomohon
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North Sulawesi Province Off The Beaten Path

  • Fresh fish at a beautiful lake

    Danau Tondano is a beautiful lake west of Tomohon. It is accessible by 'mikrolet', mini-bus - from both Manado and Tomohon. I walked with two other tourists to Danau Linow and we decided to continue on to Danau Tondano - a further eight kilometres. Along the way we asked locals for directions - our limited Indonesian resulted in the reply 'turus,...

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  • Take a walk to a 'smelly' lake

    One of the pleasant walks from Tomohon is a trip to Danau Linow. The lake is highly sulphrous, you will realise this before you arrive! It is quite beautiful, with a greenish hue. In one corner of the lake you can see sulphurous gas coming out of the hill yet surprisingly, the local boys fish in the shallows. There are seats for resting and musing,...

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  • Gunung Lokon

    The local volcano gunung Lokon guard Tomohon from short distance, it has a twinvolcano, Empung, lifeless for 200 years. They are not the most spectacular of volcanoes but it is a beautifull sight, and a good place to enjoy the wiew and sunrise. In order to do that, start early, 4 am should be fine. It may take a couple of hours to get to the top....

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  • Tomohon

    The smal town Tomohon has not so very mutch to offer in the way of formal attractions, but it can be a good place to meet locals if you try a little. Just outside the citycentre there is allready peacefull countryside with small farms and villages, farmland and oxcarts scrambling on the gravelroads. The native people around here are the Minhasa,...

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  • The essential murdertree

    The stranglerfig is well represented in Tangoko, and one of the most photogenic trees in this jungle. In total there is 800 species, living across the tropics. Every one is dependent on one spesific species of whasp to fertilise them, if the plant dissapears, the whasp do the same, and oposite. The whasp deposit a clutch of upto 400 egs in the...

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  • Horseshoecrabs, crown of the creation?

    Below the wawes i found one species i have wanted to meet, the horseshoecrab, one of the oldest living species on earth. Its virtually unchanged for at least 400 million years (our own species haven’t been unchanged for 100 000 years, and we call us the crown of the creation). They were around before the dinos, or even before the very first plant...

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  • the black monkeys

    Tangoko are home to several groups of black macacks, a monkey endemic to Sulawesi. (i have heard roumors about a newly discovered species outside Sulawesi) There are several closely related species of them, i have heard it is 7. They have baboonsize, and live in familygroups that sometimes can be heard far and wide. My first group was eating their...

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  • The reptilelike bird

    The maleo is a henlike bird, who forage the same way by picing in the soil. A group of maleos don’t look like very mutch, but their way of reproducing are intriguing. In that respect they act like reptiles. Maleo dig down their egs in colonies, more than one cubicmeter of sand can be moved before the egg are left on half a meters deep, then they...

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  • Hornbill heaven

    Tangoko are filled with hornbills, one of the worlds densest population of that spectacular bird are found in Tangoko due to the density of figtrees here. Hornbill+fig=love. If you find a figtree with fruit, the hornbills will show up sooner or later. Often it will be several species of them, in total there is more than 50, living all over the...

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  • The mascot of Tangoko

    The trademark of Tangoko are the Tarsier, one of the worlds smallest primates. It is a brownfured creature with big brown eyes, each of them are heavier than the brain of the annimal. On worldbasis they are endangered, but here in Tangoko the poulation is still healty. The tarsier is nocturnal, and spend the day hidden in hollow trees, the...

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  • Tangoko

    Tangoko naturereserve are relatively easy acessible from Bitung, from where there are bemos going through the countryside to the village close to the naturereserve. (If you return to the civilisation in the morning, be prepared for some fairly lethal cometitiondriving between the drivers if there is several vehicles). Tangoko are a junglereserve...

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