Day Trips, Tours and Things To Do In North Sulawesi
We offer a range of land tours for those who would like to see more of the culture, landscape and nature of North Sulawesi.
Our experienced Tour Guides are knowledgeable experts, have excellent English and are a lot of fun.
Tours depart from Murex Manado, however, Tangkoko Nature Reserve Tours may also be taken from Murex Bangka Resort.
If you’d like to mix and match itineraries we can also tailor make tours on request.
Minahasan Highland Tour
Our Minahasan Highland Tour is a perfect way to explore the area and learn about the local culture and history of the region. We can tailor the tour to take in the sights that are of most interest to you.
Highlights of the area include:
Tomohon Traditional Markets – The highland climates are perfect for growing a variety of plants, flowers, spices, fruits and vegetables. Visit both the traditional flower market and jungle food market, where you can see a variety of local specialties for sale including bat, snake and dog.
Woloan & Pulutan Villages – Visit the local villages where specialized industries are booming. See traditional Minahasan houses being built and traditional pottery being made.
Lake Linow – The colors of this lake change due to high sulphur content in the surrounding rock and the changing light. Many bird species make this area their home. Watch out for bubbling mud holes as you walk around. This is a lovely spot to enjoy a cold drink and soak up the views.
The journey to Mahawu Volcano takes you through the beautiful Minahasan Highlands to the town of Tomohon. Arriving at the Ranger Station at the base of Mount Mahawu there are steps that lead to the crater’s edge where you can enjoy amazing views of Bunaken and Manado Tua Islands. If you choose you can also take the circular trek around the crater’s edge. After working up an appetite we stop for lunch at either Lake Tondano or a local restaurant that serves traditional Minahasan cuisine. This tour can also be integrated into our Minahasan highland tour.
Lake Tondano – The largest lake in the region and the second largest in Indonesia. The flat land surrounding the lakes is perfect for growing rice, one of the main livelihoods in this area.
Waruga – These are historical Minahasan stone graves. Listen to the local caretaker tell you the history of this fascinating tradition. The journey to and from Tondano to this location is absolutely stunning with sweeping vistas of coconut and spice trees. We can also visit some Waruga that are still in the original location in Nawanua, close to Manado.
Watu Pinawetengan is an interesting megalithic stone because of its unique form and scripts. It holds an important place in Minahasan history. There is a small museum with interesting artifacts in Pinabetengan village. Close to the Watu Penawetengan there is also a factory where batik fabric and other local handicrafts are produced.
Minahasan Highland Tour: $85
Tangkoko Nature Reserve
An ideal tour for nature lovers and photographers. Based at the foot of the Dua Saudara Mountain in North Sulawesi the area is a mixture of rolling hills and valleys which we walk through in search of numerous wildlife species. Highlights include black crested macaques, the world’s smallest primate – the tarsier, hornbills, cuscus and Maleo birds.
Tasikoki Animal Rescue Center
Tasikoki rescue animals from the illegal wildlife trade with the aim of rehabilitating and releasing them or finding suitable placements. The tour starts at the education building and finishes at the observation tower for panoramic views of the park. Species that are regularly rescued by Tasikoki include numerous species of birds and endemic species such as babi rusa and anoa through to larger animals such as sun bears and orangutans. For more information visit the Tasikoki website here http://www.tasikoki.org/
Waruga Sawangan is a park that keeps ancient megalithic gravestones once used by the Minahasan people. Based on local belief, these graves are made of carved stone that are shaped like a house, a tradition kept since 1600AD. The graves vary, depending on the profession or social status of the person that been buried. A fascinating tour for anyone interested in history and culture.
Tangkoko Tour: $110
Tangkoko and Tasik Oki Tour Combination : $130
Tangkoko and Waruga Tour Combination: $160
Get a taste of local Minahasan cuisine by learning how to prepare a variety of local dishes with one of our chefs. We ask for one days notice so that we can prepare the necessary ingredients for the dishes of your choice.
Price varies according to duration and seasonal price of produce
Manado Paragliding Tour
Discover the Manado coastline and islands of the Bunaken Marine Park from the air. This is a thrilling and exciting experience not to be missed. Take to the skies and enjoy the stunning views unfolding below.
Paragliding tours are subject to weather conditions and availability.
Manado Paragliding Tour: $120
White Water Rafting
Looking for something more active and adventurous? Enjoy the thrills and spills of white water rafting. Your adrenaline gets pumping as you race down the river through the rainforest with an experienced guide. The calm river sections are an opportunity to spot wildlife and soak up the stunning scenery and natural beauty.
This tour is offered through a local operator: $105
Relax and unwind at our on-site “Nature Spa”. Choose from a range of treatments including massages, pedicures, manicures and many more.
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All tour prices are based on a minimum of 2 people.
Day tours include lunch and snacks.