North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi is a province of Indonesia. It is on the island of Sulawesi, and borders the province of Gorontalo to the west (originally a part of North Sulawesi until 2001 when it became its own province). The islands of Sangihe and Talaud form the northern part of the province, which border Davao del Sur in the Philippines.

The capital and largest city in North Sulawesi is Manado. In 2006 the province’s population was about two million, of whom about 65% were Christian, an exception in predominantly Muslim Indonesia. There are also Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist minorities. The largest ethnic group is Minahasan.

Explore The North

8 days / 7 nights

Day 1: Manado airport – City tour – Hotel Manado (-)
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our representative in the arrivals hall and continue with sightseeing Manado city tour before the transfer to your accommodation. Our first destination is Chinese Shrine Ban Hin Kiong. The beautifully temple located in the heart of china town in Manado. This temple was established in 1819, then in 1893 there was built a house ash or known as Tek Kong Su in Hokkien. At the beginning, the building was made of bamboo wood. Afterward, the program continues to the old Protestant Church. The church we are going to is the oldest church in the city of Manado. Established in 1677, this church is one of the historical sites of religion in the city of Manado. In World War II, the Church was destroyed by a bomb. To commemorate the bombing event, NICA decided to build a World War II Monument located next to the left of the Church gate. In 1952, the Church was rebuilt. The new church building, have a same characteristic with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Afterward, your guide will take you to Malalayang, a local beach at Manado, for a beautiful sunset while enjoying a refreshing coconut and local snack. Afterward, direct transfer to your hotel inside of Manado.

Day 02: Minahasa Highland Tour – Mount Mahawu (B)
Today you will leave Manado and drive to the impressive Minahasa plateau with colorful lakes and an inactive volcano. The road is winding fast, so you have a beautiful view of the city of Manado. Driving through endless coconut plantations and lush nature, you make several stops in the local villages where you can see traditional houses. You take a good walk in Lake Tondano and does a photo stop on Lake Linow, also called a fading lake with high sulfate concentrations. You also visit the Japanese caves, which are used as shelters in the Second World War. Afterward, continue your trip to Tomohon city.

Day 03: Waruga – Tangkoko Hill Lodge (BD)
Early wake up, and then soft trekking to Tekaan Telu Waterfall. This is the one of most beautiful and rarely visited waterfall which is not far away from our accommodation. Follow a small path until the river. From there trek through the river to reach these unforgettable place with four waterfalls surrounded by forest. After waterfall visit, back to hotel for late breakfast. Check out process and drive to Tangkoko with enroute visit to Waruga, the grave of 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. After Waruga, Continue the program with direct transfer to Tangkoko forest for your accommodation. Arriving at the Tangkoko National Park you check in at a modest home stay on the edge of the park. Here you will meet your local ranger who will guide you through the park in the coming days. Today you will fall asleep to the sound of the forest. Simple dinner will be served at your home stay.

Day 04: Tangkoko Jungle Trekking (BLD)
Early departure after breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea, you go to the park with your ranger. In Tangkoko you will find mainly rolling forests such as landscapes and the roads will not be too difficult. The park is situated by the sea and also has a beautiful deserted beach. You can see wildlife, and the most searched animal is a rare black crested ape that only exists in Sulawesi. With a little luck you can see this special animal, which came out to find a nice piece of fruit or crab on the beach. After walk, you have time to swim in the sea and relax on the beach. Here you can really relax; because this beach cannot be accessed by local residents due the area protected by national park. Back to your home stay, enjoy your lunch and free at your own leisure. At the end of the afternoon you will leave the home stay again with your ranger, and this time with a different purpose. We will observe the jungle to find the world’s smallest monkey lives in a national park; tarsier since this is a nocturnal animal, at dusk you have the best chance of finding these animals. Get back to the home stay for your accommodation. Simple dinner served at the home stay.

Day 05: Tangkoko – Manado – Bunaken Marine Park Sightseeing Tour (BD)
Breakfast and your guide will pick you up again on time and take you to the port of Manado for the ferry excursion to Bunaken. From here you take the local ferry and sail to the island in about 45 minutes. Bunaken Marine Park is formed by 5 islands that lie off the coast of Manado. This area offers one of the most beautiful underwater locations in the world and this place is perfect for diving and snorkeling.

Day 06 – 07: Bunaken (BLD)
This morning will be at your leisure to enjoy the hotel and your surroundings. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be served at Hotel.

To Do:

  • Take around the island and you will find small beaches and mangroves, where you can actually walk into the water and start snorkeling or diving.
  • There are also many dolphins around the island. Ask at your accommodation for the possibility of a dolphin excursion. You have to leave around 5.30 am, but then you have a good chance to see the animals.

Day 08: Manado – Airport (B)
After breakfast, check out then leaving Bunaken with boat to Manado. Upon arrival in Manado, then direct transfer to Sam Ratulangi airport to catch your flight for the next destination.

Deep & High

5 days / 4 nights

Day 1: Arrive Manado (-)
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our representative in the arrivals hall and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day 2: Manado City Tour (B)
Breakfast at hotel, and in appropriated time leave the hotel for Manado City Tour. Our first destination is Chinese Shrine Ban Hin Kiong. The beautifully temple located in the heart of china town in Manado. This temple was established in 1819, then in 1893 there was built a house ash or known as Tek Kong Su in Hokkien. At the beginning, the building was made of bamboo wood. Afterward, the program continues to the old Protestant Church. The church we are going to is the oldest church in the city of Manado. Established in 1677, this church is one of the historical sites of religion in the city of Manado. In World War II, the Church was destroyed by a bomb. To commemorate the bombing event, NICA decided to build a World War II Monument located next to the left of the Church gate. In 1952, the Church was rebuilt. The new church building, have a same characteristic with the Protestant Church in the Netherlands. Driving back to your hotel in Manado.

Day 3: Day tour Tangkoko (B)
Breakfast, and leave the hotel early to catch the perfect time for observe the jungle. In Tangkoko you will find mainly rolling forests such as landscapes and the roads will not be too difficult. The park is situated by the sea and also has a beautiful deserted beach. You can see wildlife, and the most searched animal is a rare black crested ape that only exists in Sulawesi and tarsius the smallest monkey in the world. With a little luck you can see this special animal, which came out to find a nice piece of fruit or crab on the beach. After walk, you have time to swim in the sea and relax on the beach. Here you can really relax; because this beach cannot be accessed by local residents due the area protected by national park. After jungle trekking, back to Manado for your accommodation.

Day 4: Day tour Bunaken (B)
Breakfast and your guide will pick you up again on time and take you to the port of Manado for the ferry excursion to Bunaken. From here you can take a local ferry and sail to the island about 45 minutes. Upon arrival enjoy the full days in the beautiful underwater world of Bunaken. Around the island you will find a small beach and mangrove, where you can actually get into the water and start snorkeling. After snorkeling activity, we’re gonna back to the port and sailing back to the mainland of Manado. Meet the driver and drive to your hotel inside of Manado.

Day 5: Manado – Departure (B)
After breakfast depart to airport for flight to next destination.

Tana Toraja

4 days / 3 nights

Day 01: Makassar – Toraja (LD)
Upon arrival at airport of Makassar meet & greet with our guide and transfer to Toraja Land by Minibus / coach. Lunch will be served at restaurant at Parepare and refreshment at Bambapuang. Overnight and dinner at Toraja Heritage.

Day 02: Toraja (BLD)
After breakfast at Hotel, Today you will be taken on a full day excursion in Toraja. Start with a visit to the village of Lemo to see rows of Tau-Tau and the hanging graves. To get to the funeral site you need to follow a small muddy path from the village between rice paddy fields. The path ends suddenly at the base of a large cliff. At the base of the cliff are two small beautifully painted Tongkonan. After Lemo the program continue to Londa to visit the site features two natural caves where the bones of the deceased can be seen. As you enter the cave you will see skulls and bones scattered around on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. The ambiance can be quite intense, especially if you get easily scared. After lunch in a local restaurant in Rantepao visit the traditional Torajan village of Kete-Kesu, famous for its woodcarving, to see the Tongkonan and the old rice-barns. The final stop of the day will be made at Sadan, known as the traditional weaving center of Rantepao, heading back to hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 03: Toraja (BLD)
After breakfast, we will drive you to Marante village, which has a lot of Tongkonans, big paddy barns and big rocky hills those containing hanging stone graves which the local people called “Erong”. Next we will continue the program to the traditional kampong of Nanggala, we can see 4 big rice barns in a row with the curvy roof and carved walls those rice barn face with two traditional ex houses Nanggala king. Some of the carving shows a combination of modern and traditional themes. The last stop of the day will be made at the graveyard lies on one of the hillsides namely Suaya. It is carved as the resting place of the kings and king’s family; in conform to the Toraja King dresses, placed in front of stone grave. There are some stone steps to reach the hill, where the kings had their contemplation during their life, Heading back to hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 04: Toraja – Makassar (BL)
After breakfast at Hotel transfer to airport Makassar for your next program. Lunch at Parepare and refreshment enroute.

Barrupu – Toraja Highland

8 Days / 7 Nights

Day 1 Airport – Makassar (D)
Upon arrival at the airport you will be met by one of our experience guide in the arrivals hall and privately transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Makassar – Toraja Land (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out the process and meet with our guide to continue the journey for 8 hours to Tanah Toraja. During the trip you will enjoy the typical scenery of the highlands and the Bugis village with their traditional houses. We will stop for a rest while enjoying delicious coffee typical sulawesi. While drinking coffee, we will see a beautiful panorama from this place. Arrive in Toraja, direct transfer to hotel in Toraja. Lunch will be served en-route at local restaurant and Dinner served at hotel.

Day 3 Toraja Land (BLD)
After breakfast at Hotel, Today you will be taken on a full day excursion in Toraja. Start with a visit to the village of Lemo to see rows of Tau-Tau and the hanging graves. To get to the funeral site you need to follow a small muddy path from the village between rice paddy fields. The path ends suddenly at the base of a large cliff. At the base of the cliff are two small beautifully painted Tongkonan. After Lemo the program continue to Londa to visit the site features two natural caves where the bones of the deceased can be seen. As you enter the cave you will see skulls and bones scattered around on the floor and hanging from the ceiling. The ambiance can be quite intense, especially if you get easily scared. After lunch in a local restaurant in Rantepao visit the traditional Torajan village of Kete-Kesu, famous for its woodcarving, to see the Tongkonan and the old rice-barns. The final stop of the day will be made at Sadan, known as the traditional weaving center of Rantepao, heading back to hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 4 Toraja Land (BLD)
After breakfast, we will drive you to Marante village, which has a lot of Tongkonans, big paddy barns and big rocky hills those containing hanging stone graves which the local people called “Erong”. Next we will continue the program to the traditional kampong of Nanggala, we can see 4 big rice barns in a row with the curvy roof and carved walls those rice barn face with two traditional ex houses Nanggala king. Some of the carving shows a combination of modern and traditional themes. The last stop of the day will be made at the graveyard lies on one of the hillsides namely Suaya. It is carved as the resting place of the kings and king’s family; in conform to the Toraja King dresses, placed in front of stone grave. There are some stone steps to reach the hill, where the kings had their contemplation during their life, Heading back to hotel for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 5 Rantepao – Barruppu (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel, check out the process and meet with our guide to continue the journey to Barruppu with 4 WD Jeep, On the way to Barruppu we will visit Batutumonga and Lokomata as our excursion. From Rantepao to Batutumonga you will pass Tinambayo, one of the famous viewpoints. Located 1,300 meters above sea level, it offers beautiful views of rice terraces and the valley below. It’s worth stopping here even if it is just to take a few photos. On arrival at Batutumonga, enjoy relaxing ambiance, cool temperature, and beautiful views. On different viewpoints, you will discover the scenery is spectacular, and the most frequently seen scenery is a mixture of terraced rice fields, forests, and open grasslands. Afterward, drive to Loko ‘Mata for the next destination. The first thing you see once you go through the entrance to Lo’ko’ Mata is a large circular stone. There are more than 20 burial chambers carved into the large rock. Besides seeing a stone grave, you also walk around and stop at the view point and see the town of Rantepao from this place. Afterward, direct transfer to Baruppu and stay in local people house. Lunch served en-route with Picnic arrangement and dinner served at the local people house.

Day 6 Barruppu – Rantepao (BLD)
Simple Breakfast at local people house, leave the house and explore the interesting place in Baruppu. Barruppu is a region in northern Toraja that is famous as a producer of Toraja coffee beans. Barruppu has a fertile soil, beautiful scenery and friendly locals. Most of the people here live from farming, and they often plant coffee, fruit, vegetables and others. During this trip you will be invited to the area of tiroan rice field. Here you can walk through the rice fields and see the locals farming. After tracing the rice fields, we will go to the Benteng Batu (stone fort). The fort is the place where Pong Tiku (national hero of Barruppu) fought against the Dutch army. After the historical tour, guests will be led down to 1 of 4 waterfalls located in Barruppu. Afterward, driva back to Rantepao for your next accommodation. Lunch served en-route with Picnic arrangement and dinner served at the hotel.

Day 7 Toraja Land – Makassar (BLD)
After breakfast at Hotel transfer to airport Makassar for your next program. Lunch at Parepare and refreshment enroute.

Day 8 Makassar – Airport (B)
Breakfast at the hotel, Free at your own leisure until it’s time to check out and pick up for transfer to Airport.