We offer a full range of land excursions ranging from short ninety minute tours of the local village to full day tours of the Minahasan Highlands.
One especially popular tour, perfect for the free afternoon of decompressing the day before flying, is the Tangkoko National Park Tour, where guests can see many land ‘critters’ such as the smallest primate in the world; the Tarsiers, other commonly seen animals are the Marsupial Cuscus Bears, Black Crested Macaques and many more.
Please see below for more information on the various excursions and activities that we have on offer.
For guests interested in quick tours but wanting to see some local North Sulawesi culture, this is the perfect tour. Visiting Pintu Kota (meaning “Small Door to the Town”), a staff member from the village will show you around and introduce you to a small taste of Lembeh culture. Bring your camera: the local children love to have their photos taken!
Departure Time: Flexible. Please ask the Front Desk.
Duration: Approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
Double – 200/person
Single – 250
This is the ideal tour for nature lovers! Tangkoko National Park is home to the smallest primate in the world – the Tarsier. Based at the foot of the Dua Saudara Mountain in North Sulawesi, the area is a mixture of rolling hills and valleys. We will walk through the park in search of the Black Crested Macaque, Hornbills, Kus Kus and Maleo birds as well as learning about the local fauna and flora along the way. The Park is approximately a ninety-minute drive from Lembeh Resort. Please wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, spray on mosquito repellent and be sure to bring a camera and flashlight. Price includes guide and entrance fee into the national park.
Departure Time: 13:15 / 1:15 p.m.
Duration: Approximately 6 – 7 hours.
Double – 1250/person
Single – 1550
This is the perfect trip for an authentic Tangkoko National Park experience!
Explore the incredible Tangkoko National Park looking for the most exotic and endemic bird species that Sulawesi has to offer. Shortly after sunrise you will arrive at the Tangkoko Lodge where you will have breakfast and meet your expert local guide. After a relaxed breakfast a trek though the dense forest begins on the lookout for the Magnificent Sulawesi Dwarf Kingfisher, the Green-Backed Kingfisher, the Sulawesi Lilac Kingfisher, Yellow Billed Malkaoha, Bay-Coucal, Silver- Tipped Imperial Pigeons, Grey-Cheek Green Pigeon, and of course the Brilliant Red Knobbed Hornbill. During the morning trek it is also possible to witness a wide variety of other endemic species.
After a relaxed lunch we will take you on a boat-ride along the mangroves to look for various other species of Kingfishers, Herons, White-Rumped Cuckooshrikes and Sandpipers. Black Napped Terns and Frigate Birds will often be seen flying overhead.
Departure Time: 05:00 / 5:00 a.m.
Duration: Approximately 13 – 14 hours.
Double – 2700/person
Single – 3000
Our Minahasan Highland Tour is a perfect way to explore the area and learn all about the local culture and history in this region. We can tailor the tour to take in the sights that are of most interest to you; please read the concise descriptions below. If you have any questions, please ask our front desk team or Guest Relations Manager.
Tomohon Traditional Markets – The Highlands climate is perfect for growing a variety of plants and foodstuffs. 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 sulfur 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 beverage and soak up the views.
Lake Tondano – The largest lake in the region and the second largest in the country. 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, we can visit a factory where batik fabric and other local handicrafts are produced.
Japanese Caves – Dotted along the road side you can see the caves that the Japanese created during World War II, a somber reminder of turbulent Indonesian history. We will have lunch at Lake Tondano, or a local restaurant that serves traditional Minahasan cuisine depending on the itinerary that you choose. Lunch and any entrance fees are included in the price.
Departure Time: 8 a.m.
Duration: 7 -8 hours.
Double – 1475/person
Single – 1750
Want to do something a bit active? Departing from Lembeh Resort, we drive through the beautiful Minahasan Highlands to the town of Tomohon. Arriving at the Ranger Station at Mount Mahawu, we begin the short trek to the crater’s edge where you can enjoy amazing views of islands Bunaken and Manado Tua. If you choose, 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. We can also stop at a few other sights along the way, depending on your preferences!
Departure Time: 07:30 – 08:00 / 7:30 – 08:00 a.m.
Duration: 6 – 7 hours.
Double – 1600/person
Single – 1800
Bitung is a busy market town and one of the main livelihoods in this area is fishing. Visit the local fish and grocery markets to experience Indonesian culture at its busiest! One of our staff will accompany you and help you experience the sights and sounds to the fullest.
Departure Time: 05:00 / 5:00 a.m.
Duration: 2 -3 hours.
Double – 450/person
Single – 650
Lembeh Island is covered in lush jungle and is the perfect location for an active afternoon hike. Experience local culture while strolling through tiny villages and see first-hand how they grow exotic spices, herbs and fruits such as Nutmeg, Vanilla, Cloves, Cacao, Kenari Nuts and much, much more! Included in the hike is even a small selection of local herbs and spices for you to try or to bring home with you. The hike goes in the direction of Gunung Woka where you can enjoy beautiful views over both the Lembeh Strait and the open expanses of the Pacific Ocean. The hike is of medium intensity, so a moderate fitness level and sports shoes with good grip is a must.
Departure Time: 08:00 or 13:30 / 8:00 a.m. or 01:30 p.m.
Duration: 3.5 hours.
Double – 475/person
Single – 600
Get a taste of local Minahasan cuisine! Learn how to prepare a variety of local Minahasan dishes with our Head Chef. Take home our recipe booklet along with some local spices of your choice. We ask for one day’s notice so that we can prepare the necessary ingredients for the dishes of your choice.
Duration and price are dependent on the length of the course.
2 Dishes: 335/person
3 Dishes: 400/person
Whit optional market tour: single: +469 Double: +335
Please feel free to ask for detailed information about these and other activities.
Price quoted in thousands of Indonesian Rupiah