North Sulawesi attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Bitung

Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue

About 9km southwest of Bitung, Tasikoki is an entirely volunteer-run organisation that rescues and cares for animals confiscated from smugglers. The aim is to rehabilitate the animals and release them back into the …
Museum in Tomohon

Muesum Pinawetengan

Not just another roadside attraction, this complex is home to Minahasa houses, a history museum, a celebration of owls (the Minahasa Regency mascot), a weaving workshop, an anti-narcotics museum and a botanical gard…
Beach in Pulau Bunaken & Pulau Siladen

Pantai Liang

Suffering from erosion and rising sea levels, the beach at Liang has become a svelte, though pleasant, strip of white sand. At low tide, there's still plenty of room to toss a frisbee around. The beach is lined with…
Beach in Pulau Bunaken & Pulau Siladen

Pantai Pangalisang

Forming much of the east coast of Pulau Bunaken, Pantai Pangalisang is a long stretch of walkable soft white sand tucked between a thick wall of mangroves and the land. Just beyond the thicket is some outrageous sno…
Market in Tomohon

Traditional Market

Up the hill east of town is the colourful, chaotic, anything-goes traditional market you've probably heard stories about – and those stories are true. Things are most lively in the morning. Vegetarians and those not…
Island in Pulau Bunaken & Pulau Siladen

Pulau Siladen

Located 3km east of Pulau Bunaken and the smallest island of the archipelago, Siladen boasts wonderful white-sand beaches and a wall of gorgeous corals. All lodging is lined up on the island's west side, looking acr…
Cemetery in Tomohon

Waruga Opo Worang

Minahasans traditionally interred their dead in a squatting position in waruga stone sarcophagi shaped like houses sitting above ground right near their settlement. During a particularly nasty outbreak of cholera, t…
Buddhist Temple in Manado

Kienteng Ban Hian Kong

The 19th-century Kienteng Ban Hian Kong is the oldest Buddhist temple in eastern Indonesia and it has been beautifully restored. The temple hosts a spectacular festival in February (dates vary according to the lunar…
Lake in Tomohon

Danau Linau

Danau Linow, a small, highly sulphurous lake that changes colours with the light, is home to extensive birdlife. Take a mikrolet to Sonder, get off at Lahendong and walk 1.5km to the lake.
Museum in Manado

Public Museum of North Sulawesi

This museum features a large display of traditional costumes, and an exhibit illustrating traditional pottery-making. There are captions in English.