I could get some time off at the camp and explore other parts of Indonesia with my girlfriend Julia, who was visiting from Germany. Indonesia is with it’s many island very diverse in nature. We decided to travel to the northern part of Sulawesi, an island east from Borneo (see map). We had two weeks for travelling around to see endemic animals and it’s diverse coral reefs. Julia will write some posts about our trip to share our experience with you!
Just about half an hour by boat from Manado (capital of northern Sulawesi) you can find the island Bunaken and it´s world famous marine national park. There we started our holiday, snorkeling and diving in one of the earths most diverse marine areas.
Chased by the black macaques
In a shabby night bus we travelled to Tangoko National Park, the last refugee of the Black Crested Macaque. It’s one of the worlds most endangered mammals. We stayed in Batu Putih village and explored the wildlife of the park. The black crested macaques were surely our favorite beside Tarsiers, Hornbills and a green viper.
Orangutans in a cage, a rehabilitation
Northern Sulawesi is a hotspot for illeagal trade of endangered wildlife. Some rescued animals have found a second home at Tasikoki Rehabilitation Center. We had the possibility to see the facilities of this center and we got an impression on the work done there.
Volcanic activity; our last activity?
Tomohon the third largest city in North Sulawesi is located on highlands and therefore it has mild climate. We hiked up one of the surrounding volcanos Mount Lokon which is still active.