South Sulawesi, Toraja, Tongkonan Layuk Lion, Eco Resort

Toraja, Tongkonan Layuk Lion Eco Resort

http://layuklion.webs.com/

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At an altitude of 300 meters with views across to a huge mountain range, the Tongkonan Layuk Lion eco accommodation is a real traditional Torajanese clan house with a massive roof shaped like a ship’s prow, which belongs to a rural, but cozy village. Inside however, the traditional Tongkonan has been furnished to the highest standards to provide the perfect blend of tradition and comfort.

The orchid-shaped island of Sulawesi (Celebes) has a dramatic and rugged landscape with shimmering blue mountains, limestone hills and deep blue bays. At the crossroads of several historical sea lanes, the island was formerly a strategic trading port with the seafaring Bugies dominating the southern tip and the Toraja – with a culture based on animism – guarding the mountains to the north.

This ancient culture has been little affected by modern tourism and today Tana Toraja offers the visitor fascinating glimpses of a people whose unique customs and rituals have survived for centuries, and who, according to their mythology, are descendants of celestial beings from heaven.

The Tongkonan Layuk Lion eco lodge is the first first-class traditional house in Toraja. The two suites have Balinese style bathrooms and balconies facing the traditional Tongkonan village. Toraja handicrafts have been used to great effect in the suite, and it has international standard amenities.

There is a trekking in the surrounding hills, wild-water rafting on the nearby Sa’dan River and nice tours in Torajaland, which you can book directly at the Tongkonan.

Set high in the mountains amid rice fields, rolling hills and forest, Tongkonan Layuk Lion offers a heaven of retreat from city life – a perfect blend of tradition and comfort during your holiday in wonderful Torajaland.

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North Sulawesi Tomohon Highland Resort

North Sulawesi Tomohon Highland Resort

http://www.sulawesi-info.com/minahasa.html

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Welcome to the Highland Resort Tomohon in North Sulawesi!

Many people think of North Sulawesi as mainly being a place for diving and snorkeling. There is a lot more though! Visiting Manado and not spending some time exploring the beautiful Minahasa Highlands means that you miss a good part of this area’s wonderful attractions.

Highland Resort and Spa, Tomohon

The Highland Resort and Spa is the ideal place to base yourself, whether it might be just for several days or for several weeks. Our unique resort offers a cool respite from the tropical heat of the town, and a quiet venue to relax and enjoy the lush vegetation and birdlife found in the Highlands.

Location

Located in Kinilow, a small village situated between Manado and Tomohon, the resort itself is set 300 metres away from the main road and the bustle of the traffic. The cottages face the hills and down a ravine. However, it is only 20 kms to Manado and 5 kms to Tomohon.

Highland Resort - Cottages Guests on Mt. Mahawu with Mt. Lokon in background

At an altitude of 650 metres above sea level, The Highland Resort’s cooling mountain climate will suit those still aclimatising to the tropical heat of Indonesia. Tomohon is the nearest town with small local shops and an interesting traditional market which is well worth a visit early in the morning. All manner of fruit, vegetables, spices and household items are on sale. Keep an eye out for the skinned bats or rats, a local delicacy.

A dramatic feature of the Resort’s location is the towering volcanoes of Lokon and Mahawu. The volcanic soil of the area provides the lush vegetation surrounding the resort and the region produces most of the vegetables and flowers supplied to Manado.

Our Rates

All rates are in Euro (€). Room rates are per room, not per person. All rooms are double rooms.

Standard Room € 30.-
Superior Room € 40.-
Deluxe Cottage € 50.-
Highland Suite € 60.-
Extra Bed (1 per room, Deluxe Cottage and Highland Suite only) € 15.-
One-way transfer from/to Manado Airport or Manado city area (per car, max. 4 pax)* € 17.-
Two-way transfer from and to Manado Airport or Manado city area (per car, max. 4 pax)* € 25.-

South Sulawesi Toraja Hertage Hotel Rantepao

South Sulawesi Toraja Hertage Hotel Rantepao

http://www.torajaheritage.com/indexindo.php

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At an altitude of 700 meters (2,300 feet) with views across to a huge mountain range, the TORAJA HERITAGE HOTEL follows the architectural style of traditional Torajan clan houses with a massive roof shaped like a ship’s prow. Inside however, the resort has been furnished to the highest standards to provide the perfect blend of tradition and comfort. The orchid-shaped island of SULAWESI has a dramatic and rugged landscape with shimmering blue mountains, limestone hills and deep blue bays. At the crossroads of several historical sea lanes, the island was formerly a strategic trading port with the seafaring Bugies dominating the southern tip and the Toraja – with a culture based on animism – guarding the mountains to the north. This ancient culture has been little affected by modern tourism and today Tana Toraja offers the visitor fascinating glimpses of a people whose unique customs and rituals have survived for centuries , and who, according to their mythology, are descendants of celestial beings from heaven. The TORAJA HERITAGE HOTEL is the first four star International hotel in Toraja. The 160 rooms and suites have marble bathrooms and balconies facing the rice fields. Toraja handicrafts have been used to great effect in all the guest rooms, and all have international standard amenities. An outdoor swimming pool overlooks the mountains. Mountain bikes are available for sightseeing, there is trekking in the surrounding hills and wild-water rafting on the nearby Sa’dan river. After a day of touring, try a massage at our Marampa’ Spa and discovering our Aromatherapy scented sauna or sit in the oversized Jacuzzi and imagine yourself soaking in a pool in a bamboo forest. Two restaurants – the Marura, by the poolside, and the Sarira – provide excellent dining. Set high in the mountains amid rice fields and rolling hills, TORAJA HERITAGE HOTEL offers a heaven of retreat from city life – a perfect blend of tradition and comfort.
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– North Sulawesi Tomohon Gardenia Country Inn

North Sulawesi Tomohon Gardenia Country Inn

http://www.gardeniacountryinn.com/contactus.htm

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Gardenia Country Inn located in Tomohon, a city in the highland with 800m above sea level of North Sulawesi, known with its pleasant climate and volcanoes surrounds the area. Gardenia has 8 Private Bungalows, 3 Challet Rooms and 1 Family Room that overlook the beautiful gardens, fishponds, mountain views with sounds of splashed water. Other facilities are two dining areas, massage pavilion, free Wi-Fi, library & in-house doctor. This is the place to see magnificent gardens, breathtaking views, comfort accommodations, fine cuisine and an International level of service. Away from the hustle & bustle of the city, Gardenia Country Inn has all of the convenience that you would expect with a combination of traditional and modern resort. Whether you plan to travel as individual, couple, family or group, we believe that Gardenia & our friendly staff will make your vacation the most memorable one.

Gorontalo Olele Beach

Gorontalo Olele Beach

http://gorontalo-underwater.com/?p=29

This beach is a gate to the underwater paradise. The amazing beauty of underwater life on this area has been recognized by many of the divers in the world. It is proofed by the enthusiasm of the divers who come to this area. Bitilia Sea Garden some diving spots with remarkable beautiful underwater view. This place is 15 minutes drive from Boalemo Indah Beach. Hidden Paradise on the Equator. There are just so many things that make Gorontalo perfect for holiday, the beauty of its nature, the culture and not forget to mention, the friendly people. Mountains, hills, shore line are the main characteristic of Gorontalo and it makes the island perfect for marine tourism. Most of diving site take you just a few minute from town, Diving in Gorontalo mean diving within the richness of biodiversity, health and unique coral and reef Lot of beautiful place could be found here, Tomini Bay famous for under water habitat and undefined creatures. There is several number of unsettled small islands. Tomini Bay is a heaven for divers, because the geographic position of Tomini Bay itself, which is crossed by the equator line, has naturally presented various kinds of sea creature inside. Desa Olele or Olele Village is well known as the wild diving spot among world class diver. Olele beach is a gate to underwater paradise. The amazing beauty of underwater life on this area has been recognize and proofed by the enthusiasm of the divers who come to Olele beach. The divers called Olele as Traffic Jam dive spot. Diving In Tomini Bay and Olele Beach, you can find dolphin (torsiops trancatus), Giant Reef (Petrosia Sp.), School of Gobi Fish (Bryaninops erythrops), Salvador Dali reef (Petrosia lignose), Acanthogorgia Sp., Anemon Koralimorf (Discosoma Sp.), plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, Blenni (Escenius Caeruliventris), Cardinal Fish, damsel, platax pinnatus, scorpaenopsis, oxycephala, goropa fish, butterfly fish, pusillus, cockatoo fish, Randal fish, parapterois hetururus, Bothus Sp ” half face fish, frog fish, Nudibrancia, Seahorse and pigmy seahorse. There are more than 8 dive sites spread along the West and East coast of Olele beach such as shadow land, sentinel, honeycomb, traffic circle, traffic jam, jinn caves, helicopter bay and silver tip ground. Olele is also know as Gorontalo water park For your info * The best diving season is from November to April * Dolphin (torsiops truncates) around February to April There are just so many things that make Gorontalo perfect for holiday, the beauty of its nature, the culture and not forget to mention, the friendly people. General information about Gorontalo, stated at North Sulawesi. Mountains, hills, shore line are the main characteristic of Gorontalo and it makes the island perfect for marine tourism. Most of diving site take you just a few minute from town, Diving in Gorontalo mean diving within the richness of biodiversity, health and unique coral and reefs. Lots of beautiful places could be found here. Tomini Bay, for instance, is famous for under water habitat and undefined creatures. There is several number of unsettled small islands. Tomini Bay is a heaven for divers, because the geographic position of Tomini Bay itself, which is crossed by the equator line, has naturally presented various kinds of sea creature inside. Desa Olele or Olele Village is well known as the wild diving spot among world class diver. Olele beach is a gate to underwater paradise. The amazing beauty of underwater life on this area has been recognize and proofed by the enthusiasm of the divers who come to Olele beach. The divers called Olele as Traffic Jam dive spot. In Tomini Bay and Olele Beach, you can find some or maybe the most amazing underwater creatures such as: * Giant Reef (Petrosia Sp.) * School of Gobi Fish (Bryaninops erythrops) * Salvador Dali reef (Petrosia lignose) * Kipas Laut Biru (Acanthogorgia Sp.). There are only 3 acanthogorgia Sp. In Gorontalo * Anemon Koralimorf (Discosoma Sp.) * Nemo * Ikan Behang (plectorhinchus chaetodonoides), some people call it cha-cha fish caused they dance and swim around the coral. * Blenni (Escenius Caeruliventris) * Cardinal Fish, damsel, platax pinnatus, scorpaenopsis, oxycephala, goropa fish, butterfly fish, pusillus, cockatoo fish, Randal fish, parapterois hetururus, Bothus Sp ” half face fish, frog fish, celebes * Not forget to mention that Gorontalo is the Kingdom of Nudibrancia * Seahorses and pigmy seahorses Getting There Jallaludin airport is the entrance for the visitors who use the airplane service (located approximately 15 km from the town of Gorontalo) Flight from Sukarno Hatta Air Port-Jakarta ” Jallaludin Air Port, Gorontalo (Filght served every day, please check the exact schedule to your airline services) For visitors who use sea service, Gorontalo has 3 harbors, Anggrek Harbor, Kwandang Harbor and Crossing Harbor.

North Sulawei Bunaken Islands with Info

Bunaken Islands with Info

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Info

Bunaken National Marine Park

The Bunaken National Marine Park was formally established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia’s growing system of marine parks. The park covers a total surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is overlain by sparkling clear, warm tropical water. The remaining 3% of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. Although each of these islands has a special character, it is the aquatic ecosystem that attracts most naturalists.
The waters of Bunaken National Marine Park are extremely deep (1566 m in Manado Bay), clear (up to 35-40 m visibility), refreshing in temperature (27-29 C) and harbor some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. Pick any of group of interest – corals, fish, echinoderms or sponges – and the number of families, genera or species is bound to be astonishingly high. For example, 7 of the 8 species of giant clams that occur in the world, occur in Bunaken. The park has around 70 genera of corals; compare this to a mere 10 in Hawaii. Although the exact number of fish species is unknown, it may be slightly higher than in the Philippines, where 2,500 species, or nearly 70% of all fish species known to the Indo-western Pacific, are found.
Oceanic currents may explain, in part, why Bunaken National Marine Park is such a treasure trove of biodiversity. Northeasternly currents generally sweep through the park but abundant counter currents and gyros related to lunar cycles are believed to be a trap for free swimming larvae. This is particularly true on the south side of the crescent-shaped Bunaken Island, lying in the heart of the park. A snorkler or diver in the vicinity of Lekuan or Fukui may spot over 33 species of butterfly fish and numerous types of groupers, damsels, wrasses and gobies. The gobies, smallish fish with bulging eyes and modified fins that allow them to attach to hard surfaces, are the most diverse but least known group of fish in the park.
Biologists believe that the abundance of hard corals is crucial in maintaining the high levels of diversity in the park. Hard corals are the architects of the reefs, without them, numerous marine organisms would be homeless and hungry. Many species of fish are closely associated with particular types of corals (folious, branching, massives, etc.) for shelter and egg-laying. Others, like the enormous Bumphead Parrotfish, Balbometopon muricatum, are “coralivores” and depend on hard corals for their sustenance. Bony mouth parts fused into an impressive “beak” allow these gregarious fish to crunch corals like roasted peanuts.
Some 20,000 people live on the natural resources of Bunaken National Marine Park. Although there are inevitable conflicts between resource protection and use by people, the Indonesian government is taking a fairly unusual and pragmatic approach to park management. The idea is to promote wise resource use while preventing overexploitation. Local communities, government officials, dive resort operators, local nature groups, tourists and scientists have played an active role in developing exclusive zones for diving, wood collection, fishing and other forms of utilization. If successful, Bunaken Marine Park will stand as an important example of how Sulawesi, and the rest of Indonesia, can work to protect its natural resources.

Resorts

 


 
Bunaken Beach Resort http://www.bunakenbeachresort.com/
Manado Murex Dive Resort http://www.murexdive.com/
Siladen Resort and Spa http://www.siladen.com/main_uk.asp
Cha Cha Dive Lodge www.bunakenchacha.com/
Kikisi Nature Resort http://www.wheretostayandplay.com/moreinfo.php/2274/
Onong Resort Siladen Kalasey http://www.manadosafaris.com/operators/onong.php
Tasik Ria Resort http://www.tasikria.com/
Mapia Resort http://www.kudalaut.com/uk/homeen.htm
Lumba Lumba Resort http://www.lumbalumbadiving.com/bunaken-resort.html
Froggie’s Resort http://www.divefroggies.com/resort.html
NDC Resort Manado http://www.ndcmanado.com/
Sulawesi Dive Quest, Bunaken  http://www.sulawesi-dive-quest.com/
 

Live Aboard

MY Liburan
Ocean Rover

Part of each cruise will take place in the Lembeh Straits,
and Bunaken National Marine Park as well as Bangka Island.
Ocean Rover then journeys further north to a chain of volcanic islands, the Sangihe Archipelago: dozens of islands.
Dive Centers

North Sulawsi

Blue Banter Dive   http://www.bluebanter-manado.com/
Celeber Divers     http://www.kudalaut.com/uk/homeen.htm
Lumba Lumba Diving   http://www.lumbalumbadiving.com/
Murex Divehttp://www.murexdive.com/
Manado Dive   http://www.manado-dive.com/location.htm

Minahasa lagoon   http://www.minahasalagoon.com/sito/ing/home.html

Odyssea Divers    http://www.odysseadivers.com/

Blue Banter Dive http://bluebanter-manado.com/

Living Colours Diving,Bunaken   http://www.livingcoloursdiving.com/

Dive Froggies    http://www.divefroggies.com/

Thalassa Divers    http://www.thalassa.net/nswa.php

Sulawesi Dive Quest, Bunaken   http://www.sulawesi-dive-quest.com/

Froggies Dive    http://www.divefroggies.com/