Sangihe Volcanic Islands Tour

Tour Code: MH - S 104 | Duration: 07 Days/06 Nights

Tour Description: Adventure and Ecotourism on North Sulawesi
Tour Highlights: Underwater Volcano, Mt. Awu, Snorkeling, Traditional Fishing
Tour Area: Sangihe Volcanic Islands
Starting Point: Manado
Ending Point: Manado

Welcome to Sangihe Island

The Ring of Fire

Sangihe Islands Maps


Sangihe and Talaud Islands

This district consists of 77 islands of which 56 islands are inhabited. The population is 335.000 people (2006). Most of the people are involved in agriculture, which include coconut, vanilla, nutmeg, clove and fishing. The islands are located north of the Sulawesi Peninsula and south of the Philippines the islands are divided into two main groups; Sangihe, consisting of the islands Sangir Besar, Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro; and Talaud consists of the island of Karakelang, Salibabu, Kaburuan, Nanusa, Miangas plus many other small island. The capital of Sangihe Talaud is Tahuna; which is located on Sanger Besar. The airport located about 21 km from Tahuna is serviced by domestic airlines on an irregular basis.

There are seaports in Tahuna, Siau, Tagulandang and Biau which are serviced by various ferries and local boats.

Sangihe Talaud is renowned for its magnificent white sandy beaches with amazing coral gardens as well as an underwater active volcano.

The cultural ceremonies, dances and folksongs from this group of island are many.

The most outstanding traditional ceremonies are:

Menahulending: a ceremony to expressing gratitude and pray for someone who renders a useful service.

Menulude: a ceremony thanks giving, which is celebrated annually at the end of January.

Mangundang Banua (Mesundeng) is a dedication ceremony for a new boat, house or garden.

Sangihe Talaud is known for its beautiful dances such as:

Maane’e: a traditional fish catching in Intata Island, which always celebrate every once in a year on the month of May.

Maharo Island
This beautiful tiny island is located on the eastern side of Siau Island. Justly proud of the beauty of its own, touring to this island is wonderful to observe Portuguese ruin fortress in the gentle see breeze. Only a few minute by a motorized outrigger canoe from Siau harbour

Mt. Awu Crater Lake
Situated on Sanger Besar Island, Mt. Awu (1320 m) is still active and it last erupted on 12 August 1966. The Crater Lake is considerably beauty; dark green, light green and white colors are contrast. Climbing it inquire at the Volcanologist Office in Tahuna.

Nutmeg Plantation in Siau

Blessed by fertile land, caused by volcanic ash of volcano Karangetang, some of village used their shifting land into nutmeg plantations. Indeed, most of grounds are covered by green and thick nutmeg trees, makes a breathtaking view of spice forest. Siau is an ideal place to enjoy nutmeg plantation.

Mahangetang Underwater Volcano
Lies 4 – 8 meters underwater, about 300 m only off the Island of Mahangetang, this underwater volcano showing magnificent underwater view of the crystal of boiling water under the sea. Located 18 miles away of Tahuna, it is easily reached by hiring a motorizes outrigger canoe from Tahuna harbour.

Sara Island
Heavily forested with lush verdant tropical vegetation, this tiny island bustled with the activity of Maleo birds, cockatoos, etc. It is surrounded by white sandy beaches and there is an extensive coral reef nearby. Take a motorized outrigger canoe from Lirung harbour (45 minutes) or from Melangguane Airport (60 minutes) to this splendor island.

Volcano Karangetang

Towering 1.800 m in Siau, this volcano is still active and it last erupted in 1974. Volcano Karangetang appears so scenically from the sea while entering Siau harbour.

Santago Mousoleum

Lying among towering coconut palms and flowery garden, overlooking a beautiful stretch of forested mountains and sea view, it is a King Santiago Mausoleum. He ruled Manganitu Kingdom from 1670 – 1677

Day 01: Airport – Manado - Sangihe

  1. Arrival at Sam Ratulangi International Airport
  2. Welcome Drink
  3. Meeting Service
  4. Full Payment
  5. Sightseeing around Manado City
  6. Transfer to Manado Harbor
  7. By Ship sailing to Sangihe, it take 6-7H
  8. Overnight stay at the ship (L, D)

Day 02: Climb to Mount Awu Crater (whole day activity)

  1. Arrive in Tahuna City early morning, proceed to Mt. Awu check point for report
  2. Situated on Sanger Besar Island, Mt. Awu (1320 m) is still active and it last erupted on 12 August 1966. The Crater Lake is considerably beauty; dark green, light green and white colors are contrast and here we need to report to the Volcanologist Office in Tahuna before climbing
  3. In the afternoon driving down to Enemawira
  4. Stay overnight at the locals

Day 03: Snorkeling to Mahangetang Underwater Volcano 2 Hours Boat Trip (each way) from Tamako (Depends of how big the engines used)

Mahangetang Underwater Volcano:

Lies at 4 - 8 meters underwater, only about 300 m off the island of Mahangetang, this underwater volcano offers a magnificent view of water boiling under the sea

  1. Breakfast
  2. By a local motorized small boat, sail to Mahangetang island
  3. Arrive on the Island
  4. We will pay a visit to the “OPO LAO” village head for permission
  5. Enjoy yourself on the crystal clear water, hot water and beautiful coral of the Mahangetang

Mahangetang Islands Area

Underwater volcano, Schools of fish everywhere, Magnificent corals, See shape of volcano, Bubbles and hot water from volcano, Parrot, scorpion, fish, sharks, jack

  1. Lunch will be serve on Beach
  2. We’ll take time to explore this small fisherman village
  3. Late in the afternoon return to Tamako for overnight (B, L, D)

Day 04: Trekking to Mt. Sahengbalira & Binala Waterfall

The Gunung Sahengbalira Protection Forest covers an area of 5,000 ha and is nominated as a nature reserve in Indonesia's National Conservation Plan. The site holds the last remaining area with reasonably extensive forest on Sangihe Island. Forests range from primary lowland tropical rainforest to sub-montane forests at the higher altitudes. The site is named after the highest peak in the area: the Gunung Sahengbalira (1015m)

  1. 5-6 hours trekking each day – for 2 days. Overnight at locals or homestay
  2. On day 4th, after trekking, a visit to a beautiful waterfall near Lelipang

Day 05: Tamako – Lapango – Manganitu – Tahuna

  1. Breakfast
  2. Check out, then we drive you to Lapango (old gold mining complex)
  3. Driving along the coastal roads and villages then to Manganitu village
  4. Lunch enroute
  5. A short trek to the nearby waterfall called Laine at Manganitu village
  6. Arrive in Tahuna, stay overnight at local people house

Day 06: Dugong and Snorkeling Trip

  1. A whole day boat trip for swimming, snorkeling, fishing, dolphin and to search the famous Dugong Fish around on the satellite islands of Tahuna
  2. Spend your time also on the beautiful beach of Pananualeng
  3. Overnight at locals at Enemawira village.  (Beach farewell party)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Dugong is very hard to find, it depends on its food (sea grass) and some Islands of Tahuna are surrounded by sea grass. People and crab are the predators of these mammals. Dugong (Dugong dugon) is commonly called sea cow. Dugongs are 3 meters long and rotund as blimps, often weighting 400 kg. They have a pig like head with enormous upper lips used for grasping sea grass.  Like elephants, they are vegetarians.  Like all mammals, they must breathe air and rarely submerge for more than 8 minutes. Dugongs may live for more than 70 years.

  1. Touring around Tahuna, to Kolongan Beach, snorkeling at the harbor site (There is no boat provided)
  2. Late in the afternoon, return to Manado by evening ferry
  3. On the way, enjoy the spectacular plume of Mt. Karangetang with its larva activity

Day 07: Arrive in Manado – Airport

  1. Early in the morning arrive in Manado
  2. Breakfast
  3. Tour evaluation
  4. Leisure time until transfer to airport
  5. Transfer to airport for your next destination
  6. End of our service

Price includes:

  1. English Speaking Guide
  2. Private car, boat during your tour package
  3. Ship ticket Manado – Sangihe - Manado
  4. Extra Local Transport
  5. Permit + Conservation Fee for the Parks
  6. Accommodation based on 2 people sharing a room
  7. Full board (3 meals/day), mineral water, Tropical fresh fruit
  8. 10% Government tax and service

Price Excluding:

  1. Personal expenses
  2. Alcoholic beverages, Juice, Soft drinks
  3. Personal Insurance
  4. Donation
  5. Tips for Guide or Driver
  6. Phone calls
  7. Laundry
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