Tangkoko National Park
Before I went on that trip I had already decided that I wanted to go to Tangkoko National Park and to the Minahasa Highlands. Since Tangkoko is closer to Two Fish than it is to Minahasa Lagoon I decided to do that tour while being in Lembeh. When the days got buy I got more and more reluctant to miss a day of diving so I was really happy when Gizmo told me that most people are not going the whole day but say that half a day is enough. So I went diving in the morning and started to Tangkoko after lunch.
As the windows of the car were very dark it didn't make sense to take pictures along the way. Just grabbed this one. Not sure what Mona Lisa and cigarettes have in common...
The drive to Tangkoko National Park was about 1.5 hours and towards the end there was not really a road any more. At the entrance I had to pay the ticket and when asked if I wanted a guide I said 'yes'. Didn't know that they don't give you any info about the park and it is just jungle. Without guide you can't do anything as you will get lost.
Not sure I had the best guide though as I had expected that he would explain some things to me. Started well when at the beginning of the walk we found this millepiede.
But that was about all he showed me except the black makakis...
... banjan trees... and later the tarsiers.
Found that thing myself.
Loved the umbrellas--
And this is how you look like during a jog through the jungle with a 500 % humidity. Can't count how many times I wished I'd gone diving instead...
And this pic is for Torsten (someone who loves mushrooms).
Finally we reached the beach on the northern tip of Sulawesi. The guide told me that on good days you can see the Philippines from there.
And the ranger station
I have to say that this was the only afternoon in Sulawesi that I didn't enjoy. For me this was not fun and I think the guide didn't speak english. He was able to tell me a few things about the makakis but when I asked him something he just smiled and said 'yes, yes.' but my question had not been a yes/no-question...