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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-West Papua Trip -  in August 2017-..... 2018
- Second part: On Sulawesi North Sulawesi and afterwards continuing by ferry to Ternate on North Moluccas
Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi Part 1 – Miri via Kuching in Sarawak/Malaysia to Balikpapan in Kalimantan and continuing by ferry to Sulawesi
3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ601982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017
Myanmar (Burma) Part 3 – from Nyaungshwe at Inle Lake to Mandalay and Goteik viaduct
Myanmar (Burma) Part 2 – Bago (Pegu) - Shwenyaung at Inle Lake
Myanmar (Burma) Part 1 – from Yangon (Rangoon) to the 'Golden Rock' of Kyaiktiyo
Ukraine – from Russia border at Kyaterinіvka to port city Odessa (29th container to Bintulu/Sarawak/East Malaysia)
Russia – from Kazakhstan (at Mikhaylovka) to Mongolia border (at Tashanta) and Ukraine border at Krupets August 21st to November 11th, 2016
Kazakhstan –  from Kyrgyzstan border at Korday to Russia border at Shemonaika – August 9th to 21st, 2016
Kyrgyzstan from Tajikistan border in Pamir to Kazakhstan border at Karkara June 27th to July xxth, 2016
Tajikistan Part 2 from Dushanbe to the Kyrgyzstan border June 19th to 27th, 2016
Tajikistan Part 1 from Uzbekistan border to Dushanbe May 31st to June 18th, 2016
Uzbekistan from Turkmenistan border in Dashoguz to Tajikistan border near Oybeck May 10th to 31st, 2016
Turkmenistan from Iran border at Bajgiran to Uzbekistan border near Khiva May 6th to 10th, 2016
Iran from the ferry port Bandar Abbas to Turkmenistan border near Ashgabat April 11th to May 6th, 2016
United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia border to Sharjah and the ferry to Iran January 12th to April 10th, 2016
Saudi Arabia from the ferry port Jeddah in transit to United Arab Emirates border January 9th to 12th, 2016
Sudan – from Ethiopia border to Suakin and the ferry to Saudi Arabia December 9th, 2015 to January 8th, 2016
North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate and Tidore and onwards by ferry to  Sofifi on Halmahera on North Moluccas
  • North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera and onwards by ferry to Sorong in West-Papua (Irian Jaya) on Bird's Head Peninsula
  • West-Papua (Irian Jaya) – Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
    Moluccas (Central) – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon
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    094  Liliana is standing at the little gate that marks
    the beginning of the jungle trail to Kali waterfall.
    It turns off at the village of Kali 7½ mi [12km]
    south of Manado (coord. 1.39518/124.84216) …..
    095  ….. shortly after we are surrounded by
    ferns, trees, palms, giant leaves and creeping
    plants, which lushness and variety fascinates
    us at every step during approx. ½ hour …..
    096  ….. red-green leaves are common
    and sticking out brightly from the green
    Following the more or less overgrown jungle track we venture deeper into the forest and discover pretty flowers and a rock,
    covered with moss that someone gave it a face
    097  Pagoda Flower (Clerodendrum


    The gorgeous vegetation continues to please us all the way to the waterfall: Once it is a colored leaf, once just shrub


    103  A creeping plant clings to a strong
    palm tree that heads straight for the sun
    104  Liliana is enshrouded by the dense
    tropical forest vegetation. This is what she
    most likes to do: To explore untouched nature
    105  A young fern in its ultimate beauty
    106  A butterfly that breaks the lush tropical
    green with its bright orange color
    107  On the nature trail we discover all kind
    of interesting flowers and leaves. This red
    flower is a single specimen, probably
    belonging to the ginger family
    108  The not anymore maintained jungle
    path where fallen trees lie across, adds to
    the adventurous taste. One of the gorgeous
    flowers we notice is a yellow ginger blossom
    109  After about a 20 minutes’ walk, the
    rushing of the waterfall announces itself. And
    then, we are standing in front of the Kali water-
    fall in its fairytale surrounding of moos and
    leaves that cover everything in its surroundings
    110  Actually there are two waterfalls that
    captivate us: The bigger one might be about
    200 ft. [60m], the smaller one 65 ft. [20m]
    111  Liliana is standing on the little bridge in
    front of the waterfall. She doesn't mind to be
    soaked by the spray, too beautiful is the
    experience to have this romantic place
    completely to ourselves
    112  In Rap Rap in Airmadidi are ancient
    “Waruga” stone sarcophagi. The Minahasans
    of North Sulawesi laid to rest their dead in a
    fetus position looking North in the belief that
    their ancestors came from North …..
    113  ….. a tombstone with an owl engraving
    114  On their way home school kids
    are passing by at the “Waruga” park in
    Airmadidi. As always our LandCruiser
    stirs up their curiosity
    115  The bigger “Waruga” stone sarcophagus
    park in Sawangan belongs to the UNESCO
    World Heritage Sites. Here the engravings
    are more elaborated than in Rap Rap …..
    116  ….. a single head stands out
    from all the others …..
    117  ….. but also this tombstone deserves a
    closer look. Most date from mid-19th century,
    but there also previous ones (1769)


    The Gardenia Hotel in Tomohon has a beautiful large scale flower garden. We admire especially:
    118  Orchids that look especially
    attractive in their natural surrounding
    119  The pink flowers with the name
    Medinilla (Medinilla astronioides)
    120  The exotic palm tree with its red seeds
    121  Onions, garlic, chili, tomatoes, lemon,
    ginger, potatoes and a lot more is on display
    at this market stall in Tomohon
    122  Cooked food and sweets are
    stored behind fly protecting glass
    123  Especially eye-catching are the huge piles
    of chili peppers. Practically no food is served
    in Indonesia without these peppers
    124  Fish is an important food source in Indo-
    nesia. Here it is sold dried on bamboo frames
    125  Skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis)
    is a Minahasan delicacy
    126  Smoked skipjack tuna (in Minahasan
    language: Cakalang fufu), clipped
    on a bamboo frame
    When we reach the traditional meat section at the Tomohon market – which is also mentioned accordingly in “Lonely Planet's” Indonesia guidebook –
    we are confronted with shockingly macabre images. We have debated extensively if we shall show them on our website or not but decided to do it,
    because it shows the brutal reality of a different culture and attitude towards animals
    127  A freshly slaughtered pig is dismembered
    128  Two flame-roasted cats
    129  At the dogs corner it definitely turns our
    stomach: On the table lie dozens of dead animals.
    Nearby are new victims in cages still living. They
    are caught with a sling, beaten to death with a
    bludgeon and roasted over an open fire
    130  Also snakes – here a python – belong
    to the local diet: They are sold in pieces
    131  A street vendor is trying to sell us crayfish
    132  A couple of chicken are already plucked.
    Additional supplies are waiting crammed into cages
    133  Bush rats are skewered
    and sold flame-roasted
    134  Nothing is spared: Even lizards
    are killed for food
    135  Bats are also sold as meat. The terrified
    expression on their faces is testimony of their
    agony. The wings are sold separately
    136  We are gazing from the rim of the
    “Mahawu” crater in the volcano region of
    Tomohon towards the 5'184 ft. [1'580m] high
    “Gunung Lokon”, which is ascendable too
    137  Chinese tourists swarm the viewing
    platform at the “Mahawu” volcano
    138  The “Mahawu” crater is 590 ft. [180m]
    wide and 460 ft. [140m] deep
    139  From the mountain road leading to
    the “Mahawu” volcano more cloud free
    volcanoes are visible on a clear day
    140  The panorama from the “Mahawu”
    volcano is reaching from the scattered
    highland town of Tomohon …..
    141  ….. to the big “Tondano” Lake
    where there is a road all around
    142  The mountain climate and the fertile
    volcano soil of the Minahasa Highland
    benefit agriculture
    143  Handworked vegetable fields with
    cabbage, onions, carrots, chili on the
    steep slopes of the Minahasa Highland
    144  On our way back from our tour to the
    “Mahawu” volcano we have a fine view over
    Tomohon and the Minahasa Highland
    145  On top of the hill sits a new tourist attraction
    at Kumelembuai near Rurukan: “Tintingon Puncak”
    (=hill) – particularly popular with tourists from
    China who ‘overrun’ the Highland
    146  “Danau Linow”, the small sulfurous
    lake that changes its green
    colors with the light
    147  Giant leaves – taro (Colocasia esculenta)
    – belong to the tropical vegetation that
    grow around Lake Linow


    148  Detail of the small hidden Chinese temple
    “Watu Sumanti” near Kayawu in the Tomohon
    region, which once belonged to a cult site …..
    149  ….. Michael, German manager of
    the “Mountain View Resort” in Tomohon
    and Emil on the stairs of the
    Chinese Tempel “Watu Sumanti” …...
    150  ….. Owl at the cult site “Watu Sumanti”.
    At full moon elderly people apparently still
    offer alcohol and cigarettes for the deceased
    151  Rice cultivation is an important part of
    the agriculture of the Minahasa Highland;
    here slightly west of Tomohon
    152  A hidden primitive bootleg schnaps
    distillery that lays in a forest
    clearing of Tomohon …..
    153  ….. the modest hut of the schnaps
    distiller that he uses during his work


    154  The white strings of an acacia flower
    (presumably Archidendron lucyi)
    155  These deep red flowers are a bouquet
    in itself. They belong to the Achiote shrub
    (Bixa orellana)
    156  These deep hanging angel trumpets
    (Brugmansia versicolor) originate actually from
    Ecuador and are poisonous. We saw them even
    more often on the island of Réunion (pic #57)
    157  Scenic Lake Tondano is the largest lake in
    North Sulawesi. It lies ca. 20 mi [36km] south-
    east of Manado and 1'970 ft. [600m] above sea
    158  Carpets of water hyacinths (Eichhornia)
    cover the shore of Lake Tondano
    or form floating islets
    159  Fish farming is popular on the shore of
    Lake Tondano. Bamboo poles and the huts
    of the fish farmers dominate the view
    160  An idyllic sight at the shore of Lake Tondano
    161  A fisherman in full action at Lake
    Tondano. Different kind of fishes populate
    the lake and are being hatched
    162  Dozens of ducks splash about in puddles
    in the south of Lake Tondano. They are not wild
    but belong to a farmer who watches over them
    163  The bark of the cinnamon tree
    (Cinnamomum verum), spread out to
    dry in the sun, scents already from far
    164  One of the pretty traditional wooden
    houses on stilts on Lake Tondano
    165  Like rice, cinnamon and chili also
    corncobs are spread out to dry in the sun
    166  How big might the fern be? Bigger
    than 5 ft. 7½ in. [1.71m] anyhow,
    because this is Emil’s size
    167  A bundle of fruits of a
    toddy palm tree (Caryota urens)
    is hanging heavily from a branch
    168  With its shiny white, this delicate
    flower contrasts beautifully with the
    green of creeping leaves
    169  After its rescue, the rhinoceros
    beetle (Xylotrupes gideon) is clinging
    upside down to a twig
    170  The Amboina box turtle (Cuora
    amboinensis) lives in a water basin
    of the “Mountain View Resort” in
    Tomohon. But it shows itself rarely
    171  A flying black Atlas beetle
    (Chalcosoma atlas), also belonging
    to the rhinoceros beetle species,
    takes a rest on a plant
    172  Every evening at the same time
    this farmer returns with his ox from
    his work in the fields
    173  The papaya fruit is a popular
    tropical fruit. It's said that its seeds help
    also against diarrhea, but they taste awfully
    174  A mystical sight when mist engulfs
    the forest. View from our bungalow at the
    “Mountain View Resort” in Tomohon
    175  The gardener and a ‘tame’ reticulated
    python (Python reticulatus) in front of our
    LandCruiser. The approximately 13 ft. [4m]
    long snake lives in a terrarium at the
    “Mountain View Resort” in Tomohon
    176  The yellow black-naped oriole
    (Oriolus chinensis) lands every morning
    on a tree in front of our bungalow. It
    announces itself with a melodious call
    – a wonderful start into a new day
    177  Liliana is standing the last time on
    the balcony of our bungalow at the
    “Mountain View Resort” in Tomohon
    where we spent a relaxing time
    178  A neat little house surrounded by tropical
    green and blooming flowers at the coastal village
    of Batu Putih at the entrance of the Tangkoko
    Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi
    179  The tulip tree (Spathodea campanulata)
    with its red flowers and its erected beans are
    actually native to Africa, but became invasive
    also in e.g. Australasia and the Caribbean
    180  The little fishing harbor of the coastal
    village of Batu Putih with its black sandy shore is
    on a midday nap. In the background the volcanic
    hills of the Tangkoko National Park
    181  Fishing boats, a black sandy beach at the
    foot of a tropical hill of Mount Tangkoko. This is
    the enjoyable view across the Batu Putih Bay
    182  High palm trees straight as a pole line
    the coast of the Molucca Sea at Batu Putih
    183  View from the palm-fringed shore
    across Batu Putih Bay towards Cap Pulisan
    184  Our LandCruiser on a discovery tour
    through exuberant tropical green near Batu Putih
    185  A bright dash of color in the tropical
    greenery: A hibiscus flower in full bloom
    186  Who needs a chair if a coconut
    also does the job?
    At the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi:
    187  Liliana enjoys to watch the Celebes
    crested macaque (Macaca nigra), which live
    at the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve.
    Their main task is delousing each other
    what they do with great endurance …..
    188  ..... this troop consists of 90 animals.
    But there is still a bigger group counting
    130 members. They are peaceful
    and not yet spoilt by tourists …..
    189  ..... the male is watching over its
    harem and is busy fathering new babies
    At the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi:
    190  Mushrooms often grow on dead tree trunks
    – one of the many beauties nature produces
    191  It is fascinating, how fast young
    leaves develop and head for the light
    192  Another example of nature’s beauty
    At the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi, the only recently discovered Gursky’s spectral tarsiers (Tarsius spectrumgurskyae):
    193  “Who is waking us up again?” two
    adorable tarsiers peek from their tree home.
    These nocturnal primates are a bit smaller (ca. 6")
    [15cm] than the ones we saw mid-January 2011
    on the island of Bohol in the Philippines …..
    194  …. tarsiers are one of the world's
    smallest primates. Their huge eyes are the
    most noticeable; they are the size of their brain.
    The smallest – the pygmy tarsier, 4" [10cm]
    (Tarsius pumilus) – live in Central Sulawesi
    195  Three cute ochre-bellied hawk
    owls (Ninox ochracea) are sleeping
    At the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi:
    196  The Sulawesi dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx fallax)
    is standing out with its shiny red plumage. It is one
    of the 8 kingfisher species in the reserve
    197  The knobbed hornbill (Aceros cassidix /
    syn. Rhyticeros cassidix) is native to Indonesia.
    The call of this colorful bird sounds like barking
    of dogs, revealing its presence
    198  We also spot the blue-headed kingfisher
    (Actenoides monachus) on our 5 hour walking
    tour through the reserve. It is also endemic to
    Central and North Sulawesi
    Im Tangkoko Batuangus-Naturreservat in Nord-Sulawesi:
    199  “I am here!” The Sulawesi bear cuscus
    (Ailurops ursinus) is looking cheekily down at us.
    Its habitat is in the trees where it is hard to spot. It
    weighs about 15lb [7kg] and gets about 24" [60cm]
    long with a tail that has about the same length. It
    remembers us a bit the lemurs in Madagascar
    200  Off the beaten track one easily steps
    into a spider net. Here we spot an interesting
    spider specimen, presumably a female
    golden orb weaver (Nephila pilipes)
    201  The two of us between impressive
    roots of fig trees (Ficus variegata),
    which are widespread in this reserve
    At the Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve in North Sulawesi:
    202  A Phytocrene bracteata, about the size of
    a soccer ball, very heavy and very spiky. The fruit
    hangs from a vine and starts obviously to bloom.
    Resembles a wild durian (Durio Wyatt-Smithii)
    203  A young round-leaf fountain palm,
    also called woka palm (Livistona rotundifolia)
    shines in its fresh green
    204  Nature reclaims constantly
    and forms bizarre jungle creations.
    Creepers wrap everything
    205  At the ferry terminal of Bitung, 34mi [55km]
    east of Manado, heavily loaded trucks are ready to
    board the ferry KMP Portlink VIII. They will be
    neighbors of our LandCruiser, which will bring us
    in 15h from Sulawesi to Ternate in the Moluccas
    206  As always our LandCruiser is the
    star. This time it is also a welcome pastime
    for the truck drivers during our 7 hours
    waiting time to board
    207  Thunderstorm clouds hang deeply over the
    port of Bitung when we leave Sulawesi on Novem-
    ber 16th, 2017, and embark for Rupees 2'692'000
    (= US$210) to the island of Ternate on the
    Moluccas. Nevertheless it was a calm journey
    More websites from the "Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua" trip:
    Part 1: Pictures from Sarawak-Kalimantan-North Sulawesi – Miri/Malaysia via Kuching and Balikpapan to North Sulawesi from August to October 2017
    Part 3: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 1 – Ternate und Tidore in November/December 2017
    Part 4: Pictures from the North Moluccas Part 2 – Halmahera in November/December 2017
    Part 5: Pictures from West Papua (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and ‚Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
    Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas (Central) – Seram, Ambon and Buru in February/March 2018
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