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Pictures of our Borneo-Sulawesi-Moluccas-Papua Trip -  in August 2017-May 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 FJ60/1982 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 Part 3 – 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 August 9th, 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 Part 1 (Irian Jaya) on western Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 1 – Sorong, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Seram in Moluccas (Central)
Moluccas (Central) Part 1 – Seram and onwards by ferry to Ambon in Moluccas
Moluccas (Central) Part 2 – Ambon and onwards by ferry to Serui on Yapen in Papua
Papua Part 1 – Yapen and onwards by ferry to Biak in Papua
Papua Part 2 – Biak and onwards by ferry to Manokwari in West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) on eastern Bird's Head Peninsula
West Papua (Irian Jaya) Part 2 – on the eastern Bird's Head Peninsula from Manokwari, ‚Trans Papua Road’ and onwards by ferry to Makassar in South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 – Makassar in South Sulawesi by ferry to Batulicin in South Kalimantan and continuing via Kuching to Miri in Sarawak
Continuation of the 3rd Rejuvenation of our LandCruiser FJ60/1982 in Miri/Sarawak/East Malaysia from 2/6/2017 and again from 7/16/2018
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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 Aug. to Oct. 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 Part 1 (Irian Jaya) – Sorong and westerly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in December 2017-February 2018
Part 6: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 1 (Central) – Seram in February 2018
Part 7: Pictures from the Moluccas Part 2 (Central) – Ambon in February/March 2018
Part 8: Pictures from Papua Part 1Yapen in March 2018
Part 9: Pictures from Papua Part 2 – Biak in April 2018
Part 10: Pictures from West Papua Part 2 (Irian Jaya) – Manokwari and easterly ‘Trans Papua Road’ in April 2018
Part 11: Pictures from South Sulawesi-Kalimantan-Sarawak Part 2 South Sulawesi via Kalimantan to Kuching and Miri/Malaysia from May to July 2018
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