The Tangkoko Batuangus nature reserve is a coastal national park in northern Sulawesi,
at the westernmost tip of the island. The nature reserve covers an area of 8800 hectares and consists of rainforest. It includes three mountains, of which the highest is 1300m high. The reserve was initially set up in 1919 with a small conservation area around Mount Tangkoko, which was expanded in 1978 and 1981. Inside the Tangkoko Batuangus nature reserve it is possible to see among others Celebes crested macaques (black monkeys who live there in colonies), tarsiers, bear cuscuses and several bird species.
There is an entry fee of 100000 IDR. In addition, visitors must pay another 100000 IDR for a compulsory guide who will be available for two hours. In about two hours it is possible to visit a section of the nature reserve and see lots of wildlife.
How to get to the Tangkoko Batuangus nature reserve
The simplest way to reach the Tangkoko Batuangus nature reserve is to charter a taxi in Manado or book a tour. The reserve is 60km from Manado and getting there takes about one hour and a half.
It's possible to stay in Manado, but near the reserve there are a number of hotels, guesthouses and homestays. Some of these are bookable via the international booking portals.