I recently had Irawan guide me on a visit to Tangoko Park. I was met at the airport by a driver who spoke limited English and who drove me to the Tangkoko lodge which is right outside of the Park. The drive took us about 2.5 hours. Irawan met me there that evening and told me he would be by at 6:30 the following morning. He picked me up by motor bike and took me into the park where he called his friends who follow the black crested macaques and he led me to where they were. The monkeys don't mind you being their at all and just do their thing while you wander around in the group. After about 4 hours Irawan dropped me back a the lodge for lunch and for a siesta. He picked me up at 3:00 and we went back to the park for some bird watching and to get ready to see the tarsiers. There is a family in a tree that everyone goes to see, so after a couple of hours wandering through the woods looking for hornbills we joined the small crowd (14 people and 8-9 guides) to wait for the sun to go down and for the tarsier to emerge--which they did as soon as it started to get dark. They were met by a barrage of flashes and flashlights. All the guides go to the same place, both for the macaques and the tarsiers. Tat night I stayed in the lodge again (no internet), and then Irawan and his driver picked me up the next morning to take me to Tomohon to see the market. The novelty of the market is that there are bats, rats, cats, snakes, boar, and dogs (both butchered and live in cages) available. The drive to get there was over 2 hours. We also drove along a lovely lake and then did a short hike up to the rim of an old volcano which offered nice views. From there we went to lunch at a lake that smelled highly of sulfer. Irawan left me at this point and the driver took me on to my diving destination along Lembeh Strait.
Irawan asked for 4,800,000 ($370) for this tour--which included the driver, 2 nights at the Tangkoko lodge, and his guiding service for 1.5 days. When I told him that I though that was expensive he lowered the price to 4,500,000 ($350). When I checked with others after it was clear that I could have done the same tour (and probably more) for 3,000,000-3,200,000 IRD ($230-$250), so I would recommend shopping around. I would also recommend skipping the Tomohon tour if you are fond of dogs or cats.
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