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26 entries.
Galen & Collette wrote on July 28, 2015:
My wife and I ended our dive trip to North Sulawesi with a land-based trip to the Minahasa highlands and Tangkoko nature forest. Our operator for this part of the trip, Manado safaris tour, was exceptional. The itinerary was fun and our guide, a gentleman named Freddy, was really more of a cultural ambassador for us or an oracle of all things Indonesian. He was light-hearted, kind, and tremendously informative. We enjoyed our time with him very much and frequently remarked how his contributions enhanced our experience. The other piece I'm compelled to mention is the service we received from the owners. On two occasions, especially one involving a mess of our own making, they personally went far above and beyond what anyone could reasonably expect to make our trip a success. It is without reservation that I recommend their service to anyone travelling to North Sulawesi.

(Discover Minahasa Package: Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Minahasa Highland Tour, Mahawu Volcano Trek, Gardenia Country Inn)
Nicolas and Joana wrote on May 20, 2015:
We chose the 2-day tour from Manado. We had lunch in the countryside with a beautiful scenery surrounding us. Then we got to the homestay before leaving for Tangkoko forest right before dusk. There we saw a couscous bear, a handful of Tarsiers, snakes, etc. After a good dinner and a comfortable night of sleep we woke up before dawn and went back to the forest to meet and walk with dozens of black crested macaques. We also spotted a few hornbills on the way back. Our ranger was Mehdi, and is considered one of the best in Tangkoko (other groups did not spot as much wildlife as us). Our guide and driver was David, young, dynamic, fun, and exceptionally interesting to talk with on many subjects. He was definitely great company. Requesting them both will change your tour for sure!

(Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Overnight Tour)
Lindsey Norton wrote on April 16, 2015:
My sisters, brother in law, and I traveled to Manado in April of 2015. My sisters and I were eager to return to Indonesia after growing up on Sumatra. There are not enough amazing things I can say about our trip with Manado Safaris. Lusia perfectly arranged and planned the trip, even after I kept changing dates and times. David was the most amazing guide and even took us to local restaurants at our request. He was flexible when bad weather interrupted part of our trip and made sure we always had anything we needed. We would recommend this trip to anyone looking for an amazing adventure!

(Discover Minahasa Package: Tangkoko Nature Reserve, Minahasa Highland Tour, Mahawu Volcano Trek, Highland Resort)
Jennifer Meriwether wrote on September 17, 2014:
I was trying to purchase domestic airline tickets on Lion Air, which are very difficult to buy outside of the country and was advised to contact Safari Tours and Travel for help. Lusia was very helpful and responsive and gave me several options for flights including a comparison between Garuda and Lion Air as well as expediting the ticket purchase for me once I made my decision. I did not take any tours while I was in North Sulawesi, however, if I return and wish to do so in the future, I wouldn't hesitate to use Safari to arrange it. I'm sure they would provide the highest level of service.

(Domestic Ticketing)
Judy & Mark Goodson wrote on August 9, 2014:
I just wanted to compliment manado safari and our guide David and whole package. We had such a memorable trip with friendliest people and stunning wildlife. I will be giving a rave recommendation for manado safaris on trip advisor. I would like to thank our fantastic local ranger mr medie (please tell me how to spell his name) but we have lasting memories of Tangkoko thanks to your easy communication right from the beginning. Thank you so much.

(4D/3N Tangkoko Nature Reserve Package)
Marie Ann Davies wrote on April 22, 2014:
I wanted to feed back on my recent trip and I had a wonderful time. The crew were amazing and I would say the food was the best I've ever had on a live aboard (and I used to work for Mike Ball Dive Expeditions - five star boats out of PNG and Australia and their food was excellent!). It was an extremely well run boat and I think there were a few air-con issues but to be honest, I've always found boats have air-con issues, that's just the nature of diving from boats, so it didn't worry me in the least.

The diving in its quality and variety was excellent. I'm so glad I did the 10 day trip too and got to dive Moyo and Banta Islands as well. The mantas in South Komodo were certainly a highlight. I've done about 1300 dives and I've never been a keen night diver but I ended up doing all but one on this trip (excellent critter spotters!). I think I've been converted! Of course, the 29/30 degree water temperature certainly helped. The guides were amazing too.

I shall ensure I pass on my comments to Trip Advisor and other sites that I frequent and pass on my warm feedback.

I shall be writing an article so if Diver Mag UK prints it I will let you know of course.

(Komodo Dancer Liveaboard)

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