to the Bogani-Homestay, a tranquil place off the beaten track. Our hotel on North-Sulawesi borders one of the biggest nature parks in Indonesia, the Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park, home to the endemic deer pig and anoa. The reserve is offically still a few kilometers to the north but begins actually right at our door step as a lot of wildlife can be seen directly from the guesthouse. Hardly any other place will offer you such a wide range of views, experiences and activities. Our accomodation is simple yet comfortable and cosy, double rooms starting from 250,000 IDR. Worth mentioning are also the very few mosquitoes we have under normal conditions.
Marked tracks will lead you through the rain forest and to waterfalls, scenic views, natural pools and clove plantations. With some luck you will encounter tropical birds like horn bills, the endangered black macaques, the little tarsius, huge butterflies and other wildlife.
The beach is in walking distance from the homestay where you can enjoy secluded tranquility. Do some fishing, snorkeling at our reef or explore numerous diving spots. There is a diving club nearby which can take you to more than twenty unspoiled dive sites.
Our pool has not the standard of a resort but plenty of fresh water from the river instead of chlorine. Hang out on the terrace and enjoy one of the books of our bookshelf while sipping Toraja coffee. Or try some archery.
There is public transport from Gorontalo right to our place (anything which goes to Molibagu or Pinolosian) like the Damri Bus (which leaves from the Dumingi terminal close to H&M Homestay in Telaga) around 8.00 am. There are several blue "microlets", leaving from 8.00 am from Talumolo, and some which leave at the harbour where the ferries to the Togians arrive. When one arrives in the morning, one can ask for a shared car which leaves to Molibagu or Pinolosian. Should there be none available, one can just stand outside the ferry terminal at the road and wait for public transport to pass by. There are also shared cars which can come to your hotel and pick you up at noon (please contact us a bit in advance). All these transportations are less than Rp. 100,000. Get off between Biniha and Tangagah, there is a sign at the road.
From Manado you have to go to Kotamobagu first, then via Molibagu another 17 km direction Gorontalo. You can either take the Damri bus from the bus station Malalayang directly to Molibagu (usually leaves at 9.00 am and costs Rp. 50,000). From Molibagu take an "ojek" (motorbike taxi) for the last 17 km to our place (around Rp. 20,000).
Or take a "travel" (shared car) like "Kotajaya" or "Paris" to Kotamobagu first (around 80,000). From the terminal leave blue minibusses (microlet) going to Biniha, leaving usually between 14.00 and 15.00 pm (Rp. 35,000).
We can also send a car to pick you up. (Rp. 900,000 Manado or Gorontalo)
You will see, it is worth the effort.