BITUNG, NORTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA
Bitung (the town across from Lembeh Island) was awarded a title of one of the most clean and healthy cities of Indonesia 6 years in a row 2007-2012 together with the towns of Adipura and Swastisaba.
If you only do half day diving you can consider to do this easy tour/walking in Bitung in the afternoon. The walking starts from Ruko Pateten (the harbor that service all taxi boat from Lembeh) to the city centre of Bitung. You can stop by at the small harbor beside the container port, with many traditional sailing boats transporting cargo from islands around Sulawesi. If you want you can also visit the Passenger harbor of Bitung. Then continue to Pasar Tua in the station with many small open shops on the road selling clothes; barbershop; tailor; etc. There is a nice Buddhist temple about 5 minutes from the station by “mikro” -the small blue bus.
Bitung city, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Other things to see in Bitung are:
- Pasar Tua Culinary – Popular night food stalls especially known for seafood, and local snacks.
- Pelelangan - Traditional Fish Market by the sea which is only available at early morning time
- Pasar Winenet – Traditional Market of Bitung mostly active in the morning
- Naemundung zoo – small zoo Naemundung in Tanduk Rusa
During events such as Tulude, the yearly traditional thanksgiving day of the Sangihe people and the yearly celebration of the Minahasa tribes and other events with some luck you can witness the traditional war dances Kabasaran, Cakalele, Maengket, Gunde and dances related to fishing and harvesting. Often at the same events you can listen to the unique traditional bamboo music.
Price: € 27,50/person (minimum 2 person). Single: € 45,-.
Free if the dive boat drop you by the jetty and you return with staff boat around 6-7pm.
Included: Boat transfer 2 ways and a guide
Cakalang (Skipjack-tuna) statue
Keeping the city clean
One of the many church in Bitung
Overview of Bitung City
(Ocean deep Mountain high from Lembeh Strait to Tangkoko Nature Reserve)
Even being within the city center, you often have an excellent view of the volcanoes, the jungle of Tangkoko National Park, the famous Lembeh Strait and the ocean. Bitung has tens of kilometers of beachfront both on the mainland and the famous island of Lembeh. The 200.000 people living here are a mixture of different ethnic groups which may differ in culture and religion but live together in peace and harmony. Bitung is an excellent base for your holiday on North Sulawesi. You can find several hotels and 11 resorts in Bitung. They offer accommodation for all budgets. Many of them have a swimming pool, spa and divecenter.
Bitung harbour, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Although Bitung is a modern city with Internet Cafés and money machines, you still can find much of the traditional Indonesian life and culture if you look for it. Daily at the local markets and the night foodstalls and during events such as Tulude, the traditional thanksgiving day of the Sangihe people and the yearly celebration of the Minahasa tribes. Also during other events with some luck you can witness the traditional war dances Kabasaran, Cakalele, Maengket, Gunde and dances related to fishing and harvesting.
Often at the same events you can listen to the unique traditional bamboo music.
Kabasaran dance of Minahasa tribe, always performed during special event in Bitung
Tulude, yearly thanksgiving of Sangihe tribe in Bitung
Chinese temple in Bitung on Chinese New Year 2008
This 22 km- long green island offers unspoiled nature, both black and white sandy beaches and small friendly traditional villages. It can easily be visited by boat and there are very good hiking possibilities. The nature is very rich with birds, butterflies, tarsius, civets and lizards.
Bitung has so many beaches that even on Sunday when traditionally the Indonesian families enjoy themselves playing and swimming, you still can find a beach for you alone. The more popular beach are Pantai Tanjung Merah, Teluk Kembahu, Pantai Pasir Putih, Pantai Tangkoko and Pantai Batu Putih.
Tangkoko Nature Reserve
The nature reserve protects 8800 hectares of the most beautiful forested land remaining on Sulawesi. The reserve contains a full range of flora communities, including mangrove forest, beach forest, lowland forest, submontane forest and elfin cloud forest. Inhabitants are macaques, tarsiers, hornbills, Maleo birds. Various kinds of trip can be made in this park, such as 5km loop trail, 6km mountain trail, snorkeling and bird-watching in Batuangus cove and of course tarsier viewing.
Near the entrance of the park you can find three basic but clean comfortable homestays.
If you want to have a closer look at the animals living in North Sulawesi and other part of Indonesia, it is worthwhile to pay a visit to the small zoo Naemundung in Tanduk Rusa or Tasikoki, the rehabilitation center for endangered species in Tanjung Merah. Both centers are nicely located at the seashore.
Monument of Interest
In Bitung and on Lembeh Island you can see many churches, mosques, and a beautiful Chinese temple. Historical events are honored by several monuments such as the monument Trikora Mandala Sakti and the Japanese monument.
- Sea port: Pelabuhan Samudera Bitung, Pelabuhan Traditional Ruko, Pelabuhan Perikanan, Pelabuhan Ferry
- Airport: Bandara Internasional Sam Ratulangi
- Local: Mikrolet, Taxi, Bus, Ojek, Bendi
Distance from Bitung (Bitung is an excellent base for your holiday on North Sulawesi)
Manado International Airport 32 Km
Manado City 40 Km
Bunaken Island 50 Km
Minahasa highland 40 Km
Tomohon 50 Km
Waruga the ancient Sarcophagi 25 Km
Hotel in Bitung
- Wisma Pelaut – Telp: +62438-36078
- Nalendra Hotel – Telp: +62438-30403
- Phoenix Hotel – Telp: +62438-30255
- Fatamorgana – Telp: +62438-21227
- Mandarin Hotel – Telp: +62438-30111
- Crysant Hotel – Telp: +62438-31211
- Bumi Nyiur – Telp: +62438-31004
- Bitung Plaza – Telp: +62438-30183
- Pondok Indah
Resort in Bitung
- Divers Lodge Lembeh
www.diverslodgelembeh.com firstname.lastname@example.org +62 812 4433754
- Kungkungan Bay Resort
www.kungkukungan.com email@example.com +62 438 30300
- Lembeh Resort
www.lembehresort.com firstname.lastname@example.org +62 438 30667
- Sulawesi Dive Quest
- Nomad Adventure Divers
www.nad-lembeh.com Sandra@nad-lembeh.com +62 0813 56811228
- Kasawari Lembeh Resort
www.kasawari-lembeh.com email@example.com +62 813 56557704
- Bastianos Resort
www.bastianos.com firstname.lastname@example.org +62 438 5500223
- Two Fish Divers
+62 813 56218328
- Black Sand Divers
www.blacksanddive.com blacksanddive.com +62 811437736
- Benteng Resort
- Mama Ross home stay in Tangkoko. Phone: +6281340421454
- Tarsius home stay
- Rangers home stay