Tumbak village.

Tumbak is a Bajo village hides in the south-east coast of North Sulawesi peninsula. Tumbak is at 3 hours from the Sam Ratulangi International airport of Manado (capital of the province). Tumbak is localized in a lagoon close to a large island also called Tumbak. Tumbak is surrounding by a large sample of coastal ecosystems like coral reefs and big mangroves. But this environment is not the only reason to come in Tumbak. Tumbak is a unique village in North Sulawesi. the village was founded by a bajo family in 1918. Bajos are the sea gypsies of east Indonesia and a large part of the village is on-water. Peoples have a traditional way of life close to the sea and almost all the villagers are fishermen. Tumbak is a gate to the world of the Bajos, villagers of Tumbak have strong connections with other Bajos village all around Indonesia. You can meet in Tumbak people from Banggai Islands, Wakatobi Islands, Maluku, Gorontalo and Tilamuta area… They will glad to speak with you if you have little notion of Bahasa Indonesia. If you don’t it’s a good place to learn. Each years, volunteers from NGOs come in Tumbak and learn bahasa Indonesia from villagers, some of them are very good teacher. A journey in Tumbak is a unique experience with very friendly peoples in an amazing environment

Watch a video of Tumbak



An ecotourism and underwater paradise

Environment around Tumbak is perfect for ecotourism. You could explore the 200 hectares of mangrove with canoe or in snorkeling for those who have clear water. The 500 hectares of coral reefs will give you amazing snorkeling and diving experiences. The reefs in Tumbak offer a very large diversity of underwater landscapes: slopes, drop-off, lagoon, soft corals gardens, hard corals included rare species, sea fans gardens in shallow for some locations, clear water mangroves and sea grasses. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experience diver, you will find locations make for you.

Terrestrial ecosystems are also very diversified, especially on the desert Tumbak Island with its forest, swamp, grasses fields, mangroves, white sandy beaches and different plantations (coconuts, mango, pineapples, banana…). The fauna on the island included a large diversity of birds and butterflies, lizards, crabs…

Wacth a video of Tumbak Underwater.

Accomodations :

There is two possibilies for accomodations in Tumbak :

- Be host by local families: It's quite easy to be host by local peoples in Tumbak, accomodation are generally simple but the experience is very intense. If you plan to try the experience don't forget to bring some gifts for your hosting family. bring also pictures of your own family, they are very curious and will ask a lot about your life. A small dictionnary and a conversation guidebook will be very usefull


- Tumbak Island Cottages : Two water cottage in the heart of the lagoon surrounding by beautiful coral reefs. It’s an ideal place to explore the local ecosystems or to have a rest and enjoy an amazing panorama with the sound of the waves and the birds singing in the mangrove on the background. The panorama offers a view of Tumbak and Bentenan villages, white sandy beach, Tumbak Island and the active Soputan volcano. You will assist to the activities of the local fishermen just behind your windows. If you want to go to the closest white sandy beach or to Tumbak Island you can take a dugout canoe or just ask the owners to bring you there.


More information on Tumbak Island Cottages website.

Activities and excursions:

You could find a lot activities and excursions that will make your journey in Tumbak fun and unforgettable.

How to get in Tumbak?

Coming to Manado:

- Flight from Singapore three time a week with Silk Air,
- Daily flight from Jakarta, Bali or Makassar with Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air or Batavia Air.

Going to Tumbak from Manado and surrounding :

- Charter a car (contact us),
- With local car from Manado Plaza in Pasar 45 (start between 1 p.m and 4 p.m every day except for Sunday).
- By public transport. Take a bus to Ratahan from Karombasan bus terminal in Manado (or to Langoan with change in Langoan Terminal to Ratahan). Then take an ojek or a bentor from the “pertigaan” before Ratahan.

From Gorontalo:

-Chater a car from Gorontalo and take the Trans-Sulawesi until Amurang and the the road for Ratahan, main town of Minahasa Tenggara district. In Ratahan, ask the way to Tumbak.

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