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.
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.
You could find a lot activities and excursions that will make your journey in Tumbak fun and unforgettable.
Coming to Manado:
Going to Tumbak from Manado and surrounding :
-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.