Lake Tondano is a famous tourist destination in the province of North Sulawesi. It is located 600 meters above sea level and covers an area of 4,278 hectares (or about 10,571 acres). This lake is situated by the village of Remboken, some 3 kilometers from Tomohon city or some 30 km from Manado.
Lake Tondano is surrounded by mountains of 700 meters high, which are the Lembena, the Kaweng, the Tampusu and Masarang. The lake covers three sub-districts, these are Eris, Kakas and Remboken. From the lake side, you can see clearly Mount Kaweng.
Lake Tondano has a tourist attraction called “Sumaru Endo” Remboken, and the Tourist Resort of Bukit Pinus (from Tondano towards Toliang Oki). From the lake side at Toliang Oki and Tondano Pante, you can see as far as the beautiful Maluku sea, beyond the Lembean hill. Entry fee to this tourist attraction is Rp 4.000 plus for insurance.
Local inhabitants usually sell the small Nike fish to make fish balls, or waku-waku bolanga,- grilled fish. You can enjoy Nike dishes in restaurants or food stalls around the lake.
Since 2003 the area is managed by the private sector. At present, this attraction is called Sumaru Endo and has various facilities such as bungalows, swimming pool and restaurants. In addition, you can also find car rental services, rent swimming equipment and boats to take you around the lake. Hiking near the lake is also fun in this cool climate.
Visitors can take boat around the lake for only Rp 50.000 (about 5 US Dollar) but the boat usually waits till it has 10 passengers.
In the middle of the lake is a small island called Pulau Likri. Unfortunately, you cannot stop at the island because the boat follows a different route. In addition, you can also see the local community catch Nike fish using nets that resemble a spoon held by bamboo sticks on either side.
Several bamboo constructions stretching out into the lake are suitable for relaxing while enjoying the lake’s waters.
From Tomohon to Lake Tondano it takes a one hour’s drive through winding roads. Use your own car or take public transportation from Manado or Tomohon.