A short trek into the park accompanied by the ringing tones of the cicadas at dusk will be rewarded by the cautious emergence of the Spectral Tarsier, impossibly cute, huge-eyed, nocturnal predators from their hollow tree where they have spent the day sleeping.
Irawan Halir was my excellent and extremely knowledgeable guide who has worked with many film crews, as a research assistant on the macaques, and is a top birdlife guide into the bargain. I certainly employ him again, Irawan really understands the needs of photographers.
Irawan is the man! He picked my girlfriend & I up from our hotel in the morning(over an hour away) and drove us to Tangkoko for the tour. The lunch provided was so delicious and the tour was awesome.
During the day Irawan shared his knowledge about the area and was able to answer all our questions. As Irawan’s village (Batu Putih) borders Tangkoko he has a lifetime of knowledge to share gained from growing up playing in and around the area, working in conservation to help international universities conduct research, guiding tv crews and tourist for most of his adult life. We saw all the animals on our wish list and more!
I have to add its not just Irawans knowledge that makes him a good guide, its his kind personality and good humour that shines through. This was a great day and Irawan was a massive factor in making it so. A special mention and thank you for dropping us in Manado city instead of our hotel, we were unaware at the time but despite Irawan saying it was fine and would be about the same time, I’m sure this added at fair bit of time to his return journey.
I highly recommend Mr Irawan Halir if you want a great Tangkoko experience.
With lots of gratitude- Sean Carter from Australia: )
Im November 2016 waren wir 2 Tage lang mit Irawan Halir im Tangkoko Nature Reserve (TNR) unterwegs. Irawan, den ich schon von einer früheren Tour her kenne, hat 8 Jahre lang in einem Makaken-Projekt mitgearbeitet und gilt als exzellenter Kenner der Flora und Fauna in Nord Sulawesi.
Er ist auch ein sehr guter Naturfotograf und kann sich so bestens in die Situation seiner Gäste, die auch mit einer Kamera unterwegs sind, hineinversetzen und gute Tips geben.
Er spricht ein gutes Englisch, ist freundlich, hilfsbereit und aufmerksam, keine Mühe und Anstrenung ist ihm zu groß.
Er hat ein sehr gutes, fundiertes Wissen über die Tier- und Pflanzenwelt im TNR und versucht seinen Gästen, die wunderschöne Natur hautnah und intensiv, in all ihren Facetten zu zeigen und zu erklären.
Seine Leidenschaft und Ausdauer waren ansteckend und so wurden wir nicht müde, unter fachkundiger Führung durch den Park zu wandern und dabei immer wieder Neues zu sehen und zu entdecken.
Vielen herzlichen Dank für dieses tolle Erlebnis, wir kommen wieder!
Iranwan kann man unter seiner Website: https://tangkokowildlife.wordpress.com oder Facebook erreichen.
I have to most heartily agree with the many people who sing the praises of Irawan! Let me illustrate by sharing about our recent visit to Tangkoko. My wife is from the Manado area, so, on our most recent visit there in July of 2017, we discovered that we had a day where we could just do what we want. I had always wanted to go to Tangkoko, so I went online to check about tours and a guide. I kept noticing posts about what a great guide irawan was, so I emailed him. Within 10 minutes, he responded, and a short time later, we had an appointment all set up with him. The following week, he came clear across the island to pick us up at our hotel in Manado at 5:30 am. As we drove along, I began to understand why so many people like him. He was very polite and helpful! And, he was an extremely careful driver. We got to the park, and it wasn’t long before he found the crested black macaques-the #1 reason we came to Tangkoko. I gave hime my best camera to see if he could get any photos. It had malfunctioned earlier and I couldn’t do anything with it. Well, the camera’s auto focus was indeed broken, making it a challenge to take any pics, let alone wildlife. Here’s the really amazing part! Not only was he able to use the camera, but he took a ton of incredible photos! And that was the beginning of a truly wonderful day for my wife and I. We were able to see the lively and lovable macaques, and the little flying dragon lizard, the bear couscous, the tarsiers, and, also the knobbed hornbill. Irawan’s knowledge of the area was phenomenal, and that helped us so much throughout the day! When we were finished, he took us over to the lodge for lunch. There we had a wonderful meal, which is included in the tour. I had told him we were vegetarians, so, of course, he arrange for the meal to be vegetarian! Then, he took us all the way back to Manado. I could go on and on, but suffice it to say, we plan on coming back and hiring him again, and telling everyone we know what an absolutely superb guide he is!
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