|Gunung Sahengbalira Protection Forest|
The Gunung Sahengbalira Protection Forest covers an area of 5,000 ha and is nominated as a nature reserve in Indonesia’s National Conservation Plan. The site holds the last remaining area with reasonably extensive forest on Sangihe Island. Forests range from primary lowland tropical rainforest to sub-montane forests at the higher altitudes. The site is named after the highest peak in the area: the Gunung Sahengbalira (1015m).
The UK based Action Sampiri, the local name of the endemic Red-and-blue Lory, tries to raise environmental awareness and develop eco-tourist accommodation in the area. The Sangihe Islands are especially interesting for bird-watchers as three endemic and endangered birds can be found. For more info about their work in the area see the address details below.
Tahuna, the capital of the Sangihe Islands is easy accessible by boat from Manado. Boats leave for Tahuna every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. A more expensive approach goes by PELNI ferry, every two weeks from Bitung, or by plane from Manado. Gunung Sahengbalira Protection Forest is accessible from Tamako in southern Sangihe. Tamako is served by several (mini)-buses from Tahuna.
You don’t need a permit to enter the site but visitors must seek permission from the village heads. Ask Frets Pangimangen, owner of the Rainbow losmen, for advice. Guides and porters can be found in Upel village at the foot of Gunung Sahengbalira.
* Lilipan B – Tamako
o Rainbow Losmen
o New Victoria Veronica
o Penginganpan Seda Hana
KSDA Manado, Jl. Babe Palar, Manado, SULUT.
Mapala Areca Vestiaria, Fakultas Pertanian, PO Box 39, Kleak, Manado 95115, SULUT.
Contact M.B. Hutajulu or Feibe Katuuk.
Action Sampiri, 1 The Croft, North Sunderland, Seahouses, Northumberland NE68 7XA. England.
* Upel village – Gunung Sahengbalira 2-3 hrs.
* Coast-to-coast trek 2-3 days.
|Sangihe and Talaud islands, Indonesia: 1
by Jim C. Wardill and Jon Riley, from OBC Bulletin 29, May 1999.
The remote Sangihe and Talaud islands are situated in the Celebes Sea between Sulawesi and the Philippine island of Mindanao. At the northern limit of the fascinating Wallacean biogeographical region, the islands are home to nine endemic species, five of which are endangered. Sangihe has little natural forest left and there are two key sites: Talawid in the north of the island is a good area for parrots, whilst Gunung Sahengbalira in the south is the only extensive area of forest left on Sangihe and has populations of four endangered endemic species, including two found only at this site. Talaud is a less developed and more remote archipelago. The largest island, Karakelang, has extensive areas of protected forest, supporting important populations of parrots.
The islands can be visited year round, but the most productive time is during the drier months between April and September; the wet season from September to March can make the steep terrain very challenging. Below we give access and accommodation details for the island’s key sites, along with notes on the more interesting species.
Access and accommodation