Tondano Lake in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi Province


Located in the border of Tomohon City and Minahasa Regency, a grand lake resides. The name is Tondano Lake and it has become a major vacation spot in North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. As the name suggests, the location is near to Tondano Mountain (which is also a famous tourist attraction). Due to the big size and beautiful panorama, the lake is able to attract lots of tourists over time. Those people also come to the location to enjoy other activities including relaxation, fishing, photography, and recreation actually. After all, the lake is surrounded by hills and mountains so the nuance is quite nice.

The Nuance
3 mountains and 1 major hill surround Tondano Lake. They are Kaweng, Lembean, and Masarang Mountain. As for the hill, it is called Tampusu. As mentioned before, Tondano is known for its big size, which is approximately 4278 hectares. It also resides on 684 meters above the sea level, so the atmosphere is suitable enough for relaxation. For the information, the lake also holds different species of fishes including carps, tawes, mujjair, and snakehead murrels. In fact, many black lobsters also live there! This explains why many people come to the lake for fishing during weekends.

Exploring Tondano Lake
Well, people indeed have many reasons to visit Tondano Lake. One of them is to enjoy the nuance and panorama, without a doubt. Once arriving at the site, tourists may see the cobalt blue color of the water. In the midst of the lake, in fact, a small island resides! The name is Likri Island and it has the size of 100 meters x 30 meters. From afar, the island looks like floating grassland. Not only it is worth a photo shoot, but the island is also accessible by boat. Another impressive panorama is the background of Kaweng Mountain! Make sure to take photos of it as well.

Aside from sightseeing and photography, people come to Tondano Lake to satisfy their hobby which is fishing. As mentioned before, the lake is rich in fishes with various species. This explains why tourists would be able to catch some regardless the experience. What they need is good fishing equipment and a nice spot to fish. The most important thing is the weather, as tourists must avoid fishing when raining.

Another reason why Tondano Lake never loses visitors is due to the legend. It is said the lake became the witness of the forbidden love between couples who didn’t get sanctioned by their parents. Despite the fact, they got married secretly in the mountain. Soon after, the volcano erupted and formed a big puddle which is now is known as Tondano Lake! Well, tourists can learn more information regarding the story from the locals later.

Nearby Attractions

  • Ketama Adventure Park
  • Moraya Fort
  • Tombakar Lake
  • Tondano Mountain
  • Salib Sumarayar Hill

How to Get There
For those coming from Manado City, they may spend about 1 hour and 26 minutes to get to Tondano Lake. It is because the distance is 42.6 km. Have no worries. The trip becomes faster if they take Tondano Kamangta Street. Actually, there is no need to hire a local guide as the lake is quite noticeable regardless of where tourists come from.

Where to Stay

  • Sumaru Endo Cottages
  • Ceria Hotel
  • Angga Toding Homestay
  • Moy Residence


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