Mario Ben Gavriel
Professional tour guide in Indonesia
First of all, I live in North Sulawesi or Celebes. I like to work with mixture of creativity and imagination. I feel confident among other people and fall in love to introduce my home town, my culture and other things my place always offers. For me, to see smile on people's faces is one very exciting thing. Tour Guide ...(read more)is the best and perfect choice for me to express because the one and only limit in this job is what the tourist(s) like(s), while I, myself, don't make a limit. My motto is 'beyond dreams'. The other thing is that this fabulous job gives me chance to know, appreciate and cherish my own culture, nature and the differences with others.
When your trip is about to see the indigenous, to experience new culture, to have adventure in the nature without leaving the modernity touch too far, my place is the perfect choice for you because it is the combination of East and West, of Modernity and Ethnicity. So, I will be very happy to show you around to various places.
Diving, Snorkeling, Climb Mountain, Trekking, Relaxing, Having Fun
My perfect day
I have traveled to
Sulawesi (Celebes), Kalimantan (Borneo), Bali, Java, Papua, Maluku, Flores, Lombok
English (Fluent) Indonesian (Native) Manado Malay (Mother Tounge) Spanish (Basic) German (Beginner) Italian (Beginner)
I am currently
Tour Guide living in a small town in North Sulawesi called Tomohon, but I can take you around to Central Sulawesi, Togian Island, Maluku Island and to Papua as well as Komodo Island.
Mt. Mahawu is a volcano as high as 1331 m from the sea level. It locates in The eastern part of Tomohon and bordered to Minahasa Regency. It is several hours of trekking starting from several entrance (The options is going to be told on the day of meeting). The easy way is to start from the main entrance and it will be only 2 km and about 30 minutes of walking. The hardest way starts from Kakaskasen and would normally take 1.5 - 2 hours of walking and climbing up. My suggestion is for younger to take the hike up and end it in the main entrance, for older do the other way.
Lake Tondano locates in Tondano, Minahasa - Indonesia. It's about 4,500 Ha wide and 60 m deep and also aroung 700 m from the sea level. There are many fish farm surrounding this lake. The local people utilize the lake for fish farm and source of electrical power. There are many fishermen around the lake, several of them are fishshooter. The trip this time is about to cross the lake using boat. The excitement is when we are on the boat. We can ask the boatman to stop for awhile as we can swim. The trip will start from the east point of the lake and finish in th west side. Note: A single traveler will be charged more for this trip.
Highlands of Minahasa offer hundreds of interesting activities. One of them is visiting the countryside. There are many countryside in Minahasa Highlands but in this trip we are going to visit two villages in Tomohon. First one is Kayawu. Kayawu is a village on the slope area of Mt. Lokon. This village is famous with it's palm sugar production - the local people called it Stone Sugar or Red Sugar. We are going to see how they make it traditionally and if possible they will let us try the young sugar fresh from the pan. After that we will continue our trip to the village and see the local activities. We will also enter the Japanese Caves from the World War II only if you are interested. And then we will continue the cross country following the rice field to a waterfall. From there, we will have lunch in a hut. I specially arrange the lunch in the hut of farmer so that we can have lunch together with them with their home cooking. Here you are challaged a little bit to the local cuisine. Next we will go to Woloan to see the Waruga, it is ancient tombs and traditional house production.
Overall guest satisfaction
As you wish.
One attraction when travel to North Sulawesi is visiting Tangkoko National Park. This National Park is at the other side of the island. Tangkoko National Park is a Nature Reserve and Wild Life Sanctuary. Therefore if you visited the National Park you will see animals such as cuscus, black macaque, tarsius spectrum (small monkey), snakes, tarantulas (big and black spider), various kinds of birds... (read more)
It's best to bring together your trekking outfit when you are travelling, but in case you don't have one here is some suggestion prepare a thin longsleeves shirt or t-shirt and a trouser. This is useful especially to protect your skin from the sharp leaves or bush when you are trekking in the jungle or mountain where the bushes are high and there are a lot of plantation with thorns. Some of us ... (read more)