The region is inhabited by the Minahasa people, who profess Christianity, a distinctive feature of otherwise Muslim Indonesia, which the province only shares with the nearby Malucca Islands and the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur. Capital is Manado with about 500,000 inhabitants. The province is dominated by agriculture. Palm oil and coconuts are produced for export. Also fishing and its processing are significant.
The Portuguese and Spaniards were the first Europeans to visit the region in the 16th century. In the 17th century, the Minahasa allied with the Dutch to repress the influence of the Muslim sultanates in southern Sulawesi, as a result of which North Sulawesi fell under Dutch colonial rule. During the Second World War Sulawesi was occupied by Japanese.
Bunaken and Lembeh are the well-known diving areas of North Sulawesi. In addition, the flower town of Tomohon and the local Lokon volcano attracts visitors, the Tondano Lake and the Tangkoko Park, where the world's smallest monkey lives, the leprechaun lemur. These monkeys we also have in our valley(photo on the right), and also nearby dive sites, which according to divers are better than those of Bunaken (which we do not dare to judge).
Bogani Homestay is located in the Kabupaten Bolaang Mongondow Selatan, whose capital is Molibagu, which has about 12,000 inhabitants, and from which we are 17 km away. The National Park Bogani Nani Wartabone is about 12 kilometers away from us, but quite inaccessible because the hills are very steep. From sea level it rises quickly to almost 2000 m altitude. That's why it rains regularly here, which tourists do not necessarily appreciate, but garden owners do. In the jungle there are, among others, the endemic deer pig and the Anoa, of which you can see one in the photo on the right side on our terrace.
Unfortunately, the jungle falls often victim to clove plantations, and we are lucky that it is so mountainous here, otherwise the forest in the area would have been cleared a long time ago. Thus, the damage is still relatively limited.
English hardly speaks anyone here, but do not worry, Indonesian is one of the easiest languages ??in the world. It has almost no grammar and the words are written in Latin letters, which means that one only needs a dictionary. The daily vocabulary is learned quickly, even if one is already a pensioner. After all, that keeps one mentally active. There are also two French and English-speaking Belgian neighbours not far from the beach, which can help if necessary.