Located in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi, Likupang has been designated as one of the Super Priority Destinations in Indonesia. Not only surrounded by exotic natural attractions, Likupang also has a wide variety of delicious culinary options and interesting cultures to explore.
The number of hidden gems is a tourist attraction in Likupang that is a pity to miss. With so many natural beauty and extraordinary potential, it is not enough just to visit Likupang once. I definitely want to come back again to continue exploring the beauty of Likupang one by one.
Likupang has many hidden natural attractions that are very beautiful. Almost all beaches, lakes and hills in Likupang offer exotic views.
One of the mainstay natural attractions in Likupang that must be visited is Paal Beach. Less than 2 hours drive from Manado City, you will be greeted by white sand beaches, clear turquoise sea water, and exotic views that make you fall in love at first sight.
In addition to the beach, a natural tourist destination in Likupang that is interesting to visit is Bukit Larata. The attraction of this natural tourist attraction is that it has vast meadows that seem to "merge" with views of the clear blue sea, as well as beautiful and calming green hills.
Then, take the time to also visit Bahoi Village. In this destination there is a mangrove forest inhabited by a variety of flora and fauna, diving and snorkeling spots, and staying with native villagers.
There are still many natural tourist destinations in Likupang that are no less interesting to visit. Such as Surabaya Beach, Pulisan Beach, Pulisan Hill, and Lihaga Island.
While exploring the beaches and hills, don't forget to get acquainted with the typical culture of Likupang. One of the typical cultural arts of Likupang is Kolintang music. Minahasa traditional musical instruments that have been taught since elementary school age. Usually, Kolintang music plays are used as the accompaniment of traditional ceremonies, dance performances, or simply as musical performances.
You can also enjoy the Tumatenden Dance performance which has an interesting history. Often featured in cultural festivals or performing arts, Tumatenden Dance tells the story of a farmer's love story with an angel.
In addition, Likupang still has many traditions and cultures that are preserved. Starting from the Masamper, the Ampa Wayer Dance, and the Foso Rumages ritual as a form of gratitude to God for the harvest obtained.
After walking around and seeing the cultural arts in Likupang first hand, don't forget to taste the delicious culinary specialties. The typical food of Likupang which is a mainstay is tinutuan porridge. Processed porridge contains many vegetables, such as kale, spinach, basil, corn, pumpkin, and of course skipjack tuna.
The next dish is no less delicious, lalampa. The typical food of Likupang is made of sticky rice filled with skipjack tuna and wrapped in banana leaves. After steaming, the lalampa will be burned to release a fragrant aroma and a more appetizing taste.
As a spicy lover, you should also try skipjack fufu, which is made by smoking for four hours. Cakalang fufu has a delicious taste, especially when eaten directly with warm rice and chili dabu-dabu.