Tomohon Travel Guide

Tomohon is a relatively new city in North Sulawesi. Located in the highlands, close to the imposing volcanic mountain of Mahawu, it is a must-see for anyone interested in local culture.

The city is also known as ‘the city of flowers’ and makes a pleasant change from the ubiquitous beach resorts. There are nurseries everywhere and an annual flower festival as well as beautiful front gardens. The flowers are a key attraction to the city with people from across the world.

Tomohon is a quiet city and much smaller than neighboring Manado and Bitung, but this is part of its charm. The tourist infrastructure is somewhat undeveloped and there are not many manmade sights to explore, but it is the natural beauty which is its biggest drawcard.

Getting There & Away

Tomohon is easily reached by air as nearby Manado is home to an international airport. The airport receives flights from Singapore in 3 hours, 30 minutes, Malaysia in 4 hours and the Philippines in 1 hour, 30 minutes. Once at the airport, there are local buses and taxis to take visitors to Tomohon.

Things to Do

Tomohon Attractions

Mount Mahawu

Located just outside the town center, this stunning volcanic mountain boasts excellent hiking opportunities.

Side trips from Kotamobagu


The capital city of the region and home to a variety of attractions.


Flower Festival

Tomohon’s main event of the year is held every july. it sees the town coming together to showcase its beautiful flowers and gardens.