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Magic Minutes: Eclipse 2016

- Total Solar Eclipse 9 March 2016 - Indonesia volcano tour combination -

Solar eclipse (photo: Marco Fulle)
Solar eclipse (photo: Marco Fulle)
Red chronosphere during a solar eclipse (photo: Marco Fulle)
Red chronosphere during a solar eclipse (photo: Marco Fulle)
Path of the 2016 total solar eclipse and our observation location
Path of the 2016 total solar eclipse and our observation location
A total solar eclipse will occur on 9 March 2016 and be visible in SE Asia and parts of the Pacific. The islands around Ternate in the Molucca Sea of Indonesia are located on or near the center line of the eclipse and are regarded as possibly among the best locations to see this unique natural spectacle.
We will choose the most promising spot as close to the center line as possible: the top of Makian or Moti islands, both almost exactly on the center line of the eclips'e path, giving more than 3 full minutes of totality!
We take the occasion to combine this with a volcano tour with our great volcano team in Indonesia. If you're interested, hurry up to sign up - seats on flights in particular must be reserved very early!
More information about the eclipse itself can be best found on Nasa's website.
  • Solar Eclipse from an active volcano
  • More than 3 minutes of totality almost on centerline
  • Tropical setting in the charming Molucca Sea
  • Volcano adventures combined
  • Great food

Solar Eclipse volcano tour 6-11 March 2016

The following is a rough draft of the itinerary only.
Day 1: Arrival in Jakarta (morning or afternoon) / Manado (6 Mar)
Pick up service by a local guide / driver and transfer to hotel near airport.
Acc.: hotel near airport
Day 2: Flight to Ternate, transfer to Makian island (7 Mar)
Pick up by the driver in Jakarta / Manado – flight to Ternate, meeting with our tour leader in Ternate, transfer to the harbour and transfer by boat to Makian island.
Acc.: local house / camp (B, L, D)
Day 3: Climb Kiabesi volcano (observation spot) (8 Mar)
Climb to the top of Kiabesi (5-6 hours) or another good observation spot.
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 4: Solar eclipse (9 Mar)
Observe solar eclipse in the morning (09:47-09:50 local time) and further exploration of the volcano
Acc.: camp (B, L, D)
Day 5: Return to Ternate (10 Mar)
Return to the village on Makian island and transfer by boat back to Ternate
Acc.: hotel (B, L, D)
Day 6: Flight back to Jakarta or volcano extension (11 Mar)
Transfer to airport, end of service, OR: extension volcano tour.
Acc.: none (B)

Solar Eclipse + volcanoes of N-Sulawesi + Karangetang

The extension from 11 to 18 March is suggestion based on current conditions (early 2015), but if other volcanoes are particularly active at that time and within reasonable reach in Indonesia during the same time frame, we can adapt and change the program.
Day 1-5: Solar Eclipse program (as above)
Day 6-16: Soputan - Karangetang - Lokon volcanoes
Day 6 (11 March): Flight Ternate to Manado, transfer to Tomohon (at the foot of Lokon). Hotel (B,L,D )

Day 7 (12 March) : Climb Lokon - back to hotel. Hotel (B,L,D )

Day 8 (13 March): Transfer to Soputan - Camp at the south flank near the recent eruption. Camp (B,L,D )

Day 9 (14 March): Soputan volcano - transfer to Manado. Hotel (B,L,D )

Day 10 (15 March): Sail by ferry (4,5 hours) to Siau island - camp at the foot of Karangetang volcano. Camp (B,L,D )

Day 11 (16 March): Karangetang volcano - transfer to hotel / camp at another location (B,L,D )

Day 12 (17 March): Sail back to Manado. Hotel (B,L,D )

Day 13 (18 March): End of tour. Transfer to airport of Manado for flight back to JKT or Bali

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in Jakarta (or Ternate, if you plan to arrive from a different aiport).

Tour code: EXP_ECL
Tour type: Photography tour: photography - active volcanoes
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Group size: 5-10


no scheduled dates at present

Price (p.p.): 2370 EUR (6-11 Mar) / 3650 EUR (6-18 Mar)


  • Domestic flight JKT - Ternate (- Manado) - JKT (flights from Bali or other places on request)
  • Airport pickup and transfers
  • Sea and land transfers
  • Accommodation as described
  • Full board with meals and drinks
  • Camping gear
  • Porters for climb(s) to observation spot
  • Experienced tour leader
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