Likupang in North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi, was chosen as the location for the W20 side event on February 14 to 16, 2022. W20 or Women20 is part of the G20 event which focuses on gender equality. Indonesia becomes the G20 Presidency, or host of the G20 Summit, from December 1, 2021 to November 30, 2022. Chairperson of W20 Indonesia 2022, Hardiani Uli Silalahi explained that the W20 will hold a number of side events in some tourism destinations. Based on the government's recommendation, it needs to create tourism attractions other than Bali. Therefore, two priority destinations have been chosen, the first is Likupang and later it will be closed with a priority destination, namely Lake Toba. Likupang offers marine tourism due to its underwater panorama and beaches. This place is one of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) which has been designated as a super priority destination (DSP). Some of the tourism attractions that can be visited in Likupang are Sampirang Beach, Pulisan Beach, and Bahoi Ecotourism.
For today’s edition of Indonesian Wonder, we invite you to know more about one of the leading tourism destinations in Likupang, namely Pulisan Beach. This beach has clear water with white sand. Its location in Pulisan Village is in the hub of the North Minahasa Tourism Special Economic Zone. It is about 48 kilometres from Manado's Samratulangi Airport. From Manado City, it takes about 2 hours by motor vehicles to Pulisan Beach. When you enter the beach area, you will feel amazed, looking at the clear sea water. Pulisan Beach has a beautiful coastline filled with soft and smooth white sand. You are able to enjoy walking on this stretch of white sand. This beach also has other nearby tourism spots, namely caves and hills. The natural scenery around the cave is so beautiful. There are also stunning brown cliffs, blending with the beautiful clear sea water. Besides having a beautiful panorama, this cave also has a hill which is famous for its beautiful savanna. To reach the hill, you have to trek for 30 minutes. Tiredness will subside when your eyes see the scenery. From the top of the hill, you will be presented with the beautiful expanse of the blue sea.
There are many other exciting tourism activities that can be done in Pulisan, such as snorkelling and diving. In addition to enjoying its beautiful and colourful coral rocks, the Pulisan marine park also keeps a variety of magnificent marine animals, such as jellyfish, starfish, and also clown fish, aka nemo. You can also visit a floating house in the middle of the sea. Please don't forget to hunt for the beauty of the sunrise and sunset. The location of Pulisan Beach is quite strategic, because it is located in the north of Sulawesi Island; it makes this beach as a beach which has a very clear position to witness the sunrise and sunset.