|Elevation:||1,827 m (5,994 ft)||Prominence:||1,827 m|
|Ribu category:||Kurang Tinggi||Province:||Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi)|
|Google Earth:||kml||Other names:||Siau Api|
|Eruptions:||1675, 1712, 1825, 1864, 1883, 1886-87, 1892, 1899-1900, 1905, 1921-22, 1924, 1926, 1930, 1935, 1940-41, 1947-49, 1952-53, 1961-62, 1965-67, 1970-80, 1982-89, 1991-93, 1995-2005, 2008-2013|
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This volcano is supposedly the most active in Indonesia. It is the highest point of Siau island in the Sangihe Islands off the north coast of mainland Sulawesi. It has five summit craters and a north peak and a slightly higher south peak. Trying to climb to the top is probably asking for a lot of trouble! However, a wander round the island is well worth it in order to have a look at the devastation caused by previous eruptions. Siau is also a particularly beautiful place with some excellent beaches.
Dominik is an excellent local guide and he has even stood on the very summit itself during a particularly quiet period (rare!) He would be more than willing to take you as far as is considered safe up one of the three routes – Kampung Dompase (at 558m) where you can also visit the Vulcanology Post to see the monitors, look through books and ask for information, Lintatua (‘old worm!’?) which is not far from the main town of Ulu, and the more northerly approach from Dame. Dame is recommended for good photos at sunrise but climbing from Dompase which takes 25 minutes to reach by motorbike from Ulu is very straightfoward. In less than half an hour of hiking from the end of the cement track at Dompase you will have reached the start of the lava flows and bare rock leading to the summit. At night you can often see the orange glow of lava and hear volcanic explosions.