this is the oldest buddhist temple in eastern part of indonesia. the setting is lovely and taking pictures amongst the gigantic candles is nice. it was restorated several times and always looks well-maintenance.
visit a local market is something nice whenever you pay a visit to manado. not only checking the prices nor finding the local stuffs. but mingle with locals and smiling is something rewarded.
there are 2 famous local markets in manado, pasar jengki and pasar 45 which is not so far from the harbour. here you can catch public boat to go to bunaken island.
enjoy the cool panorama views of manado, from the bay, city and peninsula amongst the greenery of coconut trees.
just go to the stop panorama views nearby resto tinoor manado, to direction of pineleng and tomohon.
Tomohon is up to the hill to Manado. About 10 km, following a curvy steep road. When Manado is not so hot, though it is located in a seashore. Tomohon is cool, especially during the night. People from Manado like to come here for it fresh air and cool weather. Another than enjoy those, with a culinary experience, Tomohon also well-known of its traditional house industry. The houses built from woods, and some with the knock-down system. The buyer could have it transported abroad, and built it in their hometown. To visit this industry area is quite an experience, even if we don't buy.
Waruga is an ancient cemetery of Minahasa people, a stoned covered sarcophagus, where they put the corpse. They were scattered to many place before in Minahasa area, collected and now settled in Sawangan, Airmadidi. It is located inside the present cemetery complex of local people. More than a hundred waruga reserved in that complex, and you may see some in the MUSEUM NEGERI NORTH SULAWESI. See my other tip of things to do. You may see the influences of Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese culture on the relief of waruga roof/top. The relief on the waruga implies the occupation, the name, and the amount of the corpses buried inside. The corpses were not actually buried but put inside the waruga on the sitting position on the ground. The waruga will be opened daily, no particular opening hours as the keeper and the guide stays there in the waruga museum. End your tour at the waruga museum, a traditional Minahasa wooden house. No entrance ticket but the donation box will be at the exit door. See my travelogues for more waruga pictures.
It is located 40 km of the north of Manado, in Bitung area. Tangkoko Duasudara National Park/Reserve is dominated by two nonactive volcanoes: Gunung Duasudara and Gunung Tangkoko and active one volcano Gunung Batuangus. The reserve is covered by the rainforest and beach forest. Though the Tangkoko has good maintained trails, you should get the guide for your hiking and trekking tour. The guide can be easily got at the entrance gate. It will be an advantage for you too because they know the exact location to see the main attractions of this national park like horn bill, Macaca nigra monkeys, and the smallest primate of the world Tarsius Spectrum (my id picture). Gear yourself up with light long sleeve and trousers (dark colored ones), cover your head with hat or bandana, good hiking shoes, tug in yours trouser ends inside the shocks, put good sunblock, and mosquito repellent. BRING camera, binocular, flashlight, mineral water, snack or sweets, liquid sanitizers, extra t-shirt, and simple medical kit. Be prepared for the rain/wet conditions and cold temperature. You may bring sleeping bag if you want to spend a night, but is it not advisable for the amateur ones. There is a hotel inside this national park area. You may spend time there if you want to but the villagers may have cheap home stay too. The summer season (April to October) will be the best time to visit.See my travelogue for more pictures of Tangkoko.
Bunaken is known for its sea garden, the perfect tourism site for the diver. For the one like me, still thinking to get the swimming class; diving in Bunaken will be absolutely out of the list. Nevertheless, there is another way for us to enjoy the wonderful view of Bunaken diving sites. Get a boat trip to Bunaken and surrounding islands with the boat from Pasar Jengki. Pasar Jengki will be located at the Manado Port; you may reach there from Jumbo supermarket in Pasar 45 easily. Take the boat with the table glass at the center of the boat where you can see the underwater magnificent view. The boat will bring you to the Bunaken area and you may ask them to drop you at Bunaken or Siladen or Bangka Island and pick you up later at the designated time. The boat of 10-15 passengers will cost you around 400,000IR. Sometimes it depends on the boat itself and the rental time. Do not wear the skirt, bring the sun block, camera, some snacks, water, wet tissues, and good flip flop.
Tomohon is located at south of Manado, around 45 minutes by car and also known as THE FLOWER CITY. You will see many flowers stands and farms on the road side of Kakaskasen area. Its active volcanoes Mt. Lokon and Mt. Mahawu apparently play the rule of the good and fertile soil of Tomohon where most of the fresh flowers of Manado come from. January will be the festival month of Tomohon, many exhibitions, maengket contest, and flower parade during this time. The city will celebrate The Harvest Festival, PENGUCAPAN, on the Easter Day. You may be interested to see the local traditional market, early morning of Saturdays, where they sell the exotic food. You may enjoy the great view of Mt. Lokon at Bukit Inspirasi area, the hot water spring pools, or spend some days in Tomohon resorts.
It is the only museum in Manado, located at W.R. Supratman Street. See how to get there. It opens Monday to Thursday from 0830AM to 04PM and Friday at 0830AM to 1PM. The museum has the collections of Chinese; historical antiques of Dutch occupation time, the traditional dresses, the displays of local people activities, waruga, etc. Look at my travelogues, A Day at Museum too. Though it is dull and less maintained unlike other popular museum, it is worth for a visit. You will see the great view of Manado at the second floor. No entrance ticket but may be you want to want to give some donations at the exit door. The attendant can not speak English well so you should come with your guide or Manado relative/friend if you can not speak Indonesia Language.
Ban Hin Kiong Temple is one of the Buddhism temples in Manado which is located in Manado’s China Town. It will be opened daily from 7AM to 9PM. There will be some people staying in the temple complex and they will be happy to guide you seeing the temple. It will be free of charge but communicating in English could be a little problem. Sandals/shoes must be removed before entering the praying rooms. The floor may be cold and dusty (afternoon time) for you, so be prepared with extra shocks. It is decorated mainly with red and golden colors, has two stories with some big delighted and colorful statues. You will see Manado city center area from the second floor. If you are in Manado in the month of February, don’t miss their biggest festival, Tah Pi Kong.That is the time they will parade some statues around Manado city center with some magical (chopping) attractions. Ask the local people or the temple staff for the festival date. The date is changed every year (still within the early day of February) and it will be announced in local newspaper.How to get there?From the central BNI 46 in Pasar 45, take a walk to Pasar Jengki area 100m, between President Shopping Center and Taman Kesatuan Bangsa. When you reach the parking ticket point, you will see 2roads in front of you and 1road on each side of yours. Take the the right road in front of you and you will reach the temple after 100m.
Bunaken Island boasts of rich marine life from the Tropical waters of the Pacific Ocean and Celebes Sea, plus the diversity of aquaculture from Australian waters.
It is a haven for divers with its untouched beauty. Truly a must go if you're an avid diver.
How to go there:
You can take a hired boat from Manado to take you to Bunaken Island. There are some boats available from the Manado Boulevard.
Entrance fees to Bunaken National Park vary for foreigners and locals. As far as I can remember, the foreigners fees range from Rp50k-100k
World famous for its macro life, this is most probably simply the best place in the world for macro photography! Lembeh plays host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures to be found here and here alone. Seahorses and nudibranchs are in abundance at the shallow black sandy slopes. Then there are the Inimicus devilfish, dwarf lionfish, scorpionfish, pufferfish, octopus, pegasus sea moths, frogfish, ribbon eels and flying gunnards.
Truly a one-off opportunity for all photographers and anyone looking for the unusual and unseen. You are sure to see something that you have never seen before, no matter how experienced you are. The Lembeh Strait also contains WWII shipwrecks at "diveable depth", waiting patiently for the adventurer to explore.
Great drift dive on steeps walls. Average visibility: 25 m; and temperatures between 26-30c. Huge hard coral fields. Sharks, bumpheads, Napoleons, barracudas, schools of jacks, plus an absolute plethora of reef fish.
This place harbors some of Indonesia’s very finest coral reefs. It is acclaimed by the world's top underwater photographers and recreational divers alike, who find the combination of abundant marine life, pristine coral and calm, clear waters unbeatable. The diving is almost without exception on sheer coral walls with phenomenal growth well into the depths - often below 50m. Fish life is profuse and diverse. All the common reef fishes are in great numbers, and frequent visitors include sharks, rays, tuna and jacks.
It is a new public swimming pool in manado. Located in the Citraland real estate, surrounded by the trees and hills.The entrance will be 25,000 Indonesian Rupiah, around 3US$ for January 2007 rate. Great place for the kids.
The month of December to February will be the best time for you to eat DURIAN.It is a green rounded fruit with though spiky skin,when you open it you will find some white cubicles inside, filled with durian meat.Though it has untolerable smell to the westerns, it is one of the favourite fruit for most of southeast asians.In Manado you may find some miny open chevy park all along Sam Ratulang Street with durians at the back.
After 8-9PM you can buy and eat durian at Manado Boulevard (Piere Tendean Street).You may bargain the good price and exchange the `bitter or sour` durian with the good ones when you eat your durian there.
If you want to eat durian there,don`t forget to bring water and tissue to clean your mouth and hands.To get rid from the unpleasant durian odor, you may pour the water in its cubicle, drink water directly from there and wash your hands too.
Ypu should try our traditional alcoholic beverage,SAGUER, with durian.Great one!
Just restrict yourself from eating many durians if you have cardiovascular diseases.
These months will be the season for other fruit too such as rambutan,mangostein,mango,etc so please do be careful to mix all of them in your tummy.