Manado Things to Do

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    klenteng ban hian kiong

    by ukirsari Written May 7, 2008

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    klenteng ban hian kiong manado (c) ukirsari

    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.

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    further afield from manado

    by ukirsari Updated May 7, 2008

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    there several beautiful destinations setting at the mountainous range or hilly areas nearby manado. it takes approximately 30 minutes to 2 hours drive from downtown.

    such as:
    - pre-christian manadoian cemetery called "waruga" in airmadidi [more details in my airmadidi page]
    - trekking to the crater rims of mount lokon, klabat and mahawu [more details in my tomohon page]
    - visit tomohon, addressed as 'flower city at the west'. it's remain me to baguio in luzon, the philippines [more details in my tomohon page]
    - lake tondano and lake linow [more details in my tondano page]
    - tangkoko and batuangus dua saudara national park

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    further down to the sea

    by ukirsari Updated May 7, 2008

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    there are several groups of small islands nearby manado which offers one of the best sea garden in the world!

    catch a public boat, renting glass bottom boat or asking to the homestays and resorts or hostels at those islands to pick you up and enjoy the underwater scenes by snorkeling or diving.

    on the list are included in bunaken national marine park:
    - bunaken island
    - manado tua island
    -mantehage island
    - nain island
    - siladen island

    another is:
    - pulau lembeh
    can be reached from bitung

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    NATURAL HOT SPRINGS

    by blue79flower Written Feb 24, 2009

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    REMBOKEN
    An ideal place for water skiing, fishing, and boating. Remboken is also known as Sumaro Endo (which means: facing the sun) because it is the place at the side of Lake Tondano where people watch sunrise.
    Bungalows, a natural hot-water swimming pool and restaurants are available.

    RANOPASO
    The thermal delights of the Ranopaso Hot Springs are a short distance from the resort and surrounded by rice fields. You can enjoy a hot water soak in one of the specially built bathrooms with the thermal water supplied from one of the hot springs in the area. This hot water pool gives beautiful impression for all visitors. There are a lot of bungalows to relax.

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    The Bunaken Marine Park

    by blue79flower Written Feb 24, 2009

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    A visit to North Sulawesi is uncomplete without one day to view the spectacular coral gardens of the Bunaken Marine Reserve. Declared a Marine Park in 1991, it is acknowledged as one of the top dive sites in the world. It is about 45 minutes with motorized outrigger canoe or dive boat from Manado.

    The Bunaken Marine Park stretches over 75,000 hectares in the deep waters of the Sulawesi Sea. There are five islands that make up the park, Siladen, Montehage, Nain and of course Bunaken. The fifth one Manado Tua stands out quite literally as it is a magnificent extinct volcano which dominates the four others and the skyline panoramic view.

    The beautiful corals here are to be found surrounding the islands and with a depth from 3 meters to 1300 are home to the many species or sea life to be found here, definitely making this a unique diving experience. The drop off wall at Liang Cave in particular is rare in the world and described by enthusiasts as spectacular with caves, gullies and caverns harboring an immense wealth of marine life. Brilliantly colored fish dart amongst the vibrant coral and the water is clear and warm.

    Although primarily a dive destination, the shallow reefs are also a haven for many different fish, starfish and corals, possibly even turtles, thus making it a wonderful experience for snorkelers also. With the coral disappearing into the deep, that's where you will discover so much more! Due to the depths here, the recommend of maximum dive depth of around 25-30 meters, depending on certification.

    With the water temperature an all year round 26-29°C it is a destination for all seasons, with March to October being the dry season, and the rainy season starting around November through to March/April. The hottest/sunniest time tends to be June to September, but whatever the Month, don't forget your sun cream! Enjoy...

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    Sunsets

    by Linda1979 Updated Aug 18, 2003

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    sunset at The Ritzy

    The Sunset Café is not only a nice place to eat (only restaurant in Manado where you can eat good pizza on nice sea-view terrace), but you can also witness the most beautiful sunsets there.
    Even better sunsets can be seen from the poolside at the roof of The Ritzy hotel.

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    Snorkelling at Bunaken Island

    by amlapura Written Nov 29, 2009

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    A boat trip to Bunaken is costly unless shared with lots of people; 10-12. We paid Rp500,000 for the whole boat after some negotiations. The boatmen took us to three different places including the beach for lunch.

    The snorkeling place was magnificent. Side by side were deep cliffs which were good for diving. So, at some poins you can stand, and next to it the sea is so deep that you can't see the seabed.

    We didn't go to Manado Tua island nearby; the one with a volcanic mountain. The boatmen said that the corals there were gigantic.

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    The Highlands

    by amlapura Written Nov 29, 2009

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    Mount Lokon

    This is nearly a day trip. Leave early before it gets hot. The sun rise at 5.25 am and we departed at 6.00 am with a tour Toyota van. The total cost for the van and tour guide was Rp600,000 for the whole day. It was not long before we started ascending. The road was good and at some points the views of Manado and nearby islands were magnificent. One of a good stopping point to enjoy the good view is Tinoor.

    The highland, I think, starts as soon as we reached Temohon. The town has two public swimming pool; that's not bad. We stopped at one resort to see flowers and to view Mount Lokon, a quite active volcano. The view was so good. It was cool up there. We also circled Lake Tondano, hot spring and another lake that keeps on changing colors (Lake Lenow). There were also many Japanese tunnels around the hills; some are said to be of 10 km long.

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    TANGKOKO BATUANGUS NATURE RESERVE

    by blue79flower Written Feb 24, 2009

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    Tangkoko Batuangus Reserve is located on open grassland and is home to a great variety of flora and fauna which are mostly endemic. When you entering the forest you can watch the fotogenic black-tailess mongkeys (Black Crested Macaque, Black Monkey indigenous to North Sulawesi) playing arround on the beach or trees, Maleo birds, snakes, wild pigs, the giant hornbill birds and deer. But special interest is given to the Tarsius Spectrum, which sneak out at dawn and dusk. About 10cm short / tennis ball size, these tiny monkeys are claimed to be the smallest primate in the world and delight to see. One special thing also from these animal is they can't live alone (without partner)...;p
    This Nature Reserve offers a suitable protective environment to help prevent these animals from becoming extinct. An exciting trip for nature lovers, trekkers and anyone who likes the outdoors. Cameras, long pants and a flashlight are needed for the trip.

    *** Please note that the road to Tangkoko is somehow difficult and visitors are recommended to visit with a local tour operators to ensure a safe journey and to take advantage of an experienced guide who can assist in spotting the wildlife. Losmen (simple guesthouses) are available for overnight stays.

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    BATU NONA

    by blue79flower Written Feb 24, 2009

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    The other beach tourism unfolding in east Minahasa coastal area, with oblique white sandy coast, clean and water which do not wavy make this ideal and balmy place for vacation. A stone looking like a girl close to Telss beach. A legend of a beautiful girl who had suicide plaintively. The place is called as "Batu Nona". From the top of the hill, we can enjoy spectacular view to the sea, fisherman village and Klabat mountain....

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    manado landscape

    by ukirsari Written May 7, 2008

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    manado landscape (c) ukirsari

    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.

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    Scuba Diving at Bunaken Island

    by choleross Written Dec 25, 2007

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    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.

    Fees:
    Entrance fees to Bunaken National Park vary for foreigners and locals. As far as I can remember, the foreigners fees range from Rp50k-100k

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    Tangkoko NP

    by jantichm Written Nov 2, 2005

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    Tangkoko is an accesible reserve about 30 km from Bitung. You mustn't have problems to see Tarsiers, black macaques and red-knobbed hornbills.

    The best times to see the wildlife are at dawn (macaques and hornbills) or dusk (tarsiers).

    The park fee plus a English spoken guide cost about 3€/person.

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    Walk Around

    by amlapura Written Nov 30, 2009
    Manado Bay as viewed from our hotel room.

    Manado is quite a prosperous city as compared to many other cities in Indonesia. There are many shopping areas near our hotel at the sea side (boullevard). It was nice to walk around and see how the multi-religion people live there. They're different than typical Indonesians. I saw nearly no beggars throughout the trip. Supermarkets are many. It's not difficult to get quality food around here near our hotel.

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    Walk Around

    by amlapura Written Nov 30, 2009
    Manado Bay as viewed from our hotel room.

    Manado is quite a prosperous city as compared to many other cities in Indonesia. There are many shopping areas near our hotel at the sea side (boullevard). It was nice to walk around and see how the multi-religion people live there. They're different than typical Indonesians. I saw nearly no beggars throughout the trip. Supermarkets are many. It's not difficult to get quality food around here near our hotel.

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