Manado Travel Guide

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Manado Things to Do

  • Visit Ban Hing Kiong temple

    This 19th century temple is the oldest Buddhist temple in eastern Indonesia and has been beautifully restored.

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  • Experience the Japanese Caves

    These caves were built by the Japanese during the world War II particularly used as supplies storage.

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  • Visit Watu Pinawetengan

    A big table shaped stone of 4 m long and 2 m high, one of remnants of Minahasan ancestors, where the 7 chieftains of Minahasan tribes discussed and negotiated the territorial division, unification, peace and war against enemies. Pictographic carvings on the stone are still unreadable.

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  • Day Trips to Bunaken islands

    For those with less time and more money, a few operators organise day trips to Pulau Bunaken on yachts, glass-bottom boats and quasi submarines. A half day trip by 'submarine' or boat costs from USD30.

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  • Tangkoko Nature Reserve

    Tangkoko Nature Reserve located in North Sulawesi in Bitung Region. It is about 6 km from Manado. It is one of the most impressive reserves in Indonesia. The 8800 hectares are home of black macaques - the endemic Sulawesi monkey with no tail, cuscus and tarsier, maleo birds, and endemic red-knobbed hornbills. Tangkoko Nature Reserve provides one of...

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  • Walk Around

    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...

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  • Walk Around

    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...

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  • The Highlands

    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....

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  • Snorkelling at Bunaken Island

    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...

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Manado Hotels

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  • Siladen Resort & Spa

    Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi, Manado, Sulawesi, 95011, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cocotinos Manado

    Desa Kima Bajo Dusun III, Kecamatan Wori, Kapupaten Minahasa Utara, Manado, Indonesia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Aston Manado City Hotel

    ThisHotel lied at Jenderal Sudirman street, at the center of Manado, with variable room rate, depend...

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Manado Restaurants

  • a desert to die for .... klappertaart

    i like to call this dessert, klappertaart as something to die for!everytime i try to have a piece of klappertaart outside of manado, the taste never be the same 100%. always less this and that, too much here and there. so, definitely something must buy when i was here!it's a sweet and served cold dessert, and i assumed the recipe is derived from...

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  • seafood, oh seafood

    what i like from manado about seafood is, always fresh from the fishermen. just find a local seafood stall along the main road and voila, what you prefer? spicy crab like my picture here or kind of grilled fish? just mention your fave.usually, grilled fish is served with diced chili, tomato and onion and lemon juice called "dabu dabu".

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  • yellow rice in lontar leaf

    yellow rice is steamed rice cooking into turmeric [or kunyit in my language], coconut milk and several spices. it can be found in several places in indonesia.but the serving --which is different here in manado-- is superb in my opinion. it always be daun lontar or palm leaf [from palmaceae family] to wrap the yellow rice and assortments. and...

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Manado Nightlife

  • A street food stall, evening till dawn

    The night life along Sudirman street is a unique, there are many food stall scattered,They sell yellow rice (Nasi kuning in Indonesia) called WOKA, because the rice pack inwoka leaf, look like coconut leaf but it was not, it was a kind of palm tree called woka.The yellow color of rice is not a chemical, it was a herbal origin, called Kunjit in...

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  • Get hooked on Hooks

    Hooks is a restaurant, club and dancing with live music. The food is good, the bands are even better and the people are great!In May-June 2002 I spend many evenings and nights in here. On Saturdays the Indonesian youth goes out to party. This is the best night to visit Hooks if you like a bit of a crowd. Expats also like to hang out in Hooks. The...

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Manado Transportation

  • By bus to Bitung (the port for Pelni)

    From Terminal Paal 2, eastern end of Jl. Martadinata, you take a bus to Bitung, about 2 hours, it stops near the port. Also from Terminal Paal 2 to the Airport.From Terminal Karombasan, 5 km south of the city to Tomohon and Tonado.From Terminal Malalalang, far south of the city to Gorontalo, 8 hours.

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  • Taxi

    You will not see any yellow or blue taxi with a neon lamp above. Yet, hotels will offer to call a taxi for you. Taxi in Manado is a rental car. You can rent it per hour ~~at least 50thousand rupiah per hour~~ or per day. A driver will be ready to take you to any place you ask. Most of the rental cars are new Toyota Kijang Innova from year 2005 or...

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  • TAXI

    For mean time, DIAN TAXI is the only taxi in Manado. It will be written as DIAN TAKSI on the local language. It is a SUV type white car with the blue stripes. The drivers do not use meter here, so you have to bargain the deal before you ride. They may charge you more if you are a foreigner and travelling alone. From city center (Pasar 45) to other...

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Manado Local Customs

  • Language

    Bahasa Indonesia is the national language, but there are a variety of dialects spoken, with the majority of the population speaking Manadonese (a mixture of Indonesian, Malay and words from a few different European languages).Languages never be a problem for most of people in Manado. They are very friendly, once u show nice and warm attitudes to...

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  • SUNDAY = CHURCH DAY FOR MOST OF THE...

    Most of the Manado people are Christians and you may see churches all over Manado and the Highland. Attending church services on Sundays is still mandatory here, especially on Christmas, New Year and Easter. There will be 3 church`s service times. First one at 05.30-07.00AM, second one at 09.00-11.00 AM, and the third one will be at 06.00-730PM....

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  • Great Genorosity and Hospitality

    You will be served like a king when you will be the guest in Manado.Dont be hesitant to ask help from anybody. You may be upset with some people in the airport but most probabably it happens because they cannt understand you. Please dont yell at them (the westerners used to do that in the airport). Just try to ask anybody who can speak English well...

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Manado Warnings and Dangers

  • WATCH OUT THE FOOD HERE

    Manado food is the hottest and having the most spieces one in the world.I could say that after I have eaten the hot and spicy Indian food that claimed to be the number one on the hot and spicy food.Be careful on choosing your menu in the restaurants and choosing the food you are going to eat in the parties, hotels and in a family.Ask for help or...

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  • THE WATER

    Drinking water is not safe for most of the foreigners here.Some mineral dispenser water machines will be refilled only,using the previous water containers.Small mineral bottles, still with seals on them will be safe.AQUA brand is the better one among others, though more expensive.When you want to taste some drinks with ice, just confirm that they...

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  • Warung Tenda

    Warung tenda or MOBILE RESTAURANT is the small mobile restaurant on the side roads or at the beach side of Boulevard area. I would not recommend you to eat in this kind of restaurant. You will be most probably ended with diarrhea after eating there. The hygiene standard is really bad and you should see how they wash the dishes to believe it. Do not...

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Manado What to Pack

  • Survival Kits in your bag

    While you travel in Manado, always bring these four items in your bag : a bottle of WATER (none of the tap water here is safe, many restaurants use tap water for their ice cubes, so be careful), liquid HAND SANITIZER (you can buy it here,very cheap.Tap water on the rainy season will be mixed with the mud, many bank notes here are filthty and...

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  • Choosing the right foot gears

    Whenever you want to travel to Manado (or Indonesia in general), bring a pair of flip flop with you. In case you couldnt find any before coming here, you may in any local shops. The local languange for it is 'slop suntung' (seh-lope soon-toong). It will be a best of choice of your foot gear whenever you want to go for some walk because the rain...

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Manado Off The Beaten Path

  • Night Diving @ Hairball, Lembeh Strait,...

    Hairball brought most of Lembeh Strait's fame with 30 plus dive sites covering a wide spectrum of topography from black sandy slopes, verdant hard and soft coral gardens, bommies, walls, pinnacles, rubble, wrecks and mixture of all the above. Boredom is never a problem.At Hairball 1, we did a night dive and saw freckled frogfish, ambon...

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  • Mount Klabat

    The highest volcanic mountain in Sulawesi. It's climbable but we did not do that as there're small kids in the group. Anyway, it's a good view. Strangely covered by clouds in the morning and clear in the afternoon.

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  • DANAU TONDANO, Tondano Lake

    Danau Tondano is located in Tondano, the capital of Minahasa, the highland, around an hour drive from Manado. There are some good restaurants at the lakeside, but Danau Tondano Restaurant is the best one for me (many palm trees at the entrance gate). During the Independence Day weekend, the exhibition will be displayed there and the delighted...

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Manado Sports & Outdoors

  • Scuba Diving @ Panguilingan, Manado Tua!

    Most exhilarating dive in the marine park. Schools of barracuda and other pelagics hang out in the blue. Bigeye trevallies intermittently dash in to prey upn unsuspecting fish. The steep reef falls quickly to 32m where a wall begins.It is completely covered with prolific coral trees, sea fans, oversized dinnerplate-shaped sponges and coral...

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  • Check-out dive @ Black Rock, Molas...

    This is a good dive site for your check-out dive if you have not dive for quite some time. It has a sandy bottom and the maximum depth we dived was 22 metres.We saw many Kuhl's stingrays (Dasyatis Kuhui), Coral banded cleaner shrimps (Lysmata amboinensis), Magnificent partner shrimps (Periclimenes magnificus), Common lionfish (Pterois antennata),...

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  • Drift Diving @ Tanjung Kopi, Manado Tua!

    This is where to go for big fish but the current dictates that this site is not for the beginners and can only be dived properly at slack tide.Gorango (sharks) can usually be seen here. The reef profile is a steep wall to about 40 metres. Standard scuba diving equipment.

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  • Weather and Climate in Manado

    Like other regions in Indonesia, North Sulawesi has a typical equatorial climate with two seasons: rainy and dry. Starting in September, cool Northwesterly winds pick up moisture while crossing the South China Sea and arrive in the Sulawesi Sea about November. The wet season lasts from about November to March, but it is usually less pronounced than...

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  • a complete destination: mountain and...

    manado is a gateway to go further to its mountainous range and underwater world. so, being here i can find both of 'going up' and 'going down' in one package. from exploring the pre-christian tombstones at the hills to see the blue water in the islands. all are interesting. i found there are some similarity between manadoian and pinoy. especially...

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  • MAENGKET

    Maengket is one of Minahasa traditional dance. At the end of January to February, there will be Maengket festival in Tomohon. Maengket contents can be seen during the Independence Day week or showed on some national day celebrations. It is a dance by a group of people, dance by pairs and led by a female dancer. The dancers will be singing while...

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