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North Sulawesi is a land of magnificent coral reefs protecting, mountains and active volcanoes, reminding the islanders and the world of the potential power of one of the earth’s most awesome forces. It is a land of vast coconut plantations fringed along the coastline, which is why the area is also known as “Bumi Nyiur Melambai” (The Land of Waving Coconut Palms).
A colorful festival is held here every February. The city are also full of monuments in memory of Minahasian and Indonesian heroes. Manado is a great starting point for expeditions to the beautiful landscape in this region, and has several good facilities for visitors, like hotels, resort accommodation, restaurants and entertainment. This part of Indonesia is famous for it’s brilliant diving conditions, and divers from all over the world come here. The most famous spot is the corral reefs around Bunaken Island, a marine reserve just a short boat trip from Manado. You can also take a diving course here. The reserve consists of Manado Tua, a volcano that can be seen from Manado, Nain and the Mantehage islands, Siladen Island and Bunaken Island. Another attraction is the lovely Lake Tondano (altitude 600 m), south east of the city. This is a very popular area for hiking and Sunday picnics among the local population.
Here you will have a chance to see daily life of Minahasa people. In Tomohon traditional market you’ll see a lot of animals that are uncommon sold in traditional market in Indonesia. Dogs sold as food and the process you will select a dog in the living conditions and the dog will be burned alive then in the clear for take meat, usually in addition to the dog there was an monkeys, bats or so-called Paniki, python snakes, mice and many more. After that drive toward to Wolowan village to see the making of traditional wooden house of Minahasa. Lunch will be served in the floating restaurant in Lake of Tondano while enjoying the panorama of Lake Tondano. The next stop is Bukit Kasih or hill of love. On the way back, we are going to stop at Linau lake for some rest and afternoon tea. Have fried banana while enjoying the three colors lake.
Snorkeling Siladen – Bunaken
Off to Siladen in the morning for snorkeling, the best time to snorkeling is 08.00 – 10.00 in the morning since the current is not very strong. And after that, enjoy your morning in Siladen island, it’s a small island next to Bunaken island. Siladen Island is part of the Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Park comprises of a group of five islands: Bunaken, Siladen, Nain, Montehage and Manado Tua. The five islands in the park are distinctly different; Siladen Island offers mostly steep wall diving and many opportunities to see pelagics like sharks, mackerels, tunas and turtles are endless. In the noon, sail to Bunaken island, it takes only 10 minutes from Siladen to Bunaken island. Have lunch in the local restaurant in Bunaken island. After lunch have your chance to see another amazing view of Bunaken Marine Park with Katamaran boat ( glass bottom boat ) for 30 minutes. Afternoon have your chance to explore Bunaken island, to see the local people with their daily life. Then sail back to Manado city.
Waterfall buffs, this is probably the nicest way to spend 5 hours if you need to kill time in Manado. Just a short drive, part way up the road on the way to Tomohon you will discover a rural village and enjoy a scenic walk to the two falls. Suggestion – wear sneakers or hiking boots as it can be quite slippery (maybe bring a change of clothes, t-shirt and shorts). Be ready for lots of wind blown spray as the force of the water is pretty intense, causing the mist to pretty much cover everything and everyone. There is a nice bridge that spans the river where you can get some great shots of the waterfall!
Tangoko Natural Reserve
A nature reserve on open grassland covered with a great variety of plants. Located on the slopes of mount “Dua Saudara”, the area is composed of impressive green hills and valleys with amazingly scenic views of natural beauty. There are black apes, maleo birds, snakes, wild pigs, hornbills and rusa deer. But mostly people see are only the TARSIUS and Black Apes in the park. Tangkoko is located north of Bitung, it covers on area of 3,196 ha. This nature reserve has several cottages and small restaurants nearby. From Manado it takes arround 2 hours and 30 minutes to this place. In the past, the road was so rough you would need a 4WD jeep.