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Southeast Asia

Manado Indonesia

Indonesia’s most northerly city is penned in by a ridge of volcanoes, on the Minahasa Peninsula that stretches towards the upper tip of North Sulawesi. And it isn’t just distance that separates it from the rest of Indonesia: the people of Manado pride themselves on their warmth and their hospitality – so much so, it has earned the moniker “the Land of the Smiling People”. Unusually for Indonesia, the region is 70% Christian and the landscape is dotted with church crosses, while Christian feast days bring people to the streets in their droves.

Manado and the surrounding area is a place of staggering beauty. Rugged mountains run down to white-sanded beaches. Coral reefs are home to some of the most beautiful sea life on earth. Rainforests are teeming with life, with some of the rarest and most interesting creatures on the planet to be found in the dense jungle – including the smallest monkey in the world, a type of bug-eyed tarsier.

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What to do

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What to do in Manado - Diving   


What to do in Manado - Take a trip to Bunaken   

Take a trip to Bunaken


Go fishing

There are numerous ways to take to the waters around Manado: you can rent a boat and equipment from a local fisherman, if you wish...


Trek in the jungle

Sulawesi Island is known as one of the “lungs of the world”, with the gaseous exchange among the many tropical forests providing t...


Where to eat

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Where to eat in Manado - Jantung Hati

Jantung Hati

Well known for their noodle soup, fried kway teow, and pork buns, Jantung Hati is popular among Indonesians and has been featured extensively in the local press.

Where to eat in Manado - Bambuden Sario Seafood Restaurant

Bambuden Sario Seafood Restaurant

Diners seeking authentic Minahasan food (as Manado cuisine is sometimes called) should check out Bumbuden, one of the oldest restaurants in Manado.

Where to eat in Manado - Raja State Restaurant

Raja State Restaurant

Billed as “semi-traditional”, the Raja State serves up western dishes as well as the more local goat curry or seafood soup served in a coconut.


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  • LanguagesBahasa Indonesia

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