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Manado

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As the largest city in Northern Sulawesi, Manado serves as a tourist gateway to the nearby Bunaken, known for its islands and reefs. Manada sightseeing includes chances to discover old temples, hot springs, national parks, and nature reserves. Be sure to take the short volcano trek to the edge of a steaming lake, take a waterfall tour, and visit traditional villages where you can buy handcrafted souvenirs. Take caution when eating anything in Manado, where they slather most dishes with strong spices unfamiliar to many foreign visitors. Put Manado at the heart of your travel plans by using our Indonesia road trip planning tool.
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Popular things to do in Manado

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Thalassa PADI Dive Resort Bunaken
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
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Nature / Park
Bunaken National Marine Park Bunaken
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Spa
Spas
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Manado

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Nature / Park
Lembeh Strait Bitung
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Water Body
Lake Linau Tomohon
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Park
Tangkoko National Reserve Bitung
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
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Outdoor Activity
Mt Lokon Tomohon
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Manado

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Shark Diving
Blue Shark Divers Bunaken
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Nature / Park
Tangkoko Research Station
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Tunan Waterfall
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Beach
Malalayang Beach
2.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Wildlife in Manado

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Scuba / Snorkeling
Siladen Resort & Spa Diving Center Siladen Island
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Celebes Divers
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Duration: 4 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Manado

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Beach
Paal Beach
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Water Park
Water Park Griya Paniki Indah Manado
2.9
Duration: 2h 30 min

Parks in Manado

Park
Toar Lumimuut Park
1.1
Duration: 2h 30 min

Where to stay in Manado

Manado offers accommodations for travelers with any budget, though its prices remain slightly higher than elsewhere in Sulawesi. If you want to enjoy a bit of luxury after roughing it in jungles check out the area's upscale hotels and resorts. On the other end of the spectrum, budget hotels located in the downtown area remain the most economical option, though some establishments offer only basic and somewhat dilapidated rooms.
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