The entry point to the surreal Northern Sulawesi province of Indonesia, Manado is a flowy, dreamy destination of Indonesia. The capital of the province, this is the largest city in the area and deserves a rightful place on the bucket-list of every traveller who wishes to explore the less-explored.
The Dutch rule has influenced the city in multiple folds, be its architecture, culture or religion. The city has been a prominent point of trade and commerce owing its age old trade with near-by Philippines. The city still stands out as a well-established hub with shopping malls, plush hotels and fancy places to eat; especially when compared to rest of Indonesia.
Manado literally means ‘on the far coast’, this beautiful place is home to the famous Yesus Kase Berkat which is one of the tallest statues of Christ in the world.
While most of Manado attractions are dotted around its city limits, the place offers a versatile array of activities that guarantee a good vacation. Popular for its water sports, Manado is a great place to visit because it strikes the right balance between uber-chic city and warm, welcoming country life. Considered to be the entry point to North Sulawesi province, Manado is also the exploring ground for activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and rafting!
The near-by places like Bunaken National Park, Mahawu Volcano, Lake Tondano, Lake Linow, Bukit Kasih and Watu Pinabetengan are few of the top highlights that deserve a place on Manado itinerary.
A perfect place to spend a couple of days, this place is set to entice you with its beautiful buildings, striking churches and temples and tons of opportunities to challenge your inner adrenaline!
Essential travel information and Manado tips for your visit
- Time Zone: UTC+8
- Currency: Indonesian rupiah
- Electricity and Internet: 220V 60Hz in most areas, Plug type- C, F, G (two round pin plug). Cellular 3G data and Internet cafes are available.
- Languages: Creole of Malay language- Manado Malay is the language most-spoken. English is fairly understood.
- Dialling code: +62 431
- Ambulance: 118
- Police: 110
- Fire department: 113
- Search and rescue: 115 or 811782
- Tipping: Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
- Tourist Traps: The public transport can be tricky at times and it is best to negotiate the fare of the journey before starting one.
Tips & Warnings
- On the Manado airport, there are no restaurants beyond immigration.
- Public phones are generally out of order, make sure you have a cell phone handy.
- Traveller's cheques are not widely accepted in the resort.
- Since the area is mosquito-prone, it is advised to pack mosquito repellents on a trip to Manado.