Visit Manado - Best of Manado

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! 

Manado Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Manado tips for your visit

General Info

  • 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.

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Facts and Stats for Manado*

  • Pollution Statistics in Manado

    Know the pollution level of Manado before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 33.33 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 8.33 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 50 (Moderate)
  • Manado: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Manado for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Manado.

    • Burglary and Theft 43.75 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 34.38 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 65.63 (High)
    • Car Stealing 28.13 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 46.88 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 28.13 (Low)
    • Drug offense 28.13 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 81.25 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 37.5 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 21.88 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Manado - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 59.93 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 34.48 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 25 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Manado

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Manado

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.2 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.29 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 32.92 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 49.38 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 65.84 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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