Sulawesi is divided into five main provinces, namely South, Central, West, Southeast and North Sulawesi. The different customs, culture, religion and language people still coexist in harmony. Sulawesi has a marvelous natural beauty, with a dramatic background of mountains and sea, which makes it a unique place to visit.
Manado, also called the ‘city of churches’, is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi. Manado people are fun-loving and extroverted. They live in neat wooden frame houses, with fences and flower gardens, which gives Manado a European touch. The city has numerous shops and markets and is a great departure point for exploring the region. This 5-day trip gives you a taste of all the interesting things Manado has to offer.
Day 1: Manado – Amaze Tower – Manado City Tour – Sunset Boulevard
Upon arrival at Manado Airport, you are warmly welcomed by your guide. You check-in at your hotel and visit Ringroad Region Land and the Amaze Tower, the world’s second largest Jesus statue.
Afterwards, you depart on a city tour, visiting 45 market, Kampung China (Chinese village) and the 300-year old Ban Hing Kiong pagoda.
You continue your tour with a visit to the World War II monument and Manado’s oldest church. Enjoy a young coconut and some fried banana with spicy sauce chili, a local delicacy in Manado.
Dinner is served at a local restaurant.
Day 2: Bunaken sightseeing tour and shopping
After breakfast at the hotel, you sail to Bunaken Island, which takes about 45 minutes.
Upon arrival at the Bunaken Marine Park, you switch boats and board a catamaran to see the beauty and diversity of the fish and colorful corals.
After the catamran trip, you can snorkel or dive for the rest of the day.
Lunch is served in a local restaurant on Bunaken Island.
You sail back to Manado in the evening, where you can do some souvenir shopping and enjoy a drink in a local bar.
Dinner is served in a local restaurant in Manado.
Day 3: Minahasa highland tour
Today you go to the Minahase highlands.
You visit Tondano Lake, where lunch is served in a local restaurant at the shores of the lake.
On the way to Bukit Kasih, you stop at Minahasa Village to see their original pottery. There is enough time to shop and taste this region’s specialty, peanuts.
You stop at Linow for a coffee break while enjoying the lake.
In the late afternoon, you return to Manado where dinner is served in a local restaurant.
Day 4: Waruga Sawangan and Naemundung Safari Park
Prepare for an interesting trip to Waruga Sawangan, archaeological sites in the form of old graves in Sawangan. You are invited to see the “Iron Nine Princess Tumalenden”.
After Sawagan, you travel to Bitung, Manado’s seaport. Lunch is served at a local restaurant in Bitung.
After lunch, you proceed to the Naemundung Safari Park, where you can see the typical fauna of North Sulawesi, such as the tarsier, the smallest monkey in the world with a weight of 250 grams and a height of 15 cm. They are only found in North Sulawesi, their natural habitat. You can also spot hog deer and many bird species.
In the late afternoon, you return to Manado, where dinner is served in a local restaurant.
Day 5: departure
Enjoy free leisure time until it is time to go to Sam Ratulangi Airport for your flight towards your next destination.
Private air-conditioned transport
4* hotel in Manado, twin share
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Professional guide and driver
Toll and parking
Diving and/or snorkeling (optional)
Airport tax and porter
Tipping for driver and guide
What to bring
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This tour offers a great introduction to Manado and its surrounds, with lots of variety. Loved every single moment of it, although we weren't really lucky weather-wise. We'll have to come back one day to explore some more of Manado!