"Not many people know this place - Manado" Top 5 Page for this destination Manado by kelnsha

Manado Travel Guide: 160 reviews and 496 photos

Where is this place, Manado?

Many people asked thought that this is somewhere in Philippine but in actual fact it is in Indonesia, North Sulawesi. Mindano is the that has got people mixed up. I believe only those who had been there, like the scuba divers and snorkelers will know this place. Matter of fact, there are many interesting and beautiful places to visit in this part of the world. Check this out!

Gateway to North Sulawesi - Manado

The provincial capital is situated in the bay of Manado. It is a tropical area with the average temperature of 25.7° C and humidity of 80%.

Manado is estimated to have been resided since the 16th century and was called "Wenang". Later in 1623, the name was changed to "Manado".

Influenced by the foreign occupation, the culture of the people has been a mixed one. Urbanization of people from Sangihe Talaud, Gorontalo, Bolaang Mongondow and Minahasa has resulted in mixed population and culture.

Manado at the present time covers an area of 157.58 ha or an average of 0.57% of the entire North Sulawesi. The total population is approximately 520,000 people.

Manado has been well-known because of the Bunaken Marine Reserve, where people come just to enjoy the beauty of the sea panorama.

Bunaken National Marine Reserve

In October 15, 1991, the Bunaken area was declared by decree of the Ministry of Forestry (SK/730/Kpts-II/91)as a National Park. This changed the status of the area surrounding the islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Siladen and Nain, as well as marine areas of the Arakan Wawontulap, from a Strict Nature Preserve (since 1986) to a National Park.

Prior to this change in status, both the islands and the adjacent mainland areas were originally protected in the early 1980's by governor's decree.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:More than just a place for divers and snorkellers
  • Cons:Travelling from place to place will take sometime
  • In a nutshell:A place that I will like to go again! Do check-out my travelogues for more photos!
  • Last visit to Manado: Aug 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • May 1, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    pretty good photos...you're a good diver to take those photos...it's quite different when you're on land taking photographs than in the water...congrats...keep posting those photos...

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    May 13, 2009 at 6:18 AM

    I'm very interested to dive North Sulawesi. Is it advisable to dive Bunaken, Manado and Lembeh if I cannot stay very long. Will it be good enough to just concentrate on Manado and Bunaken?

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Wonderful photos of underwater creatures - an inspiration to go learn to dive!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Great tips and photos of Manado! Are there nice beaches there besides scuba diving?

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Mar 8, 2008 at 6:41 AM

    Sulawesi has been on my must see list for some time. Thanks for the tour of Manado and the info on the resort. Amazing underwater shots.

  • Nov 14, 2007 at 2:28 AM

    Wow, I would love to visit this place. My ratings are with you!

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Cool pictures... I can imagine myself scuba diving in Manado. LOL. The ikan bakar looks too good to eat. Thanks for sharing. SL

  • Jun 21, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    maybe we could meet there. Hope you will get a great time in Manado

  • ChristinaNest's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2006 at 11:31 PM

    Stunning photos! Do you work for the National Georgaphic?:) Have a nice weekend! greetings from Sofia

  • bpacker's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2006 at 11:41 PM

    Love that Barracuda Wall. This looks like a fantastic dive site!


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