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Travel Tips in manado


Situated around 45 to 60 minutes by boat from Manado, Bunaken is a tiny island that incorporated into one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling destinations, Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Nationa Park. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of marine national park includes the neighboring islands of Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil but in tourist dictionary it is just “Bunaken”. Bunaken Timur, right off the east coast of the island and featuring all of the above, is rated by many as the single best dive site in all Indonesia.


The marine diversity of this marine park is vast with more than 300 types of coral and 3000 species of fish so you just need to get your head into the water to enjoy the stunningly beautiful and colorful under water life of this Bunaken. The park is famed for the clarity of its water (35m visibility is common in the summer dry season). With tropical climate, Bunaken experiences wet season, from November to mid-April that brings frequent rains sometimes in storms lasting for several days which freshen the air nicely but also reduce marine visibility. The dry season is from May to October, when temperatures climb to a roasting 35° and visibility reaches a maximum.


Most people got to Bunalken for diving and snorkeling but hiking to some of the secluded coves on the eastern and northern part of the island will reward you with beautiful scenery. There is also Bunaken Festival that is held during the second and third week of September that features art and culture performances by all ethnic groups in North Sulawesi.

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Flora and Fauna of North Sulawesi
Bunaken Marine Park is not the only place we can see the rich diversity of North Sulawesi's flora and fauna. North Sulawesi's and mountaneus regions also offers rich diversity of flora and fauna. In North Sulawesi you can find some distinctive endemic animal species to Sulawesi island, which are the rare anoa, tailless monkey and the inexplicable babirusa, literally meaning "pig deer" (babiroussa babiroussa)...

Climate and Geography of North Sulawesi
Located at 0º30"- 4º 3" North Latitude and 121º127" East Longitude, the province of North Sulawesi has a typical equatorial climate with two seasons: rainy and dry. Starting in September, cool Northwesterly winds pick up moisture while crossing the South China Sea and arrive in the Sulawesi Sea about November. The wet season lasts from about November to March. The temperatures at sea level are uniform,..

Where to eat in Manado
Eating in Manado can be adventurous especially Minahasan cuisine which turns absolutely anything including cats, forest rats, fruit bats, and dogs, into dishes. The Manadonese food is spicy with little sugar and flavor added through lemon and herbs.

The indigenous Manadonese dishes that you have to try such as ikan mas bakar rica, grilled spicy fish cooked in traditional style, using a piece..

Where to go in Manado
Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi is not just serves as transit point for the tourists who want to dive or snorkel in Bunaken National Marine Park but also as an important tourism destination in east Indonesia. Manado has some tourist destination that worth your visit.

This oldest Buddhist temple in east Indonesia that dated back to19th century. The temple..

Tangkoko-Batuangas Dua Saudara Nature Reserve
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Overview: Manado
The capital of the North Sulawesi province, the former stronghold of the Dutch and the cultural center of the Minahasa people, for a long time Manado prospered through trade with the nearby Philippines and the spice trade with the rest of the world. Alas, the bombings of World War II and the suppression of a local insurgency in the 1950s flattened most of Manado's older buildings.


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