What to do and see in Manado, Indonesia: The Best Places and Tips

October 7, 2017 Darwin Bolte

An epicenter of eco-tourism, Manado is a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkeling, especially at Bunaken National Park. Heat your vacation up with a trip to one (or all) of the nearby volcanoes, including Lokon Volcano and Klabat Volcano, then kick it up even further with a Manadonese meal. The people of Manado like their flavors action-packed with tons of spice.
Restaurants in Manado

1. Bunaken National Marine Park

Manado, Bunaken Island, Indonesia
Excellent
61%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 660 reviews

Bunaken National Marine Park

Reviewed By DrScotto - Melbourne

Dived here for the first time and impressed by the variety of dives available. Lots of wall dives, some slopes, drift diving depending on currents/tides as well as muck diving off the Sulawesi Mainland. Large number and varieties of fish, lots of turtles and smaller criters for those who like to seach these out (nudibrachs, crustaceans). It can get busy at times with lots of snorklers from Mainland hotels and there has been some damage to parts of the reef as a result. Despite this it remains an excellent place to dive.

2. Soekarno Bridge

Jl. Boulevard 2, Manado 95122, Indonesia
Excellent
24%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Soekarno Bridge

Reviewed By stevesudjatmiko - Washington dc

Manado is not small but not too big either. Everytime you drive around, especially to visit or leave the center of the city, you are bound to pass this bridge. And it looks very cool. Definitely could use the picture as instagram.

3. Christ Blessing

Manado 95249, Indonesia
Excellent
22%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
30%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 79 reviews

Christ Blessing

Reviewed By debshal - Sheffield, United Kingdom

you can see it from far away - worth a drive past but not really worth stopping i dont think . opposit it however is te entgrance to cintraland where there is a small wwater =park - much more popular with my son !

4. Pall Beach

Desa Marinsow Jln. Likupang, Manado 95116, Indonesia
Excellent
39%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Pall Beach

Reviewed By wicakp

Awesome beach in Likupang area (60-90 minutes) away from Manado city center. Make sure you bring your sandals!! Waves are great and blue waters.

5. Boulevard area

Jl. Pierre Tendean, Manado 95111, Indonesia +62 878-8495-3220
Excellent
13%
Good
54%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Boulevard area

Reviewed By Alex J - Athens, Greece

This is an area where you can find many malls, some Western and some more local restaurants, and some cafes. Some have seaview, some don't.
There's not much happening outside during the day, and most life takes place inside the malls (which are noisy, with music blasting out of loudspeakers and a presenter or two yelling on top of their voice as they market their product). For a tourist, there's nothing really to see.
In the evening, you see more people sitting close to the sea and some VW-vans selling food items at good prices.

6. Ban Hin Kiong Temple

Jln. Panjaitan, Manado 95121, Indonesia +62 431 851657
Excellent
38%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Ban Hin Kiong Temple

Reviewed By Rahadhian - Jakarta

I passed this temple during my morning run along the street at Manado Bay, it's a bit hidden, but the building is very beautiful with red bright color. A must see when you are in Manado. Good place to take a picture. Please wear a modest costume as this is sacred place for Chinese community

7. Mount Tumpa

Manado, Indonesia
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Mount Tumpa

Reviewed By Iwan A - Almere, The Netherlands

Mount Tumpa.. a few kilometres out of Manado city. right on the area of Tongkaina vilage. A magnificent place for sunset lover and just great place for sundowner. Beautiful view of the other Islands. Sunset into the horizon was fabulous.

8. Malalayang Beach

Manado, Indonesia
Excellent
23%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 30 reviews

Malalayang Beach

Reviewed By farida n

Stop once will make you addicted to come back at another time. Malalayang Beach, Manado is a beach which has a complete combination with a unique Manado Bay, presents a potent herb treats like panoramic Beaches, prescription freshness, effect reconcile souls, and peace of heart.
It's location is in District Malalayang, Village Malalayang II is very easy to reach. From the direction of Sam Ratulangi Airport can be reached by landline, takes about 30 minutes if no stuck in traffic.
Malalayang on the beach you can enjoy diving tours to spot the reef was very nice, reasonably rent tubes 75 thousand rupiah and lending instruments of 100 thousand rupiah. After enjoying the underwater attractions you can enjoy looking at the food dish sea shades in some shack small cafe, coffee shops and food typical of Manado, as if to add a distinctive taste Manado. For example, you can order a cup of coffee for 7 thousand rupiah and goroho bananas for 1 thousand rupiah a piece also extra sambal roa in a separate bowl and pulp tinutuan worth 15 thousand rupiah.
Not cheap enough?
Malalayang Beach is the only tourist attraction near the sea most of the territory of the city of Manado, so this place is often flooded by visitors coming into the city and outside the city of Manado.

9. Tunan Waterfall

Talawaan, Dimembe | Desa Talawaan, Manado 95373, Indonesia
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Tunan Waterfall

Reviewed By AlwiHafiz - Singapore, Singapore

The tour operator suggested Tunan when we indicated we wanted a waterfall which we can actually experience and have a dip in. And it exceeded our expectations. A short (around 1.5 km) and effortless trek over relatively flat terrain, we were rewarded with a majestic waterfall and there was no other visitors. The water fell into a sandy and shallow pool which meant we could experience and enjoy it completely. Surroundings were fantastic. However, there was no parking and other facilities were very basic. None of these affected our experience though, the waterfall was one of the highlights of our vacation to Manado.

10. Desa Wisata Bentenan

Kolongan Sender, Manado, Indonesia
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Desa Wisata Bentenan

Reviewed By debcox - Oxford

We stopped on the way back from the rip off largest temple, this was s very pleasant bust to a model village very well kept and pretty unhasseled I have to say. It's only one Main Street but beautifully kept and you can visit Gardens and houses however they will seek tips etc but worth a visit if your passing.

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