- Snorkel among the fish and corals of the Bunaken National Marine Park.
- Discover the breathtaking vistas and villages of the Minahasa Highlands.
- Try the famously hot and spicy Minahasa cuisine on Manado.
Manado & Bunaken – History, Highglands & Sea Gardens (4D3N)
On this four day tour explore the diverse underwater world of the Bunaken National Marine Park and get an insight into the history and traditions of Manado and the Minahasa Highlands.
|Theme||Beaches & Islands|
Day 1: Arrival Manado (D)
Upon arrival at Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado, transfer to your hotel.
Located on Manado Bay, it is the capital city of North Sulawesi province and the second biggest city in Sulawesi after Makassar. The island is known for its spicy cuisine featuring ingredients not typically found in other parts of Indonesia.
The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight in Manado.
Day 2: Manado – Bunaken (BLD)
After breakfast, transfer to Manado Bay and then board a motorised canoe to the island of Bunaken.
Bunaken is part of the Bunaken National Marine Park. Due to the oceanic currents the surrounding sea is home to a high diversity of corals, fish, echinoderms or sponges. It boasts more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific. Seven of the eight species of giant clams that occur in the world, occur in Bunaken.
Enjoy snorkelling to see the beautiful and colourful coral reef formations. You may spot butterfly fish and numerous types of groupers, damsels, wrasses and gobies – smallish fish with bulging eyes and modified fins.
Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Bunaken. In the afternoon cruise back to Manado.
Overnight in Manado.
Day 3: Manado – Minahasa Highland (BLD)
Spend the day exploring Manado city followed by a drive up to the Minahasa Highland.
Visit the beautifully designed Ban Hin Kiong Temple in China Town. Built in 1819, this is the oldest temple in the city. The name of the temple means ‘a holy palace that exudes much happiness’.
Next continue to the grave and monument of Sam Ratulangi, located on a hill with views of Lake Tondano and green ricefields. Dr. San Ratulangi was a politician, journalist and teacher from Minahasa who was posthumously awarded the title of National Independence Hero in 1961.
Explore the Japanese Cave built by the Japanese army during WWII as a communications base and to store food. Inside the cave are hallways that connect with locations in the village.
At Woloan village see how Minahasa traditional wooden houses are made. The village is well-known for innovative knock-down houses that can be transported and re-assembled anywhere. The construction of a house takes between two and eight months for eight men to complete. The Minahasans do not believe in using tiles on the roof, based on the belief that tiles are made of soil, and soil reminds one of death. Instead the roofs are made of corrugated iron or natural fibres.
Return to Manado for overnight.
Day 4: Manado – Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the flight to your next destination.
End of the tour.