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Introduction

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Manado is the main administrative centre for northern Sulawesi and the heart of the Minahasa (meaning 'united, becomes one', a name given to the collective of independent states originally in the area) people. The town looks out over the beautiful Manado Bay across to Pulau Bunaken (a collection of tropical islands) where superb diving and snorkelling can be found, the main reason for western tourism. The port itself has traditionally been a centre for traders throughout the ages and the region.

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Weather

Manado has a tropical climate with hot and humid conditions. Temperatures usually range from 23-24 °C at night to 28-32 °C during the day. The wet season is from October to April while May to September is drier, but still sees occasional rainshowers.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max30.1 °C30.1 °C30 °C31.3 °C31.3 °C31.3 °C31.5 °C33.4 °C32.2 °C31.5 °C31.9 °C30.1 °C
Avg Min21.8 °C22 °C21.8 °C21.6 °C22 °C22.5 °C21.5 °C21 °C20.8 °C21.7 °C22.7 °C22.8 °C
Rainfall426 mm382 mm327 mm283 mm253 mm236 mm131 mm134 mm174 mm198 mm277 mm364 mm
Rain Days262223182219101119152023

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Getting There

By Plane

Sam Ratulangi International Airport near Manado is the main gateway by plane. There are flights to/from Kuala Lumpur with Air Asia and Singapore with SilkAir. Other destinations include Jakarta, Balikpapan (in Kalimantan, Borneo), Bali, Surabaya, and Jayapura (West Papua).

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

  • For short journeys try some Mikrolet/Angkutan Umum.
  • For destinations further afield try the bus stations.

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Eat

As a result of the rich surrounding volcanic soils the Minahasan's enjoy an abundant variety of foods, from an amazing array of vegetables, seafood's to the more 'exotic' such as rat, possum, dog and bats.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Sutan Raja HotelJl. Raya Manado Bitung, Watutumou II Kec. KalawatHotel-
Coral EyeBangka IslandHOTEL-
Manado Grace InnStreet, Sam Ratulangi 113-HGUESTHOUSE-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet is becoming more widely used in Indonesia, and warung Internet (warnet) - Internet cafés - are emerging everywhere. A lot of restaurants and cafés in big cities normally have wireless internet available for free. Internet connection speed in Indonesia varies between ISP and location. Prices vary considerably, and as usual you tend to get what you pay for, but you'll usually be looking at around Rp3,000 to Rp5,000 per hour with faster access than from your own mobile phone. In large cities, there are free WiFi hotspots in many shopping malls, McDonald restaurants, Starbucks cafes, 7 Eleven convenience stores, and in some restaurants and bars. Some hotels provide free hotspots in the lobby and/or in their restaurants and even in your rooms.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

You can use 112 as an emergency number through mobile phones. Other numbers include 110 (police), 113 (fire) and 118 (ambulance).
The international phone code is 62.

If you have GSM cellular phone, ask your local provider about "roaming agreement/facility" with local GSM operators in Indonesia (i.e.: PT Indosat, PT Telkomsel, PT XL Axiata). The cheapest way is buying a local SIM card, which would be much cheaper to call and especially use internet compared to your own cell phone's sim card.

The Indonesian mobile phone market is heavily competitive and prices are low: you can pick up a prepaid SIM card for less than Rp 10,000 and calls may cost as little as Rp 300 a minute to some other countries using certain carriers (subject to the usual host of restrictions). SMS (text message) service is generally very cheap, with local SMS as low as Rp129-165, and international SMS for Rp400-600. Indonesia is also the world's largest market for used phones, and basic models start from Rp 150,000, with used ones being even cheaper.

Post

Pos Indonesia provides the postal service in Indonesia. Pos Indonesia is government-owned and offers services ranging from sending letters and packages to money transfers (usually to remote areas which have no bank branch/ATM nearby) and selling postcards and stamps. Sending a postcards, letter or parcel is relatively expensive, but fairly reliable. It takes several days at least to send it within Indonesia, at least a week internationally. It is recommended to send letters from a Pos Indonesia branch, not by putting it inside orange mailbox (called Bis Surat) in the roadside, because some of the mailboxes are in very bad condition and aren't checked regularly by Pos Indonesia. Opening times of post offices usually tend to follow general business hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm (sometimes shorter hours on Fridays), Saturdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm, closed on Sundays. Bigger cities, tourist areas and central post offices tend to keep longer hours, into the evenings.

Private postal services based in Indonesia include CV Titipan Kilat (CV TIKI), Jalur Nugraha Ekaputra (JNE), Caraka, and RPX. There are also foreign postal services that have branches in Indonesia, including DHL, TNT, UPS, and FedEx.

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