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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 13, 2015
Bus trip from Manado to Palu  (4 Answers)

I'm planning to travel from Manado to Palu by bus. I read in a travel guide book that it takes about 10 hours from Manado to Gorontalo, and 17 hours from Gorontalo to Palu.
I want to know how frequently the buses operate in each of these sections, and where we can get the bus tickets and where the bus terminal is in Manado.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2014
accommodation and nightlife  (1 Answer)

Are there several options about middle range clean hotels? Nothing flashy just a clean, safe, hotel or guesthouse with a 15-25,00 euro per day price?Do hotels in Manado would let me bring in the room a friend girl if I meet any? Is there any good nightlife in Manado?
Thanks a lot

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 25, 2013
Any Reliable Travel Agency to recommend?

My wife and I will be spending a few days in Manado next month and would like to book day tour package for Minahasa, and Tangkoko with a reliable travel agent. Appreciate it if you can share with me some reliable agent in Manado. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2013
Looking for a 21 days stay at Manado, close to ECO Diver resort.

Hi, I am taking a DM course at ECO DIVER resort. I am looking for a reasonable AC attached accommodation. Anyone could kindly advice me? Thank you so so much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 18, 2013
Wine  (4 Answers)

Is there a shop in manado that sells a good selection of red wine by the bottle? I know already that it will be expensive 

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2012
Plan to go to Bunaken in May or June  (2 Answers)

Hi VTs,
I plan to go to Bunaken. Is May and June will be the best period for snorkeling and diving?

Any recommendation for a UNIQUE PEACEFUL resort? From Tripadvisor I got info of Chacha resort ... but maybe I missed out something?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2010
Short stay in Manado  (5 Answers)

Hi Vts

Will be in manado next week for business trip
Stay at Novotel Manado

Any recommendation for interesting place over the weekend?
And nice food as well (kuliner)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2009
Self Travel in Manado  (3 Answers)

My wife and myself will be going to Manado in early June.
As a travel agency quoted us quite costly for 3 nights stay with half day sightseeing to Bunaken (we are not divers), 1 day to Minahasa and city tour as the package is only for two of us.
Can someone advise if we can move around on our own to those above mentioned places ? Or is there tourist group we can join so the cost is cheaper ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2009
transport from airport to city center  (2 Answers)

Dear members,

Is there any other form of transport from Manado airport to the city center besides the metered taxis? I think the metered taxis will be exhorbitant.

Also, what else is there to do in Manado if you're not game into diving & snorkelling? TQ

BTW, I'm going on 10th april, 2009.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2008
Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia  (7 Answers)

Dear members,

I wish to visit Manado.

Any recommendation of budget accommodation in

Your reply is very much appreciated & Many thanks in advanced.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 16, 2008
Muslim food  (3 Answers)

Hi..i'll be travelling to Manado in June.I just want to find out if there's any food stall that sell Muslim food?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 29, 2008
recommendations for reasonably priced dive center  (1 Answer)

hi. i am planning to go diving around manado for the first time. would like to seek your advice on which dive center cum accomodation is recommended. i'd prefer one that is not too costly but gives good insights to dive spots. thanks much.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 30, 2008
Re: Budget Accommodation in Manado  (7 Answers)

Selamat Tahun Baru!

could someone possibly help me with hotel recommendations in Manado City. I need to stay in Manado and looking for a hotel around IDR100.000-IDR150.000 for one night, 1 person. Any suggestions are welcome, but it needs to be in Manado, as I need to meet up with some people there. Thank you very much!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2007
Flights from Manado to Davao City  (2 Answers)

Hi all,
Im looking for information on One way flights from Manado to Davao,
1. The cost of the flight
2. Which airline
3. What days they fly to Davao
4. Are thier any holidays in Manado near the end of June.

Hopefully someone can help with this request as I have searched the net looking for info...thanks
Regards Geoff

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 28, 2007
Transport from Makassar to Manado  (2 Answers)

Hi everyone,
Was wondering if anyone can help. How do I travel from Ujung Pandang/Makassar to Manado? Is flight my only option? I read somewhere that I can take boats too - where do I find more details? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 12, 2007
Bunaken and Manado versus Lombok + other questions  (2 Answers)

I have been thinking of going to the Manado area for diving and some simple beach quiet time. Recently a friend who has been travelling in Indo for several montsh recommended I should just go to Lombok, that Bunaken is not worth the travel hassle (from Bali). Any opinions?

I was really keen on Manado area as it seems less touristy, the diving is better, the beaches quieter, the prices more affordable.

Also rumor has it that Murex has closed. Anybody aware of that?

Finally another question: from reading forums, it seems that the beaches on Bunaken are not that nice, but that they are much better on Bangka, Gangga and Siladen. Nicer in terms of more swimming depth and nicer clean sand. Can anyone give any precision on this?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 10, 2006
How long are boat rides from Gangga at Bangka island to Lembeh and to Bunaken?  (2 Answers)

Does anyone know?

Someone provided the following info:

Bunaken/Manado Tua : 1 hour from Tasik Ria Resort by boat
Lembeh : 2.5 hours from Tasik Ria Resort by car
Popoh : 15 min from Tasik Ria Resort by boat

And I am looking for something similar for staying at Gangga


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2006
Dive operators/resorts in Manado  (5 Answers)


My husband and i are planning to be in Manado during the first week of October this year and i need the following advice. Keeping in mind that we are divers -

1. Where would be best for us to be be based - Bunaken, Lembeh or Manado?

2. Can anyone suggest any nice resort that they have stayed in? We do not mind small local resorts as long as they are clean and have good basic facilities. We want to go moderately cheap...not cheap dumps though :-)

3.Can anyone suggest any dive operators that they have dived with - all we want is well maintained equipment and if possible foreigner-owned joints.

Thank you in advance for the information!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2005
Bunaken Diving  (6 Answers)

Can anyone recommend a dive resort on Bunaken? I want to go diving there again but the place I stayed last time (MC Homestay) had bad food and bad service. They also tried to cheat us with the bill. I visited the other places on Pangasilang Beach and some looked OK, with bungalows of varying quality, but I would be interested to hear reports about places on Pantai Liang on the other side of Bunaken.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 27, 2005
Where can I have a suit made?  (3 Answers)

I will be visiting Manado in October to attend a wedding, and I need to get a suit made. Does anyone know of a cheap and reliable tailor in Manado, who can make me a jacket, trousers and shirt. Any ideas roughly how much this might cost, and how long it would take to make? Thanks, Steve.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 04, 2005
Any long term accommodation in Manado?  (5 Answers)

Hi, We're leaving for Manado in a few weeks, July'05, and plan to stay there for six months. We're a couple and looking for long term accommodation somewhere in Manado-town. Has anyone stayed there on a long term basis, or know how we can go about finding a place for about 6 months? We haven't managed to find any information so far.. Also any info on where to stay when we get there, more budget-end than top-end, would help! thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 26, 2005
Travel advice - Is it safe?  (3 Answers)

Hi, My girlfriend and i are planning a trip i august to North-Sulawesi. We only
have one month and plan to stay relatively long a few places and dive/relax.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark, says don't go to Poso, and we don't plan to. But they also writes about a potential risk of getting kidnapped by Philipinese terrorists? What's your oppinion about that risk? They don't warn about the Philipines? The same oppinion is posted ont the foreign affairs departments of the US, Australis, Canada and so on. To me it seems a political issue?! Whats your oppinion?

Did anyone of you travel as a couple (man/woman)? I think about travelling in religious areas without being legally married, and do anyone had any issues as a woman traveller?

General travel advises, on the Bunaken, Manado, Lembeh areas is warmly welcome! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 23, 2004
Manado beaches  (4 Answers)

Hi all, I'm intending to spend a week, next March in Manado, and I want to know how are the beaches over there. I want to dive but my wife like more to stay on the beach... Any hint about resorts (not too expensive) and with a nice beach would be appreciated. Thanks Jorge

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 22, 2004
Manado recommendations  (5 Answers)

hi there, anyone been to manado before? whr's a good place to stay & what to look out for?

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