Manado is a medium sized city located at the northeastern tip of Sulawesi island,
2200km northeast of Jakarta and 1500km north of Bali. The city does not have too many tourist attractions, but is a regional travel hub with direct flights to Jakarta, Bali, Maluku, Makassar, Borneo, West Papua, Singapore and some Chinese cities.
Manado was discovered by the Europeans in the 16th century, and became initially a Spanish, then Portuguese and finally a Dutch colony. Manado was bombed in World War II by the Americans.
Tourists come to Manado mainly to visit the nearby Bunaken marine park (a diving hotspot), the Tangkoko national park and the Minahasa highlands region.
How to get to Manado
Manado is easily accessible by plane from a number of locations in Indonesia.
There are several hotels, most bookable via the international booking portals or directly on the hotel websites.