Manado is the capital city of the North Sulawesi province. Manado as the capital city also the largest city. Manado is famous its warm and friendly people. It is just in line with the city’s slogan “torang samua basudara”, which is mean “we all brothers”. It is said that nobody in the city will feel alone. Manado is the biggest northernmost city in Indonesia. There are many landmarks of the city. Bunaken, a National Marine Park off the coast of the Northern Sulawesi, is famous around the world and attract many tourists from both domestic and abroad. The underwater features in this place are fantastic. The Northern Sulawesi is one of the most famous diving and snorkeling spots. Not only in Indonesia, but in all over the world. Its underwater really beautiful. Explore some straits, the unusual marine life and the World War II shipwrecks are impressive. Manado absolutely built in a beautiful land. The beautiful beaches, hills and mountains are mixed in a harmony.
The various ethnic groups are inhabited in the North Sulawesi area, included in Manado. The ethnic of Minahasan, Talaud, Mongondow and Sangir are there. The local language in the area is Manado Malay, or also known as the Minahasa Malay. The small Chinese village and a Chinese Buddhist temple added the diversity. The area is absolutely beautiful. Before go enjoy the stunning water of northern Sulawesi, the clove, coconut plantations, flower gardens and rice paddies will be a beautiful scenery. Relaxing in the mild atmosphere of the mountain will escape you from all the business.
Kolintang and Bambu are the famous traditional music instruments. The Maengket also a popular name for Minahasa traditional dance. Besides the cultural heritage there also many historical attractions. The tomb of Imam Bonjol, a National Hero of Indonesia is a famous domestic tourist destination, just about 7 km from Manado. Hin Kiong Temple, Manado Culture Garden, North Sulawesi Province Museum, Japanese Cave and Watu Pinabetengan (a stone monument) are among the historical tourism objects around the city.
So how to get there? It is easy to reach the capital city. There is an International Airport named Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado. It is about 13 km northeast of the city of Manado. Numerous international flights serve the route to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore and Davao (Philippines). It obviously connects the other Indonesian big cities such as Jakarta, Surabaya, Makassar, Balikpapan and Bali.