Bunaken is an 8.08 km² island in the Bay of Manado, situated in the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken forms part of the administrative city of Manado, capital of North Sulawesi. The marine Park around Bunaken is part of the National Park that also includes the ocean around the island of Manado Tua, Siladen and Mantehage. In the Bunaken Marine Park, you will encounter a real “mermaid”, and you can also get a glimpse of sea life. Within the Bunaken Marine Park, visitors can see v...
Vacation Style Family & GIT
Activity Level Medium
Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi Province of Indonesia and it has estimated to have been resided since XVI century and was called "Wenang". Later, in 1623 the name was changed into "Manado". Geographical location and position of North Sulawesi is in most northern region of the country, and directly adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. The people of North Sulawesi can be classified into four groups; Minahasa, Bolaang Mongondow, Gorontalo (now become the province of Gorontalo) and the Sangir Talaud. A majority of the population belong to the Minahasa people, with a language much like Philippine. The Minahasans historically and culturally has strong ties to the Philippines due to its geographical location which allow movement of people and languages, their dialects are related to that of filipino languages. There is also a large group of Chinese in the city. The entire city was wiped out during an earthquake in 1844, and was built up from scratch by the Dutch, after this it was known as one of the prettiest towns in all of South East Asia. This is maybe not true today, but Manado is still nice and clean and the population here have some of the highest living standard in Indonesia. Portuguese traders were the first Western to come in contact with the people of North Sulawesi in 16th century, notably, the Minahasans were very welcoming to the western, especially the Dutch whom they asks during the mid-17th century to expelled the spaniards out of North Sulawesi. From the beginning of the Dutch occupation in 1679 until the independence of Indonesia in 1945, the Dutch monopolized the spice trade and governed North Sulawesi. North Sulawesi is a land of magnificent coral reefs protecting, mountains and active volcanoes, reminding the islanders and the world of the potential power of one of the earth's most awesome forces. It is a land of vast coconut plantations fringed along the coastline, which is why the area is also known as "Bumi Nyiur Melambai" (The Land of Waving Coconut Palms). Manado has no large attractions by itself, except for an interesting museum and an old Buddhist temple from the 19th century, the oldest of it's kind in eastern Indonesia. A colorful festival is held here every February. The city are also full of monuments in memory of Minahasian and Indonesian heroes. Manado is a great starting point for expeditions to the beautiful landscape in this region, and has several good facilities for visitors, like hotels, resort accommodation, restaurants and entertainment. This part of Indonesia is famous for it's brilliant diving conditions, and divers from all over the world come here. The most famous spot is the corral reefs around Bunaken Island, a marine reserve just a short boat trip from Manado. You can also take a diving course here. The reserve consists of Manado Tua, a volcano that can be seen from Manado, Nain and the Mantehage islands, Siladen Island and Bunaken Island. Another attraction is the lovely Lake Tondano (altitude 600 m), south east of the city. This is a very popular area for hiking and Sunday picnics among the local population.
- 3 nights accommodation at hotel of choice, based on twin-sharing (2 persons per room)
- Meals mentioned in the itinerary as specified (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Private transportation in a chauffeur-driven, air-conditioned vehicle
- Bottled drinking water during transfers
- Tours and activities as indicated in the itinerary
- Professional and licensed English-speaking guide (additional charge applies for other language-speaking guide)
- All entrance fees, donations and parking fees as per itinerary
- Public Liability Insurance
- 11% local government tax and 10% service charge
- Visa fee/arrangements if applicable
- Any domestic or international flights
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone call, room service, mini bar, etc
- Personal health and travel insurance
- Gratuities/ tipping for driver and/or guide and porterage
- Any applicable High Season and Peak /Festive Season surcharge
- Any additional excursion/optional tours/Activites that are not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival – Manado city sightseeing tour (1L),(1D)
Upon arrive at Sam Ratulangi airport Manado, meeting service, then city tour for visit : Second World War monument, Traditional local market, Ban Hin Kiong Temple the oldest Chinese temple, North Sulawesi Museum, Great Moslem Masque, the great Jesus Blessing statue, Merciful building then transfer to hotel. Lunch and Dinner at the local restaurant, back to the hotel, free program.
Minahasa Highland Tour (1B), (1L), (1D)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Tinoor highland with its panorama (Manado city, Manado bay, Bunaken island as the background). Next destination to Tomohon, a windy and cool city, famous for its flowers; Woloan where the people make a traditional houses of Minahasan; Totemboan Tourism Village with a panoramic of Tondano and Bitung City. Lake Linow the sulfur and color changing lake, Japanese caves build during the second world war at Kawangkoan; Pulutan village where the people make pottery in a traditional way, Tondano lake with its goldfish farming. Lunch and Dinner at the local restaurant, back to the hotel, free program.
Manado – Bunaken Marine Park Sightseeing Tour (1B), (1L), (1D)
After breakfast at hotel, in the morning leaving to the port for transfer by boat to Bunaken Island, one of the most beautiful sea garden in the world. There are fantastic coral reefs as well as colorful marine life. You will enjoy it by glass-bottomed boat Catamaran. For who those wants to snorkeling, there is provided snorkeling equipment on the boat (additional charge), as that would be the most the most fun action to take in at this marine park. Afternoon back to Manado. Lunch and Dinner at the local restaurant, back to the hotel, free program.
Manado Transfer Out (1B)
After breakfast at hotel, check out then transfer to Sam Ratulangi Airport Manado to catch your flight to the next destination.
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