This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Manado.
Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia and a major attraction for ecotourism. The city is situated at the Bay of Manado and surrounded by picturesque mountains. It serves as a comfortable base for travelers who want to explore the attractions in the Minahasa region. Manado has a variety of treats to offer from cooling water sports to hot volcanoes and even hotter food. There are many hostels in Manado that are designed for backpackers and solo travelers.
The citizens of Manado are very enthusiastic, fun-loving, and determined to make your trip here a fun-filled ride. However, the city itself has very little to offer. Some spots that you can enjoy are the churches along Sam Ratulangi Street, the Ban Hin Kiong Temple and the Christ Blessing Statue – the world’s fourth tallest statue and only one in the flying position. Be sure to experience the Ojek taxi ride as well as the blue mini buses called the Mikrolets that are unique to the region. Get adventurous by trying out some Manadonese cuisine that usually is very spicy and includes cats, bats, rats and even dogs. Also try out the Saguer and Cap Tikus drinks made from palm trees in the region.
The weather in Manado is hot throughout the year, so scuba diving and snorkeling are quite popular whenever you visit here. Drop by the Bunaken Marine Park to indulge in some water sports as you admire the colorful corals and sea life of the region. If you don’t mind the heat, explore the Lokon and Klabat volcanoes. Other exciting places to visit are the city of Tomohon, the Minahasa Highlands, Lake Tondano and the Tangkoko National Park. Here you will be intrigued by the prehistoric, above-ground burial sites, hot springs, coffee plantations, orchid gardens and unique flora and fauna of the region. Take on the challenge of the 2,435 stairs at the Bukit Kasih and relish the mesmerizing view along with the numerous hot springs at the top of the hill to make it worth the effort.
The hostels in Manado are strategically located in the city’s center and at walking distance to the beach, shopping zones and nightlife. Book your hostel as soon as possible and have a relaxing vacation in Manado.
Written by local enthusiast for Manado hostelsAaron Barboza