Travel Tips in manado
|Climate and Geography of North Sulawesi|
Located at 0º30"- 4º 3" North Latitude and 121º127" East Longitude, the province of North Sulawesi has a typical equatorial climate with two seasons: rainy and dry. Starting in September, cool Northwesterly winds pick up moisture while crossing the South China Sea and arrive in the Sulawesi Sea about November. The wet season lasts from about November to March. The temperatures at sea level are uniform, varying by only a few degrees throughout the region, and throughout the year 78°- 82°F (25°- 28°C). However, temperatures are decreasing 2°F (1°C) for every 656 feet (200m) of altitude, which provides a cool pleasant climate in upland communities.
North sulawesi measures 1,533,698 ha. It borders the Republic of the Philippines, Sulawesi Sea and the Pacific Ocean on the North, on the East part is Maluku Sea, on South is the Tomini Gulf, and on the West is Gorontalo Province. The geography is extremely mountainous and hilly. The chain of mountains stretchs from the Lembean - Wulur Mahatus mountain chain in Minahasa to Mount Ambang - Mount Gambuta in Bolaang Mongondow. There are some active active and extinct volcanoes, some towering 1,800 - 2,000 meters.
North Sulawesi has many lakes such as Lake Tondano and Lake Moat. And there are also many rivers such as Ongkag Mongondow, Ongkag Dumoga, Sungai Sangkub, Randangan, Bulia and others are utilized mostly for irrigation of the rice fields. The Tondano River is used to generate electrical power for the Manado and Minahasa regions.
North Sulawesi situated in Central Indonesian Time zone that is eight hours head of GMT. This time zone includes western Kalimantan, Nusa Tenggara, and Sulawesi.
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|Flora and Fauna of North Sulawesi|
Bunaken Marine Park is not the only place we can see the rich diversity of North Sulawesi's flora and fauna. North Sulawesi's and mountaneus regions also offers rich diversity of flora and fauna. In North Sulawesi you can find some distinctive endemic animal species to Sulawesi island, which are the rare anoa, tailless monkey and the inexplicable babirusa, literally meaning "pig deer" (babiroussa babiroussa)...
|Where to eat in Manado|
Eating in Manado can be adventurous especially Minahasan cuisine which turns absolutely anything including cats, forest rats, fruit bats, and dogs, into dishes. The Manadonese food is spicy with little sugar and flavor added through lemon and herbs.
The indigenous Manadonese dishes that you have to try such as ikan mas bakar rica, grilled spicy fish cooked in traditional style, using a piece..
|Where to go in Manado|
Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi is not just serves as transit point for the tourists who want to dive or snorkel in Bunaken National Marine Park but also as an important tourism destination in east Indonesia. Manado has some tourist destination that worth your visit.
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|Tangkoko-Batuangas Dua Saudara Nature Reserve|
Dubbed as one of the most impressive and accessible nature reserves in Indonesia, Tangkoko-Batuangas Dua Saudara Nature Reserve has 8800 hectares of open grassland covered with a great variety of plants. Located on the slopes of mount "Dua Saudara", the area is composed of impressive green hills and valleys with amazingly scenic views of natural beauty and houses black macaques, cuscuses, maleo birds,..
Situated around 45 to 60 minutes by boat from Manado, Bunaken is a tiny island that incorporated into one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling destinations, Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Nationa Park. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of marine national park includes the neighboring islands of Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil but in tourist..
The capital of the North Sulawesi province, the former stronghold of the Dutch and the cultural center of the Minahasa people, for a long time Manado prospered through trade with the nearby Philippines and the spice trade with the rest of the world. Alas, the bombings of World War II and the suppression of a local insurgency in the 1950s flattened most of Manado's older buildings.