Manado North Sulawesi Tourism Travel Guide and Tourist.
Manado is the capital city of 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. The Minahasans, is the largest component of North Sulawesi's population. 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. Portuguese traders were the first Westernes to come in contact with the people of North Sulawesi in 16th century, notably, the Minahasans were very welcoming to the westeners,especially the Duch whom they asks during the mid-17th century to expelled the spaniards out of North Sulawesi. From the begining 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 volcanos, 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).
City of Flowers in the City of Tomohon located approximately 22 km to the east of the capital of North Sulawesi, Manado. Conditions of fertile land and the relatively mild weather this is a factor supporting the communities in Tomohon to grow various plants to flower. Therefore, the community and city government Tomohon made himself as the city flower. City of flowers has a distinctive presence with flower garden and culture activities, including the agenda is the annual flower festival.
Not only can enjoy the flowers, tourists can also visit the amusement parks, traditional markets and shopping centers, Mount Lokon, Mount Mahawu, wooden craft house and village Woloan in Minahasa, Waruga complex, Doa (prayer) mountain, waterfalls Tinoor, Lake Linow, agro tourism in Rurukan and in Woloan and many more tourism object.
Lake Linow is very unique because it contains high sulfur content and has a color change. This depends on the point of view of the lake and lighting. In the vicinity of this lake, there is endemic animals such as Blibis birds and thousands of insects called Sayok or Komo by the local residents. Unique insects that live in water but winged and can fly into the local consumption.
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The name of the land of Minahasa has been changed several times: Batacina-Malesung-Minaesa and then finally the current name Minahasa, meaning "becoming one united". This name dates from the war against the Kingdom of Bolaang Mangondow. In 670, North Sulawesi never developed any large empire. In North Sulawesi the leaders of the different tribes, who all spoke different languages, met by a stone known as Watu Pinawetengan. There they founded a community of independent states, who would form one unit and stay together and would fight any outside enemies if they were attacked.
The name Minahasa itself arose at the time the Minahasans fought against Bolaang Mangondow. Among the Minahasan heroes in these wars against Bolaang Mangondow are: Porong, Wenas, Dumanaw and Lengkong (in the war near Lilang village), Gerungan, Korengkeng, Walalangi (near Panasen, Tondano), Wungkar, Sayow, Lumi, and Worotikan (in the war along Amurang Bay).
These are the nine subethnic groups in Minahasa (which explains the number 9 in Manguni Maka-9): Tonsea, Tombulu, Tontemboan, Tondano, Tonsawang, Pasan Ratahan, Ponosakan, Babontehu and Bantik. Until the dominance of Dutch influence in the 17th and 18th century the Minahassans lived in warrior societies that practised headhunting.
Minahasa Raya is the area covering Bitung City, Manado City and MInahasa Regency, which are three of the seven regional administrations in the province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Manado a large city with a population now topping half a million residents. The city of Manado may have lost some of its colonial character and charm, but still delivers on tourist attractions, being home to the Museum Negeri Propinsi Sulawesi Utara and the historic of Ban Hin Kiong Chinese Temple.
Bunaken Island Sea Garden.
Like the Manado coastline, Bunaken Island is characterised by clear waters, beaches and stunning drop-offs. The world fomaus Bunaken Marine National Park has very deep water bodies. The depth is 1,566 m in Manado Bay and the clear waters afford a visibility of 35 to 40 metres. The temperature here is a mild 27 ° C to 29 ° C. One of the most remarkable dive sites in the world is the Bunaken Coral Reef with an area 75.26 hectares, is located very close to Manado and comprices of 5 island: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage, and Nain. The superb diving and snorkling sites puts the Marine Park in one of the Top 10 dive area and its ideal for experience divers or begginner divers. Glass-bottom boat cruises around Bunaken are also always a popular attraction with tourists.
The Siladen Island is located to the right of Bunaken Island and is surrounded by picturesque white sandy beaches filled with shells. It offers great diving for experienced divers and snorkelling for non-divers. To those who feel the need to escape from civilization, this tranquil place offer nice opportunity for diving, snorkeling, fishing, and sunbath.
Lembeh strait is a 12 km. long strech of water separating Lembeh Island and the mainland. Lembeh Strait is popular both for its macro fishes as well as the many unexplored shipwrecks it contains. This pristine section of water in North Sulawesi is home to many unique sea animals which include the pygmy seahorse, mimic octopus, cockatoo waspfish, emperor shrimp, hairy frogfish, mandarin fish, ornate ghost pipefish, and many other rare and unusual creatures. It is a fantastic dive area for under water photographers and the diversity of smaller creatures ensures many memorable photo opportunities.
Manado Tua Island.
This island is the main island of its sister island group: Bunaken,Siladen,Mentehage and Nain, located just off Manado bay. The path to the top takes several hours to climb, but it offers a nice view of island of Manado bay. Superb for diving and snorkeling.
Waruga lies in Sawangan village, Airmadi sub-district, Minahasa district and it is an ancient material culture indicating the special characteristics of North Sulawesi people. It is a coffin made of stone that is used to put the dead body of North Sulawesi people. It consists of the body and the cover. The dead body is put within the body of Waruga, which has cube shape, in a squatting position. It portrays that dead person will be back to God in the same position as he was in the womb. This philosophy is commonly called by inhabitants with Whom. Visiting waruga means observing the incredible heritages of North Sulawesi. It is the most famous stone coffin among the other stone coffin graveyards in the North Sulawesi. Observing the ornate carvings on the Waruga will amaze. It is finely carved with some motives such as plants, animals, and traditional geometric motifs. You can find some famous handicrafts and the traditional clothes of Minahasa in this area.
The town of Tomohon lies about 24 km from Manado and is at an altitude of about 700 metres above sea level. It is located between Mount Lokon and Mount Mahawu, and has a very cool temperature of about 20 °C. It is a great place to cool off after the warm air of Manado. The land surrounding the village is flower bedecked with varios types of flowers. Every year, the Tomohon Flower Festival is held and attracts thousands of domestic and foreign tourists. Tomohon is really a paradise, especially for flowers beauty lovers. The city also offers enchanting panorama.
The Lake Linow is a beautiful but rather strange lake. It can change colours! The waters of the lake sometimes look blue, sometimes green, and sometimes red. Located of the Lake Linow lies in Tomohon city, Minahasa Regency. The lakeside is a lovely place to relax. Lake Linau is a unique lake for its high level of sulphur content that cause it tends to turn its color based on the viewing perspective and the lighting angle of the sun. There are numerous endemic faunas like Blibis birds and insects called “Sayok” or “Komo.” Those winged insects living in the water are consumed by the inhabitants around the lake.
Besides the panoramic view of surrounding area, Lake Linau has special characteristics as the tendency to turn its color because of the high level of sulphur content. That is the beauty of the lake that will amaze you by watching it from different viewing perspectives. However, you must be careful of a deep heat mud in the lakeside.
Lake Tondano offers blend a beautiful natural mountain and fregrance water disquisition. It is a perfect beauty that rarely found anywhere. Pleasure at this lake becomes more perfect when you taste a variety of local culinary. Tondano Lake located in Minahasa, Province of North Sulawesi and the distance is about 35 kilometers southwest of Manado.
The area of Lake Tondano reaches 4,278 hectares. It is the widest lake in North Sulawesi. Located at 600 meters above sea level made the lake area is packed cool. The atmosphere is typical mountainous with water views unfold. It is a calm nuance.
At the edge of the lake, you can rail the top of Lembean Hill and see beauty of Maluku Sea towards east, precisely in the area of Tondano Pante. On Every November, Tondano Lake Festival is held by resident. Dynamic culture of Minahasa always presented such as Maengket Dance, Katrili, Tumatenden, and Pisok Danse. The unique traditional music instrument called kolintang that made of bamboo also presented together with bia traditional music, and attractions of traditional boats race.
This lake also rich with some consumption animals like fresh water fish called mujair and gabus, shrimp, and small fish which is called nike by local residents. Fish is a typical dish in many restaurants there. One of the special dish is roasted fish. There are also typical food of Minahasa namely Dabudabu.
Tangkoko National Park.
The Tangkoko National Park is located on the slopes of Mount Dua Saudara. It is situated to the north of Bitung and is a few hours away from Manado. Tangkoko National Park comprised of rolling hills and valleys with a variety of hardwood trees and unusual plant life. The lush green hills and valleys that make up the landscape of the nature reserve offer some exceptionally beautiful views. This ancient rainforest is packed with striking fauna and flora. Some of the more common fauna found here include anoa, black apes, cuscus, hornbill, Tarsius Spectrum ( world's smallest rimate), black tailess monkeys, Maleo Birds, Wild pigs and kuskus ( marsupial family).
Volcanoes Lokon and Mahawu (Rurukan Village).
Mount Lokon (1.580 m) and Mahawu (1.311 m), both have crater lakes of considerable beauty, duck-egg blue and smoking. Lokon is usually considered to be more beautiful of the two, but right now it is to risky to there since there was a warning from local goverment. Mt Mahawu is ok and normally they walk from Rurukan Village. It takes only 1 hour walking from Rurukan Village to the top of Mt. Mahawu. Walking condition is good, you are welcome to do trekking in this mountain.
The Bukit Kasih Monument it new tourism objects located at Kanonang Village, Minahasa regency, it is a sulfur hill that is still natural. In this place, your love will raise. There stood five places of worship of the five religions that grown in Indonesia. Bukit Kasih is built as a monument of religious harmony and brotherhood indeed. You have to climb thousands of stairs. At the top of the hill you will see that five houses of worship that closely stand each other. From there you will also see the beautiful panorama of Minahasa.
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