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Manado has some nice scuba diving and swimming, and a decent number of travelers making their way through Indonesia stop by Manado to check them out. The most popular attraction in Manado is the Bunaken National Marine Park. Take some time to explore this Manado travel guide to find out more about what to see and do, as it could be worth a visit.
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Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Manado is located at the Bay of Manado, and is surrounded by a mountainous area.

As the largest city in the region, Manado is a key tourist transit point for visitors. Sam Ratulangi International Airport of Manado is one of the main entry ports to Indonesia. In 2005, no less than 15,000 international passengers entered Indonesia via Sam Ratulangi International Airport. Ecotourism is the biggest attraction in Manado. Scuba diving and snorkelling on the nearby island of Bunaken are popular attractions. Ban Hin Kiong Temple is another tourism spot in the city, especially during the chinese new year celebration. Souvenirs shops are located on B.W. Lapian street. Other places of interest are nearby Lake Tondano, Lokon Volcano, Klabat Volcano and Mahawu Volcano.

Manadonese food is famous throughout Indonesia for two things: the Minahasa eat absolutely anything, and the flavor of choice is very, very spicy. Sugar is used little if at all, with flavor added through lemon and herbs. Being Christian, the Minahasa also often marinate meat in alcohol and favor pork. More exotic protein options include bat, field rat and dog, the last of which is the obligatory centerpiece of any wedding ceremony or Christmas feast. Classic dishes include:
  • ayam rica-rica, grilled chicken topped with a fiery red chili-and-onion paste
  • ikan woku, fish simmered in herbs
  • babi tore, fried pork until crunch with a lot of chilli
  • perkedel milu, corn fritters
  • tinutuan (or bubur manado), a goopy porridge of rice, pumpkin, noodles and random vegetables — doesn't look very attractive, but it can be tasty (and, for once, not spicy)
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Carlita's is a shore side open patio restaurant. Nice atmosphere and good food. With the Fired Tiger Prawn, your platter is a huge ball of fire as the waiters hurry it out. Timing is good though, the fire is out when the platter is set on the table. Great tasting dish!
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If you're hitting the discoteks downtown, be careful about how you order drinks...you might find you bought the waitress for the night as well!
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