The city of Manado is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi. Manado is the starting point for exploration of the Minahasa region's many attractions. The Minahasa people live in neat wood frame houses, with fences and flower gardens, giving Manado a European feel. The people are fun-loveing and extroverted.
The famously hot and spicy Minahasa cuisine is for those with an adventurous palate to try. The city's numerous shops and markets are filled with an abundance of consumer goods and agricultural produce, while behind every building are glimpses of emerald hills and azure sea.Inland from Manado, a trip through the Minahasa Highlands will take you to intriguing prehistoric above-ground burial sites, volcanoes, hot springs, the highland lake Tondano and breath-taking panoramas of lush mountains, coffee and coconut plantations, orchid gardens and terraced hillsides. From Manado, also be sure to visit the DuaSaudara Nature Reserve - Tangkoko, home to birds and other wildlife unique to Sulawesi, such as the Tarsier - the smallelst monkey, cuscus, Hornbill and many more.
Scuba diving in North Sulawesi
If you imagine of clear water up to 30 meters visibility, Warm water up to 29 Degrees, small strange creatures, big fishes, great walls coral and reef diving, Underwater Volcanoes, then North Sulawesi is the place for you!
Scuba Diving in Bunaken, Macro fish in Lembeh Strait, and at the North Tour of Sulawesi, Sangihe islands is well known by Underwater Volcanoes. The Bunaken Sea Garden is very well known around the world as one of the most beautiful sea gardens in the world also its populer with Wall Diving. Bangka and Gangga is a perfect places for a visit for honemoon at the white sandy beach. Lembeh Strait offer its unique diving for small creatures like pygme seahorse, octopus, pipefish, nudibrances, cuttle fish, frogfish and still a lot of more you can imagine.
Scuba Diving in Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi
Bunaken Island total area covering 89065 hectares with 22 villages and a population of 40.00 persons. Diving is possible all the year round . Bunaken and the Manado Bay are very sheltered, the sea is seldom rough. Visibility is generally over 20 m (up to 40 m). This is what happens in dry season between February to October. The wet season is from November to January has little influence on the visibility at Bunaken Islands where as it may affect visibility more in Manado Bay. The diving is still possible to do. But the sea is often rough and sometimes danger for sailing. This is because of the west wind coming from the open sea of Manado bay. So best time to come in North Sulawesi for diving in Bunaken itself is from February to October.
You might be carefull maybe during low season especially from November to January, often find a lot of trash in Bunaken island at the West part, Liang Beach, the main beach of Bunaken island. At the east part, might not influnce much for the trash and the beach is still ok. This is because of the west wind, blowing the trash from Manado mainland. During low season it is a good recommendation when you do diving in Bunaken and you stay in mainland - resorts. But during high season, the weather is often fine, and all divers are ok to stay on the island of Bunaken.
Diving in Lembeh Straight, North Sulawezi
If you love small and unusual things, this is the best place for muck diving. On a typical dive you will find the pygmy sea horse, hairy frogfish, Mandarin fish, Stargazer, ornate ghostpipefish, emperor shrimp, bumblebee shrimp, Harlequin shrimp, octopus, cockatoo waspfish, boxer crab, a lot of type nudibranches and many other unusual creatures in the Lembeh Straits. According to the dive guide, in Lembeh strait can be found new species in every 6 month.
Diving Seasons - Lembeh Strait:
The monsoon winds that traditionally blow from early June until early September actually begins in April and just die out at the end of September, but not every year. 3 years ago saw no rain for six months, only dry season. Fortunately, the rain hasn't affected the water clarity; on average, better visibility than usual. Overall the weather has been quite goofy, so when folks send emails asking about predictions it can't depend on any forecast every year. Only the scuba diving is dependably great. Diving in lembeh is possible all year round.