Long Journey…..North to South Celebes ( Day 1 )
Flew by Lion Air from Makassar etd 12h05 eta Manado 14h00.
From Manado Apt directly visit Tangkoko National Park. The distance is about 65 km and It takes almost 2 hours from Apt to Tangkoko, Batu Putih Village. Inspection at:
Mama Roos; Very simple local homestay about 10 rooms with Indonesian standard bathroom.
Tangkoko Lodge; New brand homestay about 5 rooms very simple and basic standard bathroom.
Then we visit Tangkoko NP. Entrance fee is Rp 3,000 per person for local tourist and Rp 30,000 per person for foreigner. But also we have to pay for Local Guide cost around Rp 170,000 per 3 hours. Also other cost for Camera Fee.
Spend around one hour at Batu Putih, Tangkoko the drive back to City of Manado. From Manado Apt to Manado Center is about 30 minutes drive. Bit traffic because of narrow and small roads. Also many new cars. Then we went to Raja Sate Manado for our Dinner. Located on busy street of Manado Boulevard make this restaurant so famous and the reasonable price for their menus.
Drop Mas bayu at Grand Leluy Manado ( former Santika Manado). It located in then North part of Apt. Big Hotel with International standard. Room is good , the Garden is beautiful with seaview. It offers a wide range of accommodation options from deluxe rooms to cottages and suites, all overlooking the sea. This beautiful four-star hotel with 101 rooms including 48 Superior Room, 24 Deluxe Rooms, 28 Cottages, and one special designed presidential Suite. It is situated on the mainland facing Bunaken Island. It is located only 30 minutes from the city center and 40 minutes from the airport. Hotel Santika Premiere Seaside Resort Manado is a prime destination for divers, and offers the best accommodation in Manado. 5* PADI IDC Dive Center Thalassa was founded in 1996 and since that time is managed by Simone Gerritsen, originally from Holland.Simone being a PADI Course Director, made it possible for the company to get the official PADI IDC center status, where the instructors on site teach most PADI programs from snorkeler to Instructor.
After that we went to our hotel Sedona Manado. Arrive midnight and check in directly. Hotel Sedona Manado is located 45 minutes from the international airport, 30 minutes from the city and 30 minutes boat ride from breathtaking diving sites off the Bunaken and Siladen Islands. Consist of 247 rooms and suites have a private balcony overlooking expansive views of the spectacular Sulawesi Sea or the swimming pool. Amenities expected of world class hotels are provided in each rooms.