-Where/what is Manado?
Manado is a city of about 450.000 citizens, located
in the North of Sulawesi, (the former Celebes),
in Indonesia. Just above the equator and the exact
coordinates are 01o30' North and 124o
50' East. See also
-Where/what is (North-)Sulawesi?
Sulawesi is one of the main big, 'continent like'
islands in Indonesia and is located between Kalimantan
(former Borneo) and the Mollucs. For an idea of
its size, you must know that it is just a little
bit smaller than the UK. To go by car from the most
northern point to the most southern is 2000 kilometres.
It has 4 provinces: South, Central, Southeast and
North. Due to its odd shape it has more coastline,
relative to its land, than any other Indonesian
Island. No point from the mainland is more than
90 Km away from the sea.
-Where/what is Bunaken?
Bunaken is an island situated about 12 km from Manado
city. "Bunaken National Marine Park",
which encloses 4 more islands, is just named after
Bunaken. See also
-Where is Lumbalumba Diving located?
Lumbalumba Diving is located 20 minutes south from
Manado, outside the city and about 50 minutes from
the airport. SEE also
-How to get to Manado?
The best way to get to Manado is via S'pore. Currently
there are 3 flights a week from S'pore to Manado
with Silk Air. Since Silk Air is a daughter from
Singapore Airlines it is best to get to S'pore with
Singapore Airlines because the ticket to Manado
is cheaper than. In the high season there are often
4 flights a week. From almost every western country
there are daily flights to S'pore. There are sometimes
more combinations possible so also ask your travel
agent or check out the internet. See also
-How long is the flight from S'pore To Manado?
About 3 hrs and 15 minutes.
is the weather like?
Manado has a tropical climate and is therefore warm
and humid. The maximum monthly temperature is 34o
C and the minimum is 19o C. Average is
27o C The seawater temperature ranges
between 27o and 29o Celcius
but on the reef flats it can be higher than 30o
C. We have two major seasons, namely "the wet'
and "the dry' season. In the wet season, from
November until April, cooler north westerly winds
occur and bring heavy rain and occasionally rough
seas. From May until October the wind comes from
the south west and brings drier air. Being close
to the equator means also that we have no problems
-What is the best time to go there?
Roughly from April until November is the best period
to visit, of which June, July, August, September
and October are the top months. That doesn't mean
that it never rains but according to statistics
(and experience) this is the best period. However,
we do dive year round. In December the rainy season
starts and there is more chance of bad weather.
Mostly this bad weather doesn't last long and there
are often enough opportunities to dive. In case
we really can't go out on this side because of rough
seas, we go by car to the other side of North-Sulawesi,
rent a boat and dive in the strait of Lembeh.
-What languages do we speak?
The management speaks, English, German and Dutch.
The dive staff and most of the other staff are speaking
good English. In Manado they speak Bahasa Indonesia
which is the official language of Indonesia. Not
many people speak English fluently but in most shops
and public places they know enough to manage.
-Is Manado safe?
In the past years, Indonesia has suffered a lot
from negative publicity. Ethnical and religious
unrest, terrorist threats, and political demonstrations.
Indonesia had it all.
However, never anything like that ever happened
in Manado and North Sulawesi!!!
Indonesia is a huge country and Jakarta (where a
lot of the unrest took place) is more than 2000
km away from Manado. That is about the same distance
as London to Athens. Would you cancel your holiday
in Greece, when there is unrest in London?The case
is, that if there is a problem somewhere in Indonesia,
the whole country gets a negative travel advise
and for the uninformed traveller it seems that the
whole country is unsafe. Manado is one of the safest
parts of Indonesia. The predominant Christian population
has always lived in peace and harmony with the other
religions and has never seen any of the unfortunate
situations some other parts of this country suffered.
Please think twice before you decide to cancel your
holiday because of some biased CNN reports……….For
up to date information on this subject, don't hesitate
to send us an email. See also
-Was Manado affected by the tsunami from December
No, Manado was not affected by the earthquake and
following tsunami. Being more than 3000 km away
from the epic centre and with lots of land mass
in between, was enough to save us from this disaster.
-What is the currency in Manado?
The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency.
The rates is rather flexible but was for the past
year approximately 9.000,- Rp to the US$. There
are plenty of ATM's available in town and VISA and
MASTER cards are widely accepted. If you decide
to bring cash (and this is especially valid for
US$), be sure that the notes are brand new. No folds
and nothing written on it. The higher the value
(100 US$ notes give a better rate than 20,US$ notes)
the more you get for it.
-What vaccinations do I need?
It is good to have Typhus, Hepatitus and Tetanus
up to date. There is not a lot of risk, but better
safe than sorry. Your family doctor can give you
more details. (For advise on malaria, see
-Is there internet access at Lumbalumba
We have internet access. However this is not suitable
to surf extensively on the net. There is no broadband
or ADSL available in Manado yet and we have to make
connection with a very slow "call in modem".
From the resort it is no problem at all to send
or receive an email but that is about it. In Manado
are a few places where there is better access so
if you really need to, there is still hope……