Manado City


Malalayang Beach

This is a unique beach in Manado where some areas are covered with gravel and other with black sand with views to Manado city, Manado Tua and Bunaken islands. There are also some spots around the beach which are good for snorkeling.

Location : Malalayang Dua village, Manado
Operating hours : daily
Admission charges : free
Facilities : there are a few small washing rooms (to wash ourselves), toilets and some kiosks selling local dishes, such as fried bananas along the beach
How to get there : by mikrolet, from "Pasar 45" terminal, take a mikrolet to "Malalayang" terminal (about 30 minutes). From the terminal, walk for about 200 meters [660 feet] towards the southwest direction
Remarks : this beach was mentioned in the Guinness Book of Records for a record breaking of a mass diving event, in which 2,486 divers joined in the "underwater flag ceremony" in commemoration of the 64th Indonesian Independence Day.

Tasik Ria Beach

Though this is one of the locals' favourite weekend getaway spots, don't expect to see something as spectacular as the beaches in Bali or Hawaii. Tasik Ria Beach is famous mostly for locals because of its proximity to Manado city (less than 20 kilometers/12.4 miles from "Zero Point" which is the city center). This is one of the places where people depart for Bunaken island.

Location : Jl. Raya Trans Sulawesi
Operating hours : daily, 6am-6pm
Admission charges : Rp. 1,000 for an adult and parking fee of Rp. 1,000 for a motorcycle or Rp. 3,000 per car
How to get there : during weekdays about 25 minutes driving from Manado.


Sonny's Galleries

Sonny, the owner and the artist, opened his first gallery in 1996 in Manado. His works of art in painting are inspired by his old dreams, which became true after 25 years of hard work.

His major focuses are cocks, Bunaken, landscape, Kabasaran dancers, flowers, horses, and water buffalo. One interesting fact about Sonny's paintings is that they are done by his bare fingers!

"Keep painting till you come to a great satisfaction" has become Sonny's inspirational motivation to explore more of the best of him. Apart from paintings, Sonny ‘s Galleries also display a collection of poems and traditional songs of Minahasans.

If you visit Sonny’s Gallery in Tomohon, you will also be welcomed by geeses cocks, hens and two dogs.

Location : Titiwungen Utara, Lingkungan IV, Lorong Sonny Gallery No. 46, Sario, Manado
Other location in Kakaskasen III village, Tomohon - near a Buddhist temple "Vihara Buddhayana"
Operating hours : Monday-Saturday, 10am-8pm
Admission charges : free
Facilities : toilets and free water or coffee (only at Tomohon gallery)
How to get there : Manado gallery - by public transport: from "Pasar 45" take a mikrolet going into Wanea-Samrat or Samrat Coco or Jalan Kembang direction. Tell the driver to drop you off at Apotek Setia II (pharmacy/chemist) on Jalan Samrat (about 10-minute ride). From there, a short walk behind the pharmacy
Tomohon Gallery - from Karombasan Terminal in Manado take a bus that goes to Tomohon and tell the bus driver to drop you off near Jalan Salib Suci Mahawu (JSSM). About 25 meters from JSSM, you will find a road on the left with a traffic sign of ‘no entry’ for public transportation. Get off there and continue on foot for about 500 meters ahead until you see a signboard that says "Sonny Art Painting Gallery II Tomohon Jalan Sunge Kakaskasen" on your right (click here for fare and journey time to Sonny Art Painting Gallery in Tomohon, North Sulawesi)
Remarks : taking picture is not allowed inside both galleries.

Orchid Gardens

Located on the main road between Manado downtown and the airport, there are two private orchid gardens that have become well-known among locals and visitors, especially for orchid lovers. The one that is located in front of Manado Memorial Tomb has been run since the early 1990s. The other Orchid Garden is also another family-owned garden, which is closer to the airport. The owner is an old lady who has been running her hobby of orchids for about 30 years.

Location : in front of Manado Memorial Tomb, Kairagi Village (about 20 minutes from the airport)
about 500 meters (547 yards) from the airport, on the left side of the road from Manado
Telephone : +62 431 811243
Operating hours : daily
Admission charges : free
Facilities : toilets
How to get there : by mikrolet: within approximately 20 minutes from the airport or 25 minutes from Pasar 45 in Manado
Remarks : the second garden which is near the airport also run a small motel. The orchids are not for sale.

Pierre Tendean Boulevard

This 3.5 kilometer (2.2 mile) long road is known just as Boulevard or 'Bole' to the locals. It used to be dirty and smelly, especially on Sunday mornings when a lot of young people hung out at many street hawkers, and "warung" along this boulevard on Saturday night. Today, under the current mayor of Manado, Pierre Tendean Boulevard has become cleaner. It is common advice from locals for visitors not to walk alone after around 10pm along this main street.

The boulevard was very crowded in August 2009, during the Sail Bunaken Event, where many local residents and tourists hung out along this street.

Many shopping malls have been built along this boulevard and located next to each other, where a few major hotels are also situated. Apart from shopping malls, there are a lot of banks with ATMs, travel agents, offices, hotels, and so forth.


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