NORTH SULAWESI INFORMATION PAGES
Manado - Bunaken - Tangkoko - Minahasa - Sangihe/Talaud - Gorontalo - Togians
About this site
These pages are meant as an additional source of information for everyone planning a trip to North Sulawesi (Manado, Bunaken, Lembeh, etc.), Gorontalo and the Togian Islands/Central Sulawesi. They are not meant to be complete, and for sure shouldn't be your only source of information. The information here is also not meant to be objective. A lot of what has been included here is based on my eight years of living in North Sulawesi (1993-2001) and yearly return visits since then. Personal experiences thus play a role, and apart from this it's simply not possible to include every single hotel, dive center or tourist site in the area. Therefore you should consult other information sources as well; some great links to websites about (North) Sulawesi you'll find on the Links page. Probably most important is the information that you get from other travellers.
I'm not really updating the site anymore but some of the information here might still help you with planning your trip to Sulawesi.
You will see ad-like boxes with recommendations for various operators on some of the pages. All of them have been checked; if they weren't good they wouldn't be on my site.
(North) Sulawesi - IntroductionFor a short introduction into North Sulawesi's geography and two maps please click here.
Click on the buttons on the left side (top) and you will find information about Manado, the Bunaken National Marine Park, Lembeh Strait, Scuba Diving, the Minahasa Highlands, the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, the Sangihe-Talaud Islands, and onward travel to Gorontalo/Togian Islands in Central Sulawesi.
On the Before you travel page you can find some information on what you should consider before your trip and some other travel hints.
Check Indonesia's visa regulations and see if you qualify for a Visa on Entry (VoA) or Visa-free Entry. Depending on what country you are from you might have to apply for a visa before traveling to Indonesia.
Other resources about North Sulawesi & Indonesia are on the Links page. There are also some useful and recommended links for Central and South Sulawesi.
One site I want to mention here is Snorkelling and Diving on Bunaken Island by my good friend Papa Klaus, with some excellent background information not only about Bunaken. It's also good fun to read.
For information about North Sulawesi's history take a look at www.north-sulawesi.org.
This site was created in January 1998; the last major update was in November 2011.