If you are an avid diver or underwater splendor enthusiast, then Manado is definitely a perfect destination for you. Just off shore along the bay of Manado, the Bunaken National Marine Park definitely offers some of the most amazing diving experiences in the world. In this spectacular underwater paradise, you can see an abundance of unique sea creatures of different shape and size and colors, swimming along steep vertical coral reefs that plunge 25-50 meters deep. Cruisers take passengers to the islands.
The breathtaking underwater life of Bunaken extends to Manado Tua Island. Here, you can find larger fish such as the napoleon wrasse, giant trevally, eaglerays, snappers, groupers, and -occasionally-hammerhead sharks.
Meanwhile, the Lembeh Strait by the port town of Bitung, just a few hours’ drive away from Manado offers some of the most unique and amazing sea critters that are the darling of macro photographers. Here, you can have an up-close and personal encounter with the hairy frogfish, mimic octopus, pygmy seahorse, nudibranch, and a plethora of other amazing critters.
Situated about 28Km from Manado, near the town of Tomohon , the village of Woloan has become famous for its industry in traditional knock-down houses that can be transported and re-assembled anywhere in the world. Mind you, these are real life-sized houses to live in and not mere miniatures or replicas. Along the main street of Woloan you will see a display of various houses where visitors can enter and admire and even order on the spot. The houses are built by skilled local carpenters using traditional methods and hard wood, so that houses are sturdy and well built, but can still be easily knocked down for re-installment elsewhere. Traditional Minahasa houses are built on pillars and stand 3 meters above the ground. There are typically a pair of stairs in front and at the back of the house, one on the left and the other on the right both leading to the main door.