|View from Manado harbour|
|Sunset view from Manado|
Manado Airport is one of the cleanest and prettiest that we have seen in Indonesia so far. Getting to the Baggage Claim, you see more and more guys with pink T-Shirts popping out of nowhere. They are luggage porters you can hire. Lisa got a little nervous about that, as in many countries they are very pushy and just grab your luggage so that you're almost forced to pay them. But they had great manners, as Indonesians usually do, and were decent, only working for you when you really showed them that you want them to carry your stuff. As we rather grab our bags ourselves, we just ignored them, which worked perfectly well.
|Rooftop terrace of our guesthouse|
|On the way to Lihaga island|
After a rather noisy evening (the microlets (minibuses) play loud music along their way) and a rather rough wake-up, caused by super happy cleaning ladies who laughed and shouted through the house from 8am on, we ventured out to discover the city.
|Enjoying the beach with friends|
We got help from a local Couchsurfer, who showed us some very nice spots. It is your choice whether you want to dive into the colorful life of the locals and enjoy a huge variety of local food in some of the Warungs or whether you need some Western/Chinese/Japanese food. In the endless amount of shopping malls along the sea you get food from all over the world for middle to big budgets. Local food is usually rather cheap, if you dare eating it where the locals do – in the Warungs. We eat there a lot and never had any problems so far.
Definitely one of the highlights was our trip to Lihaga Island. A two hours car ride (but there are some buses going, too), followed by a 20min boat trip to one of the most beautiful small, white beach, turquoise water islands. It is definitely worth a day-trip! We were lucky to have our local friend with us, which made it an easy trip. He gathered 10 of his friends to accompany us, as you have to charter a boat to the island, which costs about 700'000 IDR/50 EUR. There were other groups of people visiting the island, but besides taking photos with us, they let us enjoy the island with our friends. If we now made you want to go to Lihaga, contact us for further information, we can put you in contact with locals who can help you get there.