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4 Things to Do In and Around Manado Manado may not be as popular as Bali, but it's a top destination for avid divers, who spend vacations at accommodations in Manado. To help you learn more about the area, here are 4 things that you must not miss out on when staying in this part of Sulawesi, Indonesia: Shop at malls along Pierre Tendean Boulevard One of city's main thoroughfares, Pierre Tendean Boulevard is the commercial center of Manado. This busy street is where most malls are located. These include the Boulevard Mall, IT Center, Manado Town Square, and Mega Mall, which offer both local and international brands. Several hotels are also located along this boulevard, such as Hotel Aryaduta Manado, which was once known as the Ritzy Hotel. Eat tinutuan on Wakeke Street What would be a visit to Manado without a taste of their local specialty, tinutuan? Also called burbur manado, it is rice porridge mixed with various other ingredients including corn, sweet potato or cassava, water spinach, and even pumpkin. Usually served for breakfast, this dish is available along the many stalls that line Wakeke Street. Best to go there early, though – customers line up as early as 7 AM to buy a bowl. Dive at Bunaken Island Go north of Manado to this island, which is home to one of Indonesia's first marine reserves. Located in the middle of the Coral Triangle, it is a popular dive spot with around 390 species of corals, 13 of which creating a 25- to 50-m wall. Various marine creatures have also made the park their home, among them the giant clam, which is the largest living bivalve mollusk in the world. With almost 70% of all known Indo-Western Pacific fishes found in the area, it is surely one of the best places to go for a dive in the region. Meet the tarsiers at Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve About 90 minutes from Manado, this national park is more popularly known as the home of the tarsier, one of the smallest carnivorous primates. Comprised of a lush rainforest situated at the base of Dua Saudara Mountain, the reserve has a total land area of 8,718 hectares. Because of its large size, visitors are advised to enlist the services of a tour or guide if they want to explore the park. Make sure to arrive in the late afternoon as the tarsiers usually appear from 4 PM to 6 PM. This is just a rough idea of what you can do inside and around the city. Now that you're equipped with information about this metropolis, it's time to look for a suitable accommodation in Manado and plan the other details of your stay.

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