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The weather in Manado during December month will be full of rain. The next couple of days we got raining and bad thunderstorm which prevent us to go out to the ocean and visit Bunaken. So, to make our trip interesting, we decided to do some culinary tour since Manado also famous for their spicy and delicious food. Spicy is the first word being associated with Manado food, but how wrong we are that we can also find healthy food like ‘Tinutuan’, which basically the traditional Manado porridge and also their famous dessert ‘Klappertaart’ which is basically a cake made of coconut and rum influence by the Dutch (If you are fans of rum, this is your thing). We also went to the hilly side of Manado restaurant to have Manado food feast with Manado city as the view. Below are some of the food I found interesting and good.
I was a bit worry when the rain continue until the third straight days, because, if the rain never stop then our hope of going to Bunaken will never happen. Every morning we wake up early just to check whether the rain has stopped or not, but miracle happen though. In our 4th day or 1 day before we left, the weather was clear, sunny and hot. This is the only chance we have and I’m grateful by this. Your trip to Manado will never be complete if you haven’t visited Bunaken Island National Marine Park. So, we head to the city and rent a glass bottom catamaran and head to Bunaken.
Honestly, I don’t know how to swim (I wish I could though) but my friends did, so mostly I just took photos from the catamaran and using my Pentax K-3 and also GoPro Hero 3+ for some underwater shoot. I think this is the heaven for snorkeler and diver, there are lots of fishes and live colorful coral reef not to mention the crystal clear water which is great for non swimmer like me that I can see the coral reef from the catamaran, but if you can swim, please just go in there and experience the beauty of the underwater. The water is shallow and when we were there, there is no current/wave, it’s almost like on the lake. The glass bottom also can serve the purpose to view the underwater for non swimmer. We also make a visit to Siladen island which is also part of Bunaken Island National Marine Park.
Before this trip to Bunaken, I always envy towards other countries that I visited before like USA, Japan where they have high regard to their beautiful National Park and really preserve it. But after this trip to Bunaken I can say that, Indonesia also have a very beautiful places and National Park or places where it is worth it to be called national park. Of course, the infrastructure around it is not comparable to National Park in USA, but the beauty of it will be the untouched and unaltered nature of everything which I’m sure other countries will be proud of if they have something like what we have.
I hope that one day the government of Indonesia can really see the value of it and make an effort to preserve it by themselves and market it to the travellers all around the world instead of outsourcing it to other country investors which always set a higher/premium price and make it hard for local traveller like me to be able to enjoy our own nature in our own country. One of the example will be the very expensive places like Wakatobi in Southern Sulawesi and Raja Ampat in the island of Papua where 75% of existed species coral reef can be found in this place alone, the price itself convince me to just go to other places like Maldives with reputable airliners and accommodation compare to the foreign and unheard investors in these areas. This is the sad truth. Indonesian people need to pay premium price the same as other foreign tourist to experience it’s own nature in their own backyard. I hope in the near future things change and more locals can visit these exotic places with affordable price.
And lastly, I would like to send me prayer to everyone in Manado that affected by the current flood disaster. I hope everyone is fine and can quickly recover physically and emotionally.