Friday, April 10, 2009


The North Sulawesi Province is located in the northern edge of Eastern Indonesia is geographically situated between 0.30-4.40° north latitude and 123.0-127.00° east longitude. The total area of the province is 15,272.44 km2 with most of the area as low hills at 0 (zero) to 2,000 meters above the sea level.

North Sulawesi has a typical equatorial climate with two seasons: summer wet and summer dry. The wet season lasts from about November to March, and the dry season April to October. The total number of rain days is 90-130 days with approximately 3.000 mm average annual rainfall. The average temperature is 26 to 30 Celsius with the average humidity being 80%.

North Sulawesi consist of 4 cities they are, Manado, Tomohon, Bitung, and Kotamobagu, divided into some districts: Minahasa, Minahasa utara, Minahasa Selatan, Minahasa Tenggara, Bolaang Mongondow, Bolaang Mongondow Utara, Sangihe, Talaud and Sitaro.
North Sulawesi could be reach by air from Jakarta with a stop over at Ujujng Pandang-South Sulawesi (2 hours + 1 hour), or it could be reach directly from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia ( 4 hours). Sam Ratulangi International Airport of Manado is one of the main entry ports to Indonesia. A taxi from the airport to central Manado takes about 30 minutes and costs about Rp. 70,000 (bargaining). Departure tax from Manado is Rp.100.000 for international flights and Rp. 30,000 for domestic flights. The terminal has an Internet cafe in the public area and the standard array of restaurants.

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