Nestling in the crook of a bay, right in the north of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, Manado is one of those destinations loved by amateurs of nautical sports. The extraordinary biodiversity in the coral reefs that gird this region is definitely an invitation to dive and snorkel. Off the coast of Manado, you’ll be able to drop anchor close to the shores of Bunaken island. Famous for its breathtaking ocean floors, this is one of the world’s best diving sites. From Manado, you can also go and explore the surrounding countryside and indigenous cultures. Before leaving the town, don’t forget to visit the remarkably well-restored Buddhist temple, Ban Hin Kiong.