As all over Indonesia, you will find exceptional gay-friendly hotels and resorts with secluded beaches. Manado is much more conservative, but there are a few low-key gay friendly places.
Manado doesn't have a lot of gay-specific things to do but the country is beautiful and there is a lot to see. Waruga is a cemetery in Sawangan with fascinating tombstones and stories behind the tombstones. The tombs are carved to show life and death, and the dead are placed inside the stone, above ground, in a squatting position. The Hill of Love is a place where people can worship 5 different religions in peace and harmony. The steps that take you up are very steep but the view is beautiful. Lake Tondano is the largest lake in the region with a stunning view among the mountains. The lake area is known for their seafood restaurants, and the cooking is famous for their delicious spices. The Minahasa Highlands Buildings are cute timber houses along the streets of the Minahasa Highlands, a must-see if you're in the area. Bunaken island is a part of Bunaken National Park, and is one of the premier diving and snorkeling areas in the world. Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a must-do in Manado where you can witness lush green jungle, home to the Black Crested Macaques and the world's smallest primate, the Tarsier. The Boulevard is a business district with 4 big malls, and a bunch of shops, restaurants, and offices. You can do anything from grocery shopping to watching a movie to singing karaoke. Malalayang Beach is one of the most popular beaches, only 4km away from the city center. The beach is filled with locals swimming and snorkeling, as well as tourists like yourself that can try it with them. The food stalls at the beach sell delicious iced coconut and local specialties. The monument of Tuhan Yesus Memberkati or The Blessing of Jesus is a giant statue of Jesus that faces the city center of Manado. You can get up and close to this statue for the Instagram photos. Tunan Waterfall is a hidden waterfall. To get there, it's best to go with a local to get through all the foliage and get details about the history and nature. There are also a lot of food stalls in the area for a quick bite to eat or drink near the falls. Ban Hin Kiong Temple is a beautiful temple, popular during the Chinese New Year celebration.
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