NORTH SULAWESI INFORMATION PAGES
Manado - Bunaken - Tangkoko - Minahasa - Sangihe/Talaud - Gorontalo - Togians
Traveling from North Sulawesi to the PhilippinesManado's airport and its overseas harbour Bitung are official entry and exit points to Indonesia, so no visa problems leaving or entering either by plane or by ship.
Currently (April 2010) there are no flights from Davao to Manado anymore!
There are cargo vessels going from Bitung to General Santos/Southern Philippines but there is no fixed schedule. Better take the plane which takes you directly to Davao. Moreover General Santos has not exactly a good reputation.
IMPORTANT: "Island hopping" to the Philippines via the Sangihe Talaud Islands is NOT possible for Non-Indonsians! Don't even bother trying, even if someone tells you differently. After a trip of several days you will end up just a few km's from the Philippine border but not be able to enter. Instead you will be sent back all the way to Manado!
It is usually very difficult to get Philippine Pesos at banks in Manado. Sometimes you can buy them at a money changer or at the Philippine Consulate. For your first expenses after your arrival in the Philippines (taxi or else) better have some small US$ cash with you.
This site was created in January 1998; the last major update was in November 2009.