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The most direct way to reach Manado is via Singapore. Singapore Airlines offers reasonable rates from most European, North American and Asian cities. Singapore to Manado is on SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional wing, with four direct flights per week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).
Flight time from Singapore to Manado is 3 hours and 20 minutes and many of the overnight flights from Europe and North American arrive early enough in Singapore to connect with the flight to Manado, with just a short transit (flights from Singapore to Manado depart at 9.25 or 10:35 in the morning).
Baggage Allowance on Singapore Airlines/Silk Air flights
SilkAir extends a 10 kg excess baggage allowance for customers with diving equipment travelling to Manado: Silk Air Baggage Allowance. For all other airlines, including Singapore Air, please ask them for their policy or ask your booking agent.
If you’d prefer to break up the trip, you can stop over on the way or on the way back and take in the atmosphere of Singapore, this unique city-state. Singapore is efficient, clean and offers some excellent shopping and nightlife opportunities.
Important – this can also be a popular route and you should check with your booking agent about seat availability very early in your booking process, especially if you’re a group*. In high season the price of the seat can go up quite a bit and this is even more likely for last-minute bookers, so book early!
* Group Bookings: please note that Singapore Air sometimes charges a surcharge for groups of 9 persons or more, so it is adviseable to check on their current policy with your booking agent.
If you are in doubt, it may be safer to split the booking into more than one group. Also, if you can’t get all the seats you need on the same flight, why not split your group and let some
people have one night stopover in Singapore on the way to Manado and the rest have a night on the way back?
Via Jakarta or Denpasar / Bali
There are daily flights to Jakarta and Bali from many European and American cities. From there to Manado there are sometimes direct flights and sometimes a short stop is required. Please check with your booking agent about flight details and prices.