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A 3D2N Trip Ideas in Likupang, A Paradise Northeast of Manado


With its alluring mix of breathtaking beaches, lush landscape, and exotic island indulgence, Likupang ticks all the boxes for an ideal tropical vacation. Located on the northern tip of North Sulawesi, Likupang can be reached easily from Manado via a 1.5-hour car ride. Scroll through this 3D2N itinerary to experience the joy of being surrounded by the beauty of nature on your short trip to Likupang:

Day 1

There are multiple transportation options to choose from, but renting a car is highly recommended for your 3D2N Likupang trip because some landmarks on this island are located quite far from each other. Get ready for some much-needed beach therapy that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.

Marvel at The Beauty of Likupang Beach

The sparkling blue water around this charming white-sand beach abounds with rich marine life and happens to be a popular diving spot. Laze on the beach, gaze at the hills, or take a refreshing dip in the water.

Frolic with The Waves at Paal Beach

Spend the afternoon at the heavenly Paal Beach that’s wrapped in white sand, lapped by clear turquoise waters, and cooled by gentle sea breeze.


Have a go at swimming, fishing, or kayaking. Enjoy a banana boat ride, play in the sand, or sit under a shady tree to take in the amazing views of the sea.

Chill Out at Pulisan Beach


Head over to the picturesque Pulisan Beach and discover the exotic cliffs and savannah hills. Relax in a gazebo, capture amazing photos, and snag a lovely view of the sun dipping into the sea.

Be Overwhelmed by The View at Pulisan Hill

Then hike to the top of Pulisan Hill for awe-inspiring panoramic views of the Pulisan beach. Admire the vast expanse of aquamarine water lined by white sand and lush scenery. End the day with the dramatic sunset view. 


Day 2

Explore the stunning scenery that the Likupang region has to offer and you’ll find yourself on an amazing retreat.

Experience Tranquility at Lihaga Island

The dreamy Lihaga Island, an oasis of pearly-white soft sand surrounded by blue translucent water, makes you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairy tale.


Reach early in the morning to witness the sunrise in all its glory. Dive, snorkel, and explore the underwater beauty of this uninhabited island.

Indulge Your Senses at Gangga Island

Offering a sensational muck diving experience, the magical Gangga Island is a macro photographer’s dream.


Admire the underwater kaleidoscope of colorful corals and bright fish, stroll down the white sand beach, or unwind under a palm tree.

Day 3

Discover Likupang beyond its unspoiled beaches and scenic vistas.

Satiate Your Taste Buds at The Wakeke Culinary Area

Visit the Wakeke Street where you’ll find a range of delicious Manadonese cuisine that you cannot miss. Try tinutuan, a Manadonese porridge, wuko and rica-rica dishes made with spicy aromatic sauces, or cakalang fufu, cured and smoked skipjack tuna.

Savor Delightful Snacks at The Lililoyor Market


Hunt for local snacks at the Lililoyor Market. Check out nasi jaha, a baked specialty with a rice and coconut milk filling, and panadas, fish-stuffed pastries. Satisfy your sweet tooth with klappertaart, a coconut cake, kokole, a cornbread cake, cucur, a cinnamon cake, and apang, a traditional cake.

Prepare to depart for Manado with a happily-filled belly.

With the introduction of new tourism activities and infrastructure developments, Likupang is all set to emerge as a new tropical paradise. So book your trip now to be inspired by Likupang’s intoxicating beauty that will sweep you off your feet. (HR)