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Bitung is located in Sulawesi
Location in North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Coordinates: 1°26′50″N 125°11′52″E / 1.44722°N 125.19778°E / 1.44722; 125.19778Coordinates: 1°26′50″N 125°11′52″E / 1.44722°N 125.19778°E / 1.44722; 125.19778
Country Indonesia
Province North Sulawesi
Established August 15, 1990
 • Mayor Max Lomban
 • Vice Mayor Maurits Mantiri
 • Total 330.17 km2 (127.48 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 193,956
 • Density 590/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Time zone WITA (UTC+8)
Area code(s) +62 438

Bitung is a city on the northern coast of the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. It is in the province of North Sulawesi, and faces Lembeh Island and the Lembeh Strait, which is known for its colorful marine life, in particular sea slugs. Bitung has a population of 187,932 at the 2010 Census.


The city is divided into eight districts (kecamatan), tabulated below with their 2010 Census population:[3]

Name Population
Census 2010
Madidir 33,482
Matuari 27,180
Girian 27,862
Lembeh Selatan
(South Lembeh)
Lembeh Utara
(North Lembeh)
Aertembaga 28,262
Maesa 36,007
Ranowulu 17,230

Nature Reserve[edit]

Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve is two hours drive from Manado, but only one hour drive from Bitung. Tarsius spectrum can be found easily in the Nature Reserve.[4]

Manado-Bitung Toll Road[edit]

On January 16, 2014 local authority give the acquisition land for Manado-Bitung Toll Road to Public Works Vice Minister. It is not a grounbreaking, but initial formality to build the toll road.[5]

Davao-Butung Roll-On Roll-Off Ferry Service[edit]

On April 28, 2017, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated the Davao-Butung Roll-on Roll-Off Ferry Service that will allow journey time between two cities for only 3 days. The original shipping route from Davao City in Mindanao, Philippines takes up to 5 weeks because ships first have to sail northwards to Manila, passing through South China Sea and Malaysian waters before it reaches various ports in Indonesia. Under the program, there are 5 to 10 companies who will use the initial voyage of the Cebu-based Asia Marine Transport Corp.’s M/V Super Shuttle RORO 12 with a 500-TEU capacity. Among the goods to be traded include animal feeds, aqua products, charcoal, coffee beans, construction materials, copra, feed ingredients, fertilizers, food and beverages, fresh fruits, ice cream products, meats, peanuts, poultry (halal), soya, sugar, and synthetics. [6] [7] [8][9]