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Diving in Bunaken & Siladen

Bunaken Marine Park was one of the first marine parks in Indonesia and includes Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Mantehage, and Nain Island. The area has outstanding marine biodiversity with staggering coral walls around Bunaken, the more recently discovered muck diving sites in Manado Bay and the stunning reefs around Bangka which, whilst not part of the park, are celebrated for their stunning soft corals, dugongs and marine biodiversity. Bright blue waters, abundant marine life, healthy reefs, a thriving turtle population, resident dolphins and migrating pilot and sperm whales are definite highlights.

Bunaken Island is a part of Bunaken National Park and is located on the northern tip of Sulawesi. Island’s claim to fame is its potential as a great scuba diving site. The influx of tourists on the island is mostly because of serious scuba divers heading this way. Over the last few years, however, amateur and casual divers have also started taking interest in this area and more and more of them are thronging Bunaken Island. An island is an amazing place for not only diving but also for snorkelling. Bunaken also offers excellent opportunities for hiking the northern and eastern coves, fishing (but certainly not in the parking area), boat trips and whale/dolphin watching trips. The diversity of the area can be judged from the fact that nearly 70 per cent of the total species found in Indo-Western Pacific can be seen in Bunaken National Park.

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What to see inBunaken & Siladen

Dugongs and pygmy seahorses in Bangka; turtles and reef sharks in Bunaken; seahorses and critters including mimic octopus and cuttlefish in Manado Bay; great macro, turtles and tuna around Siladen and beautiful reefs around Manado Tua. Resident pods of spinner dolphins and pilot whales are frequently seen as well as seasonal sperm whale sightings.

Getting to Bunaken & Siladen

The nearest airport is Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado (MDC), which receives flights from Singapore as well as Bali, Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia. Manado town centre is around 1.5 hours from the airport. If you are staying on Bunaken it is around 45 minutes by boat from Manado Harbour. Bangka Island is around a 2-hour drive from the airport and short boat ride. Diving is mainly resort-based and most resorts offer airport pickups and transfers.

Liveaboards in Bunaken & Siladen

Kira Kira

Plataran Phinisi Ambasi

Queenesia II

Shared trips from $2250pp

Shared trips from $2250pp

Damai I

Shared trips from $6765pp

Shared trips from $6765pp

Charter Trips from $6250
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Moana

Shared trips from $1980pp

Shared trips from $1980pp

Wisesa

Shared trips from $2237pp

Shared trips from $2237pp

Charter Trips from $2163
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