Bunaken island is an area of 8.08 km² in the Bay of Manado, which is located in the northern island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This island is part of the city of Manado, the provincial capital of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken by boat at cruising speed (speed boat) or a ship chartered by travel about 30 minutes from the port city of Manado. Around Bunaken Bunaken marine park there which is part of the Bunaken National Park. This marine park has one of the marine biodiversity of the highest in the world. A scuba diving attracts many visitors to the island. Overall Bunaken marine park covers an area of 75,265 hectares with five islands in it, namely the island of Manado Tua, Bunaken Island, Siladen Island, Island follows several children Mantehage island, and Naen Island. Although the area covers 75,265 hectares, the location of the dive (diving) is limited in each of the five beaches that surround the island.
Bunaken marine park has a 20 point dive (dive spot) with a depth varies up to 1344 meters. Of the 20 point dive, dive 12 points of which are located around Bunaken Island. Twelve dive spot is the most frequently visited by divers and lovers of the beauty of underwater scenery.
Most of the 12 point dive in Bunaken Island lined up from the southeast to the northwest of the island. In this region there are great underwater walls, also called hanging walls, or walls of the giant rock that stood vertically and curved upward. This rock wall is also a source of food for fish in the waters around Bunaken Island.
The facts say it all – when you’re scuba diving in Manado you can see over 70% of all fish species that exist in the Indo-Western Pacific. Marine biodiversity is the name of the game in Indonesia generally and in Bunaken diving specifically.
The park is adored by marine biologists, photographers and recreational divers alike since the richness of its waters ensure that no 2 dives are the same and that there is always plenty to see, study, photograph and marvel at.
Included in the measures to protect this eco-treasure, is the creation of the marine park for which all divers must buy a pass which is used to fund conservation and village development programmes. It has long been recognised that the Manado area is an area worth preserving both for the good of the environment and the local economy. Various schemes are being undertaken to encourage responsible attitudes towards the reefs, the sea life and with regards to refuse disposal in the area. In Bunaken your few dollars really do make a difference!
Bunaken Diving Season
Optimum conditions are more or less between the months of April and November but it is possible to dive Bunaken all year round without running into conditions that are less than acceptable.
- Great for: Small animals, wall dives, underwater photography, drift diving, reef life and health, dive value-for-money and advanced divers
- Not so great for: Wrecks and non-diving activities
- Depth: 5 – >40m
- Visibility: 20 – 35m
- Currents: Usually gentle but can be strong
- Surface Conditions: Calm
- Water Temperature: 27 – 30°C
- Experience Level: Beginner – advanced
- Number of dive sites: ~25
- Distance: ~18 km north of Manado Bay (40 mins)
- Access: Manado diving resorts
- Recommended length of stay: 7 – 10 days