Diving in Bunaken
Indonesia is the best and the greatest place for diving. Exotic dive locations in Indonesia are so many and varied. One of the favorite dive sites in Indonesia is Bunaken. Bunaken Island, which is located in North Sulawesi, can be reached by airplane that may be taken directly from Jakarta for about 3 hours and then within approximately 15-40 minutes from the outskirts of the city of Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, by boat motors. While passing through Mount Manado Tua Island, you can see straight Bunaken Island, which is right next to the Siladen Island that is very beautiful. National Marine Park in Bunaken Island has the world famous with its area of over 75,000 hectares, divided by 3% land and 97% of the oceans. It comprises the five main islands; Bunaken, Manado Tua Island, Siladen Island, Montehage Island, and Nain Island. It supports the highest marine biodiversity on earth.
Bunaken Island is an island that has a marine biodiversity in the world. Bunaken Marine Park itself is a protected marine park because there are a variety of plants and animals, which are protected for the benefit of fisheries, marine resources, and of course tourism. There are about 58 species of coral and 2,000 species of fish in the Bunaken Marine Park. There are fish Gusumi Horse, Oci White, Lolosi Yellow Tail, grouper, Ila Gasi, species of mollusks such as giant clams, Goat head, hollow Nautilus, and many more. In addition, many rare sea animals can be found in the Park, such as coelacanths, dugongs, whales, dolphins, and turtles.
When diving in Bunaken you will be greeted by crystal clear and warm sea water (the temperature is about 26oC-31oC). Almost calm sea without waves and currents, with a visibility of 20 meters-35 meters, allowing you to see clearly the charm of coral reefs and colorful fish with a depth of only 5 meters. Diving at Bunaken can be taken at the depth of 5 meters to 40 meters. Diving in Bunaken is a special voyage. You can go to Siladen point or Tanjung Pisok to see the underwater sights that provide considerable international experience. You will see and feel the gentle dive site rich coral reefs, fish species such as the “Nemo” (clown fish) and a group of colorful fish passing by. At the depths greater than 18 feet, you will feel the experience of diving in the sea cliffs (wall diving), as if you are “flying” in the depths of the sea cliff (drop-off) that seems bottomless. Occasionally meet a giant turtle that supposedly almost 100 years old, stingrays (manta, sting and eagle rays), snapper, grouper, barracuda, napoleon, blue ribbon eels, lobster, angel fish, blow fish, even the sharks! Diving in Bunaken must be very exciting and challenging.
For the underwater photographer, be sure not to miss the very spectacular and exciting picture opportunities to be taken in Bunaken underwater world.