Located in the north of Indonesian Sulawesi Island, Bunaken National Marine Park is one of the world’s most beautiful diving sites that you should visit! The park has around 20 dive spots that have a varying depth of up to 1,566 meters. There, divers can encounter some of the world’s most magnificent, varied and colourful sea creatures. The beautiful underwater view that Bunaken National Marine Park has to offer is absolutely breathtaking and should not be missed! If you are interested to go there and see it by yourself, then you should check out the following information that Blublub has gathered for you.
The world’s best diving spots
Bunaken is a dream destination for divers from all over the world. No matter in which diving level they are, everyone comes to Bunaken to see and explore its wonderful coral gardens where a myriad of marine species live. The crystal clear, tropical underwater of Bunaken is home to a large variety of marine biodiversity, including green turtles, dolphin pods, whales, and sharks. The list of Bunaken sea treasures goes on as there are countless other attractive creatures such as nudibranch, frogfish, butterflyfish, and many more. This adorable sea view can be seen in Bunaken’s top dive spots from Lekuan 1, 2, and 3, to Fukui, Mandolin, Tanjung Parigi, Ron’s point, Sachiko’s Point, Pangalisang, Muka Kampung, and Bunaken Timur. As a hint, Bunaken also offers astonishing sights of the Molas wreck and an epic coral wall of Siladen.
How to get there?
The main question is: how to get to this underwater paradise? Well, it is actually quite easy! From Manado’s international airport of Sam Ratulangi, you can catch a taxi and drive for about 40 minutes to Manado Harbor where you can find boats leaving for Bunaken Island. You can choose either a public or a private boat. As for public boats, the ticket costs IDR 50,000.00 for each international visitor and IDR 20,000.00 for locals. Meanwhile, you can rent a private boat for around IDR 1,000,000.00 and have a maximum of 30 people to go together. Of course, you can always make your trip a lot easier with the help of Blublub and enjoy your experience of diving in Bunaken!
The best time for diving in Bunaken
As the sun is shining throughout the year in Indonesia, you can basically visit Bunaken Island at any time. Normally, the land temperature is relatively warm (35° C) with water temperature ranging from 27° C to 30° C. However, you should pay attention to the rain season which may make your diving experience not as great as during the good weather. So, it is better to plan your trip outside of December. It is especially good to visit the island during June, July, August, September, and October. Anyway, since the peak season lasts from July to August. You may want to avoid coming in these months if you wish you have some more quiet time while diving in Bunaken.
Other useful tips
Bunaken is located quite remote where access to ATMs is not as easy as in the big city. Also, payments (for instance for food, renting equipment, and so on) by credit or debit cards are not common there. Thus, bringing enough cash will be of great use during your stay on the island. Another important thing to remember is to keep the ocean clean and respect the beautiful marine creatures living in it.
Hopefully, this article provides you with some useful ideas before visiting and diving in Bunaken. Anyway, if you are still curious about anything related to Bunaken and other amazing dive sites in Indonesia, you can always reach Blublub team and our dedicated staffs will be very happy to answer any of your questions.