Amazing diving, friendly people, beautiful weather
On the surface there could be floating garbage from the nearby town Manado
I wish I own a dive center resort here!
Exceptions to the walls of Bunaken, this dive site has a gentle slope offering fish like ranging from ghost pipefish to Napoleans. An impressive bed of garden eels, a collection of giant Tridacna clams, a popular photo stop and a nearby sea mount that comes to within 10 metres of the surface, which is frequented by schools of batfish, midnight...more
This dive site is a signature dive of the marine park. It is located on the south coast of Bunaken island, towards Depan Kampung. The reef flat is exposed at low tide but the deep vertical wall plummets straight down to over 40 metres. One of three sites known collectively as Lekuan, along this outcrop of Bunaken's fringing reef, the shallow...more
Large schools of trevallies, big barracuda and swarms of smappers, unicornfish and other surgeonfish are common here. There are often tunas off the reef, including monster dogtooth tuna weighing close to 100kg. Giant groupers, big longface emperors (Lethrinus olivaceus). Huge numbers of pyramid butterflyfish. Regal emperor and blue-face angelfish...more
Bunaken is an area of 8.08 km ² island in the Bay of Manado, 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 island can be traveled by ship fast (speed boat) or a rented boat with about 30 minutes journey from the port city of Manado....more
the most crazy idea comes from us according to bunaken island visit is: make a loop around the island bare feet! oh yeah! we met people along the way from liang beach to pangalisang beach and they say, "do you need a ride?" in very friendly way. but we keep insisted, "no thank you". since we want to feel this experience. and that's great. except...more
once you are landed at bunaken island or take a trip by boat around bunaken, you'll not regret. the abundant of marine life just shown in front of your sight.even for those who decided to stay on the boat [with bottom glass], the underwater scenery looks fantastic. colourful corals just like underwater garden. and the schooling fishes and the...more
If you can't swim or dive, don't worry! You still can enjoy the beauty of Bunaken reefs with live corals and many species of sea animals and fishes. Go rent a Katamaran. It's a special boat designed with a clear glass in the middle of the boat that's lowered below the water surface whenever you have come to some sightseeing spots (along Bunaken's...more
Around Bunaken marine park you can go diving, snorkelling, or just looking the beauty of the reefs and fishes from the boat by using special Katamaran boat (see Things To Do section).In Bunaken island itself there are many traditional restaurants that serves mostly seafood and local dishes.There are many small wooden cottages should you want to...more
One day i spend several hours crawling in the mangrove. It is overlooked by most people, and it certainly isn’t as spectacular as the reefs. But here you will see the young stages of many of the reef fishes who use this sheltered environment as a nursery. There is some strange creatures to be seen. You will swim, and crawl, in a landscape of sand...more
Whitetip and blacktip reefsharks are seen all the time at Likuan, a drop of site. It is facinating to see those perfectly shaped, but usually harmless, sharks patroling the sea with their elegant and perfect manouvers. They are so flexibel, elegant and fast, yet they are in total control and are supplied with their own sort of dignity. Some...more
Oe of the strange institutions of the seas are the cleaning stations, at Fukui, there is two. There cleanerfishes remove parasites from bigger fishes. The cleaner get an easy meal, the customer get rid of a plague. The cleanerfish even swim into the mouth of the customer, removing whatever in there. Cleaningstations are demilitarised zones where...more
The boxfishes are usually a small, almost boxshaped fish, it looks lumsy and charming in a way. When they are threatened, they inflate themselves to a footbalsized ball with unapetising spines, few predators manage to eat them then. In order to do this trick, the fish has evolved a pumpmecanism. First it fill the mouth with water, then a watertight...more
Several of the damselfishspecies are farmers. They eat algae, but instead of swiming around looking for it, they confiscate an area where it grows. From then it agressively defends it against others. It clean the crop from debris every day, and if it feel that an increase in production is required, it simply clean away the surrounding corals. You...more
do we really "care" about try to find meals whilst we stay in bunaken? nay! since our bungalow provided meals 3 times per day [breakfast, lunch, dinner]. and the seafood becomes top-notch meals on the table.
Favorite Dish: the owner served grilled fish with traditional sauce called dabu-dabu which is pretty famous in manadoian cuisine. made from diced fresh chili, tomato and onion, added with lemon and sugar.
another bonus are delicious pumpkin soup and guacamole salad.
Speed boat (mostly 10-15 persons capacity) are available for rent mostly around Manado bay seaport for approximately 350000 Rupiahs and above (by boat, not by person) for one day trip. Normally depart from Manado bay in the morning around 9:00 and come back around 16:00 in the afternoon. If you lucky sometimes you may wait other tourists (local or foreign) to share the boat.
Some boat can be equipped with oxygen cylinders (for diving), while others not (for snorkelling or visitting Bunaken island). And some more luxury/bigger speed boat are available from several resorts and diving centers around Manado.
Pulau (island) Montehage is a large, flat island north of Pulau Bunaken. It is the largest island of the five and is surrounded by extensive mangrove and fringing reef. A community of Bajo fisherman has built a village on stilts in the shallow estuarial black reef area north of the island. The dive sites are off the west and south, which is fringed...more
Montehage island is located at the north of Bunaken island and Bango Point is at the south of Montehage island.I dived there on 30 August 2007 at 1310 hours with a maximum depth of 27.5 metres and a total time of 65 minutes.Our sightings:01. Cuttlefish (approximately 1 metre in length)02. School of pyramid butterflyfish03. Yellowface angelfish04....more
Nice diving and a lotb of animals.Diving at the dive sites in Sulawesi Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh Strait diving in place. Dive Travel report with hundreds of beautiful pictures of diving and landscape. http://www.adcdiving.be/sulawesi_manado_duiken_indonesie_2011.html 3mm suitmore
This pure vertical wall faces Manado Tua. A very wide, flat reeftop extends perhaps 200 to 300m from shore. The wall itself extends around the point, bottoming out at a depth of more than 40m.The site is profusely covered in soft and stony corals with plenty of small hard-coral heads, many flat coral forms and plentiful gorgonians and sea whips.The...more
A sloping reef made up of a vast variety of corals. The reef is steep, with flat plateaux, drop-offs and sandy patches and is marked by an abundance of Acropora table formations, some forming huge fields. Brain and cabbage corals are prevalent, as are elkhorn forms, staghorn Acropora, needle corals and a wide variety of sponges - many large...more
Favorite thing: The eastside of the island has less problems with garbage floating from Manado (not allways, appearently depending on the wind)