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This is where we spotted a school of foster's barracudas. The underwater visibilty was about 15 metres and we dived to a maximum depth of 24 metres for 77 minutes.
We saw many giant sea fans, nudibranchs, sea dragons, anthias, anemonefish, black-blotched porcupinefish, scorpionfish, blue ribbon eel, lizardfish, moorish idols, common lionfish, regal angelfish, painted spiny lobster (Panulirus versicolor).
I will upload some of my underwater photographs later...
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Pulau Siladen
It's not as big as Bunaken island, it's one small island in Bunaken marine park, with probably not more than 1 km long. Here you can relax and enjoy the beach peacefully because only few local people living here and not many tourists around. But still it offers great white sandy beach and shallow reefs for snorkelling.
Written Sep 16, 2005
If you like snorkelling, for only about 25-50 meters from the beach, you can find also shallow reefs with living corals and sea animals/fishes. The reef platform is not as big as Bunaken island, but I think it's even better because as not many tourists visit here therefore the condition of the corals are still great.
Written Sep 16, 2005
This is the kind of place that I like very much...peace, quiet, with absolutely nothing to do. All you can hear is the sound of waves. There is only 1 resort on this island, Siladen Resort.
If you'll like to get out of the comfort zone, just step out of the resort and you'll find yourself in the village where the locals live. Very simple lifestyle. Everyone looks happy and contented. There is a primary school just 100m away from the entrance of the resort. Don't think there are many tourists walking around cos the kids were just staring at us. Or it could be my hat and outfit...don't think so.
Anyway, I'm just a snorkelling person. Can't dive. So don't get to see much of the beauty underwater. Quite a shame.
Good to just laze around and read all my Harry Potter books.
Updated Aug 26, 2005
If you already rent a speed boat to go to Bunaken island (see Transportation section in my Bunaken travel tips - http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/73a2c/12a4b9/), you can ask to pass by Siladen island for additional 100000-150000 Rupiahs for day trip.
Updated Sep 16, 2005