Bunaken and Manado

Bunaken is located just outside Manado which is the capital of the Minahasa region and is a great place for diving and diving trips. Diving trips to Bunaken are a truly wonderful experience. The weather is pleasant and good almost all year round. Diving in this northern part of Sulawesi is for both snorkelers and divers. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced diver, you can go here and enjoy the marine life and fantastic diving. The area is mountainous and covered in lush tropical greenery. Outside the city lies a group of islands where the island of Bunaken has been turned into a marine park. Here there is fantastic diving that has been popular for many years.

Other islands in the area and along the coast of the main island also offer very nice diving with very different environments. Single wrecks, really good muck diving, walls, slopes, elongated reefs, current dives and dramatic wall dives. The wildlife is also very rich and almost anything can turn up with good luck. Bunaken and Manado have been known in diving circles for a long time and as one of the world's best diving spots and among it best diving in Indonesia.

  • Marine park with alternating diving, walls, reefs, slopes, muck and wrecks
  • Bunaken offers varied diving with big and small
  • Bunaken and Manado are one of Indonesia's most famous dive sites and good for divers and non-divers alike

For non-divers, there are good opportunities for day trips with markets, jungle tours, volcano trekking, sun and bath, spa or just plain relaxation by the pool. There is also very nice snorkeling here for those who want to learn to dive This is a fantastic place.

Diving in and around the Marine Park

  • Bunaken Marine Park is an excellent destination for divers and non-divers alike
  • Bunaken Marine park and the surrounding islands offer great variety
  • Combine diving with day trips on land and relaxation

The diving in this area is mainly known for its dramatic wall diving and amazingly rich marine life. Everything from nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and other macro life to whales, dolphins, dugongs and other large things. Almost anything can appear out at the islands or on the way there. The water temperature is around 27-30°C degrees all year round and here there is something for everyone to experience. Wall diving, stream diving, muck diving, simpler reef diving and occasional wrecks. Here there is an opportunity to see various large sharks that patrol these waters.
If you're lucky, you can see whales, dolphins, killer whales, dugongs and other large animals. Sometimes hammerhead sharks, large reef sharks and various rays are also seen. Reef sharks, barracudas and shoals of fish are common. Turtles are also often seen here. The muck diving is good on the coast along the main island in several places and for those of you who like wrecks there are also some along the coast.

Term: Normally around 8-20 meters along the coast and up to 30-40 meters out at the marine park and surrounding islands.

Weather: Manado and Bunaken on the west side of Sulawesi have the most rain normally from mid-December to the end of February. Visibility often becomes clearly worse due to the large amounts of silt from the river that is washed out into the sea, so that during the rest of the year it is normally normal tropical weather, i.e. occasional rain showers all year round and mostly in the afternoons, evenings and nights. The marine life is good all year round.

Combine: For those who want to combine diving in Bunaken and Manado with other parts of Indonesia Contact Us then we will provide more information. Lembeh Straits on the east side of Sulawesi is a perfect complement for example