- Great for coral and muck dive
- Closest dive sites
- Approximately 10 minutes from the city
Stretching over 75000 hectares in the north east tip of Sulawesi, Bunaken National Marine Park is well-known as one of the world’s top dive destinations. This area is made up of 5 islands - Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain - and a small part of North Sulawesi’s mainland.
With more than 15 dive sites around the area, Bunaken National Marine Park is a heaven for scuba divers of all levels. The current that sweeps past this park provides a nutrient-rich environment for the high density of marine biodiversity found here. Explore the deep waters of Bunaken and be prepared to witness the abundant variety of marine creatures, including the colourful nudibranchs, moray eels, schooling of black snappers, barracudas and tunas. And if you are lucky, you might be able to see the sharks, dugongs or the dolphins.
Not to mention the world-class walls and beautiful coral garden that will leave you astonished. For those of you who are into macro-photography and finding some exotic or unusual critters, Bunaken National Marine Park also offers some sites for muck dives.
Bunaken can be enjoyed all year round, but March to early November is the best season to dive here. Visibility (20-35 m) and water temperature (27-30°C) are pretty constant all year round.
Lekuan is a popular dive site in Bunaken Island, famous for its huge coral reef wall. Be ready to be greeted by lots of friendly turtles - the permanent residents of Lekuan. The wall is very colorful and usually a good place to spot nudibranches when the current is not so strong.
Fukui is a slope covered with beautiful hard corals. It’s usually an easy dive to introduce you the magnificent Bunaken Island. Expect to see schooling black spot snappers, batfish, and turtles here.
Sachiko is located on the north east of Bunaken island. Appropriate for experienced divers as the current is what brings a lot of life into this site. Be prepared to do some cardio with us.
This site is located in front of the village on Siladen Island. It’s a wall with colorful corals. The top of the reef is also great and full of life.
Muka Kampung means “in front the village”. It is the first village in Bunaken island. The site is known for its abundant large sponges and turtles of various sizes. Don't be surprised if you see a turtle bigger than you. You've been warned.
This site is a steep wall located on the east site of Bunaken Island. It is famous for its underwater structures, including small caves and cracks with a wonderful reef life which are especially great for macrophotography. In 5-10 meters, there are a lot of schooling drummer fish and damsel fish playing on one of the most pristine reef in the area.
Manado Tua is an island with inactive volcano. There are only 5 dive sites around the island. Most of them are very deep walls with fantastic visibility. When the current is strong, there are abundant marine life playing around the sites.
Lembeh has the reputation for being the muck dive wonderland for the critter hunters. Located just to the east of Manado, Lembeh is the house of the rare and unusual critters that simply cannot be found in other places. This area offers full black sand muck dives with not just a beautiful coral environment but also a pretty high chance of discovering some exotic critters, such as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimps, skeleton shrimps, eels, scorpionfish, ghost pipefish, the endemic Banggai cardinal fish, pygmy seahorses, mandarin fish, lots of nudibranchs and many more. After dark marine life encounter is also a fantastic option at Lembeh. Its easy access and opportunities to discover some exotic and bizarre creatures are the reasons why no other place on Earth is like Lembeh.
Lembeh is great for visit all year round but the conditions vary. The visibility is best around October to December. The water temperature varies from 25-26°C (Jul-Aug) to 28-29°C (Oct-Mar). Best season to see the greatest number of creatures is on July to August where the water temperature is at the low end, however all the main critters attractions here can be spotted at any time of the year.