We have already talked about
Manado Bay before; Today let’s talk about Bunaken National Park today. Because we’ll spend a whole day diving in Bunaken.
Bunaken is a marine park in the north of Sulawesi island, Indonesia. The park is located near the centre of the Coral Triangle, providing habitat to 390 species of coral as well as many fish, mollusc, and marine mammal species. It was established as a national park in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia’s growing system of marine parks. The Park itself is a representation of Indonesian tropical water ecosystems, consisting of seagrass plain, coral reef, and coastal ecosystems.
99% of all visitors that go to Bunaken Island visit it for the fantastic diving conditions. The corals are very healthy, and the water quality is perfect, with visibility often reaching over 30 metres which guarantee high-quality dives experience.
I never expected that I’ll enjoy driving because I never really like the idea of getting wet and sticky. But they say
“we’re not going anywhere if we only do what we likes”
so I decided to try this thing and figuring out what makes my sister love to do this so much. This place is actually where I do my first real dive because they offer numerous great dive spots. It was super duper salty when I first dip my face inside. I never expected that sea water taste super salty like this, it feels like a five titanic size ship carried 1.000.000 bags of salt with them and dumped all of its salt here.
Like the other dive site, this dive site also dominates with walls. What makes this place interesting is you could find so many turtles swimming happily here and there, and if you are lucky you might find dugongs near the seagrass plain. You could also find small shrimp, lionfish, scorpion, nudibranch, crabs (sponge, candy, spider, etc.). If you go deep enough, you might find white tip and black tip shark.
It’s another beautiful dive site and must visit place if you go to Manado, but you still have to be careful when you dive in Bunaken. Due to changing tides, Bunaken is known as a drift dive destination.
Well, I think diving is exciting because it’s peacefully quiet inside, and if you bring an underwater camera with you, it helps you to see the fascinating unseen things like candy crabs, pygmy seahorse, macro colourful fish like mandarin dragonet, ghost shrimp, etc.
It would be boring if you don’t have a camera with you because the only thing that you can see is what your eyes can see such as; a wall of corals, big fish like lionfish, small fish like clown fish and angel fish, regular crabs, lobster, and turtle. Every other fish and coral that you pass will look the same.
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to Dive or maybe Snorkeling on Bunaken National Park:
- You should pay entrance fee about IDR 50.000 for a day, and IDR 150.000 for a calendar year (If you plan to spend your week in Bunaken more than three days). After you pay the entrance fee, you’ll receive a waterproof plastic tag. This tag should be carried everywhere as long as you stayed in Bunaken national park area.
- If you didn’t have a diving licence, you could always do snorkelling or fun dive in Bunaken, or if you couldn’t swim, it’s ok some boat is equipped with a glass bottom, you could saw the underwater view from your ships. As for the price, it’s varied from $15 – $ 20 per snorkel for snorkelling (equipment include), and $ 30 – $ 40 per dive for diving (equipment Include). It could be lower or higher depends on the dive service that you used
- Used 3 mm thick dive suit (preferably a long one) or swimsuit because the water is quite cold 27 C in 15 – 20 metres depth and some corals are flame corals, it quite hurt when it stings.
- Remember always follow the diving rules, your dive master instruction, and always stick with your diving buddy. For dive site map can be seen in my previous post
- More information regarding Accommodation, Tourist area, Diving resorts and things can be accessed from “Visiting Manado for Traveler”. I found that web helpful, especially if you are a “lone wolf” traveller.