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Bunaken Manado : Travel Tips You Should Know Before Getting There

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Bunaken is known as one of the top scuba diving destinations in stunning Indonesia. Folks come from all over the world, especially to dip here. Divers will be delighted by the massive walls coated with fantastic coral in crystal clear water! The seabed around Bunaken Island is also amazingly deep up to 1600 meters. It makes this destination something unique!

The island belongs to the Bunaken National Marine Park that was created in 1991. There are lots of other islands such as Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil. Due to the creation of this sea, the waters around Bunaken are very healthy with fantastic biodiversity and corals among the best on earth. This destination also offers excellent snorkelling opportunities for non-divers.

Activities And Excursions In Bunaken

Bunaken Marine National Park is primarily a diving destination. Though it is possible to do lots of other things throughout your stay for the non-cyclists:

  • Snorkelling the coral gardens. It is just fantastic in front of almost all of the resorts.
  • Go hiking across the Islands footpath or climb the Manado Tua Volcano.
  • Go fishing with a local angler however out of the marine park.
  • Watch dolphins moving or whale sipping a day excursion.

These trips can easily be arranged for you from the diving resort.

Places To Stay

There are lots of hotels on Bunaken Island and Manado Tua Island. Most of the lodging is reasonably pricey and upmarket, but you’ll find a lovely bungalow by the beach. It is also possible to keep on the mainland around Manado in a lavish hotel with an excellent view of the bay.

Best Time To Visit And Safety

Throughout the touristic summit season that runs in July and August, the diving hotels can be full, and it is recommended to book in advance! Otherwise, each season is right.

Suppose you’re planning an upcoming dive trip or travelling to Bunaken. In that case, it’s an excellent idea to purchase travel insurance for scuba diving, since you don’t know what might happen and when you may want it (because accidents do occur!).

Getting There

Bunaken is a tiny island (8 km²) situated in the Northern Tip of Sulawesi Island, North Indonesia. It’s part of the vast Bunaken National Marine Park that covers the area of 890.65km² of which only 3% is balmy.

To reach the sea park, you will firstly need to get your way to Manado. It’s the 2nd largest city of Sulawesi after Makassar, and it is located about 50 minutes away by ship from Bunaken Island. You can get a plane from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, or Bali. On most of the flights, there’s a stop within Makassar airport. The majority of the resorts will arrange a private boat or charter boat for the transfer. If not, you can opt to take the public ferry leaving every day (exclude Sunday) at 2 PM. It’ll cost you around Rp 25.000 for a foreigner and Rp 10.000 to get a local. You might also charter your boat but be prepared to bargain hard!

Additional Tips

  1. Try to arrive at Manado during day time to be moved directly to your hotel on the islands. Otherwise, if you arrive at night, you’ll need to stay one night in Manado prior to enjoying the dives in Bunaken.
  2. To dive within the Bunaken sea Park, you need to obtain a permit. Your regional dive operator usually provides it. Otherwise, it could be obtained in one of those three ticket offices in Bunaken and Siladen islands.
  3. People tend to prefer to remain on Siladen than on Bunaken Island because of the wonderful beaches. However, Siladen is a great deal more isolated than Bunaken, so you are able to select!

Either your trips take you to a long stroll on beaches or urban attractions, further research will give you the best experience for your visit. Get to know more about Bunaken by visiting Wonderful Indonesia.