Diving in Bunaken National Park – Facts Sheet
Destination : Bunaken National Park
Country : Indonesia
Temperature : 27 – 30°C (80 – 86°F)
Typical Visibility : 20 – 35 m (65 – 130ft)
Season : April to November
How to go : Flight from Jakarta to Manado (3 Hours), Taxi or bus to the pier (45 minutes – 1 hour), boat to Bunaken Island (45 minutes)
The diving sites around Bunaken National Park in Indonesia offer some of the ultimate highlights in Indonesian diving, with the deep sea experiences available there earning plaudits from top divers across the world.
The famously deep blue, crystal clear waters of the Manado Tua area of Bunaken island offer some of the world’s richest marine biodiversity, with its astounding variety of fish matched only by the epic quality of its top level wall diving.
An astonishingly large number of aquatic species is contained in the area’s warm, clear waters, ranging from sponges to corals to fish, there’s truly something for everyone to be enjoyed.
Meanwhile, for scuba divers in the Montehage area, get ready to be dazzled by an awe-striking display of magnificent coral reefs.
The dive areas of Siladen, another part of the Bunaken National Park, offer an amazing seven times as much coral genera as some of the best diving sites in Hawaii, while other highlights include an array of more than 30 butterfly fish species. Scattered throughout all of the dive sites of Bunaken National Park are more than 70% of the Western Pacific’s known fish species.
Situated in the locality where the Indian Ocean meets the Pacific, Bunaken Island is vulnerable to some of the strongest oceanic currents in the world, which sweep by the island, carrying a rich supply of food and nutrients that helps to support such diverse and abundant marine life.
Divers who come to explore the sites around Bunaken Island will be able to witness one of the ocean’s richest harvests, and experience everything from tiny commensal shrimps to eagle rays and even black tip reef sharks that come to feed on the abundant fish in the area, making the waters here a truly special destination for diving.
Bunaken National Park is a hugely popular dive site with both marine biologists and a huge number of divers visiting each year, enjoying the pleasures of the site’s unique diversity of fish and coral.
To visit Bunaken National Park is to encounter an array of aquatic life that can be found nowhere else.
Indonesia’s most famous dive site most famously hit the headlines in 1997, when marine biologists exploring the area came across a ‘living fossil’, the famous coelacanth fish, which was discovered alive and well in the Manado Tua area, despite previously being thought extinct.
This amazing discovery led to a huge amount of attention being paid to Bunaken National Park, its abundant marine life and its surprise on offer.
As well as the coelacanth, the area is also home to a number of unusual and rare sea mammals, including sperm whales which pass through the area on their way to the breeding waters of Sangihe Archipelago, and dugongs, which come to the beds of sea grass in the area to feed.
Bunaken National Park’s best dive areas are situated just outside of Manado Bay, north of Sulawesi Island. There are more than two dozen incredible dive sites on offer, spread out across 70,000 hectares of ocean, located around the islands of Manado Tua, Bunaken, Siladen, Nain and Montehage.