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Diving in Manado / Bunaken National Park

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When to go to Manado / Bunaken National Park

The east monsoon season (April - November) is the best period for visiting. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21C/69F to 33C/91F.

Water temperature usually ranges between 26C/78F and 30C/86F.


What to see

Most of the reefs of the Bunaken National Marine Park are rich and unspoilt, with pristine and abundant soft corals and a huge concentration of fish life. Manta ray, barracuda, sharks, octopus, leaf fish, frogfish and many others are the park's regular inhabitants. In addition to the wide variety of reef fish, tucked away on the precipitous walls, divers will find an abundance of invertebrates and small marine life forms.

Scuba diving in Manado / Bunaken National Park

The Bunaken National Marine Park was formally established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing systems of marine parks. The park covers a total surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is sparkling clear warm tropical water. The Bunaken National Marine Park consists of five islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Nain, Montehage and Siladen, as well as a part of the North Sulawesi mainland. The closest international airport is Sam Ratulangi International Airport. The biodiversity of this area makes it one of the top places in the world among marine tourists. Bunaken mainly offers wall diving and drift diving, but also features several beautiful coral slopes. The night diving in the park is spectacular. Rare creatures are around every corner, and there's a WW II wreck within a day range. There are 22 official dive sites within the park. With visibility of around 25m/82ft this is one of the most favorite destinations among underwater photographers.


Most popular dive sites

The most well-known dive sites near Manado are Raymond’s Point, Alung Banua, Lekuan 1, 2 & 3, Mike’s Point, Mandolin Point, Sachiko's Point, Celah – Celah.

Dive centers in Manado / Bunaken National Park

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