Diving Bunaken Package 5D4N

diving-bunaken

Diving Bunaken

The Bunaken National Marine Park lies in the bay of Manado, in the north of Sulawesi. It encompasses five islands (Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain) where you do mostly steep wall diving and here you have a good chance to see pelagic like sharks, mackerels and tunas as well marine turtle. The walls are very nicely covered with corals and have small caves and overhangs.

The Bunaken National Marine Park lies about 30 minutes by boat from Manado. Bunaken Island is the centerpiece of the national park but there is good diving also at Manado (the volcanic island), Siladen, Mantehage and Nain. Sometimes there are also some interesting discoveries, a small seahorse unknown to science, only about 2,5cm large and living on hydroids, which has been named Hippocampus pontohi.
Already in 1991 the underwater area around Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain Island became a national marine reserve.

The Park covers a total surface area of 79,056 hectares, 97% of which is ocean. There is an entrance fee (since March 2001- about US $15) that is used for the preservation of the park and in part for the villages on the Islands (controlled by US Aid). Also belonging to the park are coastal areas with small reefs, sea grass beds and Mangroves.

One of the highlights is the school of dolphins or pilot whales that we meet sometimes while crossing the bay of Manado on the way over to Bunaken. The school is distributed over a very large area with whole families resting on the surface. While Snorkeling (Do not make any noise with your fins!), a hug are pilot whale comes up for air several times before disappearing again. The whole time we hear chattering and squeaking from the school communicating around.

There is no continental shelf in the northern part of Sulawesi and reefs drop directly down to 1840 meters!, Depth between the islands are around 200m,between Manado Tua and Mantehage 1360m!, A rare fish has been found here, the coelacanth(Latimeria Menadoensis) who lives in caves about 100 to 200m depth on these steep underwater slopes. Coelacanth can reach a length of about 2 meters and are so called living fossils.

Living fossils discovered in the mouth of the Chalumna River on the east coast of South Africa and later around the Comoros Island. This is different species than one living around Manado.

Bunaken Dive Package
Duration: 05 Days / 04 Nights

Itenerary:
Day 1 : ARRIVAL – TRANSFER IN (D)
Arrive at Sam Ratulangi International Airport, meeting service and directly transfer to BUNAKEN Island.

Day 2 : BUNAKEN DIVING ( B, L,D )
2-3 Dives around Bunaken Marine Park

Day 3: BUNAKEN DIVING ( B, L,D )
2-3 Dives around Bunaken Marine Park

Day 4 : BUNAKEN DIVING ( B, L,D )
2-3 Dives around Bunaken Marine Park

Day 5: BUNAKEN – MANADO – AIRPORT (B)
Morning free program until time to transfer to airport for departure to next destination.

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