/// Diving Bunaken, Manado

/// Bunaken, Manado and Bunaken Marine Park


When you are diving Bunaken, Manado, you actually dive in the protected area of Bunaken Marine Park consisting of the mainland along the coast of Manado and and five islands.

Bunaken Island is about 45mins from Manado, and 50% of the dive sites are based around Bunaken Island making it the main diving destination of the area.

Diving with Two Fish in Bunaken is diving made easy: after breakfast its a short walk to the beach where the dive boats and staff are ready for you; we depart for 2 morning dives at 8am with the surface interval on the boat with refreshments and great snorkelling; after the 2 morning dives we return to the resort for lunch; after lunch you can relax or do an afternoon dive; night dives are organised whenever you want to go!


/// The Two Fish experience

  • Small groups of no more than four guests per dive guide
  • Dive groups are organised according to air consumption and dive experience
  • Expert dive guides who have done thousands of dives in Bunaken
  • All guides are PADI Rescue Diver trained, and there is Oxygen and first aid on every dive boat
  • English speaking friendly crew and dive guides
  • Long dives – we just ask you to surface after 75mins or on 40bar
  • All our dive guides are trained to assist photographers, spotting amazing critters and helping with carrying accessories
  • Wash and store service – all dive gear is loaded onto boats in the morning, and removed and washed after your diving, so all you need to do is DIVE!

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/// Diving Bunaken: Best wall dives in Asia


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Bunaken’s walls were officially voted the best walls in Asia* because they offer:

  • Dramatic drop-offs with a huge variety of soft and hard corals
  • Reef fish from fusiliers to butterflyfish, sweetlips, cardinal fish and damsel fish
  • Wall critters such as scorpion fish, nudibranch, lionfish, and seahorses to name a few
  • Turtles, barracudas and reef sharks
  • Amazing visibility of 30m+

more diverse than Komodo and West Thailand

In Sept 2012 dive sites of Bunaken were ranked among the top in the world for marine diversity. The survey also described North Sulawesi as more diverse than Komodo and West Thailand. Read the story here.

*voted by Asian Diver magazine in 2004.

To take advantage of the abundance of reef life at shallow depths, we generally encourage our guests to dive no deeper than 25 meters & spend longer at shallow depths, meaning that dives are frequently more than 60 minutes.

If you wish to dive deeper – no problem, just let us know beforehand so we can schedule it in.

From our Bunaken Diving Blog

Picking fights with boxer crabs

Jul 27 2015 Kristina Wallin
This week in Bunaken… Dive guide Oke learned that attitude sometimes comes ...

Mama dugong and baby!

Jul 20 2015 Kristina Wallin
This week in Bunaken… Judith from the UK and dive guide Opel got a very ...

Conservation project: Building coral reefs!

Jul 14 2015 Kristina Wallin
This week in Bunaken… We did a small contribution to protecting the coral ...

We see ghosts – ghost pipe fish!

Jul 6 2015 Kristina Wallin
This week in Bunaken… We have seen ghosts this week! Luckily though it ...

Eagle rays and pilot whales

Jun 29 2015 Kristina Wallin
This week in Bunaken… A large amount of eagle rays have been seen on the ...


More from our Bunaken Diving Blog….

/// Bunaken fringing reef




The five islands resemble a submerged mountain range that was flooded with the sea many eons ago. The steep walls of each island form a fringing reef that totally surrounds them.

The top of the reef wall starts at 3m and drops to more than 600m, making it ideal for beginners or experienced divers. Most of the reef-life sits at the ideal depth of 10-15m.

/// Wreck Diving



The Molas shipwreck was a Dutch cargo vessel sunk during WWII near Molas beach, just outside the town of Manado. The wreck lies in 24m-40m of water and a school of long fin batfish circle the top of the wreck. At nearby Tanjung Pisok, also on the Sulawesi mainland, we meet orangutan crabs and delightful tiny clown frogfish (Antennarius maculatus).

/// Night Diving




A montage of night dive video footage from “Muka”, right in front of Two Fish Divers’ resort, Bunaken. The video features a starry moray eel, a blackspotted pufferfish, a stareye parrotfish, nudibranchs, dwarf lionfish, tasseled scorpionfish, and many crustaceans including a decorator crab, a sponge crab, a hermit crab, a spiny lobster and a marble shrimp.

/// Manado slopes and muck


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The coast off Manado offers an alternative to the beautiful walls in the form of sandy slopes.

These offer some amazing muck diving where you can spot sea horses, giant frogfishes, various types of ghost pipe fishes and many other critters.

There is even a ship wreck, home to schools of fish as well as hard and soft corals.

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Enhance your holiday

/// Take a Speciality course

  • Most of the dives are wall dives, so taking the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Speciality course will improve your buoyancy and increase your dive times.
  • Being one of the most diverse marine environments in the world, the PADI Underwater Naturalist Speciality course will help you understand the marine environment better.
  • The PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Speciality course can be used to extend your time underwater, so you can spend more time with the turtles.
  • Some creatures just don’t come out during day light hours, so taking the PADI Night Diver Speciality course will allow you to see some very different marine life.
  • With the deep walls, the PADI Deep Speciality course will allow you to explore the amazing walls to 40m.

/// Full service

We can book all the necessary airport transfers, and we can book all your internal flights for you. All you need to do is dive!

/// Land Tours

Take a few days off from diving and explore the volcanoes and national park around Manado.

/// What next?


/// Indo Dive Safari with us

  • Dive both Bunaken and Lembeh, they are only 3hours apart from each other
  • Start or finish in Bali, its only a 3hour flight from Bunaken/Manado.
  • Add on South Lombok, its only a half-hour flight from Bali.

Why not try all locations? You can commence your safari at any of our locations and continue to the next location at any time in any direction.

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