Did you know that the Bunaken Marine Park was one of the fist Marine Protected Areas in Indonesia? It’s also where we first set up our home and our first Two Fish Divers Resort. We fell in love with Bunaken’s charm, stunning wall dives and we are sure you will too. The Bunaken Marine Park is 890 km2 and located just off the northern tip of Manado Bay, in the Sulawesi Sea.This is perhaps one of the most species diverse sites on the planet – 70% of all fish species that can be found in the Indo-Western Pacific Ocean can be found around Bunaken – it’s a scuba divers dream come true!
Marine Life Species
Bunaken is renowned for it’s turtle sightings – you’ll be amazed by how many you can see in a single dive at some of our sites. Most commonly, we spot two species but Bunaken is actually frequented by an impressive 5 out of 7 sea turtle species.
When it comes to fish, Bunaken has diversity in abundance. 33 species of butterflyfish have been recorded around our dive sites and did you know that we dugongs are spotted here and between the months of July and August you may even catch a glimpse of some sperm whales.
Many of Bunaken’s dive sites are wall dives, and where pockets of shelter can be found, you are quite likely to spot resting oceanic whitetip and blacktip reef sharks. When you are diving, keep an eye out to the blue as spotted eagle rays often fly by.
The fun doesn’t stop when you get back on the boat – we often have pods of dolphins playing in the boat’s wave-break when we travel to and from dive sites!
Famous Dive Sites Of Bunaken
These two drift dive sites, situated on the north east corner of Bunaken Island feature steep slopes and walls of healthy, vibrant coral, diverse fish life, interesting critters and occasional passing eagle rays. At Sachiko’s Point alone, 301 species of fish have been recorded, a true testament to the successes of the marine park. Trevallies, glassfish, barracuda, Napoleon wrasse, green sea turtles and parrotfish are just a handful of what there is to see here.
Another stunning wall dive where you will see turtles, turtles and more turtles! From turtles resting on ledges to turtles swimming in the blue and surfacing for air – you’ll get your fill of turtles here. The wall at Lekuan 2 is also home to a vibrant mix of corals and in the shallows you’ll find schooling pyramid butterflyfish and hoards of other reef fish.
This is a stunning wall dive on the east coast of Bunaken Island which offers dense coral coverage, enchanting shallow water coral gardens, turtles, critters and kaleidoscopic colours. If you are looking to see big fish, small critters and everything in between, Bunaken Timor is an excellent option and one which we love.
Tiwohoo is the name of a small village on the mainland of North Sulawesi – this dive site is located directly in front of the village and if you are a macro and critter aficionado this is a dive not to be missed. You’ll find everything here from ribbon eels, nudibranch and a range of crustaceans through to a host of cephalopods and bizarre looking bottom dwellers.
Bunaken Diving Conditions and Seasons
Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, Bunaken offers something for everyone. You’ll find that Bunaken’s year-round warm and clear waters make it an ideal diving destination no matter what your certification level. Bunaken has some stunning drift dives for those who like to literally “Go with the flow” as well as calm bays and coves for those who prefer to dive at a more leisurely pace.
Why not combine a dive holiday in Bunaken with a visit to our Two Fish Divers Lembeh Resort – the resorts are under an hour apart and you’ll be able to mix up world class walls and muck in one phenomenal trip!
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