This week in North Sulawesi, we’ve been spending dive time admiring the unsung heroes of Bunaken wall diving. How often do you come back from a dive and remember swimming through countless redtooth triggerfish and pyramid butterflyfish? Our divers simply became part of their schools.
Visibility increased in the main Bunaken wall diving areas over the last few days, bringing us back to a stunning 40+ meters in most places. This has brought our attention back to the large schools of fish we’re lucky to be surrounded by so commonly here in North Sulawesi. Imagine drifting along a bottomless wall surrounded by fish that seem perfectly happy for you to be there. This is exactly what diving around Bunaken and Siladen has been like this week. Our guests have commented how much they enjoy seeing schools of jackfish, mackerel and the ever-present fusiliers rushing by.
They certainly seem to be on a bit of an underwater mission, sometimes changing direction for no apparent reason. Upon taking a closer look, there are often two or three giant or bluefin trevallies following closely, often looking for an opportunity to hunt.
Watching life on the reef, interspersed by rarer finds including nudibranchs and crustaceans has kept both newbies and experienced divers happy, and even those with years of diving under their belt couldn’t quite get over the vastness of the walls around the islands of our marine park. If you want to find out more about how to dive comfortably on Bunaken’s walls, click here.