Welcome to Diving Bunaken, Manado!!

We are a PADI 5 Star Dive Center in Bunaken offering dive trips, PADI courses and snorkeling trips to the best sites of Bunaken Marine Park.

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Welcome to Diving Bunaken, Manado

Two Fish Divers Bunaken is an award winning PADI 5 Star Center located on the east-side of Bunaken Island itself at Pangulingan Beach where the sites are only 5-minutes away. It has its own small, cosy resort with 12 wooden cottages & rooms surrounding a beautiful 18m swimming pool.

2dives from Rp1,270,000

Accommodation options from Rp325,000-Rp750,000 per person /night, full board

Bunaken Island is a 45min boat ride from Manado, and we can arrange both the boat and airport transfers as requested. Bunaken Island is one of 5 islands that make up the Bunaken Marine Park, and the diving is on dramatic drop-offs mixed with sloping areas and beautiful coral gardens at the tops of the reef that offer a home to an abundance of reef fish and critters that is great for both beginners and experienced divers.

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I had a great time with Two Fish. I got my AOW with Colin and I have nothing but good things to say- same goes for the dive guides that I had throughout the week. They’re health and safety protocols above water were just as good as they are below water. Would recommend going for fun dives and it’s a great place to get a certification. We also loved the resident dogs! Hope to return again soon!

Nick Biblis, May 2021

Diving Schedule

  • Transfers

    We can organise:

    • airport transfers from Manado Airport, journey time is about 45mins to Manado harbour
    • boat transfers from Manado harbour to Bunaken Island, journey time is about 45mins.
  • Accommodation

    We have our own small, cosy resort with 12 wooden cottages & rooms surrounding a beautiful 18m swimming pool, with prices ranging from budget to more deluxe. As there are no restaurant alternatives on Bunaken Island, all accommodation is offered as full board

  • Diving Schedule

    Our normal daily schedule:

    • Depart after breakfast at 8am for 2 morning dives. Snacks, drinking water, coffee and tea are provided on the boat.
    • Return to the resort for lunch at 1pm
    • Afternoon dives leave at 2:30pm and return to the resort about 4pm
    • Night dives leave between 5 and 5:30 and return to the resort for dinner

    Our special dives are dawn dives, mandarin fish dives and night dives. These can be arranged while you are here. (weather and tides permitting)

    We can also arrange day trips doing 3 dives with lunch on the boat. There is a minimum number of divers and a fuel supplement for day trips.

  • finish your diving day

    We finish off your day by logging your dives with our dive guide, reviewing the sightings in our fish-id books, and confirming if you wish to do more diving tomorrow!

    Beers and cocktails are also readily available after your diving at our own beach cafe!

Why Choose Two Fish for Diving Bunaken, Manado?

Our Two Fish dive service includes:
  • 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, and are PADI Rescue Diver trained
  • 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, spot amazing critters and help carry 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
  • Commitment to Quality Courses by having full-time instructors at each dive center who teach according to our principles, and who follow the PADI guidelines for providing a safe courses.

We pride ourselves on being committed to a first-class dive service, having excellent dive staff & managers, having great Aqualung dive equipment and providing safe, top quality PADI courses.

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What can I see when I am diving in Bunaken?

Bunaken Island is one of 5 islands that make up the Bunaken Marine Park. The seas around the islands are very deep, in some places more than 600m deep, and the islands are “pinnacles” that reach the surface. Think of them as a submerged mountain range!

The dive sites around Bunaken have dramatic drop-offs mixed with sloping areas and beautiful coral gardens at the tops of the reef. There is a huge variety of soft and hard corals that offer a home to an abundance of reef fish and critters.

There are lots of fusiliers, butterflyfish, sweetlips, cardinal fish and damsel fish everywhere. Lots of green and hawksbill turtles are seen swimming and sleeping on the reef walls. Bigger things like tuna, humphead parrotfish, wahoo, barracudas and reef sharks are often seen swimming past the reef. Hiding on the wall there are lots of smaller critters such as scorpion fish, shrimps, nudibranch, lionfish, and seahorses hidden on the walls.

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Diving in Bunaken – Dive Sites & Conditions

Dive Conditions

Officially we have a “dry season” which is Apr/May-Sept/Oct and a “wet season” from Nov-Apr, but its actually great diving all year round with water temp 29-30C and visibility 15-25m all the time!

Our wet season is not the typical monsoon season that can close an entire region and last for months, instead it is just a period that gets more rain than sunshine. To be honest, over the last few years these “seasons” have been getting less distinct and are now very similar to each other. This means we get a mixture of sun & rain all year round that consists of

– blue skies & sun in morning followed by an hour of rain
– the occasional full day of drizzle (but still warm)
– the occasional day of wind, this can limit our sites as we have to stay on the leeward side

Even so, January-March does get a bit more rain than the other months, and although the visibility can drop to 10m it is still great diving. If there is bad weather when you are here then it often only lasts 3-4 days before the sun starts again.

We do get current on some dive sites but usually it is a easy drift current along the wall. You don’t need to worry about kicking into the current for half the dive as our dive boats will pick us up from wherever we come up.

We pick our dive sites based on conditions, diver comfort and experience so that you get to have great dives!

Dive Sites

We have over 30 dive sites so you will not get bored diving in Bunaken! However we do have lots of favourites that we will try and take you to while you are here like Muka Kampung, Lekuan 1, 2 & 3, Tanjung 1 & 2, Fukui, Rons Point, Tanjung Parigi, Sachiko, Bunaken Timur and Muka Two Fish.

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Our Dive Guides

We want you to be safe so all our dive guides are all trained to at least PADI Rescue Diver, and we encourage them to take their PADI Divemaster for which we provide financial assistance.

 

Dive Guide Trainee Program

We also have an annual trainee program to train new local dive guides – they need to speak good English, take the PADI Open Water Course, PADI Advanced Course and PADI Rescue Course, and have at least 100 dives before they can take guests diving.

Dive Guide Bunaken

Our Dive Center

Our dive center has a dive shop in reception where we sell small items like diving masks, defog, surface marker buoys, mask straps, sarongs, reef safe sunscreen etc. We have a equipment room with rental dive equipment, snorkeling equipment, dive computers and torches. There is also a washing and drying area.

lembongan resort

Our Dive Boats

We have wooden and fiber glass diving boats. Our wooden boats are based on the design of long distance tuna fishing boats and are made by the boat builders in the village. All our boats are perfect for diving around Bunaken!

Dive Boat Bunaken

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