Diving Bunaken, Manado
If you want to experience diving Bunaken then you have come to the right place. We are a PADI 5 Star resort based on Bunaken Island where the sites are only 5-minutes away. What makes us special?
TWO FISH DIVE STANDARDS
- 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
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.
Diving in Bunaken – Dive Sites & 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!
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.
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!
Diving Bunaken – dive 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.
Wash and store service – Your dive guide loads all you dive gear onto the boats in the morning, changes tanks between dives, unloads the boat, and washes your equipment after diving. This means all you need to do is check your equipment and enjoy diving!
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.
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.