Bunaken National Marine Park is located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi. Bunaken National Park boasts an area of 890.65 km2 of which only 3% is terrestrial, including Bunaken Island, the islands of Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen.
Bunaken’s seascape is decorated with a high diversity of corals, fish, and sponges. Notably, 7 of the 8 species of giant clams that exist in the world are in Bunaken. The waters is more colorful with the presents of around 20,000 marine biotas including 390 species of coral, over 33 species of butterfly fish, many different types of groupers, damsels, wrasses, and the bulging eyes gobies. In fact, Dr. Mark Erdmann found a living coelacanth in Bunaken. Coelacanth is a 60 million years old fish species.
The vibrant life that is taking place in Bunaken’s waters is because northeast currents generally sweep through the park where the counter currents are believed to trap the larva. Not only the marine life collection that attracts divers, the marvelous seascape scenery is also supported by the good visibility that generally goes around 20 to 40 meters almost along the year create pleasant environment for divers.
Having such an abundance marine life biodiversity, no wonder that Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving areas. Bunaken offers diving for divers with all level certification. Those advance divers who like challenging current may do a steep wall dive with occasional strong currents and enjoy the big fish feeding moment.
Moreover, Bunaken is ready providing divers and tourist with accommodation and facilities needed to explore its seascape.