Bunaken National Marine park in Manado
Spectacular coral walls, amazing fish life and fantastic muck dives
Bunaken National Marine Park is an official recognized and protected Marine Park of more than 75,000 hectares.
There is a Northern section which includes the islands, Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehage and Nain. This Northern section is by far the biggest part of the park.
The Southern section is smaller and consists entirely of coastal area. There is excellent muck diving, and many divers rate the diving there higher than the Lembeh strait. On top of that, it has also one of the best walls in the whole park. Since it is closer by then the northern section of the park, we often choose to dive in that area.
Most parts of the islands are surrounded by plateau reefs, of which most end with the steep, impressive drop-offs that this park is so famous for. There are a few sites with gentle slopes, but they definitely form a minority and are not really part of the parks’ standard underwater geography.
In front of the coast of Molas there is also a dramatic Second World War shipwreck in good condition.
Being located in the center of Southeast Asia’s “Golden Coral Triangle”, Bunaken National Marine Park reefs have the highest levels of marine biodiversity anywhere found on this planet.
In between the two marine protected area’s we also have a good range of good dive sites with great muck diving. We often do our third dives there.