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Tourist Guide


13 Jul 2016

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Bunaken Marine Park is a flagship tourist destination Manado, North Sulawesi and is one of the most beautiful marine parks in the world. Various coral reefs and marine life and crammed in Bunaken marine park. For you who like to travel under the sea, bunaken could be one of the choices for you.

Bunaken Marine Park is located in Kelurahan Bunaken Kecamatan Bunaken Manado, North Sulawesi. Bunaken has the distance of about 7 miles from the port of Manado and it can be reached about 50 minutes using a twin-engine motor boat or just about 35 minutes if you are using a speed boat.

There are 5 islands included in this national park namely Naen Island, Bunaken Island, Manado Tua Island, Siladen Island, and Mantehage Island along with child Islands in the surrounding. And the number of population in the 5 islands is about 21,000 people.

Bunaken has a variety of underwater life, this is because the Bunaken marine park is located in the golden triangle of the world’s coral reefs which spread from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Solomon Islands.

There are dozens of species of coral and thousands of species of fish that live in the park marine covering an area of ​​75,265 hectares. The beauty of Bunaken marine park has been enjoyed   by both domestic tourist and foreign. Most of the coastal area consists of mangrove forests and white sand. Bunaken Marine Park has a marine biodiversity one of the highest in the world.

The sea of Bunaken has the hard and soft coral reefs, the cliffs walls with different shapes and colors of marine life which there are sharks, marlin, tuna, snapper, grouper, barracuda, napoleon wrasse, angel fish, turtle, mandarin fish, seahorses, stingrays, octopus and various other kinds of fish and of course the most famous is an ancient fish (coelacanth).

There is off seasons to visit Bunaken Marine Park, it means you may anytime visit and dive in Bunaken. But more is recommended you may dive in Bunaken marine park in May to August because at that moment you are greeted with clear sea water and very warm with air temperatures 26-31 degrees Celsius.

The beauty of Bunaken marine park can be seen at the location called lekuan 1, 2, 3, fukui, mandolin, tanjung parigi, rons point, sachiko point, pangalisang, muka kampung and bunaken timur. In addition there are many more dive spots located in Bunaken marine park, because Bunaken itself has 40 dive sites with varying depths that provide various types of tropical fish and coral reefs.

The area which was inaugurated in 1991 as a national marine park also offers other beauty namely the underwater great walls, which stands curved upwards.

For you a lover of underwater photography, we can be sure you will not be disappointed when visiting Bunaken marine park because here you can get spectacular photos which rare you get in other areas.

For you who want to explore the Bunaken you need not worry because here you will easily meet accommodation ranging from backpacker price to star hotels. In addition, to support your activities during tour in bunaken, you can also find a speedboat rental, snorkeling tools/diving equipments and underwater cameras to capture your activities while under the sea.