Bunaken Marine Park is known as as among the best places on earth for diving and snorkeling. Situated just offshore the North Sulawesi capital of Manado, Bunaken offers untouched beauty of nature. It was first established as a national marine park in 1991 and it covers an area of 89,605 hectares. It is one of the most beautiful places that i have ever visited in my lives.
You’ll find a couple of solutions to enjoy the diving experience at Bunaken.
* First alternative, you’ll be able to stay in Manado and have a boat in the morning to the nearby islands to start your diving trip.
* Your second choice is to actually stay in one the five islands around Manado and enjoy the ultimate diving experience as soon as you get up from your bed.
It does not matter which options you decide on, you’ll be inspired by the beauty of Bunaken.
During my visit, I decided to stay in Manado because I desired to explore the other attractions of North Sulawesi. I stayed at at Ritzy hotel, located 10 minutes walk from the harbor. The hotel is one of the upscale hotels in Manado. When I got there, I visited the mainland attractions, such as Lake Tondano, positioned in the Minahasa highland. Lake Tondano offers a serene environment deep in the mountains. I had the luxury of hiring a guide for all of our trips. A guide is very recommended for various reasons, especially comfort. A guide will cost you from USD$ 40 to USD$ 60, determined by where you are going. This price usually includes the car rental, gas, and all the information you want to learn from the guide.
The next day, I went for my first bunaken diving experience. Don’t forget to remember: Make sure you already have your diving certificate. You may also complete your diving certificate here if you want to do so. I visited Bastianos diving resort to prepare my diving itinerary. I could only say something of my diving experience: It was incredible. Clear visibility up to 30 meters, warm refreshing water temperature, 3,000 types of fish and 300 types of coral. It absolutely was nothing like I’d ever seen before.
Backpacking Indonesia (Sulawesi & West Papua) [Trailer HD]
Amazing four week trip including Manado, Bunaken Island, Lembeh Island, world’s best Muckdiving, Tangkoko Nationalpark, Tomohon with its famous “extreme market” (they grill dogs and snakes here!!), active volcanoes, pristine lakes, huge waterfalls and Raja Ampat Marine Park (Waigeo, Kri Island, Arborek, Fam Islands). Without doubt Raja Ampat is a diver’s heaven with lots of untouched coral, sharks, mantas, baracudas and dolphins. Many palm fringed beaches around tiny coconut islands make every dream of carribbean lovers come true. The footage is from 2016. Enjoy! [chris]
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