Monday, August 4, 2008
Bunaken National Park in northern Indonesia is part of the North Sulawesi region. The National Park covers the northern tip of the larger island of Sulawesi, a number of smaller islands, and a vast expanse of water. North Sulawesi as a whole is a marvelous haven for diving. It has been estimated that there are over 150 prime diving sites in the region.
The area offers ideal conditions for diving. The water is warm and crystal clear - with visibility up to 40 meters. The underwater profiles range from coral reefs with dramatic drop offs to wide-open sand flats. In addition, there are some fast-flowing underwater currents. Even though Sulawesi is one of the more remote areas of Indonesia, it is easily accessible. Manado is served by an international airport with direct international flights from Singapore and the Philippines. From within Indonesia, Manado has good connections from all major cities. It is no wonder that over the years North Sulawesi has become one of the most popular diving destinations in Asia.
A Group of islands consist Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Gangga, Mantehage and Nain where located in North Sulawesi is one of Main Diving Destination in the world in Indonesia. Underwater formation which form a great wall underwater offer great sensation for scuba diver in the world.
From Macro Object to Whales can be seen in Bunaken all year. Dive sites in Bunaken ussually give us over than 25 meter vizibility and hundreds divers from all over the world dives in these area. New dive sites founded every year by local diver in Manado.
A flat island about 15 km from Manado, with a friendly people. The coral reefs off Bunaken island shouldn't be missed while you are in Manado. These magnificent virgin reefs are still relatively unspoiled. The drop-off walls at Liang cove is not only rare in the world, with caves, gullies and caverns, harboring an immense wealth of marine life. Spectacular formation of reefs begin with flat at about 5 m depth. These plunge downward to form underwater vertical crevices with often reach depth on several hundred meters. On these beautiful reefs, a wonderful collection of marine life thrives.
The Bunaken reef is a chain of over 40 five star dive spots. The Marine Park is spectacular with the greatest concentration of tropical fish, coral species and world famous wall diving.Clear, warm waters (sea temperatures usually range between 27-30 degrees C), light currents and calm seas allow easy access to the underwater attraction awaiting visitors to the five-islands of the Bunaken-Manado Tua National Marine Park which sits directly offshore of Manado. Bunaken is the standout favorite, with the highest density of schooling fish and the greatest probability to see larger species such as turtles, sharks, and napoleon wrasse. There are enough sites here to keep any diver happy for over a week without going elsewhere.