Bunaken, Underwater Paradise in The Tip of Sulawesi Island


“The cities are the principal home and seat of the human group. They are the coral colony for Man, the collective being.” – Alfred Doblin

Bunaken, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Who does not ever heard of Bunaken, a name of a national park in North Sulawesi that is well known among divers throughout the globe?

From where we set off, the city port of Manado, we could see the coral reefs under speedboatYou know, that in fact Manado is a medium city in Indonesia. I mean, it is difficult to see coral reefs in some cities in Indonesia.

Bunaken is home for 390 species of coral reef, which makes the Bunaken National Park became one of places that has the highest marine biodiversity in the world. Bunaken National Park area itself has an area of 890.65 km². There are 20 dive spots with varying depths in Bunaken. In fact, Bunaken marine depths reaching 1,344 meters!! Of course with such a depth of no man could dive under.

The most favorite place for divers is around underwater great walls/hanging walls, a vertical coral reefs. The wall is also home for thousands or perhaps millions fish around Bunaken, and of course this become a paradise for those divers. This is what makes Bunaken special because not many dive sites have a sea wall and still in good condition.

Comparison of Bunaken sea wall size with my friend’s body. And this is only a small part of giant rock walls around Bunaken

Bunaken National Park covers five areas of the island: Bunaken, Manado Tua (Manarauw), Mantehage, Naen, and Siladen. The types of fish that inhabit the coral reefs of Bunaken, among others, include various species of anthias, chromis, various species of angelfish, various species of butterfly fish, various species of anemone fish (Nemo), sharks, various species of puffer fish, nudibranch, etc. 

Bunaken coral reef wall seen from above with thousands (maybe millions) of fish in various species.

During our speedboat trip from Manado to Bunaken, we found some dolphins dancing in the wild as if welcoming us to the underwater paradise of Bunaken. There is a view of Mount Manado Tua as well, a mountain on an island with the same name as the name of this mountain.

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