Bunaken National Marine Park: A Diving Paradise

Bunaken National Marine Park: A Diving Paradise

There are things that words cannot describe. That’s why I have looked for a good video that could show at least part of Bunaken National Marine Park wonders. The incredible biodiversity, beautiful corals, rare fishes, graceful turtles. There’s so much to discover in this underworld environment.

Blue Nudibranch, Photo by Paolo Lora

Blue Nudibranch, Photo by Paolo Lora

Bunaken National Marine Park offers lots of good diving spots. My favourite ones are Lekuan I, II and III, gorgeous walls where you have great chances to experience encounters with turtles, humphead wrasses, bump-headed parrotfishes, black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, not to speak about the incredible variety of corals.

Other diving spots I enjoyed a lot are Bango, Sachiko Point and Tiwoho, where it’s more likely to see some big stuff such as eagle rays, reef sharks and various pelagics.

Pigmy Horse, Photo by Paolo Lora

Pigmy Horse, Photo by Paolo Lora

Overall, Bunaken National Marine Park is a true paradise for macro underwater photographers and to see uncommon marine creatures such as leaf fishes, frog fishes, horse pipe-fishes, a variety of colourful scorpion fishes, beautifully coloured nudibranchs and lots more.

Only once, a few years ago, I was lucky enough to see the blue ring octopus fish, a small, beautifully coloured and one of the most venomous species. I was really fascinated in looking at this magnificent and so dangerous inhabitant of the sea. No panic however! The chances for you to get a close encounter are really unlikely.

Lekuan II, Bunaken Marine Park. Photo by Matt Kieffer

Lekuan II, Bunaken Marine Park. Photo by Matt Kieffer

Since many dives are mostly quiet, Bunaken National Marine Park is a good place also for the ones who are willing to get Open Water PADI Certificate as well as for those who would like to go further by getting the Advanced certificate. There are lots of experienced instructors that can drive you to discover the incredible beauty of marine life.

At Siladen Resort & Spa, where I stayed, the instructor Mario (a very nice Argentinian guy) proposes a nice formula, with theory courses in the evening, right after dinner, so that guests can fully enjoy the day (and the sunset with the view on Manado Tua volcano, lying on the beach with a good cocktail). Like that, getting a certificate is real fun.


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    Posted at 11:02h, 24 October Reply

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  • Manado Pictures
    Posted at 17:05h, 05 October Reply

    Great pictures – great adventures,
    It’s always my dream to be able to create such beautiful shots. Anyway, even if you have the greatest adventure it would never considered as great if you do not have those staggering photos.
    I have followed you from exxxplorer.wordpress.com, now if you don’t mind, this site is already in my bookmark and rss reader.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 00:58h, 10 October Reply

      How sweet of you! Can you imagine how happy you made me?

      Yes, the underwater photos are amazing. But please note that I did not shot them. I’m not an underwater photographer. I just love scuba diving and want to enjoy every second of the amazing underwater life. There are so many stunning shots, what would be the point for me to take a bad one? :-)))

      Huge thanks for following me for such a long time. That’s the best reward I could ever have expected! A big hug.

  • Nik
    Posted at 14:33h, 05 April Reply

    Heya Simon,

    Great to hear how much you enjoyed Bunaken! Indonesia is indeed a great place for scuba-divers of all types of experiences and interests. If you are still in Indonesia, I’ll have to recommend Raja Ampat, another excellent diving spot in Indonesia.



    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 18:02h, 06 April Reply

      Hello Nik, definitely Raja Ampat is one of the diving destinations of my wish list. I just wonder that I would need at least 3 lives to do all the things I’m dreaming of… 🙁

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