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The beautiful steep coral reefs of Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi house an aquatic ecosystem which attracts divers of all levels.

The area offers incredibly high levels of marine biodiversity, warm waters, clear visibility and its pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges. These in turn are home to barracuda, napoleon wrasse, moray eels and turtles. 

Established in 1991, there are five islands that make up the park, Siladen, Montehage, Nain and Bunaken each with their own characteristics and enchanting dive sites. The water here is deep, visibility averages 35 metres and water temperature is 27-29C year round.

Most of the diving is drifting along the colurful walls with their fans, sponges, overhangs and caves. You will no doubt explore Lekuan 1, 2 and 3 dive sites. Keep an eye out for cleaner shrimp, sharks, schooling fusiliers and barracuda, bumphead parrot fish and plenty more, especially at Mike's Point, famous amongst underwater photographers. 

A combination of Bunaken and Lembeh Strait makes for a unique diving holiday.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, dugong, common cuttlefish

Dive trips

This dive location is featured in the following itineraries:

Walls, Schools & Critters

Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait together offer a fantastic variety of enchanting dive sites right in the heart of the best marine biodiversity in the world – a fabulous combination!

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 17 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £2,975 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Biodiversity of Bunaken: Photography Workshop

Home to an outstanding marine biodiversity, Bunaken is the ideal location to join photography expert Dr Richard Smith as he provides daily lectures and workshops during his residency at the Siladen Resort & Spa.

  • When to go: Jun
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,095 pp
  • Trip type: Group trip
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Siladen Resort & Spa

Located in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park, Siladen Resort & Spa is an exclusive hidden getaway offering guests a relaxed atmosphere and an unforgettable holiday experience on a tropical island.

Gangga Island Resort & Spa

Built under shady palms amongst tropical gardens, this beachfront resort is located on the small tropical island of Gangga in northern Sulawesi, perfectly located for world-class diving and snorkelling opportunities.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa

Tasik Ria is North Sulawesi’s unique resort for divers, families and adventure seekers. A family run property, it offers comfort and warm hospitality, with all the conveniences of an international resort.