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Bunaken National Marine Park – A Great Place for Marine Tourism

Updated on April 21, 2015

Bunaken Island

Bunaken National Marine Park is a great place for marine tourism

Bunaken Island is located in province Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia. Bunaken Island can be seen from the beach of Manado. Bunaken Island is administratively in the municipality of Manado, the capital of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Bunaken Island can be reached from Manado by boat for around 30 to 60 minutes long. Bunaken Island is a pleasant place for a tourist destination. There are a lot of inns and resorts that are already available there on Bunaken Island. It’s available from backpacker cottages to 5-star resorts. Bunaken Island had the beautiful atmosphere of tropical areas.

There is a national marine park on Bunaken Island. It’s a great place for marine tourism to do any marine activities such as swimming, snorkeling, and diving. Bunaken National Marine Park is one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling areas and it is already drawing many visitors from all around the world. The marine park on Bunaken is beautiful. The park is famed because of the clarity of its water. In the dry season from May to October, sea visible reaches maximum clear lines especially when the temperatures climb roasting to 35°. There are 390 species of coral that already recorded in Bunaken National Marine Park. The beautiful coral and its ecosystem can be seen under the sea surface up to several kilometers from the coast of Bunaken Island. Besides snorkeling and diving, there is also a commercial boat rent to the public for those who cannot dive or swim or just want to enjoy the underwater view of the marine park without diving or swimming. This boat features a glass partition that attached at the bottom of the boat and it used to see the beauty of underwater views of Bunaken National Marine Park. Feel vacation experience on the Bunaken Island.

Coral reefs on the Bunaken island
Coral reefs on the Bunaken island | Source

The Ecosystem

Actually, the Bunaken National Marine Park is a form of an ecosystem consisting of mangrove ecosystems, coral reefs, and sea and pasture land. Around the island of Bunaken, there are also other islands that surround it like the island of Manado Tua, Montehage Island, Nain Island, Siladen Island, and much more.

Bunaken Island has diverse potential flora like palm, sago, woka, coconut and mangrove trees. Mangrove forest on the island of Bunaken also is home to a wide variety of fauna such as shrimp, crabs, and mollusks, many kinds of birds such as gulls, tern, sea cangak and storks. On its land, it is inhabited by several species of fauna such as deer (Cervus timorensis Russa), Sulawesi black macaques (Macaca nigra) and Possum (Ailurops ursinus ursinus). Also in the sea waters of Bunaken National Marine Park itself, there are about 91 species of fish including white Oci (Seriola rivoliana), fish Gusumi Horse (Hippocampus horse), Ila trunk (Scolopsis bilineatus), Lolosi yellow tail (Lutjanus kasmira), Goropa (Ephinephelus spilotoceps Pseudanthias hypselosoma) and others.

view of Bunaken Island from sea surface
view of Bunaken Island from sea surface | Source

The Diving Experience

The Bunaken National Marine Park is the best place for your diving experience. Bunaken National Marine Park is one of the world's finest underwater parks. At Bunaken National Marine Park, there are 20 diving points that have varying depths and the most far-reaching depths are 1,344 meters from the sea surface. 12 diving points amongst 20 diving points were located on Bunaken Island. 12 diving points around Bunaken Island are a dive spot that is most often used to dive in order to see the underwater beauty of Bunaken National Marine Park. In addition, you can also rent a variety of equipment and scuba gear to support your diving experience. There are several places to rent many kinds of scuba gear in Bunaken Island, so you have no need to bother to bring your scuba gear anymore, you can rent scuba gear on Bunaken Island if you want to dive in this place. There are also diving instructors that are willing to guide you or to teach you how to dive so you can enjoy your diving experience more freely. At 12 diving points that are lined up from the southeast to the northwest of Bunaken Island, there are great underwater walls or commonly referred to as hanging walls. Great underwater walls are huge coral reefs that stand vertically and curved upward. Great underwater walls are a shelter and a food source for many kinds of fishes around the Bunaken Island.

Map to reach Bunaken Island
Map to reach Bunaken Island | Source

How to Reach Bunaken Island

You can Reach Bunaken Island from Manado city. You can use transportation such as boat from Manado harbor, Marina Nusantara Diving Centre (NDC) in the district of Molas and Marina Blue Banter that located in the street of Boulevard to Bunaken. You can reach the island of Bunaken from Manado in about 30 minutes.


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      Yorja Rahmani 4 years ago from India

      Wow....This looks place amazing..