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Bunaken island


List of dive sites,
on bunaken, siladen, manado tua, mantehage and nain island

The Bunaken - Manado Tua National Marine Park geographically located in Indo Pacific region and holds the richest marine diversity on the planet, where the Bunaken island is considered to be one of the top diving destinations. Here is some of the diving site description, including the divesite map area on the left side.


Dive Sites in Bunaken island





1. Likuan 1


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : It is divided into 3 continuous sites going from one to another. Start on the sandy slopes which slowly get into the wall part of the site. It is home to the Bannerfish, Napoleon Wrasses, and a large school of Pyramid Butterflyfish. It is also possible to see Turtles and Angelfish here. Small whitetip reef sharks can be found here sleeping in crevices.
Rated : Advanced diver with 20 logged dives; currents; average visibility 30m
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2. Likuan 2


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : Continuing the first part of the famous long reef located in front of Bunaken Island is Lekuan II. It is a vertical wall covered with different types of hard and soft corals which have beautifully decorated this site and welcome a wide array of marine live. Butterflyfish and Bannerfish are a common sight here. It is also possible to encounter Napoleon Wrasses, Turtles, and Sharks.
Rated : Vertical wall; adv diver; depth 10-25 m; currents; av vis 30 m
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3. Likuan 3


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 5 star ( Excellent )
Description : One of Bunaken Best dive sites, as it starts with a nice sandy slope with underwater pinnacles and continues to a wall, which drops to over 200m. Gorgonians and big sponges decorate the wall in a magnificent way and complete it with a huge range of colorful fishes. A very special site for night diving. Barracudas, Reef Whitetip Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, and Sponge Crabs are common here. Cleaner shrimp, Scorpionfish, large Nudibranches, Cuttlefish, Spanish Dancers, Basket Stars are seen here. Anything is possible…
Rated : Beginner diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 25; av vis 35
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4. Cela cela crack


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( very good )
Description : As its name says, this site offers a deep wall with large cracks everywhere. A great site especially with a bright sunlight passing through and brightens up the blue water. It is one of the favorite areas for photographers. Pay special attention to the algae covered wall, you never know what critters you might find here. It offers excellent visibility. It is common to see reef Sharks here. Spotted Eagle Rays can also be seen. Numerous schooling tropical reef fish and an excellent variety at soft and hard coral are found here. Special night dive with many interesting caves and also access into 20 meter deep crevices.
Rated : Rates: Beginner diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 25m; av vis 35m
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5. alung banua


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 3 star ( good )
Description : Alung Benua has excellent macro objects to offer. One thing for sure is that you have to pay attention on the disguised creatures. Leaf fish, Ghost pipefish and Frogfish to name a few creatures which have been seen here. The wall also offers beautiful caves which often became a sleeping place for white tip reef shark. Mostly make this dive site a place for learning course, cause there is a special place for it.
Rated : Beginner diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 25m; av vis 35m
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6. fukui point


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( Very good )
Description :Sloping reef. Spotted Garden eel, Giant Clams, Bumphead parrotfish, large size Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasses, a big school of Batfish, and other Pelagic fish are common here. Spotted Eagle Rays may be found. Barrel Sponges are a common sight here. Big fish and lots of action.. This is one of the dive spots around Bunaken Island with no deep wall reef. Going down to around 15 meters only, there are 5 Giant Clams
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 5 – 25m; av vis 30m; occasional current
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7. Mandolin


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 5 star ( Excellent )
Description : Mandolin is named after the same traditional musical instrument due to its shape from a birds eye view. The currents range from moderate to strong at this dive site. You will enjoy small schools of reef fish, Angelfish, Gobbies, Bumphead Parrotfish, and large size Barracudas. Nice coral, pristine reef, large Gorgonian fans and Ascidians. In the deeper part, there is possibility to see Blacktip Reef Sharks.
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 5 – 40m; av vis 30m; strong current
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8. raymonds point


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description :This site is very close to Mandolin point. The site is known for its’ large cave, many Lobsters, Emperor Angelfish, Groupers, Sting Rays, and possibly small Spotted Eagle Rays. Many small schools of fish live here. Banded Sea Snakes are a common sight at the top of the reef. Nice soft and hard coral. A place for underwater photographers from the cave face to see the sunbrust.
Rated : Beginner diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 35m; av vis 35m
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9. mike's point


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 5 star (Excellent )
Description :Located on the north west of Bunaken Island, this site was named after well-known underwater photographer, Mike Severns. A wall covered with a great variety of different, colourful corals is a home for a huge range of tropical reef fish, which makes it perfect for fish portrait photography. Big fishes are common guests to this site too, as it often has a strong current which is affected by the tides. The reef floor is covered in different types of Sponges which make it a great area for deeper diving.
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15 – 40m; av vis 25m; strong currents
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10. tanjung parigi


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 3 star ( good )
Description :This dive site is located right at the northern part of Bunaken Island. The place called Tanjung Parigi. Tanjung Parigi is the name of local village on Bunaken island. It has a vertical winding wall, with an exposed reef top. Surgeonfish, Rabbitfish, Parrotfish, large Jacks, and other Pelagic fish are seen here. It is also possible to find huge Barrel sponges, beautiful black coral, and Gorgonians. There can be a strong current.
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15 – 30m; winding wall; av vis 30m; currents
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11. sachiko point


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( very good )
Description : This popular dive site provides a stunning wall with breath-taking soft and hard coral at the top of the reef. It has become a home of Stonefish and certain types of Moray eels, especially the white-mouth moray. In midwater, away from the reef, there are literally thousands and thousands of schooling red tooth Triggerfish. Large Gorgonians can also be found in the area. Strong current which is very common here, bring along schools of Jacks and Barracudas. Occasionally reef sharks cruise along the deeper areas of the reef.
Rated :Advanced diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 30m; av vis 30m
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12. bunaken timur


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 5 star ( Excellent )
Description :Located on the eastern part of Bunaken Island, it has a very similar reef structure as Pangalisan. The reef itself is very long and seems impossible to do it in one single dive. Another excellent place for drift diving, because of the currents, which are affected by the tides. Ascidians, Spotted Eagle Rays, turtles, Nudibranches, Shrimpfish, Butterflyfish, and Sharks are pretty common here. It is a special site for macro photography.
Rated : Advanced diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5 – 25m, av vis 25m; strong currents
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13. muka kampung


Location Divesite : Bunaken island
Rating : 4 star ( Very good )
Description : Muka Kampung means "in front of the village". It is located at the southern tip of Bunaken Island. Currents may be extremely strong – giving you a nice, fast underwater ride. Napoleon Wrasses, Reef black and white tip sharks, Lobsters, and Moorish Idols are found here. It is possible to see big turtles and various schools of fish. The wall contains many vertical crevices and canyons.
Rated : Advanced diver; vertical wall diving; depth 15 – 30m; av vis 25m, currents
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14. muka gereja


Location Divesite : Manado Tua Island
Rating : 5 star ( Excellent )
Description : As known for its name, the site is exactly in front of a church. The waters around Muka Gereja are generally calm and offer excellent visibility. White Anemone Crabs and a pair of Leaf fish can be seen in and around Sticky Anemone. Large Trevallies, White tip sharks, Spotted Eagle Rays, and Scorpionfish are also found here. There are many varieties of hard and soft corals. The fascinating thing about this dive site is not only about what it has to offer underwater; the great volcano is an amazing sight when you surface.
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15-30m; vertical winding wall; av vis 30m; currents
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15. Negeri


Location Divesite : Manado Tua Island
Rating : 5 star ( Excellent )
Description : The site is situated towards the east of Muka Gereja. Currents are very much depending on the direction and strength of the wind. With the same great visibility, there is the possibility to see Silvertip Sharks, on its sandy slopes around the 30 m mark. Giant clam, Banded Pipe fish, Parrotfish, Angelfish, and other schooling fish are found here. At 30m sandy steps offer possible encounters with Silvertip and Hammerhead sharks. Expect big fish at this deep dive. Barrel sponges and a nice variety of beautiful soft coral are found here
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-25; vertical winding wall; av vis 30m; current.
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16. tanjung kopi


Location Divesite : Manado Tua Island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : This site often has strong current with good visibility. There many types of Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish, and sometimes Blacktip and Hammerhead sharks. At deeper depth you may encounter Emperor angelfish. There is an abundance of beautiful soft coral, Gorgonians, and Whip Corals.
Rated :Advanced diver, depth 15-25; slope with deep vertical wall; av vis 30m; possible down current.
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17. panggulingan


Location Divesite : Manado Tua Island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : This is a favorite dive site for experience divers. It is particularly good for a morning dive. This sites slope to 30m and then becomes a vertical wall. There are strong horizontal currents. Expect encounter with large pelagic fish. A school of 50 large size Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse, and Giant Trevallies are found here. At 30m you see thick schools of Bannerfish, and Butterflyfish, Spotted Eagle Ray, Sea Snake, and the possibility of a sleeping sharks under Table Coral. When you are lucky, you will see group of Hammerhead ! This area has one of the healthiest reefs, with a nice diversity of corals.
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-30m; sandy slope; deep vertical wall; av vis 30m; often down current.
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18.siladen


Location Divesite : Siladen Island
Rating : 3 star ( Good )
Description : A great place for both snorkellers and divers. Have variety of hard and soft corals and has become a host to different types of colourful reef fish. The wall itself is covered in hard and soft coral and it has lots of small rich overhangs which are loaded with soft corals, hydroids and lots of small things to discover. Napoleon Wrasse and Spotted Eagle Rays are regular visitors to this site .
Rated :Advanced diver; vertical wall diving; depth 5-30m; av vis 25m; strong currents
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19.siladen utara


Location Divesite : Siladen Island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : As its name says, it is situated behind Siladen Island. This is a good place to see Turtles. Snappers, Emperor Angelfish, and reef white tip sharks are also found here. A lot of macro life at the stepped sandy bottom
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-25m;av vis 25m; strong currents
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20.siladen Timur


Location Divesite : Siladen Island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : It is situated eastern part of the island. With an exposed reef top. Surgeonfish, Rabbitfish, Parrotfish, large Jacks, and other Pelagic fish are seen here. It is also possible to find huge Barrel sponges, beautiful black coral, and Gorgonians. There can be a strong current.
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-25m;av vis 25m; currents
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21. barracuda point


Location Divesite : Mantehage Island
Rating : 4 star ( Very Good )
Description : This dive sites is for experienced divers only as you will often encounter very strong currents with the possibility of the down current. As the dive sites name, If you’re lucky you will see large schools of Barracudas. Other fish found here Snapper, Titan Triggerfish, Grouper, and Bannerfish. Sometimes you will see Hammerhead sharks, Jacks and more. The coral here is mostly soft coral
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15-35m; wall; av vis 25m; currents.
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22. Gorango point


Location Divesite : Mantehage Island
Rating : 3 star ( Good )
Description : This another special site for experienced divers. In the local dialect, Gorango means ‘Sharks’ . This sloping reef wall houses nice soft and hard corals. Moderate to strong currents make for good drift dives. The type of fish you expect to encounter are Triggerfish, Grey sharks, Snapper Bumphead parrotfish and Turtles. Hammerhead sharks maybe found at the deeper part of the reef.
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15-35m; wall; av vis 25m; currents.
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23. bango


Location Divesite : Mantehage Island
Rating : 3 star ( Good )
Description :This sloping wall houses special Macro fish, soft coral, Lionfish, and a few different types of Nudribanches, Snapper, Emperor angelfish, and Triggerfish are common here. Many soft coral and hard corals.
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-35m; sandy slope; av vis 20m; currents.
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24. jalan masuk


Location Divesite : Nain Island
Rating : 3 star ( Good )
Description :This trip also is for experienced divers. There is often a strong current. Reef Whitetip shark are commonly spotted here. Many schooling tropical fish including Bumphead parrotfish and Parrotfish can be seen. Soft corals, Sponges and more...
Rated :Advanced diver; depth 15-35m; av vis 20m; currents.
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25. Batu kapal


Location Divesite : Nain Island
Rating : 3 star ( Good )
Description :Barraccudas, Whitetip reef Sharks, Sponge Crabs are common sight here. Cleanner Shrimps, Scorpionfish, large Nudribranches, and Cuttlefish are also found at this dive site. Some dive center often goes to this area around 7 AM to see Hammerhead and often lucky :)
Rated : Advanced diver; depth 15-40m; av vis 20m; currents.
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