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Scuba Diver Sites Indonesaia - Bunaken

North Sulawesi lies in the very epicenter of the world’s marine biodiversity in the Indo-Pacific Ocean.
A dominating volcanic landscape creates a unique backdrop for you to discover one of the world's best yet least known dive destinations.
The year-round scuba diving here is all about amazing variety and exotic surroundings. The deep seas give excellent average visibility (25m). They are also home to many unusual species, for example the prehistoric fish "coelacanth" as well as some household names: reef-shark, turtles, eagle rays, napoleon wrasse,  Angelfish, Blue Ribbon Eels, Stingrays,  Snappers, Groupers, and sharks to name a few and even dugong and orca!Scuba Diver Sites Indonesia - Map Image

North Sulawesi's remote location means that the sites are never crowded with other divers.
North Sulawesi offers more than 100 dive sites, all reach with tropical marine life, with diving all year around. Between the diving you can visit the area’s other attractions. These include the bustling city of Manado, the lush vegetable gardens of the Minahasa highlands and the tropical jungles in Tangkoko Nature Reserve.

There are three dive areas to choose from. The first area is the clear waters of the Bunaken National Marine Park. With an area 75.26 hectares, is located in the bay of Manado (the closest city) and comprises of 5 islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain.The superb diving and snorkeling sites puts the Marine Park in one of the top 10 dive area of the world and is a Mecca for seasoned and beginner divers alike.

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Pangulingan

Located in the northeast of Manado Tua. There is a corner at about 28m which, with a little bit current, is just full of large fish! Mackerels, barracudas, large white tip reef sharks and large Napoleon wrasse, and big tuna. Not unusual to see large school of butterfly fishes and black and white snappers. Please notice that the shallow part of this dive sites is not so nice, there are a lot of waves here and the corals take quite a beating. However if you take a close look you can find some small animals like an octopus or dragonets.Scuba Diver Sites Indonesia

Location: North East of Manado
Site Depth: 28 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

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Lekuan I

Is situated in the south of Bunaken Island. This is a wall dive with some nice crevices and ledges. There is always a white tip reef shark patrolling and sometimes eagle rays. But also take a close look at the corals covering the wall. We sometimes found violet lea fishes, mandarin fishes, ghostpipefishes and beautiful nudibranchs. Quite common is to see dozen turtles starting or landing or sleeping on some ledges. The dive sites of Lekuan II and III are very similar to this dive site, mostly wall diving.

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Location: North East of Manado
Site Depth: 30 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Easy

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Mandolin

Is in the strait between Bunaken and Manado Tua. The waters are very deep and there often is a strong current so you can do a nice drift dive on the wall that stretched along the western side of Bunaken Island for several kilometers. Most of the time you can see napoleon wrasses, some of them real granddaddies, huge with a large prominent hump on the forehead as well as large groups of bumphead parrotfish (short "Bumpies").
Quite often you can see a dugong mother with a small calf grazing on the sea grass growing in the shallow parts between Mandolin and Fukui. Dugong like flat water and don't dive deeper than 5 meter.
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Location: North East of Manado
Site Depth: 50 meters
Site Visibility: 20 - 50 meters
Currents: Mild / Strong
Difficulty Rating: Intermediate





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