Sulawesi Travel Guide

Bunaken National Park in North Sulawesi

Bunaken National Park

Bunaken Marine National Park is one of the most famous diving and snorkeling place in Indonesia. With ist beautifull corals and variety of fishes and underwater living, along with crystal clear water and great visibility, Bunaken and surrounding islands have attracted visitors from around the world. Inagurated in 1991, the BUnaken Marine National Park covers area of 890.65 km². There are at least 20 diving sites spreaded around 4 small islands in this area.

Bunaken is an island of 8 km² at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi. The neighbouring islands are Manado Tua with a distinctive cone-shaped extinct volcano, Siladen, Nain, and Mantehage. Islands accommodations and dive center are available in the Bunaken and Siladen islands eventhough some travelers prefer to stay in the Manado mainland.

Bunaken is reacahable in 45 to 60 minutes by boat from Manado city. A public boat leaves daily (except Sunday) from Manado at 1.00 PM from a port near Manado Market. The boat costs Rp 25,000 for foreigners and Rp 10,000 for locals. The return boat to Manado leaves daily (except Sunday) from Bunaken village at 8.00 AM. Private charter boat to bunaken can also be arranged in the Manado harbor.

All visitors (divers and non-divers) to the Bunaken National Park are required to pay an entrance fee of Rp 50,000 per day or or Rp 150,000 per calendar year.

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