This tourist destination in North Sulawesi has an area of 75,265 ha which is the Bunaken National Marine Park which includes Naen Island National Park, Manado Tua Island, Siladen Island, Mantehage Island and other small islands in the vicinity. Of the total population of around 21,000, the Bunaken tourist area in North Sulawesi is included in the area of the “Golden Triangle” perairant, which has 3000 fish species in the Bunaken Marine Park. The area of the “Golden Triangle” is a marine waterway that connects the Philippine Sea, the Papua Sea and the Indonesian Sea, which has a lot of natural resources, especially Bunaken, which is always guarded by national and international organizations and local governments that collaborate to carry out reef conservation reefs and mangroves. Destination of tourism made this marine tourism object and educational tourism was initiated by the Manado City Government, therefore the local government carried out marine nature conservation in the Bunaken area, so that the Bunaken Island area in 1991 was inaugurated as the National Marine Park Bunaken by the Minister of Maritime Affairs.
This very famous tourist attraction in North Sulawesi is a tourist attraction most loved by underwater lovers.Bunaken, which is about 8 km wide, is located in Manado Bay, and around Bunaken Island there is a marine park that is part of the Manado Tua marine National Park. Bunaken is also one of the Marine Parks that has the highest marine biodiversity in the world. Therefore local and international divers often dive to do activities to witness the beautiful underwater beauty of Bunaken. The location of the dive is also very limited. You can circle the five islands in the Bunaken National Marine Park area. You can choose 40 dive sites that offer a variety of beautiful coral reefs and unique tropical fish. While diving you can also see views of fish species from around 58 genes of fish and coral reefs. The Bunaken National Marine Park has 20 dive spots with varying depths. Of the 20 dive spots, 12 dive spots are on Bunaken Island and are the most frequent dive spots visited by divers both local and foreign. Bunaken’s diving spots line from southeast to northwest. In this area there are giant, vertical and curved coral walls. This wall is a food source for fish and other marine residents.
Bunaken is located in the waters of the island of Sulawesi. Part of the Bunaken National Marine Park is north of Manado Bay and is part of the administration of the City of Manado, North Sulawesi.
To reach the Bunaken National Marine Park, tourists can use the available transportation, namely motorboats from the coast of Teluk Manado.
The ticket price for admission to Bunaken National Marine Park is Rp. 50,000, – / person for one entry. And Rp. 150,000 / person valid for 1 year. If you buy a ticket that is valid for 1 year, you will be given a badge made of plastic instead of a ticket.
Facilites and Accommodation
Some hotel accommodations in the Bunaken area are available with various choices. Some hotels near Bunaken National Park are recommended, namely Bunaken Island Dive Resort and Bunaken Divers Sea Breeze Resort. Both hotels are located on Bunaken Island. There are also diving rentals and instructors. For diving instructors, they have mastered French, Dutch, English and German.
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