The Beauty Bunaken Marine Park
As the largest archipelago in the world, Indonesia is gifted with the long line of beaches. Every beach has its own uniqueness. It is undeniable that Indonesia has the amazing underwater view with the spread of coral reef along the beaches. You can named some of amazing diving spots in Indonesia such as Bali, Raja Ampat, Karimun Jawa, Bunaken, Komodo Island, and many more. These places have been the divers’ heaven for several years. Located in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, marine park Bunaken includes in the area of Marine National Park. A diver can get to the diving spot using a boat for 50 minutes or 35 minutes using speed boat from Manado.
Bunaken is located in the golden triangle of the world’s coral reef in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and Solomon archipelago. Due to the strategic location, Bunaken Marine Park has diverse aquatic animals and corals spread for 75.265 hectare. This marine park has the highest biodiversity in the world and its surround beach consists of mangrove forests and white sand.
The species of corals vary from soft and hard corals which form the colorful large wall of coral. Many animals such as sharks, tuna, grouper, barracuda, turtles, angel fish and many more lives among these corals and anemones. One of the famous fish living here is the ancient king fish or Coelacanth.
Every day of the year is good to visit Bunaken Marine Park since there is no off season. However, as it is located in the tropical area, the best time to dive here is during May to August when the weather is warm and the water is clear.
There are approximately 40 diving spots in Bunaken Marine Park in which are dominated by various coral and tropical fish. The 20 diving spots is located in Bunaken National Marine Park; some of the are Tembok Lekuan I, II, II, Tanjung Kopi, Muka Gereja, Siladen, Puncak Barakuda, Mandolin, Bunaken Timor, Tanjung Parigi, Sachiko Point, Pangalisang, and shipwreck in Manado. The most famous coral reef is the great underwater walls which stand vertically and curved for 25-50 meters.
For the visitors who do not dive or snorkel, they can sail around the Bunaken beach using Katamaran. This is a kind of ship with glass to see the beautiful underwater scenery. This ship only operates in the off-shore. There are also Blue Banter, a submarine which operates only when the tide is high. To enjoy the underwater scenery using Blue Banter, visitors have to pay more money but it is worth to pay. Even long walking in the beach line or sitting in the sand can be an unforgettable moment. When visiting Bunaken Marine Park, make sure not to forget to take pictures underwater.
Transportation access to Manado is not difficult; visitors can use public transportation such as taxi from Sam Ratulangi international airport. To reach Bunaken Island, visitors can hire a boat from Pasar Bersehati or Marina. There are also several hotels, resort, or cottage to choose.