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MANADO
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Diving in Manado
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Manado
From pygmy seahorses
to pilot whales
In the seas off North Sulawesi there is said to be
the greatest variety of marine life on the planet.
Divers will experience everything from the
smallest pygmy seahorses and nudibranchs, to
eagle rays, orcas and pilot whales. Manado is
an idyllic, tranquil diving destination with an
outstanding and celebrated bio-diversity.
VOLCANIC AND DRAMATIC
The dominating volcanic landscape creates a
dramatic backdrop to the world class diving
available in North Sulawesi. Conditions are
generally calm all year round, and the deep waters
afford excellent visibility averaging 25m. The seas
are home to many unusual species, ranging from
the prehistoric ‘coelacanth’ fish through to reef
shark, green turtles, napoleon wrasse and
dugongs. The majority of sites are easily
accessible and they are rarely crowded. Manado
is extremely popular with photographers, who
relish the fascinating marine life, excellent
conditions and facilities.
BUNAKEN NATIONAL MARINE PARK
Bunaken Park is one of the most bio-diverse
marine environments in the world. Most of the
reefs surrounding the five islands that make up
the park are rich and unspoilt, offering pristine
and abundant soft corals alongside huge
concentrations of fish life. The topography is
dramatic over and underwater, due to the volcanic
nature of the landscape. Manado Tua volcano
rises 820m above the water while the walls below
plunge to over 1000m, dropping almost vertically
into the Celebes Sea.
The diving in and around Bunaken is mostly wall
and drift diving, but also includes several beautiful
coral slopes. There are 22 official dive sites within
LIVEABOARDS &
the park. In addition to the many pelagic species,
there is an abundance of invertebrates and small
marine life forms, tucked away on the precipitous
TWIN CENTRES
coral walls. The warmth of the seas and the
excellent visibility make Bunaken superb for both
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macro and wide angle photography. Bunaken
Park is accessed from Tasik Ria, Kima Bajo and
Siladen Resort & Spa.
THE LEMBEH STRAITS Staying in Manado
World famous for its macro life, Lembeh plays
host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful Manado is reached via Singapore and is the
creatures that are completely endemic to this regional capital of north Sulawesi.
small stretch of water.
Tasik Ria, Kima Bajo & Siladen Resort & Spa
Diving takes place over shallow black sandy provide an ideal base from which to explore
slopes where seahorses and nudibranchs are this area of outstanding natural beauty, and a
common. There are countless rare species to number of excursions can be arranged in
spot, such as the inimical devilfish, dwarf lionfish resort. Trek to the Kali waterfall or the
and the incredible mimic octopus. Tangkoko rainforest, home to the world’s
Lembeh’s dive sites provide keen photographers
smallest primate, the Tarsier monkey. You can
with a source of endless macro subjects. This is
also climb a volcano or try white water rafting
‘critter diving’ at its very best! For divers looking
at certain times of the year.
for a contrast to the marine life, the Lembeh By contrast, Kungkungan Bay is a remote
Straits are also the final resting place of a few resort and provides a great twin centre to any
WWII shipwrecks. The Lembeh Straits are of the above properties. Built on a former
accessed from Kungkungan Bay Resort. coconut plantation, this is a divers’ destination
that offers a relaxing, slow paced stay.
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