BUNAKEN – Feel the Glimpse of Sea Life in The Majestic Seagarden
Bunaken is an 8.08 km² island in the Bay of Manado, situated in the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken forms part of the administrative city of Manado, capital of North Sulawesi. Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving and snorkelling areas and it draws visitors from all over the world. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of the marine national park includes the neighbouring islands of Manado Tua (a distinctive cone-shaped extinct volcano), Siladen, Mantehage, Nain, and Nain Kecil.
The translucent waters of the Bunaken seas enable people to clearly view numerous sea biota. There are 13 species of coral reefs in this park, dominated by edge ridges and block ridges of rocks. The most attractive view is the steep vertical sloppy coral reef that plunges down as deep as 25-50 meters. Feast your eyes on 91 types of fish found in the Bunaken National Park, amongst which are the locally known Gusimi Horse Fish (Hippocampus), the White Oci (Seriola Rrivoliana), Yellow-Tailed Lolosi (Lutjanus Kasmira), Goropa (Epinephelus Spilotoceps and Pseudanthias Hypselosoma), Ila Gasi (Scolopsis Bilineatus) and others. Divers may also meet molluscs like the Giant Kima (Tridacna Gigas), Goat Head (Cassis Cornuta), Nautilus (Nautilus Pompillius) and Tunicates/Ascidian.
Steep walls are marked with deep crevices, sea fans and giant sponges. The shallows are filled with fishes. The wall, often protected from stronger currents, is frequented by bumphead parrotfish, turtles, and Napoleon wrasses. You can also explore the island on foot or you can take a boat to move from one dive site to the other Just walking around the beach is already a most enjoyable experience.
Lembeh is an island off the northeast coast of Sulawesi near the town of Bitung. Lembeh Island is 25km long and 2km wide. Lembeh Island is separated from the mainland of Sulawesi by a narrow stretch of water known as the Lembeh Strait.
Lembeh Strait is home to some of the weirdest and most unusual marine life on the planet. Have you ever heard of a hairy frogfish, a bobbit worm, a hairy octopus or a wonderpus? In Lembeh you’ll meet a plethora of new species – some of them stunning, like the mandarin fish, and others are just downright ugly, like the sand-dwelling stargazers. For those interested in night diving, you’re in luck – some of the strangest critters come out of hiding when the sun goes down.
TANGKOKO NATIONAL PARK
Located at the foot of Dua Saudara Mountain, the Tangkoko Nature Reserve is comprised of rolling hills and valleys with a variety of hardwood trees and unusual plant life. The animal life is also quite varied, and one can often view Tarsius tarsier (one of the smallest known primates), black tailless monkeys, maleo birds, wild pigs and kuskus (marsupials). Tangkoko Batuangus Reserve offers a suitable protective environment to help prevent these animals from becoming extinct.
DAY 1: LINOUW LAKE – TOMOHON
Pick up at Sam Ratulangi International Airport and then head to Linouw Lake to enjoy a sip of coffee or tea with the view of the lake. And then, we will visit the Tomohon Market, the popular local market. Stop by for dinner before checking in to our hotel. Free programme afterwards.
DAY 2: BUNAKEN (B, L)
After breakfast, get ready all your wetsuit as we will be heading to Bunaken. Spend time at one of the most popular Marine parks in Indonesia with its wonderful underwater world. Swim and snorkel to our heart-contented witnessing the beauty that Bunaken Marine has to offer. Lunch will be on the island. Back to the hotel in the late afternoon, wash up and get ready for dinner. Free programme afterwards. Option for diving is available.
DAY 3: JESUS STATUE – AIRMADIDI – TANGKOKO NATIONAL PARK (B)
After breakfast, get ready to check out. Today we will move to Bitung and stay there for two nights. We will stop at places along the way and also settle our lunch before checking in. The travel times to Bitung is around 2.5 hours. Before check in to the hotel, we will visit Tangkoko National Park to search for Tarsiers – the smallest primates in the world, and other wild animals. Dinner will be at the local restaurant along the way or at the resort (depends on the timing). Free programme afterwards enjoying your evening.
DAY 4: LEMBEH (B, D)
After breakfast, we will be exploring Lembeh Strait which is famous as well for snorkelers and divers. We will stop at two different places around Lembeh for snorkelling. Option for diving is also available.
DAY 5: MANADO (B)
Enjoy our last day at the resort. Enjoy the breakfast with a great view overlooking the Lembeh Strait. Check out and head back to Manado.
• 4 nights accommodation (twin/triple-sharing)
* Single Supplement is available by request and whenever possible
– 2 nights in Bitung (Dabirahe Resort)
– 2 nights in Manado (Grand Luley Resort or similar)
• Land transportation during the trip
• Meals as stated on the itinerary
Bonus: Complimentary Christmas Dinner on December 25th in Dabirahe Resort
• 4-5 snorkelling spots (depend on the timing)
• Snorkelling gears
• Tangkoko National Park
• Entrance fees, all necessary permits, retributions, and administrative requirements
• Tour Guide and/or Leader
• Mineral Water
• Visa on Arrival (if applicable)
– Diving in Lembeh or Bunaken (ranging from IDR500.000,- to IDR850.000,- per dive)
• Personal expenses
• Gratuity for guides
• Travel insurance
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