Manado is one of the diving attractions of Indonesia and has been praised all over the world. The clean and warm sea consists of a large number of extraordinary species, such as coral, fish or shellfish. Learn more about Bunaken’s deep seas with our hotel dip option and you’ll be able to spot coral reef genera seven times longer than Hawaii’s, 33 species of butterfly fish, and over 70 percent of all fish species called the Indo-Western Pacific.
1. Black Rock
Dropping on the incline of Batu Hitam near Manado, you could be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t much in store. However, you might be wrong because this great website, also called DJ Point, guarantees a lot of entertainment if you or your dive guide have a curious eye that you might encounter one creature after another. You’ll likely spend most of your time around a series of rocky spots where you’re also likely to spot cuttlefish, ribbon eels, leaf cockatoos and a wide variety of pipefish. It’s true that your Lembeh Strait has excellent muck diving, but if you love watching creatures, this is one of the most incredible places to find the small but perfectly shaped.
This is the website you will most likely see on your return trip to the Manado dive resort on the islands of Bunaken and serves as an ideal partner for the flora, fish and wall action you will see there. Manado’s Black Stone often proves to be one of the favorite sites people see.
2. Celah Celah
Located on the south side of Bunaken Island, this website is just off Liang Bay, and is a favorite place for local villagers to relax and entertain themselves. The curve of the island protects the dive sites on the south side of the island, so sea levels are generally calm. Gap means “crack” in Indonesian, and as soon as you jump in the water, you’ll see the reason why this website has the title it has. Deep walls will often characterize Bunaken’s submerged landscape, and severe cracking is a major feature of reef walls. A number of gaps are wide enough to allow for substantial coral development.
Excellent health and the number of gorgonians and sponges that cover the walls make this a favorite site for some scuba divers, especially photographers. Living in one of the enchanting coral formations, you will observe various imaginary creatures. In shy, retired pygmy seahorses and ghosts, lure giant morays and ferocious sea lions. The present is not constantly at work in the Gap, and it is an ideal time to express Que sera sera’ and rather, take the time to learn more about the intricacies of marine life from the cracks of these walls. This can be an ideal opportunity to check your dive guide’s understanding by asking him to name various nudibranchs you might find interspersed with harlequin shrimp. Sometimes you can admire, at your leisure, in the sunlight streaming through the cracks of the shimmering gold base.
3. Depan Kampung
Found in the southeastern area of the island and meaning “In front of the village,” Front Kampung provides a lot of submerged terrain. Start swimming on the wall to the west, then you can float at a healthy pace including a plethora of beautiful pyramidal butterflyfish, black damsel, and juvenile red-tooth triggerfish. Fluorescent and yellowish dash fuses are everywhere. Huge sea lions with black and white bands sneak up and down along the dendronephthya reef looking for easy prey. Usually nervous and sometimes curious, sharks can spin around a few times if you attract their attention, otherwise they will run out of the batfish into the depths. The blue-boned angelfish, which is quite typical of Bunaken, are very happy to see their glowing orange markings.
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