DIVING THE BEST WALL DIVES IN ASIA – DIVING BUNAKEN MANADO
Bunaken’s walls were officially voted the best walls in Asia* because they offer:
- Dramatic drop-offs with a huge variety of soft and hard corals
- Reef fish from fusiliers to butterflyfish, sweetlips, cardinal fish and damsel fish
- Wall critters such as scorpion fish, nudibranch, lionfish, and seahorses to name a few
- Turtles, barracudas and reef sharks
- Amazing visibility of 30m+
In Sept 2012 dive sites of Bunaken were ranked among the top in the world for marine diversity. The survey also described North Sulawesi as more diverse than Komodo and West Thailand. Read the story here.
*voted by Asian Diver magazine in 2004
DIVING BUNAKEN MANADO FRINGING REEF
The five islands resemble a submerged mountain range that was flooded with the sea many eons ago. The steep walls of each island form a fringing reef that totally surrounds them.
The top of the reef wall starts at 3m and drops to more than 600m, making it ideal for beginners or experienced divers. Most of the reef-life sits at the ideal depth of 10-15m.
To take advantage of the abundance of reef life at shallow depths, we generally encourage our guests to dive no deeper than 25 meters & spend longer at shallow depths, meaning that dives are frequently more than 60 minutes.
If you wish to dive deeper – no problem, just let us know beforehand so we can schedule it in.
DIVING BUNAKEN MANADO SLOPES AND MUCK
The coast off Manado offers an alternative to the beautiful walls in the form of sandy slopes.
These offer some amazing muck diving where you can spot sea horses, giant frogfishes, various types of ghost pipe fishes and many other critters.
There is even a ship wreck, home to schools of fish as well as hard and soft corals.
For more information about dive sites in Manado / Bunaken area please click here.
DIVING BUNAKEN MANADO WRECKS
The Molas shipwreck was a Dutch cargo vessel sunk during WWII near Molas beach, just outside the town of Manado. The wreck lies in 24m-40m of water and a school of long fin batfish circle the top of the wreck. At nearby Tanjung Pisok, also on the Sulawesi mainland, we meet orangutan crabs and delightful tiny clown frogfish (Antennarius maculatus).