Water Activities: Bunaken


This is the main attraction of Manado and North Sulawesi, which is well known to divers around the world. Bunaken can be reached within approximately 30 minutes from many points in Manado by a chartered boat. How to get to Bunaken from Manado.

There is a favorite diving spot for many divers in Bunaken water, called Likuan II, where they can see more kinds of reef fish. There are more than 15,000 divers yearly per diving spot within Bunaken National Park. Non-divers may also enjoy seeing much of the best coral under the surface by snorkeling or through a glass-bottom boat.

More detailed information on Bunaken is available here at: www.bunaken.org. Otherwise you can visit their office at:

Balai Taman Nasional Bunaken
Location: Jl. Raya Molas, Manado
Tel/Fax: +62 431 859022

Facilities on the island:resorts, information center, souvenir shops, snorkeling equipments rental, diving centers, kiosks, catamarans, etc
Admission charges:for foreigners: Rp. 150,000 (valid for one year) or Rp. 50,000 (daily pass), for Indonesian: public Rp. 2,500 (daily pass), student Rp. 1,000
How to get there:please click here for transportation from Manado to Bunaken
Remarks:cash payment only

Apart from diving and snorkeling, there are two beautiful beaches to visit on Bunaken Island, Liang Beach and Pangalisang Beach.

Liang Beach

Liang beach is a tourist area on the island and quite far from the nearest village on the island. There is an entrance fee.

Nearby facilities:Bunaken Information Center, souvenir shops and warung selling local dishes
How to get there:click here for transportation from Manado to Pangalisang Beach. Then take an ojek from there to Liang Beach, which costs Rp.10,000 and it takes about 15 minutes (about 7kilometers/4 miles). Otherwise, hire a private boat from Manado Port that can drop you off at this Liang Beach
Remarks:the beach is not always very clean.

Pangalisang Beach

This is a beach with mangroves where most of the villagers of Bunaken Island live. Facing Siladen Island, this beach is close to the best snorkeling sites on Bunaken Island.

Nearby attractions:Siladen Island and some resorts/diving centers
How to get there:see above
Remarks:the beach is not always very clean.

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