Who doesn’t know Bunaken? Okay I don’t really know if Bunaken is that famous, but I bet most of you who read my blog know exactly where is Bunaken and really wanna go there. So do I.
|1. One of the beach in Bunaken Island|
Bunaken is an island of 8 km², part of the Bunaken National Marine Park. Bunaken is located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. It belongs administratively to the municipality of Manado. Scuba diving attracts many visitors to the island.Bunaken National Park extends over an area of 890.65 km² of which only 3% is terrestrial, including Bunaken Island, as well as the islands of Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen.The waters of Bunaken National Marine Park are up to 1,566 m deep in Manado Bay, with temperatures ranging between 27 to 29 °C. It has a high diversity of - corals, fish, echinoderms or sponges. Notably, 7 of the 8 species of giant clams that occur in the world, occur in Bunaken. It also claims to have seven times more genera of coral than Hawaii, and has more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific.
I was born in North Sulawesi, I am pure Minahasa by blood, and I lived there for 3 years during my high school, but guess what? I never went to Bunaken before. Then came this opportunity. One of my diver friend, Mbak Sarah told me she would have a trip to Bunaken in Idul Adha holiday and I decided to join her. It was my first diving trip, and I go directly for Bunaken. Excited so much, but a little bit scared of course, because as I know Bunaken has a hard current that I never met before in Pramuka island.
The trip was 5D4N and I got 7 dives, arranged by Mbak Sarah and Minahasa Divers dive center. The trip itself was a really fun trip. The divers were so crazy and we’re all having fun. The boat was really good, the food was good, and Bunaken, oh-my-God, it’s so BEAUTIFUL! And I was like saying to myself, where the hell you have been for this long time and you never visited Bunaken before!
|2. Dive sites in Manado|
|3. Our dives programe|
|4. The boat|
Bunaken has many dive spots, and I visited Sedona corner for check dive, Lekuan 3, Muka Kampung, Parking Area, Siladen 1, and Bunaken Timur 1. The underwater contour in Bunaken mostly is a wall, and you really couldn’t see how deep it is. The current was really hard and going everywhere. We met the down and up current. I met a really big turtle, scorpion fish, big sea fan, some cute nudiebranch, lion fish, black nemo, and so on. I don’t even remember it all now. The Parking Area spot is interesting because it is a human-built spot where they put old motorcycle and arrange it like a real parking area.
|6. Sunset in Sedona corner, after check dive|
|7. Big Sea fan|
|8. "Arisan" under water|
|9. Watching the turtle|
|12. Can you spot the shy turtle?|
|13. Me, again hahaha|
The Bunaken island itself, I am sorry and sad to say, is not as pretty as I imagine. I couldn’t find a beautiful beach. There were trash everywhere and the island was flooded by little shop and seller who offered food, drinks, and snorkeling package
|14. Nemo babies|
|16. Lion fish|
|17. Black clown fish|
|18. Closer to turtle|
We ended the trip by having a farewell diner, and I did a surprise for the diver. We serve “babi putar” and everyone is like “wooww”. As the trip has ended, we took the flight off to Jakarta, and back to our reality.
|20. Our farewell diner|
|21. this "babi putar" is so delicious!|
If you are a diver and don’t know where to look for a trip, you can contact Mbak Sarah. Or if you are in Manado right now, you can go directly to Minahasa Divers at Manado Tateli Resort (was Sedona Hotel). And if you are not a diver, you can do snorkeling there, but better if you go and get a diving course RIGHT NOW! :)
|22. Our team :)|
1, 2, 5 Me
3, 4, 18, 19 Stanley Budiman (facebook) ; instagram: ohaiostanley
8, 9, 10 Sarah Noerhadi (facebook)
6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21 Idden Valiant (facebook)
11, 12, 13 Michael Waleleng