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Dive Sites "Bunaken Marine Park" 1. Lekuan I 2. Lekuan II 3. Lekuan III 4. Celah Celah 5. Alung Banua 6. Fukui Point 7. Tengah 8. Mandolin Point 9. Raymond’s Point 10. Mike’s Point 11. Sachiko’s Point 12. Pangalisang 13. Timur 14. Tanjung Pasir 15. Depan Kampung 16. Siladen I 17. Siladen II 18. Negeri 19. Bualo 20. Batu Hitam 21. Tanjung Kopi 22. Pangalingan 23. Bango 24. Gorango 25. Barracuda Point 26. Jalan Masuk 27. Batu Kapal 28. Tanjung Pisok 29. Ship Wreck 1) Lekuan I - The three dive sites of "Lekuan" are considered to be among the best of Manado. At Lekuan I, a sandy sloop at 30 - 40 m depth will reach a cliff covered with altheas, you often see barrier sharks, turtles and numerous fish species like snappers, fusiliers and banner fishes. One of the great pleasures is to swim among a school of big barrier fishes. 2) Lekuan II - A wavy reef - with many vertical falls, splits and holes - makes this dive one of the favourites. It is possible to admire an excellent number of variety and almost all the species of barrier fishes as well as invertebrates. Many big sponges give a good opportunity to take beautiful pictures with the wide-angle. Big barrier sharks, Napoleon fishes and turtles appear often at this dive site. 3) Lekuan III - Starting with a wide sandy seabed of coral pinnacles makes Lekuan III an attractive and different underwater territory. Around 40 m a fall of sand leads to rocks which, for obscure reasons, often are used as a resting site for sharks. Nudibranchs, turtles and calm sea snakes appear frequently. 4) Celah Celah - "Splits", an expression to define this dive characterised by undersea fjords and by one of the most attractive walls. However it is, for its internal position in the Liang bay, often poor of fishes. 5) Alung Banua - Wall with many opportunities for macro photography. It is easy to see turtles and lots of sea eagles, but can give a hard time for photographers to focus on the very small inhabitants of these places. At a depth between 18 to 25 m, it is possible to admire a panorama formed by small caves, and with a wide-angle lens you can capture fantastic images. White fin sharks often choose these places for sleeping. Usually there is not a strong current and the visibility is around 25 to 30 metres. 6) Fukui Point - It got its name from a Japanese diver, who explored this area about 20 years ago; he was the first to publish details of the site and gave it his name, Fukui. Even without an impressive wall, it has few short terraces with sandy sea beds and is a "cleaning station" for a variety of big tailed fish cleaning themselves while resting; this makes it a perfect place to observe fishes like Napoleon, barracuda, jackfish and big snappers. The sandy part of this area is the home to a colony of sand eels and, at a depth of 17 metres, there are 5 medium sized clams busy filtering the water and searching for nutrition, which there are plenty. The visibility is approx. 20 to 25 m and the current is usually weak. 7) Tengah - The dive starts from the reef towards the open sea and leads through submarine dunes and it is nearly guaranteed to spot white and black fin sharks, stingrays and other species of rays. 8) Mandolin Point - The name seems to derive from the "harmony" one can feel on this dive site. There are various opinions about which depth is to be considered the best, next to the surface, half the way down or at 30 to 35 m. However all divers agree on the fact that at Mandolin every place is spectacular. Turtles, sharks, sea eagles, Napoleon, moray eels, sea anemones and Acropora Corals are present everywhere. The slight current keeps impressive horny corals in motion. Visibility varies between 15 to 35 metres according to the conditions. 9) Raymond's Point - Very attractive wall with hard and soft corals, a rich barrier life which is never lacking of big pelagic. A sandy descent brings you view numerous rays. 10) Mike’s Point - Name given by the local guides in honour of the famous underwater photographer Mike Severns, who spent lot of time on this fantastic diving site. Enormous horny coral and soft coral cover the beautiful wall; big pelagic, enormous parrot fishes with bumps and Napoleon are easy to find. The tide sometimes provokes strong currents. 11) Sachiko's Point - The name refers to a Japanese Tour Operator who admired this spot; a spectacular wall with usually reasonable current, pleasant for being carried along to observe without any toil the fantastically developed sea life. Frequently you encounter poisonous, non aggressive sea snakes, barrier sharks, big tuna fishes, jack fishes, turtles and rays. Depending on the tides, the visibility might vary between 20 to 35 metres. 12) Pangalisang - A dive in which the current can carry you a long way bypassing a big and interesting wall. In the upper part of the reef it is possible to sometimes spot dugongs (sea cows). Blue spotted rays, scorpion fishes and lion fishes are much more frequent. Many multicolour invertebrates, such as nudibranchs, ascidians and sea anemones make out of this dive a very colourful one, while sea snakes are almost never missing on the surface. The visibility here is usually between 15 to 25 metres. 13) Timur - A very long reef, impossible to explore in one dive only. The barrier life is extremely developed on this wall and frequently you see groupers, sharks, barracudas and sea eagles. During the tide changes, the visibility might be reduced from 15 to 20 metres. 14) Tanjung Pasir - The dive, on a sandy esplanade characterized by lonely coralline formations, is interesting for chance encounters. 15) Depan Kampung - Located on the opposite site of the village of Bunaken, it is a drop-off made out of terraces with sandy ground, where you can observe sea eagles, rays and hundreds of butterfly fishes; classic dive in current with excellent possibilities to view different species of big sea turtles. The visibility varies between 15 to 30 metres. 16) Siladen I - Enormous development and colours of different types and sizes of corals; banner fishes, fusiliers, invertebrates, nudibranchs, sea anemones and crabs present in abundance, make this dive on the wall next to the homonym village unforgettable. Jack fishes of over 20 Kg in weight, hunting their preys, are a very common sight. 17) Siladen II - Situated on the north side of the island of Siladen. After reaching the wall, the dive leads to a channel cutting the plateau, where a magnificent panorama of coloured corals, housing every type of marine life, appears: Napoleon, turtles, sleeping white fin sharks and sea eagles. The current varies according to the tides and the visibility is about 20 to 25 metres. 18) Negeri - The current is smooth, but can sometimes increase depending on the force and direction of the wind; extraordinary growth of corals and sea anemones at a low depth and the blooming barrier life which often attract groups of sharks and other fishes to find their preys. Visibility 20 to 25 m. 19) Bualo - A magnificent wall with many small terraces and caves, where sponges, some of them over one meter in diameter, as well as soft corals are very frequent. Enormous schools of striped catfishes are so dense they can be mistaken for small whales. The current is smooth and the visibility from good to excellent. The picturesque volcano Manado Tua, ca. 800 m above sea level, makes this site really special. 20) Batu Hitam - Indonesian expression for "black stone", offers a magnificent shore dive, rich of sea anemones with numerous species of clown fishes. This characteristic makes it ideal for night dives too. 21) Tanjung Kopi - A wonderful dive on a bank connected to the reef of the volcano Manado Tua offers, on the most external part, a fall in the dark blue. Being exposed in the channel between the islands of Bunaken and Manado Tua, makes this dive suitable for very experienced divers. Frequently seen are schools of barracuda and jack fish. 22) Pangalingan - Because of the frequent strong currents, this site is recommended to experienced divers only. On a mesmerizing wall next to a spacious coral plateau at a depth of about 20 m, it is possible to admire barracudas, jack fishes, reef sharks and big tuna fishes, often together with schools of catfish and hundreds of small barrier fishes in the upper part of the reef. This so impressive sight, together with its various species of multicolour corals, brings the dive to a wonderful experience even during the security stop. 23) Bango - The name of the village located on the south part of the island of Montehage, gave the name to this pleasant dive site, where colonies of soft corals are developed in an extraordinary way. The visibility varies between 20 to 30 metres with normally soft currents, but a possibility of increase. 24) Gorango - Means shark in Manadese dialect but, in spite of the name, you will not meet more of them than in other dive sites. The wall is very long, takes more than one dive to visit it all and is covered by soft and hard corals; the visibility might change from 15 up to 35 metres. 25) Barracuda Point - The name reveals already everything: lots of barracudas, sometimes more than one hundred. It also hosts big tuna fishes and jack fishes are permanently present. The frequent and strong currents, ascending and descending, attract big pelagic which find abundant food here. Recommended for expert divers only. 26) Jalan Masuk - Translated with "one way", describing the only access for boats to the small island of Nain. Found here is the most spacious reef of the whole marine park, more than four times the size of the island itself, populated by every species of colourful barrier fishes, sponges, sea stars as well as big sized fauna like rays, sharks, barracudas and turtles. Normally the visibility is good, with light currents. 27) Batu Kapal - Literally translated "boat of stone" it is a massive bank, which roof starts at a depth of about 37 metres. The fall in the dark blue is breathtaking; very technical dive and not suitable for "recreational diving". 28) Tanjung Pisok - The dive starts with a light descent towards North, keeping the reef on the right hand side, towards a craggy wall, where a medium current allows exploring various specimens of lion fishes, fusiliers and butterfly fishes. The dive ends in shallow water among spectacular coloured soft and hard corals reef. 29) Ship Wreck - The wreck, probably a Dutch merchant ship approx. 60 metres long, sunken on 22. February 1942, lies in front of the area of Molas (external of the marine park) and is found at a depth of 26 to 38 metres. It is an excellent dive spot, rich in marine life all over the wreck. The two propellers resting in the sand with one of them in perfect condition are a refuge for every variety of fish, nudibranchs, Napoleon and soft coral. The depth and poor sight recommend this dive to advanced divers only. Dive Sites "Minahasa Lagoon House Reef" Ti Toi I - Ti Toi II - Ti Toi III - One common description for this excellent reef, divided into three parts. You will find a living coral barrier with beautiful madreporic formations which degrades smoothly and this characteristic makes it also ideal for snorkelling. It is always possible to meet a very big variety of different fishes, molluscs, shellfishes and nudibranchs. Tanjung Kelapa (Bethlehem) - One of the most renowned dives of the marine park, south area. Beautiful coral barrier, alternated by slides and sandy channels; it is possible to meet turtles and also big fishes. Mutiara - Coral relieves emerging from sandy seabed, agreeable dive, suitable for all divers; numerous species of nudibranchs. Dragon - Numerous madreporic formations set down on a sandy seabed at low depth make it a fantastic place for diver's keen of macro photography. You might enjoy numerous subjects, special to mention are the ribbon eels, ghost pipe fishes, leaf scorpion fishes and frogfishes. MANADO - INDONESIA www.minahasalagoon.com
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