Bunaken National Park
A marine park with a rich coral ecosystem
Bunaken island is located in the heart of the famous Bunaken National Park, a marine park in the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The park is located near the centre of the Coral Triangle, providing habitat to about 400 species of coral as well as many fish, reptile and marine mammal species.
A very rich coral ecosystem covers most of Bunaken National Park, dominated by fringing reef and barrier reef corals. A distinct feature is a 25-50 mtrs vertical coral wall which is inhabited by numerous different species of sponges, gorgonians, anemones and hard and soft corals.
Tuna, barracuda, trevallies, sailfish, bannerfish, angelfish, snapper, butterflyfish and many more species occupy the waters of Bunaken National Park. Eagle rays as well as whitetip and blacktip reef sharks are sometimes spotted in the blue and turtles are regularly encountered along the reefs. Mammals like dolphins and pilot whales are often seen on the surface while dugongs or sea cows are sometimes grazing in the shallows. Humpback, killer and sperm whales also occasionaly pass through the area.
How to get to Bunaken
Bunaken island can only be reached by boat and it takes a short boat ride from Manado to get to the island. Manado has its own international airport and there are daily flights from many Indonesian cities as well as direct flights from Singapore 4 times a week.
If arranged, we will pick up our guests at the airport or in Manado and transfer them to our resort on Bunaken island. If no arrangements are made one can take the public boat to Bunaken island or charter a speedboat. The public boat leaves Manado to Bunaken island every day (except Sundays and public holidays) between 2 and 3 in the afternoon while a chartered speedboat will depart from Manado on demand.