Manado Dive Sites
With more than 70% of all fish species that exist in Indo-Western Pacific, adored by underwater photgraphers, marine biologists and recreational divers, Manado is a dive destination not be missed.
Every dive is a unique experience for divers at Manado!
Alung Banua is one of the greatest dive sites in Bunaken Island. It highlights a very good place for novice divers where they will learn how to dive.
Learn more about Bunaken:Alung Banua
Depan Kampung literally means “in front of the village” and is situated in the southern east part of Bunaken Island. It highlights a variety in underwater Buraken diving topography.
Learn more about Bunaken: Depan Kampung
At this spot, there is a sloping reef made up by a vast variety of corals and often frequent by large schools of trevallies, mackerels and batfish. Butterflyfish and damselfish are also commonly seen here. The fish here are generally less timid and divers can get pretty close to the marine life.
Learn more about Fukui
These three spots are located at the southeastern side of Pulau Bunaken and they are mostly for wall dives. The average depth for the dives here is about 20m and maximum depth goes up to 40m. Visibility range averages at 30m.
Learn more about Lekuan
Mandolin is located at the strait between Bunaken and Manado Tua, and the currents at this site can be strong bringing in big pelagics and schooling species. Large quantities of trevallies, big barracuda, snappers, unicornfish, triggerfish and surgeonfish are common.
Learn more about Mandolin
Around Pulau Bunaken, there are about 16 dive spots and Sachiko’s Point is one of the places that is filled with large variety of corals and sponges. It is named after a Japanese tour operator who decided that this site was her favourite diving spot.
Learn more about Sachiko’s Point
Tanjung Parigi is another must-see spot in the beautiful island of Bunaken. It is located in the north eastern part of the island. It has a snaky wall standing upright with exposed reef top. The wall is slightly destructed but still looks good.
Learn more about Bunaken: Tanjung Parigi
This is definitely the best dive spot around Pulau Bunaken, some may even argue that it is the best dive spot in Indonesia. Divers get to see such a large variety of fish within the first 5m that even diving at depth will not give them such an opportunity.
Learn more about Timur
Manado Tua is actually a dormant volcano jutting up just west of the Bunaken and it has about 4 dive spots around it. The reef here is marked by numerous cavelets, overhangs, valleys and bays.
Learn more about Manado Tua
Around Pulau Montehage, there are about 6 dive spots and amongst them, Bango Point has the largest variety of corals and fish species. Corals include cabbage, boulder and Acropora, and fish include wrasse, parrotfish, snappers and angelfish.
Learn more about Bango Point
Besides the Bango Point, another worthy spot to visit at Montehage is Barracuda Point. As the name says, huge shoals of barracudas are the main attraction here.
Learn more about Barracuda Point
Nain Island is the northernmost island in the Bunaken National Marine Park and has about 3 dive spots near it. This site is strictly for experienced/technical divers only. The interesting part begins only below the 40m level and caves are located beyond 60m depth.
Learn more about Nain Island
Pulau Siladen is one of the 5 main islands in Bunaken National Marine Park. It is the smallest island among the five and located nearest to Manado, about 30 minutes of boat ride.
Learn more about Pulau Siladen
This dive site is where you most likely will land up in the event strong current takes you south via Mike’s Point. You should not be annoyed nonetheless, seeing that Raymond’s Point is known as an exquisite wall that has good soft and hard coral reefs.
Learn more about Raymond’s Point
One of the world most applaud dive destinations with more than 70% of all the fish species in Indo-Western Pacific, Manado has continuously been drawing avid divers from all over the world. This list of hand-picked dive packages offers the best of scuba diving in Manado.
Check before you go
- Passport expiry date (most countries require at least six months prior to the expiry date)
- Visa requirements
- Travel Insurance (make sure coverage for Scuba Diving is included)
- Medical status (Visit your doctor if you are unsure)