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The Divespots of the  Bunaken National Park


Bunaken

Kampung Bunaken

Depth: 20-40m     Visability: 20m    Type: for the average and experienced diver.

When calm conditions are present also suitable for beginners.The housereef of M.C.homestay is a walldive with many vertical cracks and canyons. A large diversity of corals, fish and other critters are present. The current can sometimes be strong and unpredictable.

 

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Lekuan I

Depth: 20-40m and more     Visability: 30m     Type: for the average diver

Steep wall with many vertical canyons and cracks until great depths. Large hard coral formations are present. Many plankton eaters and also turtles, whitetips, large emperors and napoleons.

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Lekuan II

Depth: 20-40m and more     Visability: 30m    Type: for the average diver

Wall with many vertical canyons and cracks and a lot of colourful coral. Many just as colourful reef fish are present. Also you can find whitetips, turtles and seasnakes here.

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Lekuan III

Depth: 20-30m     Visability: 30m    Type: for the average diver

Wall with sandy slopes. This site is well known for frequently present blacktip shark. Many nice hard corals. Also at this site you have the oppurtunity to see a manta and barracuda's.

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Cela-Cela

Depth: 20-30m     Visability: 30m    Type: for the average diver

Steep wall full of corals with a number of deep vertical canyons. This site is espescially suited for a nightdive. The reef flat is well protected against the currents. Many

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Alung Banua

Depth: 20-30m     Visability: 25m    Type: for the average diver

Vertical cracks and canyons in this vertical wall. The reef flat is well protected against the strong current. Many different shapes of hard corals providing shelter to many kinds of reef fish.

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Fukui

Depth: 20-30m      Visability: 30m    Type: for the average diver

Gently sloping coralreef. Sometimes with a strong current. Fields of coral with sandy patches. Specialties are the large clams(tridacna gigas). Also many different kinds of fish. A very special and diverse divesite.

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Ron's Point

Depth: ?.     Visability: 20m     Type: ?.    

No information available on this divesite yet.

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Mandolin

Depth: 20-40m     Visability: 20m    Type: for the average diver

Vertical wall in big steps with small caves at the bottem. Sometimes strong currents are present that can come in waves. Many plankton eaters are present and you can encounter turtles, seasnakes, reefsharks and eaglerays.

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Tengah

Depth: 20m and more      Visability: n.b.    Type: for the average to experienced diver

There is a strong current on this coralreef going down in large steps. Lots of big whitetip and blacktip sharks. Also batfish and many parotfish are found here..

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Raymond's

Depth: 20-45m     Visability: 30m    Type: for the beginner and average diver

Because of the easy to follow current a driftdive is ideal. There is a large forest of whipcorals and soft corals, but also lots of lobster, lionfish and scorpionfish.

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Mike's Point

Depth: 20-35m     Visability: 25m    Type: for the average diver

Just like Sachiko's there is also a amphitheatre shaped wall with some freestanding spiked rocks. Often with a strong current. The wall is covered with large coral shapes and sponges. You can find eagle rays and several reefsharks here.

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Sachiko's Point

Depth: 20-50m     Visability: 25m    Type: for the average and experienced diver.

When calm conditions are present also suitable for beginners.The special amfitheatre shape of the coral wall with it's many soft corals and sponges is the feeding ground for many kinds of plankton eaters.

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Bunaken Timur

Depth: 20-40m     Visability: 25m    Type: for the average and experienced diver. When calm conditions are present also suitable for beginners.

Bunaken Timur is according to many the best site Bunaken. The wall is a vast array of colourful corals providing shelter to many different kinds of small and large fish species. Also turtles and whitetips are frequently spotted.

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Pangalingan

Depth: 20-40m     Visability: 25m   Type: for the average and experienced diver.

When calm conditions are present also suitable for beginners.This walldive is connected to the wall of Kampung and also has many vertical canyons and cracks. A large diversity of corals, fish and other critters are present. The current can suddenly change direction sometimes.

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Siladen

Siladen

Depth: 20 to 50 m    Visibility: 30m    Type: for the average diver

A steep wall with many steps and ridges. This site has a great diversity in fish species and coral types. For example long whipcorals, sponges ,morays, turtles and stingrays.

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Siladen Utara

Depth: 20m and more.     Visability: 30m   Type: for the average diver

A nice reef flat with sandy patches and pebbles. It looks a lot like a worn out riverbed. Many large corals and sometimes a strong current. You can encounter the emperorfish and barracuda.

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Manado Tua

Negeri

Depth: 20 - 50m     Visability: 35m   Type: for the average diver

A wall in steps with caves, cracks and vertical canyons. On the coral flat many branched corals. Possible encounters are seasnakes and turtles.

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Bualo

Depth: 20 - 35m and more     Visability: 20m    Type: for the average diver

A bottemless wall with a lot of profile. So many vertical cracks and canyons. Slight current is present. Famous for it's school of batfish. Also whitetips and seasnakes are possible encounters.

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Tanjung Kopi

Depth: around 20m     Visability: 30m    Type: for the experienced diver

A gentle slope of coral that crosses into a vertical wall with caves. There is a strong current, sometimes even downward. Specialties are the black coral and the frequently present reefsharks.

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Montehage

Bango

Depth: around 20m     Visability: 25m   Type: for the average diver

Walldive with many cracks and vertical canyons. The coral is sometimes alternated by sandy slopes. Also a strong current is present. Many sponges and on the edge a great variety of fish species.

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Gorango

Depth: Walldive    Visability: 30 and more.    Type: for average divers

Strong currents, many cracks and vertical canyons.This site is well known for the often visible sharks. Also many older corals.

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Barracuda Point

Depth: 20 and more     Visability: ?    Type: for average to experienced divers

After a reef flat the wall of coral goes steeply down. Lots of current is present. The site's name comes from the large school of blackfin barracuda's. On greater depths you can possibly encounter the hammerhead and grey shark.

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Nain

Jalan Masuk

Depth: slope     Visability: 30 and more.    Type: for average divers

Nice flat fringing reef, gentle slope, with many types of coral and many schools of fish. A strong current can be present. There is also a richely overgrown canyon. Napoleons, tuna and sharks are possible encounters.

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Batu Kapal

Depth: 30-40m    Visability: 20m    Type: For the more experienced diver

Deep dive around a rock in the shape of a boat. Caves are present. A lot of strong currents. Sometimes even downward. Many species of large fish, including shark. Moderate coral cover. More soft then hard corals.

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North Sulawesi coast

Molas Wreck

Depth: 30 - 40m     Visability: ?    Type: for the average diver

Iron Chinese commercial cargoship sunk during the second world war. The reef is slightly damaged, but many small critters can be found. The wreck is covered in soft corals and is in good condition including the propeller.

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Tanjung Pisok

Depth: 15 - 20m      Visability: ?    Type: for the average diver

Shallow coralgarden with many kinds of hard coral. The wall has many steps and sometimes alternated by sandy patches. There is a high concentration of blue ribbon eal present.

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Abang Point

Depth: ?     Visability: ?    Type: for the average diver

The reef is excellent for snorkeling and during the highseason for nightdives. The currents can be strong and unpredictable. Some rare species of fish can be found.

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The Coelacanth

Sulawesi Coelacanth
On July 30 1998, a Coelacanth was caught in a deep-water shark net by local fishers off the volcanic island of Manado Tua in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is about 10 000 km east of the Western Indian Ocean Coelacanth population. The fisher brought the fish to the house of American biologist Mark Erdmann who along with his wife Arnaz had seen a specimen in the outdoor markets the previous September. The local people were familiar with the Coelacanth and called it raja laut or 'king of the sea'.

When the Coelacanth from Sulawesi was first documented, the only obvious difference between it and the Coelacanth from the Comoros Islands was the colour. The Comoros Coelacanth is renowned for its steel blue colour, whereas fish from the Sulawesi population were reported to be brown. In 1999 the Sulawesi Coelacanth was described as a new species, Latimeria menadoensis by Pouyaud, Wirjoatmodjo, Rachmatika, Tjakrawidjaja, Hadiaty and Hadie.

The discovery of a new species of Coelacanth in Sulawesi, opens up the possibility that Coelacanths may be more widespread and abundant than was previously assumed.

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