Seapearl DC Dive Trip
BUNAKEN - LEMBEH
Bunaken National Marine Park is located at the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi. Bunaken National Park boasts an area of 890.65 km² of which only 3% is terrestrial, including Bunaken Island, the islands of Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen.
Bunaken’s seascape is decorated with a high diversity of corals, fish, and sponges. Notably, 7 of the 8 species of giant clams that exist in the world are in Bunaken. The waters is more colorful with the presents of around 20,000 marine biotas including 390 species of coral, over 33 species of butterfly fish, many different types of groupers, damsels, wrasses, and the bulging eyes gobies. In fact, Dr. Mark Erdmann found a living coelacanth in Bunaken. Coelacanth is a 60 million years old fish species.
The vibrant life that is taking place in Bunaken’s waters is because northeast currents generally sweep through the park where the counter currents are believed to trap the larva. Not only the marine life collection that attracts divers, the marvelous seascape scenery is also supported by the good visibility that generally goes around 20 to 40 meters almost along the year create pleasant environment for divers.
Having such an abundance marine life biodiversity, no wonder that Bunaken is one of Indonesia’s most famous diving areas. Bunaken offers diving for divers with all level certification. Those advance divers who like challenging current may do a steep wall dive with occasional strong currents and enjoy the big fish feeding moment.
Moreover, Bunaken is ready providing divers and tourist with accommodation and facilities needed to explore its seascape.
Lembeh strait is located in the East of Manado. The area can be reach in 1,5 hours by car from the center of Manado. The beauty of Lembeh seascape was discovered in 1990 and it takes no time to becoming favorite dive area for the macro hunter.
Under the sea of Lembeh strait is the house of unique creatures such as mimic octopus, pigmy seahorse, blue ring octopus, coconut octopus, wonderpus, the cute frogfish, and many more. Some species of Nudi Branch can be found in 25 sites in the area. But if you are really into the nudis, dive at Nudi Fall and admire a mini wall where the nudis attached. Divers should swim slowly and pay attention to the small stuff to encounter those rare species as they love to hide and some of them can be pretty tiny.
The type of diving in Lembeh area is muck dive. Black sand mixed with mud bottom of Lembeh offers breathtaking amount of micro creatures. So don’t forget your macro lens when get wet in Lembeh. Perfect buoyancy is needed so the mud doesn’t get stirred and create a limited visibility as you are searching for nature’s treasure. When you dive in Lembeh, try your luck in encountering the icon of the area, the Lembeh Sea Dragon, on the patchy hard corals that decorating the Lembeh strait underwater.