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Bunaken Marine Park Indonesia

Written By Rudi Alfikri on Monday, July 14, 2014 | 6:34 AM

        Bunaken Marine Park is an iconic mainstay of tourism in North Sulawesi Indonesia by Ministerial Decree No.. 730/Kpts-II/1991 located in the Bunaken National Park. Marine parks in the Bay of Manado, and is about 7 miles from the Port of Manado's been chosen as the global winner of British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award in 2003. He also ranked 4th best dive site survey of Research and Development National Geographic TRAVELER Indonesia.

        Most areas of the coast consists of mangrove forests and white sand. Presents the underwater natural hard and soft coral reefs, steep rock walls, as well as various shapes and colors of marine life that forms the beautiful marine park. Thousands of species of fish and marine life that live there it makes its marine biodiversity, including one of the highest in the world.

        Bunaken's own name is the name of an island in the region which is famous for its underwater environment dazzling and become a haven for diving hobbyist. The island has an area of ​​8.08 km2 administratively included in the District of Bunaken, Manado, although the Bunaken Marine Park has an area of ​​75,265 ha, but the location of the dive (diving spot) is limited in each of the five beaches that surround the island. Recorded in the region there are about 20 point dive (dive spot) with varying depths up to 1344 meters. Of the 20 point dive, dive 12 points of which are located around Bunaken Island. Twelve point dive is the most frequently visited by divers and lovers of the beauty of the underwater scenery. Referred dive spots namely Lekuan 1, Lekuan 2, Lekuan 3, Fukui, Mandolin, Cape Paragi, Ron's Point, Sachiko Point, Pangalisang, Front Village, and East Bunaken.

        Although the Bunaken Marine Park sold under the charm of the beauty of the sea, does not mean there is no chance for those who do not like diving. There has been available catamaran type vessel specially designed for you who is not a diver. The vessel is equipped with a kind of glass-walled tub is directly attached to the water position. So you can freely peek life underwater world of Bunaken. There are also Blue Banter submarines that will provide maximum natural charm although the pricing is much more expensive than the glass-walled Catamaran. However, to be able to enjoy this facility visitors should certainly be dug deeper pockets than just renting a catamaran boat. The best time to visit the Bunaken National Marine Park is in the month of May to August, which is quite calm sea conditions.

Bunaken Island can be reached by regular passenger boat from Manado Harbour, with a rented boat from Pier Mega Mas, with cruises from the Marina Blue Banter in the Mega Mas, or by speed boat from the port of Nusantara Diving Center (NDC) at Molas. The journey from the port of Manado and Mega Mas with a rented boat takes about 0.5-1 hours, while the NDC of the dock can be reached in about 20 minutes by speed boat. Nain while being the most northerly and furthest island in the national park area that can be reached within 1.5-2 hours from Manado Harbour.

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