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Bunaken National Park

  • Bunaken Island seen from Manado Tua island, Banaken National Park
Bunaken Island seen from Manado Tua island
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Location Type: Destination
Just a few km from the city of Manado in the north of Sulawesi, the five the islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehage and Nain make up the Bunaken Marine park. The islands are one of the world's best dive locations and are especially famed for their dramatic walls that descent more than two km below into the ocean.
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Bunaken National Park Weather / Climate Chart (temperature, precipitation)

Weather / Climate Chart, Bunaken National Park
Yearly temperature and rain chart showing the best travel times and seasons for Bunaken National Park.

 

best time to visit: June - October, diving possible all year around
rainy season: November - April
average humidity: 81 %
annual rainfall: 3200 mm

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Wikipedia - Bunaken National Park

Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado
Bunaken National Marine Park, Manado

The Bunaken National Park is a marine park in the north of Sulawesi island, Indonesia. The park is located near the centre of the Coral Triangle, providing habitat to 390 species of coral as well as many fish, mollusc, reptile and marine mammal species. The Park is representative of Indonesian tropical water ecosystems, consisting of seagrass plain, coral reef, and coastal ecosystems.

It was established as a national park in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. It covers a total area of 890.65 km², 97% of which is marine habitat. The remaining 3% of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen. The southern part of the Park covers part of the Tanjung Kelapa coast. ... read more

Wikitravel - Bunaken

Bunaken Island, Manado Tua
Flat Bunaken Island and its southern beach at the front with volcanic Manado Tua behind

Bunaken is one of Indonesia's most famous diving and snorkeling areas and it draws visitors from all over the world. In addition to banana-shaped Bunaken Island itself, the 890 km2 of marine national park includes the neighboring islands of Manado Tua (a distinctive cone-shaped extinct volcano), Siladen, Montehagen, Nain, and Nain Kecil.


Some 20,000 local inhabitants make their living from the waters in the Bunaken National Marine Park, and this has inevitably led to some conflicts. By and large though, the co-operation between national and local government authorities, conservation groups, business owners and local communities has been very successful here. This has led many to cite Bunaken as a model example of how Indonesia should be preserving its natural marine treasures.

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