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An Underwater Kaleidoscope ~ Bunaken, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

August 17, 2009


Bunaken is an island, which attracts many scuba diving visitors. The island is a part of the Bunaken National Marine Park and has a tremendous biodiversity in the world. Bunaken is located at the north of the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The waters of Bunaken National Marine Park are extremely deep (1566 m), clear and refreshing in temperature (27 to 29 °C).

The park has around 70 genera of corals; compare this to a mere 10 in Hawaii. Bunaken National Marine Park is such a treasure trove of biodiversity. A snorkeler or diver may spot over 33 species of butterfly fish and numerous types of groupers, damsels, wrasses and gobies.
Biologists believe that the abundance of hard corals is crucial in maintaining the high levels of diversity in the park. Hard corals are the architects of the reefs, without them, numerous marine organisms would be homeless and hungry. Whether you prefer wall dives, drift dives, night dives, muck diving, critter diving; whether you are an underwater photographer in search of the elusive pygmy sea horse, a fan of big fish; Rays, Sharks, Barracuda, Napoleons, Turtles or just enjoy diving in general, then you will not be disappointed with what you will explore in Bunaken.
Around 20,000 people live on the natural resources of Bunaken National Marine Park. At the wmoment you arrived in Bunaken you will be charged to enter in the park, it’s a fee system, the first of its kind in Asia, and is being held up them as a model system by marine conservationists around the world.

Source: wayfaring

2 Comments leave one →
  1. lorraine permalink
    August 18, 2009 7:24 am

    Nice blog, keep on on the good work!
    I’ve actually been to this place (and many others you mention in your blog) , it is very relaxing and the diving and snorkeling is indeed very good. Just a shame they keep blowing the coral to fish…

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      August 18, 2009 8:52 pm

      Hi Lorraine, looks like you’re the global nomad that my blog appeals to!! ha.. ha… I’m sure you’re very familiar w/ the amazing resorts in Bali, old and new alike, the hotel scene there is absolutely amazing. Each hotel/resort/villa is better than the other. Keep discovering! Stay curious about ur world… thru ur travels!
      ciao, dian

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