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“Garbadge!!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bunaken National Marine Park

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

They want you to pay for the national park but there is so much trash. I think people try to clean but most of the people just keep trowing things away. I think it's a corrupted system, if you pay for it you expect it to be really clean...

Visited September 2012
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“Very good for diving but water surface a little polluted.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012 via mobile

First of all, I think it will really benefit the locals if they clear up the trash floating on the water surface. The pollution is not outrageous but enough to put tourists who expect the place to be a pristine tropical paradise off.

Honestly, the reefs at Bunaken are quite pretty. At many places they resemble underwater gardens with entire sea floors covered by corals. Apart from the small colourful fishes, you may spot rays, turtles and reef sharks or even a dugong, if you are very lucky. The school of dolphins that escorted us enroute to Bunkaken island were a real treat as well!
We stayed at Sedona Resort in Manado, apparently the only 4-star hotel on that part of the island. The rooms and service is nothing to shout about but it's decent enough since I came here for the diving.
Diving service at Sedona resort is good. The gear and equipment is set up for you so all you need is to hop onto the boat and slip into your wet suit when it's time to hit the waters. You get a boxed lunch in between your daily 3 dives.

To really enjoy a sumptuous seafood dinner, head out to City Extra restaurant near Sedona Resort in Manado. We thoroughly enjoyed the fish steamed in Chinese style. This style of cooking is reserved only for the freshest catch. The Mando chicken satay, squid in black ink and ice champo (shaved ice with mixed fruit) is also good. But service is really slow so arm yourself with a tablet to kill time. Compared to Singapore, the price is really reasonable!

By the way, the waters just next to City Extra is good for muck diving. We saw clusters of cuttlefish eggs that were housed in condom-like pods and caught three cuttlefish in the act of laying or fertiluzing the eggs. There were also cowfish, frog fish, tiny shrimps and flounders hiding in what seems to be a whole stretch of boring sandy seabed. It's a nice change from the lush coral gardens of Bunaken.

Overall Bunaken is a nice place to dive but people who have been to other good dive sites in Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines may find it a little boring.

3 Thank Ang L
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Bunaken: not so lovely as described”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We''ve read a lot about that tropical island BUnaken, it was supposed to be one of the best places in the world for diving. To tell you the truth: it was a bit disappointing. Allright, we saw a lot: like turtles, bladfishes, dolphins and even small whales, but the (plastic) mess everywhere was really terrible. And: sometimes we feel like walking in a mall on a busy saturday: there were so many boats/and divers on a site, that you have to watch out to take the right boat. We hope one day will come that the politics and behaviour of the Indonesians will change, but we fear that this time is still far, far away; old habits (never/hardly) die here. They really know how to destroy nature here! (we wonder also what the use is of the entrance fee of 100.000 rph every diver from Manado had to pay to the municipality of Bunaken?)

Visited July 2012
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Nice Reefs and Marine Life”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

I have been to many places where the corals are already bleached, and was happy to find that the corals and marine life at Bunaken National Marine Park are still nice. I managed to see turtles, different species of fish, starfish and sea urchins. The water is very clear with very good visibility at some of the sites. I encountered strong currents at a few sites though. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

Visited July 2012
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Zurich, Switzerland
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“Best Scuba Diving”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Very nice and intact reefs. Deep walls with slow and strong current dive sites. Poorly, as in all coastal areas of Indonesia I have visited, there is a lot of trash in the water. But still, I would recommend it to be a wonderful dive site.

Visited August 2012
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