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

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Zurich, Switzerland
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Trash everywhere!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

That so-called "National Park" is a victim of our mass consumption society : you will be swimming among garbage (plastic, bottles, diapers, shoes, bag and... other stuff...Name it, you will find it)!
The beach is a sad view : trash everywhere, dirty and smelly.
I would not recommend that place.

Visited August 2013
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“Underwater Paradise under threat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

Giant sea turtles, reef sharks, giant clams, Bunaken's biodiversity is simply amazing.

Me and my friends recently completed our vacation in Manado and no visit to Manado is complete without diving or at least snorkeling at Bunaken, one of the world's top dive sites. There are many dive points to be found here and each offers something unique. I dived a total of SEVEN times in Bunaken spread over 3 days and the ones really stood out in my mind were:

Lekuan 1, 2, 3: they are very close to each other and they offer steep sea wall dives with seemingly bottomless abyss.

Muka Kampung: this spot is infamous for the giant sea turtle that is apparently 100 years old! There are plenty of sea turtles here as well but beware of the strong down and upstreams.

Fukui Point: this dive spot stood out for me due to the biodiversity and giant clams (there used to be 5, now only 2 are alive)


Bunaken is really special and offers spectacular dives. However, this amazing place is seemingly being ruined by garbage, irresponsible behavior of divers and local fishermen and a lot more care and attention needs to be taken by the local authority to protect this amazing place so it can be enjoyed by us all divers and more importantly, by its natural inhabitants.

TIP: if you ask nicely and if weather permits, your divemaster may take you for one extra dive at Manado Bay. It is famous for motorcycles that have been dumped into the sea. These motorcycles were confiscated from the owners by the policemen and since they were never taken back by their owners, the local police chief, who is an avid diver, decided to dump them into the sea and instantly this becomes another dive point in Bunaken. The corals are not as amazing as other Bunaken dive spots but hey, it is something unique.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, null, Singapore
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“Amazingly diverse wild life”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

Reef surrounds the entire island and features many varieties of sea life. Very accessible to people staying on the island

Visited August 2013
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Barcelona, Spain
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“Spitting at Heaven!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

Bunaken Island is a natural paradise, in the shadow of its volcanic cousin, Manado Tua, both with rich green canopies set against their turquoise sea. Historically regarded as a diver's dream, it seems to be at serious risk of harm. Neither the Park nor Manado government leaders seem to be doing anything to control the floating heaps of garbage that are ruining the aesthetics of this unique space. At times, the beaches look more like waste disposal landfills. Rumors even persist that some locals are bombing the coral reefs as a fishing technique. Dramatic intervention is required to save this asset so precious for the Indonesian people and the rest of us.

Visited July 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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“Amazing Diving”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

i saw just about everything on my diving trip in Bunarken. The scuba diving is absolutely exceptional. The island is small and not crowded and the dive company gave us great accommodation and the freedom to chose where we dived etc. A must see for all underwater enthusiasts. the biodiversity is astounding.

Visited August 2012
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