Best known for the unique critters found in Lembeh Strait and the incredible, sheer coral walls of Bunaken National Marine Park, North Sulawesi is a dive traveler’s dream.
Located in Indonesia, in the heart of the Coral Triangle, North Sulawesi is truly a world class dive destination, minus the crowd. A great choice for dive travelers looking for a destination off the beaten path that won’t disappoint.
WHAT TO DO
- Dive the west side
- Dive the east side
- Land tours
- Local Markets
- Indonesian Spa
HOW TO GET THERE
The Manado Airport is a bit off the beaten path but the savvy traveler will have no trouble getting there – and a little isolation is what’s currently allowing this destination to retain its amazing ‘hidden gem’ status.
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Diving – As a dive destination, North Sulawesi can be broken down to two distinct areas. If traveling to the area, it’s highly recommended to dive both.
The West Side: Manado Bay and Bunaken National Marine Park. Drift along pristine coral walls in one of Indonesia’s increasing number of National Marine Parks. Manado Bay hosts several notable dive sites and Bunaken National Park, with it’s abundance of colorful soft corals and hard corals, is home to a number of fish species unmatched by most destinations. The full area of the park is known to host at least 390 species of coral and an estimated 2000 different species of fish, with several single-site counts over 200-300 different fish species at a single dive site.
The East Side: World-famous Lembeh Straight. A destination that should be on every underwater photographer’s bucket list. If it’s unique, unusual, and generally hard to find – it’s probably living here in abundance. The Wonderpus, Mimic, Blue Ring, Coconut and Starry Night octopus are all regulars here. Additional unique and highly photogenic inhabitants include: Ornate ghost pipefish, flamboyant cuttlefish, pegasus sea moths, bobbit worms, ambon scorpion fish, and hairy frogfish, to name a few. Not to mention various species of seahorse and a plethora of unique nudibranchs and other sea slugs.
On Land – North Sulawesi has much to offer above the surface. To experience its incredible variety of unusual land-based flora and fauna visit Tangkoko National Reserve. Colorful birds, like the endemic Knobbed Hornbill, and unique animals like the Sulawesi Bear Cuscus, Dwarf Cuscus, and Spectral Tarsier inhabit the park. In total 127 mammal, 233 bird and 104 reptile and amphibian species call the park home – nearly half of these being endemic.
Many more land-based sights and tours are available. For a complete list visit www.indonesia-tourism.com.
Visa regulations are based on the passport you hold. Please be aware of current visa requirements associated with your passport.
Passports must be valid 6 months beyond your final travel date and have an empty page to receive a stamp.
Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Be sure to check current exchange rates prior to travel.