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Travel to Bunaken National Park

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Bunaken National Park was designated by the Minister of Forestry as a national park in 1991. This tourist attraction covers an area of ​​approximately 89,065 hectares, located in the Minahasa Regency, Manado Municipality, North Sulawesi. To the north of the national park, there are the islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Montehage, Siladen, Nain, Nain Kecil, and part of the coastal area of ​​Tanjung Pisok. While in the south, it covers part of the coast of Tanjung Kelapa.


This location is representative of Indonesia's tropical aquatic ecosystems consisting of mangrove forest ecosystems, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and terrestrial or coastal ecosystems. The islands within it are rich in flora and fauna. The waters of Bunaken National Park have 13 genera (genus) of live coral which are dominated by types of fringing coral reefs and barrier reefs. There are about 91 species of fish that live in these waters, including horse gusumi (Hippocampus horse), white oci (Seriola rivoliana), yellow tail lollos (Lutjanus kasmira), goropa (Ephinephelus spilotoceps and Pseudanthias hypselosoma), ila gasi (Scolopsis bilineatus) .

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In this tourist spot, many marine tourism activities are offered, such as: diving, snorkeling, sunbathing, and swimming in the sea. On Kalase beach, which is on the outskirts of Manado City, there is a diving center called Dragonet which was once the secretariat for the Sail Bunaken event which broke the MURI record with more than 2,000 divers participating in a flag ceremony on the seabed.


Mr. James, the owner of Dragonet Diving Center, employs SDI (Scuba Diving International) certified diving instructor, namely Mr. Ferry. Dragonet offers diving lessons for beginners, covering the basics of diving (breathing, buoyance control, mask clearing, ear equalization) for 15 minutes, and after understanding it, you will immediately be invited to dive for 45 minutes at a depth of up to 6 meters. With the help of experienced dive instructors like Mr. Ferry, beginners are guaranteed to dive.


Apart from going through Kalase Beach, Bunaken National Park can also be reached via Manado Harbor, Marina Nusantara Diving Center (NDC) in Molas District which takes about 20 minutes, and from Marina Blue Banter with a travel time of about 10-15 minutes by cruise ship. If departing from the port of Manado, you can use a motorboat to Siladen Island which can be reached in about 20 minutes, to Bunaken Island for about 30 minutes, to Montehage Island about 50 minutes, and to Nain Island about 60 minutes.


The entrance fee to this location is IDR 2,500 per day for domestic tourists, and IDR 150,000 per year for foreign tourists.