A dominating volcanic landscape creates a unique backdrop for you to discover one of the world's best and least known dive destinations. The year-round diving of Manado is all about amazing variety and exotic surroundings. The deep seas give excellent average visibility (25m). They are also home to many unusual species, for example the prehistoric fish "coelacanth" as well as some household names: shark, turtle, eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, even dugong and orca! The majority of sites are conveniently accessed within one hour from your hotel and yet Manado's location means that the sites are never crowded with other divers. Most of the reefs of the Bunaken National Marine Park are rich and unspoilt, with pristine and abundant soft coral and fish life in huge concentration. The night diving in the park is spectacular, rare creatures are round every corner, there's a WWII wreck in day range and a house reef at the Tasik Ria Resort for those who just can't get enough of Manado diving.
The Bunaken National Marine Park consists of 6 islands : Bunaken, Manado Tua, Nain, Small Nain, Montehage, and Siladen, as well as a part of the North Sulawesi mainland. Diving in and around Bunaken is mostly wall diving and drift diving, but also includes several beautiful coral slopes. There are more than 25 genuine dive sites within the park, taking 45 minutes to 1 hour to reach by boat. The variety of both fish and soft coral is outstanding, making this area one of the top places in the world with regards to biodiversity and sheer numbers of fish. In addition, tucked away on the precipitous walls you find an abundance of invertebrates and small marine life forms. With visibility around 30 m, and water temperature 27-29 C, this a world's favourite destination for U/W photographers and U/W naturalists alike.
Schools of Barracudas & Jacks, Green Sea Turtles & reef sharks, sea snakes & Napoleon Wrasses are among the resident inhabitants of these steep coral walls fringing Bunaken Island. Nain & Siladen Islands offer huge fields of hard coral in addition to their classic wall dives. Montehage yields excellent visibility, and is a favorite location for sharks and big schools of barracudas and jack and bumphead parrot fish. The hard coral slopes offer some excellent drift dives where you can watch schools of coral fish in all shapes and sizes and colours, as you glide by the huge sea fans and impressive sponges. Bunaken offers up superb opportunities for both macro and wide angle photography, as well as U/W videography.
Manado Tua, the fascinating cone-shaped volcanic island, features steep slopes on land covered with coconut palms and even steeper vertical drop-offs under water. Here you find the prettiest and most pristine coral, as well as many nudibranches and other macro life. The impressive overhanging walls here are a breathtaking experience to dive, packed as they are with life and the shallows provide some of the best snorkelling. In the many indents, caves and outcroppings of the walls you often find reef sharks and other big fish, making this a preferred area for deep diving.
A 60m long WWII shipwreck with good visibility and fish life is an available option if you fancy a change of diving scene. There are more wrecks in Lembeh (see below). Night diving on the walls is a thrilling adventure with a whole new array of creatures rarely seen during daytime and beautiful colours on the reefs when the tentacles of the coral are out at night to catch plankton - yet another world to explore!
Snorkeling around the drop-offs of Bunaken makes for a nice break in between dives, or even for a whole day snorkeling trip, second to none. The reef tops on these walls offer a huge diversity of soft coral and marine life, and an astonishing number of fish. The warm waters and the shallow depths on the reef tops make the snorkeling here very easy and relaxing. Disposable U/W cameras give good results in these clear bright waters.
Bangka Islands: tropical islands paradise
Eco Divers organises a trip to the more remote Bangka Islands every week* (as an early morning start). Here you'll encounter a completely different underwater topography, with sea mounts and pinnacles. This is one of the best areas for colourful soft coral and often bigger fish like sharks and eagle rays, and plenty of big sponges. Picturesque white sandy beaches to accommodate our lunch break, and a wonderful sunset boat cruise back to the resort round off a truly special day!
Lembeh Strait: unique, strange, captivating
World famous for its macro life, we don't say it lightly when we say that this is probably the best place in the world for macro photography! It is host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures to be found nowhere else. Here we moor over shallow black sandy slopes where we find seahorses, nudibranchs in abundance, Inimicus devilfish, dwarf lionfish, scorpionfish, pufferfish, octopus, pegasus sea moths, frogfish, ribbon eels, flying gunnards. A one-off opportunity for all photographers and anyone looking for the unusual and unseen. Here you are sure to see something that you have never seen before, no matter how experienced you are. Our dive guides and instructors will take you on a guided tour around Lembeh's wonderland and show you its magic. The Lembeh Strait also contains WWII shipwrecks in "diveable depth", waiting for the adventurer to explore.
Lembeh is accessible by a 1.5-hour car ride followed by a short 20-30 minutes boat trip in the Strait.*
*All trips are subject to weather conditions and although we will endeavour to provide the most varied program possible, no site is guaranteed. Trips to Bangka and Lambeh are subject to demand and minimum numbers apply. These trips are best booked locally. For Bangka, a reasonable level of experience is required as conditions can often be challenging. Eco Divers reserves the right to refuse any customer access to this excursion if it deems him/her to lack the sufficient experience to dive safely.
Package Includes :- Return airfare Singapore-Manado-Singapore
Twin-sharing accommodation at Tasik Ria Resort
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Boat dives per day including tanks, weights and guide
Unlimited dives on the house reef (not including night dives and dive guides)·
Transfer to/from Manado airport