Diving Bunaken & Manado

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Diving Bunaken National Marine Park & Manado: One of the top ranked dive destination in the world

Looking for the best dive sites in Indonesia ? The whole Bunaken Marine Park is definitely a must.

For the most part, Diving Bunaken National Marine Park is especially astonishing for its vertiginous drop-off and unspoiled coral reef. Among the large dive sites available in both North & South of the Bunaken National Park, the coastal reef around Janji Laut Resort also offers amazing dive spots. Do not miss those dive sites since the biodiversity here remains the second biggest after Raja Ampat ! Here you will find some of the best dive sites in Indonesia. Diving Bunaken, diving Bunaken, diving Bunaken

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Janji Laut Dive Resort is a strategic location for Diving Bunaken National Marine Park North & South

Janji Laut Dive Resort is your access to the whole magnificent Bunaken Marine Park which includes also the west Manado coastal reef where we are located. Here you will discover untouched coral gardens and a wide array of underwater fauna. We organize daily diving trip to all Bunaken Islands and around Manado in small groups of divers. The flexibility of our services and the conviviality of a small Boutique Resort will give you an unforgettable experience.

Our dive center manager and his team will help you to organize your dive trips. Not only according to your dive preferences, but also, they will bring you to the top ranked dive spot. Bear in mind, they also want to dive the best ! On the top of that, we have very competitive packages combining daily boat trips to both Bunaken Islands and Manado Coastal Reef. Of course, we offer advantageous Full Board accommodation to put it all in one.

 

 

 

Have a look to our dive site description for more details:

Janji Laut Local Diving Sites

Malcom also known as Tanjung Kelapa

One of our favorite local diving spot. A “must see” when Diving the Bunaken Marine Park. We start on a white sandy slope that continues to a colorful wall with healthy hard and soft corals. Gorgonians, many Sponges, yellow and white Black coral Bush, Anemones, and Whip corals. Also a particularly interesting colony of Tubastraea sea tree. The scenery is quite impressive. Fish life is abundant with often pelagic hunting alongside the wall.

Among others, just to name a few: Giant frogfish, Scorpion leaf fish, Stonefish, Longnose Hawkfish. Razor fish, Nudibranch, various species of Moray eels, Ribbon eel, Tuna, Trevally Bluefin, Barracudas, schools of Mackerels, Spadefish and so on. Safety stop is done on a beautiful plateau. Note that current can be sometimes quite strong. The depth starts from 3-5m up to 30m and even more for certified deep divers. Diving twice at Malcom is highly recommended. Also good for Snorkeling trips.

Bethlehem 1 & 2

A wordplay coming from “Better Than Lembeh”. Here is typically a true “Muck” dive especially oriented to “Macro” photographers and divers who love looking for small critters. Starting on a large and shallow sea grass area. Divers reported to have seen Hairy Frogfish, Weedy Scorpionfish and even mimic octopus. We also had several times a surprising encounter with the Dugong !

We continue on a black sandy slope offering a lot to discover in some few old ropes, nets, coconut trunks and even old tires which are small oasis of life. A lot of Anemones scattered everywhere with their Clown fish, porcelain crabs and also various species of Shrimps. Frequently seen here, Seahorses, various species of Ghost Pipe-fish, Blue spotted stingray, Prawn Goby Fish, Longhorn Cowfish, Lionfish, Sea snakes, Moray eels and much more.

The dive finishes usually where metallic structures were sunk for coral growth. Quite well colonized by the way, and just beside a rich and interesting natural reef. A prefect second dive only 5mn boat from Janji Laut Resort. Bethlehem is a “Lembeh” like experience.

Emma Point

Located nearby Bethlehem. We usually descend directly up to 30-32m deep to reach a small reef wall which is the main interesting point. Hard and soft Corals at that depth are quite abundant. There, we often see Napoleon Wrasse, Titan Trigger fish, Big Groupers, Sweet lips, Sting Ray, Trevally Bluefin, Puffer fish, schools of Niger Trigger fish and a rich variety of tropical reef fish. Safety stop is done on the top reef. Recommended for advanced divers.

Poopoh Gereja

A beautiful diving site that fits either for beginners, photographers or advanced divers. Just 2mn off from Janji Laut Dive Resort facing the Poopoh’s Church. Starting from a rich and colorful reef plateau about 3-5m, it continues on a slight white sandy slope. Average depth is 10-15m. However, we can go deeper and find some interesting coral boulders with a rich fauna swimming around. Even big fish such as the Humphead Napoleon Wrasse or Trevally Bluefin.

Hard and soft corals are healthy and quite abundant with Tabular corals, Acropora, Foliose, Brain corals, Porites and a numerous type of colourful Sponges. Reef-fish life is rich and we can spot Scorpion Leaf fish, Spotted Box Fish, Falco Hawkfish, Lionfish, Lobsters, Groupers and much more. It is a dive where we may find the famous Mandarin fish. Therefore, it is a perfect spot for a Sunset dive around 5 PM. Also good for snorkeling.

Janji Laut House Reef 1 & 2

There is 2 ways to dive our House Reef. Going to the West side from our jetty or going to the East side from a small beach cove. Both offer have similar profile, a rich plateau of soft and hard corals that continues on a black sandy slope. We may spot Scorpion fish and the Flathead crocodile fish. Common sights here are Razor fish, White banded Pipefish, Puffer fish, Barracuda, Titan Trigger fish, Trevally Bluefin, Moray Eels, Sea snake and even Turtle. On the sandy part, Blue or Black Ribbon Eels and Garden Eels. On the west part if we go deeper we have a kind of lunar scape with giant sponges and a new reef wall starts again about 30m.

However, usually it is more a shallow dive profile with an average depth between 6 and 12m. A perfect house reef in either case to begin any scuba diving courses, make a scuba review or try scuba diving. Good for snorkeling just in front of our cottages.

Mutiara

At a short distance from Janji Laut Resort on the East side. Mutiara offers interesting and quite impressive boulders on a sandy area with nice soft and hard corals. A lot of animals hide there such as the White Banded Pipefish among others. Here we also have seen Eagle ray and sometimes pelagic hunting around. Big Puffer fish, sting ray and Moray Eel are common sights. Current can be sometimes strong in some places, however it switch you into a funny drift dive along the reef. In fact, it is not a difficult dive and all divers level will enjoy this dive site since the boulders are scattered at different depths.

Critter Circus 1 & 2

A well-known reef that you dive in 2 times. Located on the east side of Janji Laut Resort, about 15mn boat drive. A large sandy area with coral blocks that provides the habitat of a large variety of species. We may see Harlequin ghost fish, juvenile Angelfishes with their beautiful white and blue color. To summarize, Scorpion Leaf Fishes, Stonefish, Flathead Crocodile Fish, Pipefishes, Razor Fish, Nudibranchs, Ribbon Eels, Moray Eels, Sea banded krait and so on. We usually do the Circus 1 and 2 in a single morning trip and coming back at a perfect time for the lunch in our panoramic restaurant.

Other dive sites:

We have along the coast of Manado and the whole Southern of Bunaken National Marine Park many more dive sites to offer. Our guides will be pleased to tell you more about other possibilities in our local area. Note that we are still exploring the area to find new dive spots around, especially on the west side of Janji Laut Resort. You are more than welcome to ask us to organize a discover local trip. We may find either nothing special or luckily a spectacular spot and then being the one that name the new discovered dive site. However, when we are diving Bunaken National Park, wherever we jump into the water, there’s always good things to see.

Bunaken and Manado Tua diving sites

Lekuan 2 & 3

Lekuan is divided into 3 continuous sites going from one to another. Starting the first site on a sandy slope which slowly getting into a vertical wall. It is home to the Bannerfish, Napoleon Wrasses, and a large school of Pyramid Butterflyfish. It is also possible to see Turtles and Angelfish here. Small whitetip reef sharks can be found here sleeping in crevices. Going further the first part of Lekuan, we continue on a steep wall covered with different types of hard and soft corals decorating  beautifully this site. Turtles are a very common sight here and we often can see Jack fish and Tuna in the blue.

Lekuan 1

When Diving Bunaken National Marine Park, you cannot miss Lekuan 1 since it is one of Bunaken’s best dive sites. Starting with a nice sandy slope with underwater pinnacles. Then continues to a vertiginous wall, which drops to over 200m. Gorgonians and big sponges decorate the wall in a magnificent way and complete the scenery with a huge range of colorful fishes. Reef Whitetip Sharks, Bamboo Sharks, Sponge Crabs, Cleaner shrimp, Scorpionfish and large Nudibranchs can be found here. In short, anything is possible in Lekuan…

Celah-celah

The word Celah means crack and obviously this site offers large cracks and caves everywhere on this deep wall. A great site especially with a bright sunlight passing through and brightening up the blue water. Again, one of the favorite areas for scenery photographers. Pay special attention to the algae covered wall, you never know what critters you might find here. Usually excellent visibility. Numerous schooling tropical reef fish and an excellent variety of soft and hard coral cover the wall.

Fukui point

A sloping reef on a white sandy bottom. Fukui Point is one of the dive spots around Bunaken Island with no deep wall reef. Spotted Garden eel, Giant Clams, Bump-head parrot-fish, large size Barracudas, Humphead Napoleon Wrasses, school of Batfish, and other Pelagic are common here. Hard corals and soft corals with Barrel Sponges are a common sight also.

Mandolin

Mandolin is named after the same traditional musical instrument due to its shape from a bird’s eye view. The currents range from moderate to strong at this dive site. You will enjoy small schools of reef fish, Angelfish, Gobies, Bump-head Parrot-fish, and large size Barracudas. Nice coral, pristine reef, large Gorgonian fans and Ascidians. In the deeper part, there is possibility to see Black-tip Reef Sharks.

Raymond’s point

Close by Mandolin point. The site is known for its large cave, many Lobsters, Emperor Angelfish, Groupers, Sting Rays, and possibly small Spotted Eagle Rays. Many small schools of fish live here. Banded Sea Snakes are a common sight at the top of the reef. Nice soft and hard coral. A place for underwater photographers from the cave face to see the sunburst.

Mike’s point

Located on the North West of Bunaken Island. This site was named after well-known underwater photographer, Mike Severns. A wall covered with a great variety of different colorful corals. A home for a huge range of tropical reef fish, which makes it perfect for fish portrait photography. Big fishes are common guests to this site too as it often has strong currents. The reef floor is covered in different types of Sponges which make it a great area for deeper diving.

Sachiko’s point

Another popular dive site providing a stunning wall with breathtaking soft and hard corals. A home for Stonefish and certain types of Moray eels, especially the white-mouth moray. In mid-water, away from the reef, there are literally thousands and thousands of schooling red tooth Triggerfish. Large Gorgonians usually seen also. Strong current bring along the wall schools of Jacks and Barracudas. Occasionally reef sharks cruise along the deeper areas of the reef.

Bunaken timur

Located on the eastern part of Bunaken Island, it has a very similar reef structure as Pangalisan. The reef itself is very long and seems impossible to do in a single dive. Another excellent place for drift diving, because of the currents affected by the tides. Ascidians, Spotted Eagle Rays, turtles, Nudibranchs, Shrimpfish, Butterflyfish, and Sharks are pretty common sights here. A special dive site for macro photography.

Muka kampung

Muka Kampung means “in front of the village”. Located at the southern tip of Bunaken Island. Currents are sometimes extremely strong. However, it gives you a nice and fast underwater ride. Usually we see Napoleon Wrasses,  black & white tip Reef sharks, Lobsters, and Moorish Idols. Possibly big turtles and of course various schools of fish. The wall contains many vertical crevices and canyons.

Alung banua

This spot has excellent macro objects to offer. One thing for sure is that you have to pay attention on the disguised creatures. Leaf fish, Ghost pipefish and Frogfish just to name a few creatures. The wall also offers beautiful caves which sometimes become a sleeping place for white tip reef shark.

Negeri

Towards the east of Muka Gereja. Currents are very much depending on the direction and strength of the wind. Great visibility with possibility to see Silvertip Sharks, on its sandy slope around the 30m mark. Giant clam, Banded Pipe fish, Parrotfish, Angelfish, and other schooling fish are found here. At 30m sandy steps offer possible encounters with Silvertip sharks. Expect big fish at this deep dive. Barrel sponges and a nice variety of beautiful soft coral are found here.

Tanjung kopi

Diving Bunaken National Marine Park has its challenges sometimes. This site often has strong current with good visibility. Many types of Parrotfish, Surgeonfish, Triggerfish, and sometimes Blacktip and Hammerhead sharks. At deeper depth you may encounter Emperor angelfish. There is an abundance of beautiful soft coral, Gorgonians, and Whip Corals.

Panggulingan

For experienced divers. Diving Bunaken is particularly good in the morning. In a word, wake up early to go there. This site slopes to 30m and switch into a vertical wall. There are strong horizontal currents. Expect encounters with large pelagic fish. Just to name few of them, school of large size Barracudas, Napoleon Wrasse and Giant Trevallies. At 30m you see thick schools of Bannerfish, and Butterflyfish, Spotted Eagle Ray, Sea Snake, and the possibility of a sleeping sharks under Table Coral. One of the healthiest reefs, with a nice diversity of corals.

Mantehage, Nain, Siladen Diving Sites

Barracuda point

This dive sites is for experienced divers only as you will often encounter very strong currents. Also, possibility of strong down current. As the dive site name, large schools of Barracudas of course. Additionally, we usually see Snapper, Titan Triggerfish, Grouper, and Bannerfish. Sometimes you will see sharks, Jack fish and more. The reef here is mostly soft coral

Batu kapal

A deep diver’s site to see school of Hammerhead sharks if lucky. Barraccudas, White-tip reef Sharks, Sponge Crabs are common sight here. Cleanner Shrimps, Scorpionfish, large Nudribranches, and Cuttlefish are also found at this dive site. Batu Kapal when diving Bunaken is a must.

Gorango point

Another special dive site for experienced divers. In the local dialect, Gorango means Sharks. This sloping reef wall houses nice soft and hard corals. Moderate to strong currents, in brief it means good drift dives. Expect to encounter Triggerfish, Grey sharks, Snapper Bumphead parrotfish and Turtles. Hammerhead sharks maybe found at the deeper part of the reef.

Jalan masuk

Again for experienced divers. There is often a strong current. Reef Whitetip shark are commonly spotted here. Many schooling tropical fish including Bumphead parrotfish and Parrotfish. Soft corals, Sponges and much more…

Siladen

A great place for both snorkelers and divers. Have variety of hard and soft corals and has become a host to different types of colourful reef fish. The wall itself is covered in hard and soft coral. A lot of small rich overhangs which are loaded with soft corals, hydroids and lots of small things to discover. Napoleon Wrasse and Spotted Eagle Rays are regular visitors to this dive site.

Siladen Utara

As its name says, it is located behind Siladen Island. Good place to see Turtles. Snappers, Emperor Angelfish, and reef white tip sharks are also found here. A lot of macro life at the stepped sandy bottom.

Siladen Timur

Sliladen Timur is located on the eastern part of the island with an exposed reef top. To summarize, Surgeonfish, Rabbitfish, Parrotfish, large Jacks, and other Pelagic fish. Also huge Barrel sponges, beautiful black coral, and Gorgonians. Sometimes strong current.

 
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