Scuba Diving

Fun dives with Janji Laut



Scuba Diving with Janji Laut Resort & Dive Center in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Scuba diving in the Bunaken Marine Park and around Manado: discover many of the best diving spots in the world

Diving in Indonesia is a must but diving in the Bunaken Marine Park is the must of the must.

Among the many sites available, there are for all diver levels including drop-offs, coral plateaux, amazing walls, sites at different depths, sites for fans of marine biology and small or large-scale marine life… An incredible destination to discover the underwater world and its wonders!

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Our location gives you access to a large variety of wonderful diving spots to explore.
Our house reef is the perfect spot to start your diving trip with a refresh if needed or for night dives with incredible species. The bay around the resort offers amazing diving with deep walls, muck dive, grass garden full of critters and if you’re lucky: the legendary dugong.
As we are facing the Bunaken Marine Park, we have access to all of its spots which are spread out around 75,000 hectares of sea. The main islands being Bunaken itself and Manado Tua (a beautiful volcano island that offers pristine coral gardens and deep walls). For more experience divers, we can also organize trips to the other islands of the park: Siladen, Mantehage and Nain.

Janji Laut Local Dive Sites

Malcom also known as Tanjung Kelapa

This is one of our favourite local dive sites, a “must see” in the whole area of Bunaken Marine Park. We start on a white sandy slope that continues to a colourful wall with healthy hard and soft corals, Gorgonians, many Sponges, yellow and white Black coral Bush, Anemones, Whip corals and a particularly interesting colony of Tubastraea sea tree. The scenery is quite impressive, fish life is abundant with often pelagic hunting alongside the wall. There is in Malcom a large variety of species. Among others, we have seen here the Giant frogfish, Scorpion leaf fish, Stonefish, Longnose Hawkfish, Razor fish, various species of Moray eels, Ribbon eel, Tuna, Trevally Bluefin, Barracudas, schools of Mackerels, Spadefish, crocodile needlefish, and so on….
Safety stop is done on the 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. Snorkeling trips can be organized.

Bethlehem

The name is 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. It starts on a large and shallow sea grass area where you may find Seahorses, Ghost Pipefish and Frogfish. Divers reported to have seen in Bethlehem Hairy Frogfish, Weedy Scorpionfish and even mimic octopus. We also had several times a surprising encounter with the Dugong ! The site continues on a black sandy slope that offers a lot to discover in some few old ropes, nets, coconut trunks and even old tires which are small oasis of life. Various species of Anemones are scattered everywhere with their clown fish, Porcelain crabs and also various species of Shrimps can be spotted (Thor, Periclimenes, Rhynchocinetes, Stenopus, Pistol shrimps…). We often see blue spotted stingray, Prawn Goby Fish, Longhorn Cowfish, Lionfish, Giant Hermit Crabs, Sea snakes, Garden eels, Moray eels, Conch shells and much more. We usually finish the dive in an area where metallic structures have been sunk for coral growth which are now quite well colonized. It is located just beside a rich and interesting natural reef. A prefect second or third dive just 5mn boat from Janji Laut Resort that gives you a “Lembeh” like experience.

Emma Point

The dive site is 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 dive site that fits either for beginners, photographers and advanced divers. Just 2mn off from Janji Laut Resort facing the Poopoh’s Church. You start from a rich and colourful reef plateau about 3-5m that 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 and sometimes 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 have seen Scorpion Leaf fish, Spotted Box Fish, Falco Hawkfish, Lionfish, Groupers and much more. It is a dive where we may find the famous Mandarin fish. Therefore, is a perfect spot for a Sunset dive around 5 PM or even a Boat night dive. Good also for snorkeling.

Janji Laut House Reef 1 & 2

We have 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 the same profile, a rich plateau of soft and hard corals that continues on a black sandy slope. We may spot Scorpion fish and several times we found the Flathead crocodile fish. We have seen here Razor fish, White banded Pipefish, Puffer fish, Barracuda, Titan Trigger fish, Trevally Bluefin, Moray Eels, Sea snake and even a Turtle. On the sandy part, we may find 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. Around our jetty we may find also Lobsters and Dragon-Face Pipefish. Our house reef is perfect to begin scuba diving courses, make a scuba review or try a discovering scuba dive. 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 where a lot of animals hide 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 usually seen. Current can be sometimes strong in some places and then switch you to a drift dive along the reef. However, 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. It is located on the east side of Janji Laut Resort, about 15mn boat drive. This is 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 colour, 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 come back in a perfect time for the lunch in our panoramic restaurant.

Pygmy Point

The name of this dive site originates from the Pygmy seahorses living on a huge Muricella sea fan about 28m depth. Three large coral blocks nearby are also interesting and further up are Large fields of hard corals with a lot of reef fishes, nudibranchs and maybe octopus. As the main interesting point is deep, this dive is oriented to advanced divers.

Other dive sites:

We have along the coast of Manado and the whole Southern of Bunaken National Marine 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, wherever we jump into the water, there’s always good things to see.

Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain Dive Sites


 
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