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Bunaken National Marine Park is the principal destination for many visitors to North Sulawesi.

Islands of Bunaken National Marine Park

The park encompasses the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Montehage, Siladan and Nain. Each island is surrounded by mangrove and white sand beaches with coral reef flats dropping off to steep walls.

The water temperature averages 28 degrees Celsius throughout the year and is accompanied by visibility of up to 30 metres.

Marine life

Hawksbill sea turtleThe park has a wide range of corals and fish and Bunaken is regarded as being one of the richest and most diverse coral ecosystems in the world. Among the more spectacular marine life are barracuda, dolphins, sea snakes, killer whales and hawksbill turtles.

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Suggested itinerary featuring Bunaken National Marine Park

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Bunaken National Marine Park, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring Bunaken National Marine Park

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Bunaken National Marine Park, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Bunaken National Marine Park at its best.

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