Dive in Bunaken National Park from Gorgeous Siladen!

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9.6

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VeroniqueAngot
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Véronique A verified review
Open Water Diver
300+ dives
9.3/10
over 2 years ago

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A great team, warm and competent, a warm welcome, a permanent and personalized attention. I was able to resume diving safely after 15 years and an accident. Happiness is in Siladen.

AaronLeong
SG
Aaron L verified review
Open Water Diver
less than 50 dives
10/10
3 months ago

It was an amazing experience living in Siladen Resort and Spa. Staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. The buffet spread options were limited but the quality of the food was impeccable. Waters were clear and got to see many interesting marine life during my dives. Definitely worth it.

Why we love it

Discover the smallest island of Bunaken National Park: Siladen. Just three kilometers from Bunaken island, the island is a quiet paradise: it has white sand-beaches and is surrounded by beautiful coral reefs that are perfect for snorkelers. The small eco resort, elected best eco resort in 2017 and 2018 by Dive Magazine, has been very involved in protecting the marine life since its opening in 2003. Dive up to 4 times a day or explore North Sulawesi with one of the many excursions organized by the eco resort!

Conservation

In 2004, the eco resort started a program to protect turtles. Thousands of turtles have hatched since. Mooring buoys have been installed for boats to anchor safely in the National Park without damaging the reef. The eco resort is committed to reduce waste as much as possible, involving the local community in this effort.

Who is it for?

For all levels of divers and snorkelers. Photographers will love the macro life of Bunaken. Plenty of activities are available besides diving: Manado sightseeing, trekking to a volcano, highland tour, rafting, snorkeling, relaxing at the beach, or some spa treatments.

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If you travel with kids, ask us about the family villa

  • Price per person for 7 nights, on a double occupancy basis
  • Full board: three meals per day, plus drinking water
  • Fifteen guided dives, including night dives
  • Airport return transfers
  • Taxes

  • Bunaken Marine Park Fee: €10, valid for the calendar year
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Equipment rental, diving courses
  • Excursions or spa treatments
  • Flight tickets and overnight-stays at hotels before or after the stay

Dive briefing!

Marine Life

  • At the heart of the Coral Triangle, the National Park comprises five islands - Bunaken, Siladen, Mantehage, Nain and Manado Tua, some of which go as deep as 600 meters (1,968 feet)
  • over 1000 fish species and 600 coral species
  • Expect to see plenty of turtles, some tunas, trevallies, napoleon wrasses, barracudas, mandarin fish, cardinal fish, trigger fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, sweetlips, moray eels, groupers, hawkfish, parrot fish to name a few
  • Bunaken is also well-known by photographers for its critters: mandarin fish sponge crabs, pygmy and pontohi sea horse, ghost pipe fish, nudibranchs to name a few

Dive Conditions

  • Season: March to October
  • Currents: occasional mild to strong currents
  • Visibility: 15 to 50 m (50 to 164 ft)
  • Water Temperature: 27° to 30°C (81° to 86°F)
  • Depth: shallow dives and some deep dives along walls

Dive Sites

  • 45 famous dive sites nearby
  • Some of the dive sites frequently visited are: Lekuan 1,2 and 3, Celah Celah, Ron’s Point, Mike's point, Sachiko's point, Mola's wreck, Barracuda point, Mandolin to name a few
  • Dusk, night dives and night snorkeling are possible

The Team

  • Operation created in 2001
  • Number of boats: 6
  • Courses up to Divemaster
  • Maximum number of people per dive guide: 4
  • Languages spoken: English, Italian, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and Indonesian

Safety Information

  • Equipment Recommended: 3 to 5 mm wetsuit, dive computer, and safety buoy
  • Insurance: Both dive insurance and travel insurance are mandatory. We recommend DAN Europe that has plans to cover both - ask us for a quote.
  • Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: Manado
Visas, flights, and more!

Visa Requirements

How to get there

  • There are direct flights from Singapour or Jakarta to Manado (MDC)
  • The eco resort team will pick you up at the airport. The transfer to the eco-resort takes an hour

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  • Bring sunscreen, a hat, a rash guard some mosquito repellent, some walking shoes
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