Bunaken Island – The Land of Water Adventures Bunaken Island is one of the world’s most magnificent and popular diving, travelling and snorkeling spots. Located in Indonesia, it is a home for tourists, divers and water sports lovers. The […]
Bunaken Island is one of the world’s most magnificent and popular diving, travelling and snorkeling spots. Located in Indonesia, it is a home for tourists, divers and water sports lovers. The city of Bunaken is actually an island, located near a big city of Indonesia. This makes it a little bit difficult to visit. The island is in the shape of a banana. The 890 km² of the marine national park of Indonesia includes some other neighboring islands apart from Bunaken Island. These are Island of Nain, Nain Kecil, Siladen, Mantehage and Manado Tua which is an extinct volcano.
Co-operation and maintenance of the Island of Bunaken Maintaining the Island can be quite demanding. The coordination between national as well as local authorities, investing businessmen, conservation and research groups, and local people has made the maintenance easier, cost-effective and successful. As a result, many experts say that Bunaken is a successful example which proves that the country of Indonesia can and should further preserve the natural marine resources. About 20,000 local inhabitants who live in the island, thrive on water-based living, mainly in the Bunaken National Marine Park’s water bodies. This has resulted in various conflicts between the native inhabitants and the governmental higher authorities.
Bunaken Island and the tourist sites The park of Bunaken is famed, across the world, for water’s clarity. Marine organisms are visible the most in the dry summer season). Coral and fish are present in abundance, here. Beautiful precipitous walls can be seen in at specific areas. These walls are ideal for the growth of different kinds of diverse marine plants. Bunaken Timur, located on the eastern coast of the island, is popular and the most enriched of all. Various world acclaimed experts claim the Bunaken Islands as the best diving site in Indonesia. In some areas of the Island, the depth of the water is over 1,500 m.
The diverse marine life in the Islands of Bunaken Both the flora and fauna of Bunaken have a stunning, rare biodiversity. This includes the 70 types of genera of coral plants of different colour, shape; five species of the sea turtle; a magnificent range of fish culture. 70% of all the species of fishes that live in the oceans of Indo-Western Pacific can be found here. The White tip sharks and the big reef-sharks with black tip are very common in the deep waters. Wonderful resident dugongs; rare and wild barracuda, and tuna come almost regularly from pelagic waters, at different times of the year. Sometimes, saltwater crocodiles can be spotted as well in the marshy areas of the islands.
Seasons The climate of the islands is usually a little higher than that of the equatorial and tropical regions.The rainy season here lasts from the month of November to the mid of April. Storms occur frequently, reducing visibility. The summer season is from the month of May to October. At the high temperatures, visibility becomes the maximum. Bunaken gets less rainfall than the Sulawesi mainland in the north. Tourism on Bunaken mainly focusses on serious divers, across the world. Though over the many years the trend is changing, now. Many snorkelers, as well as visitors, visit to just relax, have fun and enjoy the beautiful diverse natural resources.
Activities for tourists and water sport lovers Beach combing, particularly during low tide is accessible easily. Hiking on the northern as well as the eastern parts of the island is very common. Fishing is also popular but outside the park boundaries. Tourists watch dolphins & whales during diving or by hiring a private boat, the main attraction is diving. The steep edges and strong, rapid currents mean is mainly for advanced divers. There are many beginner-friendly sites too. Dive shops, present can arrange for various water diving courses. Snorkeling, here is a magnificent experience. There are many resorts, for tourists and travelers to stay.
Tips for visiting the island.It is to be remembered not to snorkel without fins. This is because the currents can be very strong and change rapidly. One should select a particular point on the island and not move away. It is not very safe unless one is an experienced and expert swimmer. People often take experts of tour guides with them. It is better to consult tour guides and expert, experienced divers before going diving in deep waters.
In the Bunaken Islands of Indonesia, extremely enriched , rare and diverse species of plants and animals are conserved. These endangered species are maintained and protected by the world class scientists and expert social activists. Visit the exotic island today to see those species in their own den.Share this tour
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