Bunaken National Park
Bunaken National Park in
North Sulawesi was established in 1991, covering an area of
220,160 acres. The park is situated in the heart of the coral
triangle, boasting astonishing levels of biodiversity. It's
estimated that the park is home to up to 2,000 species of fish and
390 types of coral, as well as several rare and endangered species
(including dugongs, nautilus and coelacanths).
Unsurprisingly, the park is filled with amazing dive sites, but
Muka Kampung is firmly on the list as one of our favourite places
for macro diving in Sulawesi.
The site is located on the southeast tip of Bunaken Island and,
like the majority of dives around Bunaken, it's a drift dive. It
begins on a steep sand and coral-rubble slope, with divers drifting
along a mild to medium current, before reaching an impressive coral
wall roughly halfway through the dive. A closer look at the wall
reveals nudibranchs, minuscule crustaceans and flatworms, tucked
within the colourful reef.
The Lembeh Strait is already well-known as one of Indonesia's
top muck diving destinations, and as it stands, we think it's one
of the best places for macro diving in Sulawesi. The narrow channel
between North Sulawesi and Lembeh is teeming with dive sites,
making it ideal for diving holidays.
The Lembeh Strait has sites suitable for all levels of diving,
but as an area known for muck diving, beginners should be able to
manage their buoyancy so as not to disturb the seafloor.
Two amazing sites for macro diving are the aptly-named Nudi
Retreat and Critter Hunt. Nudi Retreat is a reef slope in a
sheltered cove just off the Sulawesi coast. The slope begins at
three metres, before plunging to depths of 28 metres, with all
manner of creatures living on the coral wall. As well as colourful
nudibranchs, divers have spotted cockatoo waspfish and even pegasus
sea moths. Critter Hunt, as its name might suggest, is filled with
interesting creatures. The site comprises a mixture of sand, rubble
and reef, and is home to frogfish (painted, hairy, giant and
warty), nudibranchs, ghost pipefish, blue-ringed octopus and
When macro diving in Sulawesi, you're almost guaranteed to spot
something interesting. The area's rich biodiversity and sheer
number of dive sites make it a spectacular choice for a diving
holiday. If you're thinking of planning a trip to Sulawesi, our
expert team can help you craft the perfect
itinerary, with everything to suit your needs.