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I am planning a 4 day 3 night dive trip to bunaken and surrounding islands. Budget about S$650-700 per person twin sharing.

Better to stay in manado mainland or bunaken island? Any thoughts on which dive resort to stay and dive?

Heard the cliff/ wall dives are awesome there? Any personal experiences to share? Any concerns about dangers of down currents?

Thanks !
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Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
« Reply #1 on: 08 May 14, 19:08 »
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  • I am planning a 4 day 3 night dive trip to bunaken and surrounding islands. Budget about S$650-700 per person twin sharing.

    Better to stay in manado mainland or bunaken island? Any thoughts on which dive resort to stay and dive?

    Heard the cliff/ wall dives are awesome there? Any personal experiences to share? Any concerns about dangers of down currents?

    Thanks !
    Lets just say awesome is not something I will use to describe the walls there.  Maybe its just not my kind of diving.   :P
    So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...

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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
    « Reply #2 on: 08 May 14, 20:06 »
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  • Hi,

    I think the water in bunaken is crystsl clear, full of life too. I like to scuba there.

    Lembah is very interesting too with many micro sea creatures.

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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
    « Reply #3 on: 08 May 14, 20:24 »
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  • I've personally never experienced any dangerous currents there before, at the most you get a mild drift dive. I've also never really seen anything that big there besides the usual big turtles. I did see a very shy eagle ray there once though. You do however get beautiful coral covering every single inch of the wall and thousands of reef fish, particularly those little triggerfish swimming all around.

    If you stay at the mainland, there is this nice dive site that I quite enjoyed the last time called city extra (named after the seafood restaurant it's in front of) where you get some pretty nice macro muck diving. 

    Since you're only there for three nights, two days at bunaken should be quite enough and you can save your lembeh straits for your next manado trip  :)
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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
    « Reply #4 on: 08 May 14, 21:23 »
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  • I've also never really seen anything that big there besides the usual big turtles.
    On my last trip did some non-divers make one of those typical "dolphin spotting boat tour" while we were out diving. They did not just find dolphins but sperm whales!

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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
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  • On my last trip did some non-divers make one of those typical "dolphin spotting boat tour" while we were out diving. They did not just find dolphins but sperm whales!

    Wow! I've heard and read that manado has these whales and that pilot whales are often seen as well, but it should be from a boat kind of thing right? Now imagine swimming along the wall and you look out to the blue and see a giant swimming beside you. That would be amazing!
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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
    « Reply #6 on: 08 May 14, 21:55 »
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  • Yeah, that's what I heard about the whales / dolphines... may I know which month did it occur?

    I'd understand there is no guarantee of sightings but if limited to only 4 day 3 night, and within direct 3-5hrs flight from Sg ....
    Besides Bunaken / Manado, any suggestion where I can go see some big marine life if I plan to travel in May?
    eg. Mantas, whale sharks etc....

    Suggestions of when to go where to see what - much appreciated!
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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
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  • Yeah, that's what I heard about the whales / dolphines... may I know which month did it occur?

    Sure: End of December.

    I don't think Dolphins are seasonal - we saw them a lot on both trips I did there. Huge pods coming really close to the boat. I always stay in Siladen which means we always have a bit of a boat trip to the bunaken dive spots - maybe that's why? I love the hotel, but its a bit over the budget mentioned here, so did not suggest it...

    I believe the pilot whales are not too uncommon, that's pretty much an XL dolphin, but sperm whales is something entirely different! I did not even know they had them there (or put differently: did not really believe all the stories the locals tell...)

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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
    « Reply #8 on: 08 May 14, 23:28 »
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  • Stay on the main land better. Unless u are the super seasick kind.

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    Re: Advise diving bunaken and surrounding islands
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  • Stay on the main land better. Unless u are the super seasick kind.

    What would be the good resort to stay in the mainland? Does that mean a daily 1.5 / 3 hr boat trip to dive sites around Bunaken ? or are there also nice sites not too far ff from the mainland?
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