July 5, 2022 2023-10-16 12:11

The Bunaken Marine Park

Located at the heart of the coral triangle, the Bunaken National Marine Park (BNMP) covers a total area of over 890 square kilometres.

With more than 390 species of coral living within the park’s boundaries, it is amongst the most bio-diverse marine parks in the world. The extraordinarily high levels of marine diversity, combined with the ease of access, put Bunaken National Marine Park high on the list of every ocean enthusiasts bucket list.

What to Expect

Bunaken Marine Park is famed for its rich macro life and pristine shallow reefs — with the latter being more of interest for snorkelers

While snorkelling over any of the twenty-plus sites within easy reach of Siladen Resort & Spa, you can expect to see healthy and seemingly endless coral reef gardens dotted with enormous sponges and anemones blowing in the current. 

Huge schools of reef fish are common in the shallows, and turtles are spotted on almost every site that we visit for snorkelling — sometimes as many as 15 in an hour. Larger species such as reef sharks, eagle rays, or napoleon wrasse are spotted regularly by snorkelers too.

Snorkelling Conditions

The reefs surrounding the island start very shallow and slowly deepen to around 5m before the wall plummets into the deep. The average tidal excursion is between 1.5m and 3m, meaning you are never far from the action. 

The visibility is generally good year-round — with an average visibility of around 30m. Visibility over the shallow reef near mangroves can be negatively affected by the outgoing tides, although we always try to plan around the tide. 

Currents can be strong and unpredictable, so we always conduct a current check before entering the water, and we always follow the current during our snorkelling sessions. The boat will pick you up when you are ready to leave the water. 

The average water temperature throughout the year is 28ºC, although upwellings from the deepwater below can cause dramatic temperature fluctuations — sometimes varying up to 4ºC on a single site. We recommend all snorkelers either wear a full body suit or at least a long-sleeved rash guard used in combination with a reef-friendly sunscreen.

Boat Excursions

The best way to experience the variety of snorkelling in Bunaken Marine Park is by joining one of our twice-daily scheduled boats. Included in the boat excursion is a snorkelling guide, who will take guests at a ratio of four guests per guide (4/1). The boats are either a mixture of divers and snorkelers (with sites planned that suit the needs of everybody) or just snorkelers. 

Upon arrival at the site, you will be given a site-specific briefing explaining the site’s topography and what you may expect to see, followed by important safety information. The amount of time you want to spend in the water is completely up to you. We generally brief for 70 minutes per site, but this time is much more flexible for snorkelers than it is for divers, and it is not uncommon for guests to spend much longer than this in the water. 

Besides the morning and afternoon snorkelling, you are also very welcome to join the boats at night for night snorkelling. Night snorkelling can be an amazing experience, but you need to visit the right sites to have the best experience possible. Luckily, our dive and snorkel guides know exactly where to take you so you enjoy your night snorkelling session just as much as the divers do. We depart from Siladen Resort & Spa at 17:45, and the sites are usually no more than 20 minutes away. Each snorkeler will be given a high powered torch with a focused beam, and the guide will carry extras too.

Diving Center Rates

All prices are charged in Rupiah and include 21% service and government taxes. The Resort reserves the right to change its price lists at any time without prior notice.

PADI Courses and dives booked are non refundable and non transferable.

Snorkeling Rates

You can enjoy great snorkeling while staying at Siladen Resort & Spa. You can snorkel off the beach close to the Resort or join the dive boats in the morning and snorkel in the Marine Park. Rates are for boat diving and include snorkeling guide and refreshments aboard.

Snorkelling PackagePublished
1-12 sessions€22
13-25 sessions€21
26 and over€20
Payments made directly at the resort will be processed in Indonesian
Rupiah (IDR), according to the daily exchange rate provided by our bank.

PADI Courses

We offer a full range of PADI Courses taught in English, German, Italian and Spanish. We encourage you to book your course at the time of reservation.

PADI courseDescriptionPrice in Rp.
Bubblemaker (pool)1 pool session, full gear
Skin DiverFull snorkel gear, theory, 1 pool session, 1 snorkelling session in Siladen House Reef, PADI certification1,200,000
ScubareviewTheory, 1 pool session,
1 ocean dive.
Discover ScubadivingFull gear, Basic theory,
1 pool session,
1 ocean dive with instructor
Additional boat dives Discover ScubadivingFull gear,
One ocean dive with instructor
ScubadiverFull gear, 3 Pool Sessions,
2 ocean dives
Open Water DiverFull gear, 5 Pool Sessions,
4 ocean dives

If you want to spend less time in the classroom and have more fun diving with us, consider signing up for eLearning (click below) and get 2 extra dives free of charge.

PADI eLearning
INON Photo Course – Level 1Theory, Camera, 2 Ocean Dives

Adventure DiverTheory, 1 Adventure Dive
Advanced Open WaterTheory, Certification, 5 Adventure Dives

If you want to spend less time in the classroom and have more fun diving with us, consider signing up for eLearning (click below) and get 2 extra dives free of charge.

PADI eLearning
EFRCFR & first aid sessions, certificate.2,000,000
Rescue DiverTheory, Certification, 5 Sessions, scenario7,200,000
DivemasterCrew Pack, certification, manual & dives 12,500,000
SpecialityDrift, Nitrox, PBB, AWARE
(Nitrox course includes 2 FOC
upgrades from Air)

Digital UW Photographer.
(DUP includes rental camera)

Side-Mount1 Pool Session, 3 ocean dives4,600,000

Equipment Rental

We offer a full range of diving equipment for rental. Kindly contact our diving center manager upon arrival.

ItemRental Price in Rupiah
Complete Snorkel set100,000
Mask & snorkel50,000 / 80,000
Fins / + Boots50,000 / 80,000
3/5mm Wetsuit110,000
Dive computer130,000
Full set (incl. computer) 1 day440,000
Full set (excl. computer) 1 day400,000
Ultraviolet Light Torch
DIVE SYSTEMS Wing Deluxe BCD 200,000
RATIO Deluxe Dive Computer200,000
Full Set including Deluxe Wing +
Deluxe Dive Computer

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