It’s no wonder why more and more divers get to the North Sulawesi hot spots of Lembeh Strait, Bunaken and Manado as these areas has some of the world’s greatest biodiversity. Experts believe that only in the area of the Bunaken National Park, there are more that 58 different species of corals and approximately 2000 fish species. And those numbers go way up if you include all the different critters and macro species that live in the Bangka Island and the Lembeh Strait.
The main reason scientists have found to explain the wide variety of marine life in North Sulawesi is the fact that there are three different masses of water that get to the area at the same time. Those masses of water are the Pacific Ocean, the Sulawesi Sea and the Indian Ocean, which make the water rich enough to attract several species of fish and plants. The currents that are affected by tides together with the variety of scenery play an important part in the wealth of this heavenly paradise.
The tidal variation is of approximately 2.2 metres, which means that the majority of scuba dive sessions are drift. You should expect the water to have a temperature of about 26 or 29 degrees.
North Sulawesi Dive Sites
North Sulawesi dive sites can be separated into several areas:
- Lembeh Strait
- Northern part of the Bunaken National Park including the islands of Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Mantehague, Nain and Nain Kecil together with 12km of coastline
- Southern part of the Bunaken National Park including Popooh
- Bangka Archipelago
The total number of diving spots in these areas amount to over 150 and they are numerous world class sites perfect for experienced divers.