Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi and with its approximately 450.000 citizens more than a medium sized city. Bordering one side, the Celebes Sea with Bunaken marine park and on the other side beautiful green grown highlands and towering volcano’s, Manado offers one of the most prosperous and spectacularly scenic area’s in Indonesia.

Manado is among the highlights of diving in Indonesia and has earned plaudits throughout the world. When you’re scuba diving in Bunaken National Marine Park you’ll witness some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world, with outstanding fish variety and world-class wall diving. The clear, warm waters contain astonishingly high numbers of species, whether corals, sponges or fish.

Bunaken National Park

The park is located just out of Manado Bay in the Sulawesi Sea, off the northern tip of Sulawesi, and features some 2 dozen diving sites spread across an area of 75,000 hectares and the 5 islands of Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Montehage and Nain.

Dive into the deep waters of Bunaken from your choice of dive resort and you can see 7 times more genera of coral than Hawaii, 33 species of butterflyfish and over 70% of all fish species known to the Indo-western Pacific.

Oceanic currents sweep past Bunaken Island bringing a steady supply of nutrients. It’s a sure certainty that where there is plenty of food in the sea, there will be an abundance of marine life, and you can be here to witness this rich harvest too. From the smallest commensal shrimp to black tip reef sharks and eagle rays, there is something for everyone in this very special dive destination.


The average temperature in Manado  is 27o C, while the water temperature ranges between 27C and 29C but on the reef flats it can be higher than 30o C. There are two major seasons, namely “the wet’ and “the dry’ season. In the wet season, from November until April, cooler north westerly winds occur and bring heavy rain and occasionally rough seas. From May until October the wind comes from the south west and brings drier air. Being close to the equator means also that we have no problems with hurricanes.

Best Time to Dive Manado

Best Dive Season March to November
Temperature 27-30C
Water Temperature 24-29C

All year round diving but the rainy season starts in December and there is more chance of bad weather.

Dive Resorts in Manado