How to Reach Us
To reach the International Airport of Manado the shortest and more comfortable way is to flight with Singapore Airlines (Barcelona-Milan-Singapore), connection in Singapore with Silkair flight with final destiantion Manado. Checked baggage will be collected in Manado (up to 30kg for diving equipment provided). Total flight time:15/16 hours. Cost: from 800 € to 1400€. From 'the Airport of Manado to the harbour, about 30/45 minutes by taxi. Boat to Bunaken: crossing time about 45 minutes. If you wish, Raja Laut will handle the transfer from Airport.
Other possibilities (longer travel time): flights from Milan or Rome or ohers european cities to Jakarta with various carriers: Emirates via Dubai, Qatar by DHOA, TURKISH via Istanbul, Lufhansa via FRANKFURT, KLM via Amsterdam.
Manado is then reached with domestic flights (LION AIR or GARUDA) from Jakarta. The online purchase of domestic flights by local companies is NOT possible (unless you use an Indonesian or Malaysian credit card ). Is possible instead to use a Travel Agent like www.ticketindonesia.info tp purchase your tickets for a small fee.
Another possibility is to reach Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and continue to Manado. Unfortunately, Air Asia has removed the connection KUALA-Manado but is still availble the Kuala-Makassar option.
Best Period to visit Bunaken
Bunaken National Marine Park is 1° Latitude North from the equator. The days are characterized by 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. The seasonality gives way to a dry season (late March to October) and a rainy one (November to February). Even in the rainy season are rare prolonged periods of bad weather and the air temperature never drops below 25/26 °C. The waters of the park are generally very clear (from 20 to 40m), allowing the underwater photographer to capture subjects very different from each other: from macro of to colorful sea slugs and pygmy seahorses until amazing ambient on the vertical walls decorated by huge sponges and sea fans.
The water temperature varies from 30 ° to 26 ° and a 3mm wet suit is normally used on every occasion.