Bunaken Island is a part of Bunaken National Park and is located on the northern tip of Sulawesi. Island’s claim to fame is its potential as a great scuba diving site. The influx of tourists on the island is mostly because of serious scuba divers heading this way. Over the last few years however, amateur and casual divers have also started taking interest in this area and more and more of them are thronging Bunaken Island. The island is an amazing place for not only diving but also for snorkeling. Bunaken also offers excellent opportunities for hiking the northern and eastern coves, fishing (but certainly not in the park area), boat trips and whale/dolphin watching trips. The diversity of the area can be judged from the fact that nearly 70 percent of the total species found in Indo-Western Pacific can be seen in Bunaken National Park.
The nearest airport is Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado (MDC), which receives flights from Singapore as well as Bali, Jakarta and other cities in Indonesia. Manado town centre is around 1.5 hours from the airport. If you are staying on Bunaken it is around 45 minutes by boat from Manado Harbour. Bangka Island is around a 2 hour drive from the airport and short boat ride. Diving is mainly resort based and most resorts offer airport pickups and transfers.