The list of dive sites in North Sulawesi is impressive and plentiful. In fact, there are at least one hundred awesome diving destinations to explore in this part of the Celebes Sea.
This section contains information about the most visited spots for scuba diving and snorkeling, such as the Lembeh Strait, Bunaken National Marine Park, and the sundrenched islands near Manado.
Without a doubt, this hot-spot contains some of the best scuba diving in the world if you enjoy:
Plus, you may also see dolphins and pilot whales breaking the surface around the islands of Bunaken and Bangka.
So, when is the optimum time to go scuba diving in North Sulawesi?
It's fair to say that this remote diving destination is very popular with fanatics of underwater photography. As a result, the best time to scuba dive is the dry season, which runs from July through to the end of October.
Being so close to the equator means North Sulawesi only has two seasons. Hence, even though you can dive all year round, the weather conditions tend to worsen during the typical rainy season from December to the end of February.
Pro Tip: Sulawesi is a mountainous region that has eleven active volcanoes. It is one of the four Greater Sunda Islands of Indonesia (around 733 kilometres east of Borneo) and the eleventh largest island in the world.
Far and wide, few places offer crystal clear water for scuba diving and snorkeling. But, that is exactly what divers and snorkelers experience when they visit these illustrious locations.
As most scuba divers know, the importance of coral polyps in reef ecosystems should not be underrated. To prove a point, over three thousand fish species get food and shelter from the corals and artificial reef structures found in this area.
In essence, you could also say that the Coral Triangle is a superhighway for several large migratory species. Typical examples include the Ocean sunfish (Mola Mola), tuna, and gigantic Cetacea (whale species).
By and large, the northern part of the Sulawesi peninsula is the heart of where it all happens. Apart from the usual hard and soft corals and colourful reef fishes, some of the lesser known species you can see, include:
Pro Tip: A cursory search of the Internet for dive sites in Indonesia will bombard you with diving and snorkeling superlatives. Nonetheless, Indonesia encompasses the world's largest archipelago of more than 17,500 islands - and over 7,000 of them remain uninhabited.
Note: The short video [10:17 seconds] presented by 'Murex Resorts' contains some amazing footage of the best shallow water scuba and snorkeling spots in Bunaken, Bangka, and Lembeh.
Silk Air fly direct from Singapore to Sam Ratulangi International Airport Manado (IATA: MDC). You can also get to the north of Sulawesi from several other locations using the local airlines of Indonesia.