Mamaling Resort Bunaken
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With all but four large and private bungalows our resort is far from busy. They’re nestled in the virgin rain forest that surrounds us, yet still close to the waterfront. Sit down on the veranda, look out on the mangroves next to the sandy beach and watch the tides.
Our bungalows are tastefully decorated and have king size beds with mosquito nets to keep unwanted visitors away. There’s a wardrobe and a fan. The bathrooms contain shower and toilet, space to put your belongings and an airy veranda with two comfy chairs and a cute table.
You will benefit from our sea view in more than one way. On the one hand because it’s just so breathtakingly beautiful and on the other because it provides you with a fresh breeze – which is a welcome change to the sometimes stuffy tropical air.
Bunaken island is situated in the heart of Bunaken Marine Park. Just recently «Asia Diver» has called the park the one with the «Best Walls in Asia». There are spectacular drop offs, an array of soft and hard corals and an unforgettable diversity of marine life. You’ll easily come across reef sharks, rays, turtles, barracudas, fusiliers, grunts, snappers, parrot fishes and bat fishes. As well as critters, different scorpion fishes, sea horses, crabs, shrimps, nudibranches and many more.
Bunaken Marine Park starts on the shores of Manado. It’s made of five islands and the surrounding reefs: Bunaken Island, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain. Bunaken is about 45 minutes by boat from Manado. More than half of Bunaken Marine Park’s dive sites are right around Bunaken.
Imagine the five islands as a submerged mountain range that have been flooded with water in ancient times. The surrounding walls form a natural reef table. The reef starts at 3 to 5 metres and drops to more than 800 metres. Most of the marine life lingers between a depth of 10 and 15 metres. Diving is thus perfect for beginners as well as for advanced divers. Visibility usually ranges at about 30 metres.
Of course we recommend sites according to our guests’ diving experience. Should you be an experience diver and wish to go deeper we can come up with some interesting and safe dives.
Along the Manado coastline shallow sandy slopes can be found which make great dive sites for muck diving. There are some spooky creatures in these areas like frogfish and ghost pipefish. Also Manado bay offers an interesting wreck that’s home to schools of fish and some hard and soft corals.
We dive in groups of maximum four guests per guide – or even less sometimes. All our guides are from Bunaken, they know their way around have logged a few thousand dives in the Bunaken Marine Park. Most dive sites can be reached within ten to fifteen minutes by boat. Alternatively you can take a day trip, e.g. to Bangka, Nain or other spots. Our dive boats are comfy both for divers and snorkelers. Each one is equipped with a first aid kit and an oxygen tank. When taking a day trip you’ll enjoy lunch with your group on some remote island beach. For dives close to Bunaken we’ll take you home for lunch. If you’re the afternoon diving type, feel free to do so. We also offer late afternoon and night dives.