Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bunaken the underwater paradise

Do you like enjoying a beautiful scenery? How about beautiful underwater scenery? It absolutely can be your unforgettable moment in your life.You should try to visit one of the most beautiful underwater scenery in the world, in Bunaken Marine Park.
The Bunaken National Marine Park was established in 1991 and is located on North Sulawesi province, Indonesia. The park area is about 89,065 hectares, which only 3% is terrestrial, including Bunaken Island. It is well known for its amazing underwater aquatic ecosystem.

The waters are really deep (1566 m in Manado Bay), quite clear (up to 35-40 m visibility), refreshing in temperature (27-29 C) .You can find a lot of species of tropical fish and coral reefs here. The gobies, smallish fish with bulging eyes and modified fins that allow them to attach to hard surfaces, are the most diverse but least known group of fish in the park.While, Big fish like marlin, tuna, stingrays, sailing, skipjack, barracuda, hammerhead sharks sometimes also seen in these waters.

Although the exact number of fish species is unknown, it may be slightly 2,500 species, or nearly 70% of all fish species known to the Indo-western Pacific, are found. Biology experts believe that the abundance of hard corals is the most important factor why the levels of diversity in the park is so high. Hard corals are the architects of the reefs, without them, numerous marine organisms would be homeless and hungry. Many species of fish are closely associated with particular types of corals. In shallow water just a few meters offshore lies a band of eye-catching reefs, while further out, in the 60 to 120 foot zone another band of coral reefs teams with all sizes of fish, brilliant in hues and decoration, swimming around you in a great numbers, In the thousands of little nooks along the wall you will see delicate pencil-thin blue-ribbon eels, clear and reddish-striped coral shrimp, lurking lobsters and scuttling crabs. In deeper waters will really get your adreanlin rush in your head. So by using some proper diving equipment you can enjoy these, directly in front of you. For those who do not like diving is available boat with glass bottom to see the beauty of the seabed. Enjoying the beauty beneath the sea, the depth reaches 100 meters.

To support the tourist destination , there are many accommodation facilities from cheap motel to luxurious hotel in this area. The restaurant which provide delicious seafood are also available here to serve you. So if you want to have an unforgettable underwater adventure why don’t visit here someday….

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