Bunaken, Indonesia 2016

Bunaken, Indonesia is a small island located just north of Manado on Sulawesi.  I have dove here on 3 different occassions and it is one of my favorite destinations due to the quality of the diving and relative ease of traveling here.  As a bonus, it is reasonable if price too!  Bunaken is known for its wall diving.  The island is surrounded by VERY shallow reefs with a dramatic drop off.  The tops of the reefs are very lush and vibrant.  It also has great macro opportunities.  Unfortunately, it gets a fair amount of plastic pollution from the closeby city of Manado.  Heavy rainstorms will wash out significant amounts of plastic into the water.  On many dives there where many plastic bags floating by.  This combined with large groups of snorkelers and divers from nearby Manado have put a strain on this reef.  It is still beautiful, but I don't see that lasting for many more years.

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