8 Tips for Snorkeling in Bunaken Marine Park

Snorkeling in Bunaken

8 Tips for Snorkeling in Bunaken Marine Park


The Bunaken Marine Park is located in the heart of the Coral Triangle which is where we call home! It’s the epicenter of marine biodiversity and it is home to more reef-building corals and species of tropical fish than anywhere else on Earth. If you are looking for a holiday of a lifetime, look no further than snorkeling in Bunaken and exploring North Sulawesi.

We are extremely fortunate to have thriving reefs which are teeming with life right on our doorstep. The unique currents and ocean tides affected by the “Indonesian Through Flow” mean we have reefs which live in a unique marine environment and flourish year on year. A recent comparative study conducted over the last 4 years confirms an increase in reef health, coral growth and fish numbers. Snorkeling in Bunaken is truly some of the best snorkeling in the world.

Did you know that we offer dedicated services for snorkelers? All of our snorkeling trips include a professional snorkeling guide to enhance your experience and ensure you enjoy the best possible snorkeling in this phenomenal region.

For many of us, snorkeling in tropical waters is a dream of a lifetime and one which we want to make the most of. To ensure you have the most memorable experience possible here are 8 tips to maximize your snorkeling in Bunaken experience…

Snorkeling Holiday
Snorkeling Bunaken Marine Park - one of the world's most famous snorkeling destinations
Are you new to Coral Reef and Tropical Snorkeling?

We offer free snorkeling lessons for beginners included in your trip. It’s not just beginners who will benefit from a lesson, anyone who has never had any instruction is encouraged to join us – even experienced snorkelers. You’ll learn or review general snorkeling techniques and you’ll also learn specific skills for snorkeling in our area and guidance on protecting yourself, our marine life and reefs.

Learn About the Marine Life

The Coral Triangle is home to 500 species of coral which equates to more than 76% of the worlds known species, more than 3,000 species of fish, 6 out of the 7 world turtle species, a migratory route for over 30 species of marine mammals, home to more than one third of all whale and dolphin species and the greatest extent of mangrove forests in the world.

Having some basic knowledge of marine life and knowing what you are looking at makes the experience so much more special. That’s why all Murex Snorkeling trips are guided by our experienced snorkeling guides who will point out extra special species for you and help you to identify what you have seen underwater – they are full of interesting marine life facts which they love to share.

Snorkeling lesson Bunaken
A free snorkeling lesson is included for beginners and those who want to refresh their skills. Photo credit: Markus Roth
Listen to Your Snorkeling Guides Briefing

There is a snorkeling briefing on board all Murex boats before you enter the water. The briefing is when you will be informed of important safety information, given tips about what to look out for, advice on how to snorkel the area to see the highlights and anything unusual. Our briefings are designed to help you to have the best snorkeling in Bunaken experience possible.

Pay Attention to Your Snorkeling Guide

Our snorkeling guides have a wealth of snorkeling site and marine life information – make the most of them and remember that there is no such thing as a stupid question. Our snorkeling guides are one of our biggest assets and they are there to help with everything from leaking masks to marine life identification.

Anemonefish Bunaken
Your snorkeling guide will point out marine life and help you to identify the species
Take Your Time and Relish Each Moment … and Every Fish!

This is your snorkeling holiday and your Indonesia adventure so don’t rush. Take your time and give everything a second glance. The more you look, the more you see and the more relaxed and comfortable you’ll be in the water.

Feel Proud to be a Reef Ambassador when Snorkeling in Bunaken

You can play a big part in protecting the reef by being a positive Reef Ambassador while snorkeling in Bunaken. Be careful not to touch anything underwater, be extremely careful with your fins, don’t buy souvenirs made from reef products such as shells or coral, if you see any trash in the water, pick it up yourself – or ask your guide to help you.

Green sea turtle Bunaken
Bunaken is home to a large resident population of green sea turtles which can be seen by snorkelers
Tell Your Friends and Spread the Word

Post on your social media about your experience of snorkeling in Bunaken – the more people who fall in love with the ocean, the more people there are who care enough to protect it.

Protect the Ocean from Home

We hope you won’t forget the incredible reefs and marine life that you saw when snorkeling in Bunaken. When you return home, continue to care for ocean environments by reducing your usage of single-use plastics, recycle as much as you can and make use of simple techniques to save resources such as turning off lights, not wasting water and reducing your waste – all of which will save you money too and make you feel good.

Snorkeling in Bunaken
Snorkeling is social! Tell your friends and spread the word about snorkeling in Bunaken on social media. Photo Credit: Axel Harnisch

Why not combine your snorkeling in Bunaken with a stay on our Bangka Island Resort. Around Bangka you’ll discover vibrant sloping reefs and rock pinnacles which are adorned with kaleidoscopic soft corals. Our resort is set on a private white sand beach with our stunning House Reef just a step away from the Ocean Front Bungalows.

Why not experience Bangka in luxury and stay in one of our Deluxe Ocean View rooms? These new and spacious accommodations on Bangka Island are strategically located on the hillside and offer 24 hour electricity, AC and private verandas with ocean views and built in day beds which are perfect for relaxing after a day out on the water.

Murex Bangka House Reef coral bommie. Photo credit: Axel Harnisch

Do you want to experience more, snorkel more and see more of North Sulawesi while you are here?

Why limit yourself to exploring one or two areas in North Sulawesi when you can discover three in one phenomenal trip? Bunaken -> Bangka -> Lembeh: Snorkel over the staggering shallow hard coral gardens of the Bunaken Marine Park, explore Bangka island’s kaleidoscopic reefs and discover the World’s most bizarre marine life in the Lembeh Strait. Snorkeling boat transfers from resort to resort mean no wasted travel days – just snorkel and explore your way around some of Indonesia’s richest reefs and land sites with our Passport to Paradise!

Each location boasts a wealth of natural beauty, rich culture, stunning landscapes and a range of activities

To make a booking or for more information contact us on: reservations@MurexSnorkeling.com

We look forward to exploring North Sulawesi with you soon!