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Island-Hopping Adventures: Exploring Nearby Islands from Bunaken

Bunaken, North Sulawesi, emerges as an aquatic paradise, celebrated for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. However, the allure of this Indonesian gem extends far beyond its own turquoise waters. This article will take you on a journey that transcends the confines of a single island. From hidden coves to pristine beaches, each nearby isle promises unique characteristics, cultural richness, breathtaking landscapes, and underwater wonders.

Join us as we set sail from Bunaken, delving into the uncharted beauty of the surrounding islands, revealing the treasures that await you!

Also Read: 3 Days in Bunaken: An Island Escape Unveiled

Day 1 – Siladen Island

Ocha Maosawati via Google Maps

Siladen Island is a small island 45-minute away from its famous neighbor, Bunaken. Characterized by powdery white sands, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and lush greenery, Siladen is an island of wonders. Renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life, the island is ready to offer you unparalleled fish-viewing and catching sunset experience on your first day of adventure!

09.30 – 12.30 Arrival: Brunch at Tuna House Paniki

Claire L via Google Maps

As your plane descends over Sam Ratulangi International Airport, the excitement of adventure  steps in. On your way to your cabin, why don’t you fill your empty stomach with local flavors? Take a short drive to Tuna House Paniki, a charming eatery in the heart of Manado.

Experience the cozy ambience and aromatic spices of this brunch spot, offering a fusion of traditional Minahasan cuisine with modern twists. From the famous Paniki (fruit bat) dish to the flavorful Tuna Rica-Rica (hot and spicy tuna), each bite reveals North Sulawesi’s rich culinary heritage, setting the stage for your journey filled with gastronomic delights and cultural discoveries on nearby islands!

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14.00 – 14.30 Check in at Bobocabin Bunaken Hills

A short journey through lush landscapes bring you to the doorstep of Bobocabin Bunaken Hills, a haven perched atop the island, offering panoramic views of the azure sea and verdant surroundings.

The warm welcome from our Host will set the tone for your unforgettable stay. Check in with just one scan away, and you’ll be getting a sanctuary amidst nature!

15.30 – 16.30 Rent a catamaran boat

Desna Putra via Amazing Indonesia

After a 45-minute boat-drive from Manado’s port to Siladen Island, get ready to board the catamaran boat to witness the marine splendor. The vessel awaits you at the island’s shore for an aquatic adventure starting from Rp700,000/15 person.

With its expansive deck, the boat provides you with unobstructed views of Siladen’s picturesque underwater view. For an hour, immerse yourself into an unforgettable nautical experience in the heart of Indonesia’s maritime wonders!

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17.00 – 18.00 Catch sunset at Siladen’s white sandy beach

Sean Oulashin via Unsplash

When the sun starts to descend gracefully behind the horizon, get ready to get ashore and step on the white sandy beach of Siladen. You can feel your skin get kissed by the fading sunlight, taking on a soft glow, creating a tranquil and romantic ambiance.

Whether reclining on the shore or strolling along the water’s edge, each moment is a poetic pause in time. It invites you to reflect and appreciate the natural beauty that graces this Indonesian paradise. The sunset at Siladen’s beach will surely become not just a feast for your eyes but a soul-stirring experience!

19.00 Back to your cabin for a restful evening

It’s time to return to your comfy cabin after a day of island exploration. Refresh your energy with a warm shower. Unwind your weary soul on the king-sized bed for a restful evening. Make sure you get a full recharge as tomorrow more islands are open for your next adventure!

Also Read: The Ultimate Guide to Manado’s Thrilling Adventures

Day 2 – Gangga, Lihaga, and Manado Tua Island

Dariece Swift via Goats on the Road

Gangga Island, situated in the northern part of Bunaken National Marine Park, is renowned for its pristine coral reefs and vibrant marine life. The island is a haven for divers, offering a kaleidoscope of underwater wonders, including stunning coral, diverse fish species, and if you’re lucky, larger marine creatures such as whales or even dolphins!

Lihaga Island via Instagram

Lihaga Island, only 11-minute away from Gangga by boat, adds to the allure of this marine paradise. Known for its secluded beaches and lush landscapes, Lihaga provides a serene escape for those seeking tranquility. The island offers opportunities for snorkeling, hiking, and immersing in the natural beauty that defines Bunaken.

Manado Tua via Trip Trus

Manado Tua, a dormant volcanic island, stands as an iconic landmark in the area. Its imposing silhouette adds dramatic beauty to the seascape, and its volcanic origins contribute to the unique topography of the surrounding waters. Snorkelers and divers alike are drawn to the vibrant coral gardens and marine biodiversity near Manado Tua, making it an integral part of the island-hopping adventure in this captivating region of Indonesia.

Let’s jump on the second day of the adventure in these charming islands!

06.00 – 07.30 Morning stroll around your cabin

After a restful night, take a moment for a morning stroll around Bobocabin Bunaken Hills before you start the day. Pamper yourself in the crisp morning air that carries the fragrance of tropical blooms and the earthy scent of the hillside. The winding paths through the hillside will rejuvenate your senses and sets the tone for a day of island adventure!

09.30 – 11.00 Exploring Gangga Island

Jadesta Sulut via Desa Wisata

Departing from Manado Port, you need a 30-minute boat drive to reach your first island of the day: Gangga Island. Blessed with crystalline waters and teeming marine life, the island is a haven for divers and snorkelers. If you fancy a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, take a walk on the island’s shores that boast pristine beaches and secluded coves. The mangrove forests that fringe the edges, also add a sense of serenity.

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11.10-12.30 Playing on Lihaga’s white sandy beach

Eleven minutes from Gangga, you’ll arrive at its neighboring island: Lihuga Island. The white sandy beach welcomes you as you step into the island. The powdery sand, soft beneath your feet, stretches out along the azure waters of this secluded paradise. Feel free to bask in the tropical sun, or simply relish the feeling of the warm sand between your toes.

With the backdrop of the serene landscape, every moment spent on this idyllic shore becomes a cherished memory. Make sure you capture the memories and the essence of leisure found on this untouched gem within the Bunaken archipelago.

14.30 – 17.30 Diving at Tanjung Kopi, Manado Tua

Neom via Unsplash

Two-hours away from Lihuga, Manado Tua Island will charm you with one of its diving spots, Tanjung Kopi. Diving in Tanjung Kopi is an exhilarating plunge into an underwater wonderland teeming with biodiversity.

As you descend beneath the surface, indulge the view of schools of reef fish, including butterflyfish and angelfish, flit among the coral gardens, while larger pelagic species such as barracudas and trevallies patrol the blue. The occasional sighting of sea turtles gliding gracefully adds to the enchantment of this dive site as well. The clear, warm waters of Tanjung Kopi provide excellent visibility, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in this mesmerizing marine environment.

Also Read: Your Ultimate 3-Day Lombok Itinerary – An Island Adventure Awaits!

19.00 Last day of stay but make it everlasting

During your last night at Bobocabin Bunaken Hills, make sure to capture the beauty as the sun sets, casting a warm glow over the lush hills that promise a perfect blend of relaxation and reflection. You can also dip in the jacuzzi as you stargaze into the night sky. Choose the most suitable preference as you bid adieu to this enchanting retreat!

Island adventure made easy with Bobocabin Bunaken Hills

As you reach the end of your island adventure, the memories forged in the vibrant coral gardens of Gangga, the tranquil shores of Lihaga, and the iconic silhouette of Manado Tua find their rightful place within the narrative of your chapter into nature exploration.

Bobocabin Bunaken Hills emerges as a harmonize between luxury and nature. It not only provides a comfortable retreat, but orchestrates an experience where every sunrise brings a new adventure. Experience seamless booking to Bobocabin Bunaken Hills anytime you want to revisit all of these enchanting islands by downloading this app!


Writer: Ratna Asih Setyaningrum

Header image by: Crispin Jones via Unsplash



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