How to get to Bunaken
When you dive Bunaken you will have to fly into the Manado International Airport.
INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS TO MANADO VIA SINGAPORE
The easiest flight option is to fly direct to Singapore – there are many direct flights from most major cities like London, Paris, Frankfurt, etc. You can then catch a Silk Air flight to Manado.
Silkair, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, operate a 3.5hr direct flight from Singapore to Manado every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
DOMESTIC FLIGHTS TO MANADO
There are regular flights from most European cities to cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta & Bali. From Jakarta & Bali it is possible to take internal flights to Manado, and these are very frequent. Click on the logo’s below of the major airlines of Lion Air, Garuda and Batavia, and get the flight schedules from their websites.
CHEAPER SILK AIR
Flying with Singapore Airlines?
Check with your travel agent, if you fly with Singapore Airlines to Singapore, sometimes they will add on the Silk Air flight to Manado for very little extra. This can be the most expensive option but is also the easiest.
BOOK DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
If you want to buy domestic flights then we can help! For booking flights online you will need a local credit card, we can buy for you and email the etickets to you. Find out more about buying tickets with us.
EARLY OR LATE TRANSFERS
Unfortunately we are unable to do late night or early morning transfers to/from our resort. This means that you may need to stay in Manado if you have flights that arrive after 8pm or depart before 7am. In these cases, we can book a hotel and arrange all of the transport on your behalf, so that you don’t need to worry about a thing.
OWN BOAT TO BUNAKEN ISLAND
The harbour in manado where the public boats depart for Bunaken Island is called Pelabuhan Kalimas Calaca (pelabuhan means harbour in Indonesian), and is situated behind Hotel Celebes. The boats are large traditional wooden boats that the locals use with wooden benches and holes without glass for windows (yes, you will get wet if it rains!), and expect it to be filled with lots of people and goods, and maybe even a motor bike coming back from servicing.
There are 2-3 public boats, they depart about 2pm (sometimes 3pm!) and the journey takes approx hour, and at time of writing the price was Rp50,000 per person.
On arrival, you will get off at the main beach in front of Bunaken Village and then it is a 15-20min walk to our resort – or you can find a motor bike + driver (called an ojek) that can take you to us, the price will be around Rp10,000-15,000. Note: if its low tide then you will get off at the Bunaken Island jetty.