Destination Fact File
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Siladen Island is located in North Sulawesi, Manado close to Bunaken Marine Park offering divers impressive encounters with sharks, rays, turtles, soft corals, sea fans and much more.
“Siladen Timur” - This South side offers a stunning reef which drops of into a vertical wall with a maximum depth of 35 metres. There is a large variety of marine life to be found like butterflyfish, angelfish, parrotfish, groupers and moray eels. The bigger stuff - jacks, tuna and maybe a white-tip reef shark come in when the current gets stronger. This is also a very nice site for snorkelling.
“Siladen Utara” - As its name suggests, it is situated behind Siladen Island. This site has huge pieces of beautiful hard corals with sandy patches and pebbles. It slopes down to 25 metres and more. Visibility can be up to 25 metres and most of the time the currents are strong, which makes this an advanced dive site. Strong current means bigger stuff like napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrotfish, groupers, emperor angelfish and sharks.
Sangihe's best feature is its natural seclusion and untamed nature. Calderas rise up from sandy beaches and at night, red-hot lava spews from Siau volcano. You can even dive on an underwater volcano or on a lava flow. The Sangihe Archipelago is a chain of volcanic islands off the north east peninsula of North Sulawesi. Consisting of about forty volcanic islands some of which are over 1,500 metres high, the archipelago's waters are some of deepest in the world and deep-water currents bring plankton and nutrients from the deep. As a result the marine life at this Manado diving destination is incredibly rich and varied.
Diving just off the dormant volcano of Ruang Island always gets the thumbs up from those who have been here. There is something so impressive about the scale of things here that one cannot help but be in awe of this most unusual landscape, both above and below the waterline. It is as if the creator has put every shape, size and colour of sponge and crinoid here in this one spot. This provides a magnificent backdrop against which you can spot some of the many sharks, dogtooth tuna and extraordinarily large schools of barracudas that call this place home.
Sangihe Talaud with its countless islands and bizarre rock formations is also called the "Ring of fire" because of the many volcanoes which are still active underwater. Trips to this part of Indonesia can only be described as adventure tours to the end of the world. Divers who are not deterred by the long journey and want to discover the unknown are rewarded with water temperatures of up to 30 and 60 metres visibility. The underwater world is pristine gigantic sponges are over 100 years old, the corals have never seen divers before. Diving there is possible only going by a liveaboard.