Bunaken Oasis Explorers is the first in Bunaken Marine Park to offer multi-agency technical diving training, trimix and CCR compatibility, and a vastness of unexplored deep dive sites, all in the setting of an award-winning luxury dive resort. Expect a state-of-the-art filling station, specialised equipment, experienced surface support and expert advisors.
Oasis Explorers is also working on opportunities in North Sulawesi for more detailed scientific surveys, environmental awareness for deep-water marine species and the first comprehensive mapping project beyond recreational depths.
The national park was established in 1991 and covers an approximate area of 890km², which includes five islands- Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage, and Nain. Indonesia is home to the richest coral reefs in the world, and the largest of marine biodiversity. Bunaken not only has all of this, but also good visibility and mild to medium water currents, unusual in such deep waters. The steep, vertical coral walls are the most intriguing for tech enthusiasts, as the deepest point between Bunaken and the mainland of Manado is known to drop to around 1,800m/5,900ft.
Manado Tua Island is the resident, though inactive, volcano in the park; however Bunaken also has volcanic origins, which opens up the possibility for undiscovered underwater ridges and valleys. Due to the staggering depths, upwelling brings nutrients from the deep and also stabilises water visibility and access to light, which provides the perfect conditions for life to flourish well beyond the recreational limits of scuba diving.