HD Video of Scuba Diving at Bunaken Island in Indonesia

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The fascinating underwater world of Bunaken Island marine park which lies near Manado on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi.

After leaving Two Fish Divers resort on Bunaken Island, we pass by Bunaken village and journey first to Batu Lohang on the island of Manado Tua where we witness some of the world's finest hard coral communities. Blue-green chromis (Chromis viridis) school over staghorn coral where they can dive for protection.

Orange anemonefish (Amphiprion sandaracinos) and porcelain anemone crabs (Neopetrolisthes maculatus) share a commensal relationship with the anemone they live on. The nudibranch, Glossodoris cincta, slithers over the rocks.

At Bunaken Island itself we visit Ron's Point, where a school of golden spadefish, Platax boersii, pass a barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria. A red lionfish (Pterois volitans) displays it's toxic spines while a leaf scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus) blends in with the reef below.

At Sachiko, thousands of redtooth triggerfish (Odonus niger) school above the reef while a great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) and a blacktip reef shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus) pass by in the blue.

Lekuan is famous for its green turtles (Chelonia mydas). At Lekuan I a large green turtle, accompanied by a sharksucker (Echeneis naucrates), leaves the shelter of the reef and starts to make its way to the surface to breathe. Moorish idols (Zanclus cornutus) swim above the pristine hard coral reef while orange anthias (Pseudanthias) form dense schools amongst it.

At Lekuan III we meet Clark's anemonefish (Amphiprion clarkii), a whitemouth moray (Gymnothorax meleagris) and a Randall's shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris randalli) diving into its burrow.

At Muka, right in front of the resort, I went a little deeper than usual and found whitetip reef sharks (Triaenodon obesus) circling in a crack in the wall. On the reeftop, Sinularia coral (Sinularia flexibilis) swayed in the surge.

We finish with a visit to nearby Siladen Island where the dive sites are adorned with healthy hard corals and reef fish, including striped sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lessonii) and blueface angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon). A whitetip soldierfish (Myripristis vittata) sits camouflaged in a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria), and a fimbriated moray (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) displays its razor-sharp teeth.

The video ends with pretty pulse corals (Xenia sp) opening and closing in the current.

This video was shot in 1080-50i HDV with my Sony HVR-Z1P camera and is delivered here in 720p HD.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Nick Hope