The Kalinaun Marine Natural Park is located in Indonesia, one hour's drive from the Airport of Manado and exactly halfway between two popular dive destinations: Lembeh Strait and Bangka Island, both reached in just 15/25 Minutes navigation.
The park covers a limited marine area of about 18 sq. km and features 20 dive sites.
The Park is ideal for macro nature sightings; however, some dive sites are characterised by views particularly suitable for environmental photography.
Features such as the lack of current, the water temperature (27/29°C), the calm sea and the shallow waters (max. 30 meters) are appropriate for beginners, elderly and nature photographers.
Nudibranchs (459 different species) and crustaceans (162 different species) run the place, but there are also rare species of ghost pipefish, sea horse, frog fish, octopus and cuttlefish.
CLIMATE AND SEASONS
The climate conditions are rather constant throughout the whole year, however a stay in January and February should be avoided, due to both the abundant and frequent rainfall and the seasonal long ocean wave, coming from the east, which may undermine the underwater photography.
HOW TO REACH IT
The best way to travel from Europe is represented by Singapore Airlines, which connects the major European cities with Manado via Singapore.
HOTEL and DIVING
Within the park, there is only the Kalinaun Resort, which organises dives also at Lembeh and Bangka.