Siladen Island

Treat yourself to an island retreat with Bunaken in your back garden.

Siladen is only 5 minutes from the Bunaken national park. If you are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy a bit of luxury this is the place for you. Good for multi-centre holidays.

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Siladen Island is a small island with a white sandy beach next to Bunaken national Park offering some of the best diving in the world. Clear water, great soft corals and prolific fish and macro life await you! Siladen Island has beautiful, healthy corals as shallow as 2 metres deep. A wall full of life that drops down from 9 to 25 metres deep, filled with tunicates, nudibranchs, soft corals, sea fans and crinoids.

Best diving on Siladen is on the southwest side of the island. Off the north east side there is also great diving, but currents can be strong. Explore the island, it's small and you can find good diving anywhere around it.

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Siladen Resort & Spa

Indonesia, Siladen Island

Siladen Resort & Spa is exclusively located in the heart of the world renowned Bunaken National Marine Park abundant with amazing marine life, this exquisite hotel is the perfect place to relax.

  • Island resort with sandy beach
  • 10 bungalows split into 20 rooms
  • Premium and deluxe rooms
  • Spa/Pool/Pool Bar/WIFI/
  • Full board basis
  • Great for couples and non-divers

Destination Fact File

Treat yourself to an island retreat with Bunaken in your back garden.

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.

Destination Details

Internal Flights & Luggage Siladen Island is served by Manado’s International airport which means you do not have to waste any more time flying and get in the water as soon as possible. The luggage allowance for Singapore Airlines and Silk Air is 30KG from the UK.
Transfer Information Our packages include transfers on arrival and departure day. On arrival you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to your hotel.

Transfer time to the Resort is approximately 90 minutes depending on weather and tide conditions.
Dive Season You can enjoy diving in Siladeb all year round but overall the best season for dive conditions is from March to October. November to late-February sometimes sees winds and rains so surface conditions can be occasionally rough with 1 or 2 metre swells at that time. Water temperature (27-30°C) and visibility (20 - 35m) are pretty constant all year round. Sperm whales migrate through the region to calf in the Sangihe region in March and August.