Bunaken island dive resort


On arrival to Living Colours you realise that you can't really see the resort from the sea. We are well hidden by the mangroves and there's only a narrow channel for boats to enter to our beach. The trees in front of us are quite majestic, and many guests have noted that they haven’t seen this tall mangroves elsewhere.

Mangroves have roots growing above the ground that they use to take in oxygen. It makes the trees look really mythical. During low tide you can see the roots sticking up from the ground. The roots differ a bit depending on the species, we have more than 20 different mangrove species growing in the national park area.


Bunaken mangroves


Mangrove trees play an important role in the ecosystem. They protect the beach and the reef by providing a natural barrier against erosion. They filter pollution from the water and prevent harmful substances from getting to the reef. The roots also act as a nursery for juvenile fish, and mangrove forest is a natural habitat for a number of animals below and above the surface.


Diving Bunaken


The mangroves trees are very important for us, too. During strong winds and high waves the mangroves provide shelter for our beach and boats. So they work as a wave breaker, our own bumper against bad weather. 

Snorkelling on the reefs is amazing, but next time it might also be worth to have a look in the fish nursery between the mangrove trees while passing by!


Bunaken marine life 


Text Petra Laurinen
Photos Ralf Åström




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Living Colours Diving Resort 
PADI 5 Star Dive Resort S-36220
Pangalisang Beach, Bunaken
North Sulawesi, Indonesia

Tel: +62 812 430 6401 Mia | +62 81 2430 6063 Jaakko

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