So, you’ve seen Bali, and done Yogya. You’ve climbed Bromo and swum Toba. Where does the adventure-seeking family head to next? Why, Bunaken Island, of course! Located just a short boat ride off the Northwest cost of Sulawesi, this little island haven is far enough off the beaten track to keep it exotic, yet easily accessible and totally family-friendly.
The relatively undiscovered tranquil island is located in the heart of the Bunaken national marine park and features some of the world’s best diving thanks to crystalline water and vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Stay at the charming The Village Bunaken, a boutique resort offering laid back luxury. Small cottages with thatched roofs nestled in verdent tropical gardens or set right on the beach will charm even the most discerning travellers. Little ones will be happy building sand castles and paddling in the tranquil waters. Bigger kids will get a kick out of searching for Nemo, as some of the world’s best snorkelling is located just a few hundred meters from the beach. Mum and dad can indulge in spa treatments or don some SCUBA gear for an underwater date.
At only 40 Euros per person per night, including all meals, (30 Euros for kids three to twelve years old, and free for tots under three) The Village Bunaken makes luxurious tropical island vacationing totally affordable.
A tropical paradise that won't break the bank? What's not to love???
Families not afraid to venture off the beaten track.
The Village Bunaken has a PADI dive instructor on staff, and offers PADI certification along with boat rentals for diving and / or snorkelling trips.