Getting there & away
Every day at about 3pm, except Sunday, a public boat (25,000Rp, one hour) leaves the harbour, near Pasar Jengki fish market in Manado, for Bunaken village and Pulau Siladen. The boat doesn’t normally stop at Liang or Pangalisang, so you’ll have to walk from the boat landing in Bunaken village (near the huge church) to your homestay, or charter something directly from Manado to the jetties at Liang or Pangalisang beaches. The boat leaves Bunaken between 7am and 8am daily (except Sunday), so it’s not possible to day-trip from Manado using the public boat.
Most travellers charter a boat. Boatmen will approach you when you walk along the road towards Pasar Jengki; in Bunaken, ask around the beach or your homestay. Prices vary based on the size of the boat. Cheapest are the outriggers, but these aren’t that stable on choppy waters. Expect to pay 100,000 to 150,000Rp. Next are the small covered speedboats that can take four to six people and these are around 200,000 to 250,000Rp one way. Finally there are bigger boats able to take a dozen or more people that cost about 350,000 to 400,000Rp. Bear in mind that conditions are sometimes too choppy for any boats to make the crossing.