bunaken Project

The Bunaken project is our second land based project and third expedition site launching in June 1st 2019. This ‘sister project’ hosts international dive master and conservation trainees to assist in the daily tasks of our research team in the Bunaken National Park in Northern Sulawesi.

Join the team and explore the nutrient rich, warm, crystal clear waters of Northern Sulawesi. Complete your PADI Dive Master and 5 marine ecology specialty courses while taking an active part in a conservation and data collection projects such as BRUV deployment/retrieval, micro plastic and marine debris surveys, roving survey dives, turtle & shark identification, and more.

In this project you will get an authentic ‘island living’ experience with the headquarters located at Lorenso’s Cottages and partnering with Living Colours Diving Resort nestled beachside among the mangroves.

Please keep in mind this is a remote project with limited access to electricity, hot water, and WiFi however the beautiful city of Manado is only a 40 minute boat ride away.


PADI 5 STAR DIVE RESORT Living Colours on Bunaken Island, Manado, North Sulawesi, is a small idyllic resort with a professional dive centre. They are based in the heart of the world famous Bunaken National Marine Park. The beach front dive centre with high quality dive equipment is run by European PADI Instructors and experienced local diveguides.

The PADI dive courses from beginner to divemaster level are done in small groups with experienced PADI Instructors. All course dives take place in natural coral reef environment in the marine park.

The resort consists of a spacious beach side dive centre and beach bar, as well as 12 stylish wooden bungalows, restaurant, and common area.

For more information check out their website HERE


Lorenso and his family built this budget garden beach resort in 2006 and have been welcoming backpacking travellers from around the world ever since. This quiet resort is located 300m down the beach from Living Colours Diving and 15 minute walk along the road to local restaurants and shops.

These 4-bed shared traditional wooden bungalows are equipment with running water, bug nets, and fans. There is also a large outdoor common area where we conduct workshops and research activities.

A outdoor kitchen and dinning area is located on the beach with a fridge stocked with soda and beer for sale. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks are served here every day.

Power is a limited commodity on the island and usually created with private generators. This means there is limited access to power which is turned on in the afternoon until midnight (or upon request). Don’t forget your head torch!

There is WiFi available at Living Colours or the local Reggae Bar 15 minute walk away. All interns are provided with a local SIM card that allows for limited data coverage throughout the country. You are responsible for paying your data (around 6GB available for 100,000 IDR/month)

This is basic island living, there will be bugs, there will be some hot nights, but it is all part of this authentic conservation experience!

** To upgrade your accommodation to a private bungalow there is an addition 150,000 IDR/day, contact us for more information**