North Sulawesi – Bountiful, Unique Paradise
A country of incredible and diverse beauty, Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, consisting of five major islands and about 30 clusters of smaller islands. This archipelago is the crossroads of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
North Sulawesi lies in the very epicenter of the world’s marine biodiversity and is an unmatched paradise for divers and snorkelers. It offers more than 100 different dive sites with diving year round. It is also very easy to get to with direct flights from Singapore 5 times a week.
Here, there are three dive areas to choose from. The first is Bunaken National Marine Park with breathtaking vertical walls, colorful coral reefs and a multitude of marine life. The second area is Lembeh Strait, located on the other side of the mainland. Lembeh Strait is known as the world’s best ‘muck-diving’. These waters are full of extraordinary marine critters, many of which are masters of camouflage. Between Bunaken and Lembeh you will find Bangka Island, the third diving area. Here you will see amazing soft corals, more critters and the occasional dugong.
When you are done with diving, enjoy the view from the top of Mount Mahawu, the steaming lake and smell of sulfur will remind you that you’re on the edge of a volcano. Or trek through Tangkoko Nature Reserve searching for the indigenous Black Crested Macaque (monkey) and the world’s smallest primate, the Tarsier Spectrum.
Tasik Ria Resort - This intimate seaside boutique-style property offers 34 rooms, sea view or pool view and is located on Tanawangko Bay. The Bay is situated on the north west coast of Manado, 12 miles from Bunaken National Park in North Sulawesi. Most of the reefs of the Bunaken National Marine Park are rich and unspoiled, with immaculate and profuse soft coral and an immense concentration of aquatic life.
Eco Divers Resort Lembeh - A boutique resort offering a personilzed dive service, immaculate accommodations and exceptional cuisine. Lembeh Cottages also represents the absolute best value for money in Lembeh Strait. All 12 rooms are air-conditioned and comfortably furnished with single, twin or double beds. Each room has private en-suite shower, toilet and basin with hot and cold water. Eco Divers (PADI 5 Star IDC Center) is highly personialized, organized, relaxing and safe dive center with some of the most experienced dives guides in Lembeh Strait.
Kima Bajo Resort & Spa/Eco Divers - Nestled amongst the lush coconut groves of beautiful Wori Bay and overlooking the Bunaken National Marine Park, Kima Bajo Resort & Spa sets you into a reclusion of peace and quietness and a unique diving adventure. Just a 25-minute drive from the Airport, the resort is built into a rolling hillside, and offers majestic views of the distant dormant volcano, Manado Tua. In the evenings, you can experience some of the most breathtaking sunsets over the Sulawesi Sea towards Bunaken Island. Your choice of accommodation includes 19 luxurious villas, 1 exclusive two-villa suite with its own private swimming pool, 12 spacious longhouse suites and 16 charming Minahasa-style (wooden) cottage rooms.
Minahasa Lagoon – Situated on the mainland coast of North Sulawesi, surrounded by a tropical rain forest and boarded by an expansive private beach, Minahasa offers 15 beach or cliff view cottages all with air conditioning.
Cocotinos – is a new resort in picturesque Wori Bay, in the heart of Kima Bajo overlooking Bunaken National Marine Park. Just a 25-min ride from the Airport, the resort is situated on a chocolate-colored beach, in full view of majestic Manado Tua, a dormant volcano across the Sulawesi sea. With 21 rooms, during your stay you will be treated to many spectacular sunsets and the soothing sound of the waves lapping the shore. When night falls you can dine under the stars on delicious food, prepared with fresh local ingredients.
Siladen Resort & Spa – Located in a lush tropical setting in the Bunaken Marine Park, Siladen Resort and Spa is the ideal location for your vacation. The resort offers 15 villas with a/c, a traditional Indonesian Spa, restaurant and lounge bar.
Hotel Santika/Thalassa Dive Center – Thalassa 5 Star PADI IDC Center is located on the northern part of Sulawesi, about 9 miles north of Manado. Surrounded by an untouched tropical world, waving palm trees and mysterious mangroves and on the shortest possible distance to the beautiful Bunaken sea gardens, Thalassa Dive Center is the perfect place to spend your holiday. The dive center is located on the premises of Hotel Santika Manado, part of a well-known Indonesian hotel chain with a great reputation in hospitality and service.
Kungkugan Bay Resort – Located a short 3 hour flight from Singapore, on the Indonesian Island of North Sulawesi, Kungkungan Bay Resort sits on the world famous Lembeh Strait. In the last few years this Strait has become the premier macro and critter diving destination in the world. Built on a former coconut plantation KBR offers 17 rooms in 3 categories, all built entirely from palm wood and with ocean views. Facilities at KBR include a private jetty with camera rinse tanks and hot showers, swimming pool with swim-up bar, lounge, internet access and lending library. Restaurant service is available 24-hours a day. Diving at KBR, your maximum group size is 4 guests to one guide.
Kasawari Lembeh Resort - One-and-a-half hours from Manado Airport, located in the center of the Lembeh Strait, giving visitors easy access to most dive sites in the area within minutes, whether for muck, reef or wreck diving. Kasawari is a boutique dive resort with ten luxurious villas, a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool with its built-in jacuzzi, superb cuisine, a large camera room with individual work-stations, a beachfront dive center and special after-dive massage menus.
Lembeh Resort – 14 cottages with spacious verandahs overlooking Lembeh Strait and viewing glorious North Sulawesi sunsets. All accommodations are fully air-conditioned, with attached Balinese-style (open-air) bathrooms, mini bar & personal safe.
Maluku Province – Ambon
Maluku Divers Resort -The Maluku Divers Resort in Laha is one of the must visit locations in any diver’s Indonesian dive list. The only dedicated dive resort in Ambon, the facility was built specifically with divers in mind and boasts the most unique and comfortable accommodations in the whole of Maluku. Each individual bungalow is over 60 square meters, with private bathroom, hot water, air conditioning and a large covered private wooden terrace. Each bungalow also has the unique feature of individual editing desks for each diver. The ten bungalows look out over Ambon Bay and the incredible muck diving and critter sites to be found there, the ultimate location for diving Ambon. The Diving: Ambon is undoubtedly famous for the world class muck diving, with a huge array of critters that can be observed and photographed during long dives at the shallow sites close to the resort. Diving in Ambon includes regular sightings of resident marine life such as rhinopias, many assorted frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipefish, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring and hairy octopus, thorny and pygmy seahorse, stonefish, inimicus, to name but a few, along with literally hundreds of different species of nudibranch. As the Maluku Divers Resort is the only dedicated dive resort within Ambon Bay, it is “Critters Without Crowds” when diving in Ambon.
Lying just 8 degrees south of the Equator, Bali boasts a tropical climate with two seasons a year and an average temperature of around 82 degrees. The greatest feature of scuba diving in Bali is the rich and varied sites – deep drop-offs and steep banks, coral ridges and bommies, the U.S.S. Liberty (one of the most famous wrecks in the world, offering divers an amazing variety of marine life), volcanic outcrops and seagrass beds. With the colorful and diverse marine life, there’s enough here to keep you coming back for more.
To the east of the island lies the Lombok Strait, the first deep water trench directly to the east of the Asian continental shelf. Through this channel flows the greatest volume of tidal water on earth, meaning regular visits from large and unusual pelagic fish like the incredible mola mola, or the sunfish. Bali’s natural attractions include miles of sandy beaches, picturesque rice terraces, towering active volcanoes over 10,000 feet high, fast flowing rivers, pristine crater lakes, sacred caves and lush tropical forests full of exotic wildlife.
You can experience Bali on many different excursions and guided tours by coach, private car or even a live-aboard dive boat. South Pacific Island Travel can help you with all you travel needs.
Wakatobi Dive Resort – The Wakatobi Resort is situated on a beautiful tropical island in the remote and peaceful Wakatobi National Marine Park. Only three hours charter flight from Bali in Southeast Sulawesi, it offers unlimited world-class reef diving, excellent service, and comfortable accommodations.
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