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.
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.
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North Sulawesi Resorts
Dive Into Lembeh
Dive Into Lembeh is nestled in Kasawari Bay on the main land of Lembeh Strait. A true macro photographer’s paradise, famous for its “muck diving” on black volcanic sand. With nine sea view bungalows all equipped with tv, air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar, safe and a private Japanese style stone hot tub. They have two of the most famous dive sites in Lembeh (“Hairball and Aw Shucks”) right out the front door!
They also have an open air restaurant and bar, sea view fire pit area with comfy chairs to hang out and swap diving stories in the evenings, a swimming pool and a fully equipped dive center with spacious camera room.
Gangga Island Resort & Spa
Located off the cost of Manado in North Sulawesi, Gangga Island Resort & Spa offers thirty elegantly furnished & air-conditioned wooden bungalows with high ceilings and spacious verandas overlooking the beach. Gangga offers sensational diving where you can get up close and personal with sea life from both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. The resort is an ideal location for diving the sites of Bangka Island, Bunaken National Marine Park and Lembeh Strait.
For both divers and non-divers, the picturesque white sandy beach, the large salt-water pool, a traditional spa and the high quality of service at Gangga Island Resort will guarantee a peaceful and relaxing stay.
Kungkungan 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 4 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.
Lembeh Resort is nestled away in a private cove with 20 rooms in the following categories: Cliff Side Suites, Deluxe Ocean View Cottages and Garden View Rooms. Lembeh Straight is famous for its critter diving and the Lembeh Resort is a great place to experience all of it! With a 4:1 staff ratio to ensure a high level of service, their team looks forward to welcoming you to Lembeh Resort soon.
Murex Bangka Resort
Situated on a palm-fringed white sandy beach, Murex Bangka offers a true Robinson Crusoe style experience. With traditionally styled timber bungalows as well as larger duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families, all rooms are oceanfront with stunning views. Three plentiful buffet meals are served daily in the main beachfront restaurant which features an open-air terrace. The cuisine is varied and combines a tantalizing mix of International and Asian flavors using fresh local ingredients. For divers Bunaken National Marine Park is just a 35 minute boat ride from the resort.
Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort
Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken. Providing a 5-star experience while keeping their ecological footprint to a minimum. The resort offers 12 villas, over looking the mangroves on Liang Beach. There is a beautiful infinity pool, a chill-out cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant serving Indonesian and international cuisine, guest amenities also include an air conditioned library, a fully-equipped classroom in their PADI Dive Center, great for photo groups, and a spacious camera room with more charging points than you will ever need.
Siladen Resort & Spa
Located in a lush tropical setting in the Bunaken National 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.
Solitude Lembeh Resort
One-and-a-half hours from Manado Airport, located in the center of the Lembeh Strait, Solitude Lembeh Resort offers visitors easy access to most dive sites in the area within minutes, whether for muck, reef or wreck diving. A boutique dive resort you can choose from, Garden-View (8 with partial sea view), two sea-front villas and 14 deluxe rooms (6 with full sea views). There is 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.
Tasik Ria Resort Spa & Diving
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.
Wakatobi is a luxury dive resort in southeastern Sulawesi. A tranquil island setting far from crowds and no other divers for at least 100 miles, Wakatobi seamlessly blends five-star amenities and civilized comforts with a pristine natural environment. Whether you are diving or snorkeling amongst the vibrant protected coral reefs, enjoying a rejuvenating spa, taking in a glorious sunset with your favorite cocktails at the jetty bar, or perhaps indulging in a romantic beach dinner, Wakatobi Dive Resort provides a unique and enriching experience for those seeking recreation, relaxation and privacy.
Raja Ampat Aggressor
This 100 foot long vessel cruises through the waters of North Sulawesi April thru September, then moves up to Raja Ampat October through March. There are 8 fully air conditioned cabins (sleeps 16 guests), all with private en-suite bathrooms.
Pelagian expands on Wakatobi Dive Resort’s tradition of ultimate service and premier diving. Venturing into remote and seldom-visited corners of the Tukang Besi archipelago, a maximum of 10 guests enjoy cruises of discovery and adventure to distant reefs, verdant island lagoons and fecund muck diving sites. With more space per guest than any dive yacht of its kind, Pelagian cruises to sites where no other dive operation has gone before. Along the way guests enjoy the personal service and exclusive amenities of a world-class motoryacht.