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3 Star
Rooms
15
Wellness/Spa
NO
Internet
FREE
5 star dive center
Onsite
House reef
YES

Resort Highlights

  • Visit Bangka for dramatic pinnacles, vibrant soft corals and sloping reefs
  • Swim with turtles, sharks, dugongs, cuttlefish and 4 species of octopus
  • Spot dolphins and pilot whales from the purpose built, comfortable dive vessel.
  • Crystal-clear, turquoise, calm waters ideal for beginners and experienced divers alike
  • Intimate, relaxed and family-run resort offering a Robinson Crusoe experience
  • Rustic wooden bungalows with air-conditioning, hot water and verandas
  • Snorkel the house reef, enjoy a traditional massage or lounge in beach hammock
  • Soak in a stunning sunset at the weekly beach barbeque
  • Atmospheric, open-air restaurant offering Asian and international flavours
  • Power operates in the rooms between 5pm-7am (only resort on the island with air-con)

Resort Description

Visit Bangka for rock pinnacles, white sandy bottoms, kaleidoscopic soft corals and sloping reefs. The region’s unique ecosystem is home to a number of species, including resident dugongs, pilot whales, dolphins, turtles, reef sharks, cuttlefish, eagle rays and great barracuda. The colourful reefs are home to copious macro life, including ghost pipefish, harlequin and tiger shrimp, frogfish and several species of pygmy seahorse. If that’s not enough, then you should know that blue ring, mimic, reef and wonderpus octopus are also spotted here regularly! Make the trip to this tranquil island and discover a generous number of pristine dive sites, all offering year-round diving in warm 28- 29 degree seas, boasting up to 25m visibility. The jaw-dropping variety of species combined with calm waters create ideal conditions for less experienced divers and any budding underwater photographers out there. With 28 dive sites to choose from, all within an hour’s drive of the resort, there are plenty of options to please even the most exacting of divers!


Nestled away on a postcard perfect, palm-fringed beach, Murex Bangka offers the quintessential Robinson Crusoe style experience. The Murex organisation has been around since 1987, so these guys really know there stuff when it comes to hospitality and diving. Having stepped foot on Murex Bangka’s beach, you’ll have all the time in the world to simply dive or relax. As a small resort, there are no crowds in sight, leaving you endless time to lounge in a hammock, enjoy a massage, check out some underwater videography or go paddle boarding in the bay. Murex Bangka is the only resort on the island able to offer hot water showers and air-conditioning all through the night. In addition to the international and Asian buffet style breakfast, lunch and dinners served in the indoor and outdoor dining spaces, the resort holds a weekly beach barbeque. 

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Explore diving around the Murex Bangka Dive Resort

What to see

If it’s weird, you are likely to find it in the Lembeh Straits. Top critters on every diver and photographers wish list include the mimic octopus, Wonderpus, Rhinopias, flamboyant cuttlefish, Ambon scorpionfish, harlequin shrimp, and the very entertaining hairy frogfish. If lucky, you might also come across the delicate Lembeh Sea Dragon. Also, be boggled by the wide array of nudibranch and during night dives, look out for stargazers in the sand and Spanish dancers passing by in the darkness.

At areas like Bunaken and the nearby Bangka, dolphins or pilot whales can sometimes be seen from the surface. Underwater, expect green sea turtles, schools of trevally and colorful reef fish along the many walls. Bangka and Manado Tua also feature a myriad of critters.

If you dive around the Sangihe Archipelago and Talaud Islands, the healthy reefs and volcanic activity yield many colorful reef fish and schools of fusilier, snapper and predators like trevally, barracuda and Dogtooth tuna. Macro life is also abundant and there are pygmy seahorses, crabs and shrimp as well as nudibranch to find at muck dive sites. Look out for pelagic animals which come to feed and clean like manta rays, sharks and even hammerhead sharks.

Dive Center

Highlights

  • Visit Bangka Island for stunning marine diversity and brightly-coloured coral reefs
  • Glide past cuttlefish, octopus, turtles, sharks, dolphins and dugongs
  • Keep your eyes and ears tuned for dolphins as you cruise to the nearby dive sites
  • Year-round warm water (28-29 degrees) with up to 25m visibility
  • Long-established and respected dive operation, safely guiding visitors for over 30 years
  • World-class macro diving and snorkelling right from the beach
  • Guides with photography and marine biology training, each with hundreds of local dives
  • Textbook conditions for novice divers alongside more challenging wrecks and deep dives 

Description

Take a giant stride into the waters surrounding Bangka Island and discover rock pinnacles, white sandy bottoms, and luminous soft corals in red, pinks, purples and yellows. The crystal clear, warm seas are home to dugongs, pilot whales, dolphins, turtles, reef sharks, cuttlefish, eagle rays, great barracuda and four species of octopus. Look close enough and you just might spot a harlequin and tiger shrimp, ghost pipefish or one of several species of pygmy seahorse. Murex Dive have been sharing their beautiful pocket of underwater paradise with divers for more than 30 years, so bring a wealth of area-specific knowledge and understanding to every dive trip. With your keen-eyed dive guide and experienced boat captain sorting you out, rest assured you’ll be in the right place at the right time to encounter even the most disguised of reef inhabitants. 
All dive sites are comfortably less than 1 hrs drive away, on board the purpose built, spacious and shady dive vessel. Each boat comes with a sundeck, fresh water box for cameras, toilet, long ladders, refreshments and impeccably maintained safety equipment. Murex dive guides have done thousands of dives in the area, and have taken part in rigorous photography and marine biology courses so they are entirely equipped to assist you. The resort owns a plentiful collection of dive gear to rent, and the preparation, heavy lifting, rinsing and storage will be handled by the dive crew so all you have to do is dive. The underwater conditions are ideal for Open Water and Advanced Courses, alongside a variety of specialties such as Underwater Photographer, Fish ID and Wreck Diver. Whatever it is you are interested in, courses are ran from beginner all the way to pro level. With seven local and international guides, the center is proud to teach in English, German, Dutch and Indonesian. 

 

DIVING SERVICES

Courses

  • Intro Dives/Discover Scuba
  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Divemaster
  • Nitrox Certification
  • Underwater Photography
  • Deep Diver Certification
  • Night Diver
  • Wreck Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy

Equipment

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment ($)
  • Thick (5-7Mm) Wetsuits ($)
  • Dive Computer ($)
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Camera Room
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front
  • Housereef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Safety

  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • First Aid Kits

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Dutch
  • Indonesian

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Dive Resort

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling
  • Hiking

Food and drink

  • Restaurant
  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness

  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Us Power Sockets
  • Power Socket Adapters

Entertainment and family

  • Games
  • Movies
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Cash (Idr)
  • Cash (Local Currency)

How to get there

Arrival

  • The resort is a 60 minute car journey followed by a 20 minute boat ride from Manado International Airport.
  • Flights from all major Indonesian cities like Bali and Jakarta fly to Manado International Airport, alongside international flights from Singapore. 
  • Murex Bangka offers private air-conditioned transfers and resort staff will be waiting to greet you at arrivals. 

Departure

  • You may arrange a private return transfer to Manado Airport or wherever your onward journey takes you.
  • Private transfers should be arranged in advance of your departure day with the resort. 

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