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Murex Bangka Dive Resort

Hotel category

3 Star

Rooms

15

Wellness/Spa

NO

Internet

FREE

5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

YES

Resort Highlights

  • Murex Bangka Dive Resort offers intimate accommodation in rustic wooden bungalows
  • All bungalows have air conditioning, hot water and verandas
  • Atmospheric, open-air restaurant offering Asian and international flavours
  • Snorkel the house reef, enjoy a traditional massage or lounge in beach hammock
  • Power operates in the rooms between 5pm-7am (only resort on the island with air-con)
  • Soak up a stunning sunset at the weekly beach barbeque

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1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

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  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 100% (downpayment)

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 5% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 97 days prior to arrival
  • 25% will be charged if you cancel between 97 and 52 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 52 days prior to arrival

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Resort Description

Murex Bangka Dive Resort is nestled away on a palm-fringed beach, offering intimate accommodation with air conditioning and hot water showers.

Guests enjoy an international and Asian buffet-style breakfast, while lunch and dinners are served in the indoor and outdoor dining spaces. The resort holds a weekly beach barbeque. 

Divers enjoy white sandy bottoms, rock pinnacles, kaleidoscopic soft corals and sloping reefs. Marine life is abundant, with the chance to see resident dugongs, pilot whales, dolphins, turtles, reef sharks, cuttlefish, eagle rays and great barracuda.

The colourful reefs are home to macro life, including ghost pipefish, harlequin and tiger shrimp, frogfish and several species of pygmy seahorse. Blue ring, mimic, reef and wonderpus octopus are also spotted here regularly!

There are 28 dive sites to choose from, all within an hour’s drive of the resort.

Explore diving around the Murex Bangka Dive Resort

What to see

If it’s weird, you are likely to find it in the Lembeh Strait. 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

  • Murex Bangka Dive Resort is long-established, having guided divers for over 30 years
  • Guides have marine biology and photography training
  • Good conditions for novice divers, alongside advanced wrecks and deep dives
  • World-class macro diving and snorkelling right from the beach
  • Year-round warm water (28-29 degrees) with up to 25m visibility

Description

Murex Bangka Dive Resort has been guiding divers around the area for over 30 years, with guides experienced in both marine biology and photography.

All dive sites are within 60 minutes of the dive center. Our boats are purpose-built, spacious and shady, and each comes with a sundeck, fresh water box for cameras, toilet, long ladders, refreshments and safety equipment.

The resort owns 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 specialties such as Underwater Photographer, Fish ID and Wreck Diver. Courses can be taught in English, German, Dutch and Indonesian. 

The warm seas around Bangka Island 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 can also spot harlequin and tiger shrimp, ghost pipefish or one of several species of pygmy seahorse.

DIVING SERVICES

PADI® Courses Available

  • 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

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Tanks With Din Valves
  • Din/Int Adapters
  • 15L Tanks Available
  • Filling Station

Diving Facilities

  • Shop
  • Battery Charging Station
  • Beach Front Location
  • House Reef
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

For your 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

  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Beach Front
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids

Great for families

  • Board Games
  • Babysitting/Child Services

Payments

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

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling
  • Stand-Up Paddling

Amenities & services

  • Camera Station
  • Wi-Fi (Free)
  • Air-Conditioning

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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