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3 Star

Rooms

15

Wellness/Spa

YES

Internet

FREE

5 star dive center

Onsite

House reef

YES

Resort Highlights

  • Murex Dive Resort is small, family-run and has been operating since 1987
  • Spacious rooms with air-conditioning, hot water, free WiFi and rustic verandas
  • On-site spa providing traditional beauty and massage services
  • World-renowned Indonesian muck diving, macro critters and coral reef walls 
  • Visit nearby Tangkoko National Wildlife Preserve or climb a local volcano
  • Sumptuous, open-air restaurant offering Asian and International flavours

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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 Dive Resort is a family-run resort operating continuously since 1987. Rooms are comfortable and air-conditioned and located near the on-site spa, which offers massages to guests.

Three buffet meals are provided in the open-air, authentic restaurant and include international and Asian flavours using local, fresh and sustainable produce.

Guests can enjoy a range of land-based activities including highland tours, trips to view volcanic islands, a guided trek to Tangkoko National Wildlife Preserve or up a volcano or white water rafting. 

Divers are 35 minutes from protected Bunaken Marine National Park in North Sulawesi, where you'll find dramatic walls with hard corals and get the chance to see turtles, reef sharks, sea snakes, eagle rays, sting rays, dolphins, pilot whales and schools of colourful fish.

Nearby Tanjung Papaya - an artificial reef made from motorcycles and teeming with lionfish - offers a unique dive in the area.

Explore diving around the Murex 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 Dive has been in operation for over 30 years
  • Protected Bunaken Marine National Park is only 35 minutes from the resort
  • Chance to see turtles, sharks, cuttlefish, octopus, dolphins and dugongs
  • Purpose-built dive vessels offer chance to see sperm whales and pilot whales
  • Guides with photography and marine biology training, each with hundreds of local dives
  • Regular night dives in Manado Bay to see nocturnal marine life

Description

Murex Dive has been guiding visitors around Manado and Bunaken for over 30 years, with the protected Bunaken Marine National Park 35 minutes from the center.

Murex dive guides have thousands of dives in the local area and have taken part in marine biology and photography courses. Murex Manado’s pool is four meters deep and is purpose-designed for training.

We have purpose-built, spacious and shady dive vessels, each of which comes with a sundeck, toilet, long ladders, fresh water box for cameras, refreshments and safety equipment.

The center maintains a collection of dive gear, which will be prepared, loaded, rinsed and stored for your convenience. The conditions are ideal for Open Water and Advanced Courses, alongside a variety of specialties such as Underwater Photographer, Fish ID and Wreck Diver.

Murex Resorts offer courses from beginner to pro level, and are able to do so in English, German, Dutch and Indonesian.

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
  • 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
  • Training Pool
  • 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
  • Other

PADI membership level

  • Padi 5 Star Idc

Distinction

  • Padi 5 Star Cdc/Idc

Resort Amenities

Activities

  • Hiking

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol
  • Vegetarian Food
  • Gluten Free Food

Wellness & Relaxation

  • Spa Facility
  • Massage Services

Facilities

  • Restaurant
  • Beach Front
  • Swimming Pool(S)
  • Garden
  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Facilities For Disabled Guests
  • 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
  • Ping Pong

Amenities & services

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

How to get there

Arrival
  • The resort is located just 1 hr from Manado International Airport. 
  • Manado International Airport receives flights from all major Indonesian cities such as Bali and Jakarta, as well as international connections from Singapore. 
  • The resort provides airport pickups via air-conditioned vehicles. A friendly representative from the resort will be waiting to greet you at arrivals.
Departure
  • Once you have checked out, you may catch a resort transfer back to the airport. 
  • Journey time is around 1hr. 

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