The world’s best “wow” diving destination.
Indonesia is in the centre of and bordering the amazing “Coral Triangle”. Here the waters hold the highest diversity of iridescent corals, fish, crustaceans, molluscs and marine plant species in the world. North Sulawesi Island, and in particular – Manado, is your gateway to exploring this underwater paradise
The most direct route is via Singapore on Singapore Air with departures every day from Johannesburg.
Flight time is approximately 10 hours and it’s possible to connect straight through to Manado with a short transit in Singapore.
Silk Air, the regional wing of Singapore Air, flies four times a week between Singapore and Manado; every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Flight time is 3.5 hours.
The road transfer from Manado Airport to the resorts is in air-conditioned vehicles and takes approximately 1½ - 2 hours.
The best way to dive Manado is to combine the best of both worlds – starting off at the beautiful and best value resort of the 4 Star Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort, part of the Accor Group, and enjoy the tropical gardens, expansive private beach, marina and it is situated just 10 km from Manado.Exploring the wonderful sites of the Bunaken Marine Park, the diving is spectacular, gliding past deep vertical walls covered in never ending hard and soft corals, swarming in schools and schools and schools of all types of tropical fish. The currents can be swift in places and will allow you to fly like a bird. There is also a very good WWII wreck dive, and some amazing critter and reef diving closer to the resort itself. Diving is handled by our partners and Indonesia’s top dive company – Eco Divers.
Only 4 divers to 1 dive guide, so you will get special and personalised treatment!
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this beachfront resort sits on level ground with many facilities to ensure a memorable holiday including a large swimming pool, spa, gym, tennis court and, of course - dive center. From the welcoming lounge you can look out to the garden, the pool and Manado Tua Island, making this a perfect choice for divers, non-divers, families and friends and it really is the best value for money in the Manado and Bunaken area. Snorkeling from here is fantastic.
You can choose from a selection of rooms from Superior to Suites and all are spacious and offer luxury and comfort. Each has a wide bed, large bathroom and terrace. air-con, mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, free Wi-Fi, hairdryer, safe and toiletries. Electrical sockets carry 220V and require double pin plugs.
And just when you thought you are in diving heaven!
Then you are moved to undoubtedly the world’s best “critter diving” destination in the Lembeh Straits, on the north eastern tip of Sulawesi Island. Here you will dive with critters that will astound everyone – Pygmy Seahorse, Mimic Octopus, Blue Ringed Octopus, Hairy Frogfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Ornate Ghost Pipefish and many more amazing creatures.
You will stay and be spoilt at the “Eco Divers Resort Lembeh”, voted the best boutique resort in Lembeh by “Trip Advisor”. The spick-and-span accommodation, exceptional cuisine, spa, free Wi-Fi and complete lack of hills makes Eco Divers Resort Lembeh the top choice for discerning divers. All rooms are en-suite and air conditioned, indoor camera rooms, lounge, outdoor restaurant & bar with satellite TV, Indonesian Spa room, souvenir shop and photo/video center.
A maximum of 18 divers and only 4 guests per dive guide is guaranteed and they are amongst the most skilled and knowledgeable.
Diving takes place from the Resort’s unique Day Liveaboard floating dive center, with two large skiffs giving fast and easy access to all 40 dive sites. During surface intervals divers return to the main boat, fitted with a shaded salon, large sundeck, toilets and showers, DAN oxygen & First Aid.
The world’s top underwater photographers are regular clients here.