Manado is also famous for the weird and the wonderful. Critters that are difficult to find anywhere else are prolific here. Just take a dive on the house reef, especially at night, to be amazed at the marine life diversity. Just over the hills of Manado lie the Lembeh Straits. Featured in many TV documentaries the Straits are macro ‘muck diving’ at its best. Anyone with a camera would think they had dies and gone to heaven. Nudibranchs like you have never seen before, sea horses, crocodile fish, frog fish, mandarin gobies and of course not forgetting the mimic octopus.
Murex Dive Centre is one of the closest resorts to the marine park. It takes only 20mins to reach Bunaken Island. The resort offers very comfortable accommodation in its detached and semi-detached rooms built in local style, all are air conditioned with private bathrooms. Guests never have to go hungry with a range of local and western foods served buffet style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The dive centre offers modern fast dive boats to get you to and from the dive sites with minimum of fuss and the dive guides are professional and very experienced.
The Bunaken National Marine Park
The Bunaken National Marine Park consists of 6 islands : Bunaken, Manado Tua, Nain, Small Nain, Montehage, and Siladen, as well as a part of the North Sulawesi mainland. Diving in and around Bunaken is mostly wall diving and drift diving, but also includes several beautiful coral slopes. There are more than 25 genuine dive sites within the park, taking 15 to 30min to reach by boat. The variety of both fish and soft coral is outstanding, making this area one of the top places in the world with regards to biodiversity and sheer numbers of fish. In addition, tucked away on the precipitous walls you find an abundance of invertebrates and small marine life forms. With visibility around 20 m, and water temperature 27-29 C, this a world's favorite destination for U/W photographers and U/W naturalists alike.
Schools of Barracudas and Jacks, Green Sea Turtles and reef sharks, Sea snakes and Napoleon wrasses are among the resident inhabitants of these steep coral walls fringing Bunaken Island. Nain and Siladen Islands offer huge fields of hard coral in addition to their classic wall dives. Montehage yields excellent visibility, and is a favorite location for sharks and big schools of barracudas and jack and bumphead parrot fish. The hard coral slopes offer some excellent drift dives where you can watch schools of coral fish in all shapes and sizes and colours, as you glide by the huge sea fans and impressive sponges.
Manado Tua, the fascinating cone-shaped volcanic island, features steep slopes on land covered with coconut palms and even steeper vertical drop-offs under water. Here you find the prettiest and most pristine coral, as well as many nudibranchs and other macro life. The impressive overhanging walls here are a breathtaking experience to dive, packed as they are with life and the shallows provide
some of the best snorkeling. In the many indents, caves and
outcroppings of the walls you often find reef sharks and other big fish, making this a preferred area for deep diving.
Snorkeling around the drop-offs of Bunaken makes for a nice break in between dives, or even for a whole day snorkeling trip, second to none. The reef tops on these walls offer a huge diversity of soft coral and marine life, and an astonishing number of fish. The warm waters and the shallow depths on the reef tops make the snorkeling here very easy and relaxing.
World famous for its macro life, we don't say it lightly when we say that this is probably the best place in the world for macro photography! It is host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures to be found nowhere else. The Straits diving is shallow and sea floor is black sandy slopes where we find seahorses, nudibranchs in abundance, Inimicus devilfish, dwarf lionfish, scorpionfish, pufferfish, octopus, pegasus sea moths, frogfish, ribbon eels, flying gurnards. A one-off opportunity for all photographers and anyone looking for the unusual and unseen. Here you are sure to see something that you have never seen before, no matter how experienced you are. Experienced dive guides and instructors will take you on a guided tour around Lembeh's wonderland and show you its magic. The Lembeh Strait also contains WWII shipwrecks in "diveable depth", waiting for the adventurer to explore. Lembeh is accessible by a 1.5-hour van ride followed by a short 20-30 minutes boat trip in the Strait.
Package Includes :-Return airfare Sing-Manado-Sing
Twin-sharing accommodation at Murex Dive Resort
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner buffet
3 Boat Dives per day inc tanks, weights and guide
Unlimited dives on the house reef (not including night dives and dive guides)· Lembeh Strait one day dive excursion (3 dives)
1 night dive on house reef
Special lunch on day of departure at Gardenia Mountain
Transfer to/from Manado airport