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The North Sulawesi Aggressor visits the Bangka Islands, Bunaken Islands and Lembeh Strait. North Sulawesi is world famous for its muck/critter dives but the outer reefs are adorned with colourful soft corals. The Lembeh Strait and surrounding areas are believed to offer the world’s most diverse marine biodiversity.
The average visibility in the Lembeh Strait is 10 – 18 metres on good days and 6 – 12 on poor days. This is due to the tidal exchange and incoming and outgoing currents that feed Lembeh’s rich marine life. The extremely rich ‘nutritional environment’ is precisely why the area supports such a diverse range species, including hairy frogfish, pygmy seahorses, star gazers, cockatoo flounder, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, blue ring octopus and flamboyant cuttlefish.
Water temperature averages 25 to 28 degrees Celsius. Diving in North Sulawesi is usually in the 10 – 25 metre range and is suitable for divers of every level.
The diving is excellent year round. The wet season in Indonesia is from November to February however it is less changeable in the Lembeh Strait due to the mountainous terrain of the surrounding area.
The well renown Thalassa Dive Centre based at Santika is a PADI 5 star centre from which you can reach the Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Park by speedboat in a mere 15 minutes. The marine reserve boasts a truly rich marine environment of extreme beauty and diversity. There are five islands in the park surrounded by coral reef, with superb drop-offs and walls. There is a profusion of both hard and soft corals, and myriads of rare schooling fish and invertebrate species. Reef sharks, ribbon eels, barracudas and turtles are found in abundance and pilot whales can be sighted en route to the reserve. There are over 20 recognised dive sites including Sahubg Island, Bangka Island and Black Rock – highly rated for night diving.
Tasik Ria Resort Spa & Diving perfectly balances luxury and a rustic feel. It boasts a large pool and bar in lush, tropical gardens, luxury spa and a PADI dive centre with resident photo pro. A jetty bar, outside dining with spectacular panoramic sunsets are also key features of this resort with spacious accommodation and world-class diving on the doorstep. It is situated about 30 minutes drive from the hustle & bustle of Manado.
In the middle of the Indonesian archipelago lies the island of Sulawesi, on the northern point of which lies Manado. The Santika Manado Hotel is set on the beautiful coastline looking out to the offshore islands including Bunaken and Manado Tua. There are 100 air-conditioned guest rooms, all with private facilities and private balcony. The well renown Thalassa Dive Centre based at Santika is a PADI 5 star centre from which you can reach the Bunaken Manado Tua Marine Park by speedboat in a mere 15 minutes. The marine reserve boasts a truly rich marine environment of extreme beauty and diversity.
Kungkungan Bay Resort is a renowned and spacious resort overlooking the quiet and unique Lembeh Straits. KBR is a favourite with divers from around the world many of who return year after year. The public areas are set out in an attractive open plan layout, with panoramic views over the water and a visit to KBR’s Spa is not to be missed.
The resort has 16 spacious and attractive en-suite rooms. All have sea views, with ceiling fan and air-conditioning. Visitors can enjoy unlimited access to the resort’s house reef during daylight hours from the on-site dive centre and jetty.
Last Minute Liveaboard Deal – Aug 29-Sep 10 , 2017 Bali-Komodo-Bali and free nitrox for any lucky last minute guests wishing to join Mermaid I and the mantas in Komodo !
Including Overnight 4* Hotel stay both ways in Bali from £3838.00 per person with flights & transfers.
Day 1 Check-in on board MV Mermaid I between 13:00-15:00 hours in Benoa Harbour Bali.After the boat and safety briefing, equipment is prepared then settle into your cabin. Dinner is served at approx. 19:00 hours as e cruise overnight to Moyo Island off the north west coast of Sumbawa
Day 2 Start your adventure with a great dive in the calm, clear waters of Angel Reef at Moyo Island. Massive elephant ear and barrel sponges, schools of long fin banner fish and red tooth triggers In their hundreds, frog fish, nudibrancs, eels, surgeon fish, snapper, dog tooth tuna checking out what is for lunch ! Visit the local village then its lunch for us ! Then we cruise to Satonda Island for a macro dive followed by a world class night dive after watching a million bats fly at sunset. After a great dive and dinner we cruise overnight to Sangeang Volcano off the north coast of Sumbawa.
Day 3 The Nusa Tenggara region has some extremely interesting and unique marine life. Today we spend the day diving around Sangeang Volcano – 2-3 dives for rare nudibrancs, pygmy seahorse, leaf scorpion fish, blue ribbon eels, black sand diving with all its treasures and underwater hot springs that support this very unique marine environment. Night dive here too or head on over to Gili Banta for the chance for Star Gazers and coral cat shark.
Day 4 Current depending, we start the day at GPS Point Gili Banta famous for its sharks and pelagic fishes. Then we enter the Komodo National Park and for more exhilarating blue water/fish soup diving !Gili Lawalaut has several great dives – if the tide is right we hunt grey reef shark and dolphin at Taka Toko Gili Lawalaut. Lighthouse Reef and The Old Passage offer fast drifts with pelagics, maybe manta ! Crystal Rock offers awesome soft corals in gold and orange hues plus the chance for sharks, turtles, Giant Maori wrasse, a ‘fish soup” dive. Tonight we dive the famous Pink Beach – spectacular colours and Frogfish, slipper lobster, basket stars, robust sea cucumbers unique to the area plus more !
Day 5 Start your day with an exciting visit to Loh Liang Komodo National Park to walk with the dragons ! And as we quietly walk through the bush setting look out for Komodo dragons, deer, wild boar and birds. Then relax as we cruise south to dive the Three Sisters or Pillarsteen at Padar Island. Next stop is a diver’s paradise – Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – home of one of the top 10 dives in the world- Cannibal Rock – an abundance of corals, sponges, ascidians, sea apples, black corals, turtle, cuttlefish, loadsof reef fishes too ! Here we can also watch dragons scavenging on the beach, monkey, deer, wild pigs along the shore, go beach combing…. Maybe even a chance to follow whales and dolphin feeding in the calm bay. We overnight at this peaceful place, diving at one of the many fabulous spots.
Day 6 More world class dives today as we relax in Horseshoe Bay Rinja Island – the Yellow Wall of Texas is absolutely stunning covered with enormous yellow soft corals. Go slowly along the wall looking for unique creatures but don’t forget to look out into the blue to see what’s coming by…maybe e make a deep dive to check if the tiny yellow pygmy seahorses are on the giant gorgonians at depth. Nusa Kode offers more walls and critter chances coupled with white tip reef sharks etc ! Torpedo Alley is famous for its “electric” rays and perhaps one of the best night dives of your life for critter fanciers
Day 7 Today we’ll head on over to Manta Alley to watch in awe as these magnificent creatures feed, play and get cleaned at the many cleaning stations. In the afternoon we can check out more big fish dives maybe at Loh Serah, Tatawa Kecil or the infamous “Current City” Batu Bolong – come face to face with reef sharks, turtles and giant Wrasse. Many good night dives around here – Gili Darat is great for sleeping turtles, colourful reef stonefish, Spanish dancers – calm sea – a good place to sleep.
Day 8 The diving around Gili Lawalaut, Tatawa Kecil, Gili Darat is so awesome you will all want more so today we make 2-3 dives in clear arm blue waters – loads of fish both big and small. Then we’ll head off for a night dive at either Gili Banta or maybe Batu Putih in Sumbawa – both interesting sites. Overnight we cruise back to Satonda and Sumbawa – solar powered nudibrancs, ghost pipefish anyone ?
Day 9 We enjoy two good dives around Sumbawa and Moyo Islands – a chance to shoot anything you missed at the trip beginning. Then the crew wash your equipment for you while you relax on the sundeck or downloading your pictures, enjoying our trip video as well just before dinner with all your new friends.
Total 28 Dives!
Day 10 After breakfast we transfer you ashore to continue your vacation…
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