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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.
Raja Ampat Liveaboard
We have great Liveaboard deals for you to experience Raja Ampat with Mermaid Liveaboards
Here is the latest availability and deals on offer for Raja Ampat with Mermaid Liveaboards.
Luxurious MV Mermaid I is a 28 metre, twin-engine steel motor yacht. She comfortably holds 15 guests and offers all amenities you can dream of for your next adventure. MV Mermaid I has 8 cabins: 1 master cabin, 1 single cabin, 4 deluxe cabins that can be twin or double bed and 2 lower deck cabins that can be double bed or twin. All our cabins in MV Mermaid I are fully air-conditioned and are equipped with entertainment. All cabins have a large wardrobe, plenty of storage room and an en suite bathroom with hot water shower, toilet and sink. We also provide fresh bath towels daily, beach towels, bathrobes, hair-dryers, soap and shampoo for your comfort.
11 – 23 December including flights from Heathrow, 9 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid I and overnight in Sarong from £4496.00 per person
12 – 21 January including flights from Heathrow, 9 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid I and overnight in Sarong from £3894.00 per person
Mermaid II is a 33 metre, twin engine, steel hull yatch liveaboard offering 8 deluxe cabins with the option to be double bed or twin beds. Each cabin features large panoramic windows, individual air conditioning, wardrobe, storage, en suite bathroom and camera charging outlets. There are also two budget cabins on the lower deck, with air conditioning and a shared bathroom. MV Mermaid II has an indoor lounge area with TV and video on demand and a large outdoor lounge/party deck. Both lounges are very comfortable with stylish seating, perfect for relaxing after an adventurous day of scuba diving. Indonesian and Western cuisine is served on board.
10 – 21 December including flights from Heathrow, 8 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid II and overnight in Sarong from £4099.00 per person
09 – 17 January including flights from Heathrow, 8 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid II and overnight in Sarong from £3899.00 per person
27 January – 04 February including flights from Heathrow, 8 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid II and overnight in Sarong from £3899.00 per person
05 – 13 February including flights from Heathrow, 8 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid II and overnight in Sarong from £4448.00 per person
09 – 17 March including flights from Heathrow, 8 Nights at Deluxe cabin on Mermaid II and overnight in Sarong from £4448.00 per person
Dive Indonesia’s best dive sites, with Mermaid Liveaboards I and II. Whatever trip you choose, be prepared for some of the best scuba diving Indonesia has to offer!
Raja Ampat has been for one of the last frontiers of unspoilt diving. The archipelago’s pristine reefs are not just rich but the region proves to have the greatest coral reef biodiversity for its size in the world. The Bird’s Head Seascape holds: 2,500 islands and reefs, 1,320 fish species, 550 coral species and all that is yet to be discovered.
Raja Ampat is the seascape’s crown jewel. Fittingly, the name means “four kings.” The four main islands or “Kings” of the archipelago: Waigeo in the north, Salawati west of Sorong, Batanta north of Salawati, and Misool in the south.
Visit Waigeo and dive the famous Dampier Strait, some of Raja Ampat´s most action-packed dive sites. Exhilarating current dives and reliable manta cleaning stations where you can experience these majestic giant pelagics dance for hours along with many other treasures such as the tasseled wobbegong shark.
Dive the beautiful and unique mangrove areas of Yanggefo and Gam islands where the tips of healthy acropora corals contrast with the lush green of the mangroves making excellent split images, while just beneath the surface schools of archerfish hunt among the forest of mangrove roots. . Batanta Island, known for its excellent muck diving and amazing variety of nudibranchs including the endemic Thecacera sp. Black sand slopes full of wonderful critters and frequent sittings of the rare mimic octopus. Misool area in southern Raja Ampat is a must for those who enjoy radiant coloured soft corals. There are stunning walls, pinnacles and reefs with masses of huge gorgonian fans and sea fans hosting an array of the famous pygmy seahorses. The vast area and variety of dive sites makes it ideal location to be discovered via liveaboard.
Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Raja Ampat Liveaboard and for further information.
Discover Bali’s quieter North Coast
The Lovina Bali 4*– Deluxe Suite
Price per person for 7 nights from £1099.00 on a bed & breakfast basis
Price includes Singapore Airlines flights from London Heathrow. Including a complimentary room upgrade from a Deluxe Studio to a Deluxe Suite. Regional flying available at a supplement from Manchester. Book by 14th October!
On Bali’s quieter northern coast, this tropical hideaway offers the ultimate in secluded beachfront relaxation. Nestled between the Bedugul Mountains and the Bali Sea, The Lovina Bali sits in tropical gardens, overlooking a pretty black sand stretch of Lovina Beach. For those feeling a sunbathing day, there are two pools to choose – one facing the mountains, and the other with views overlooking the ocean. There’s also the option to visit the Body Tonic Spa, in-room treatments are indulgently available too. For explorations of the local area, take advantage of the hotel’s free bikes or stretch your legs with a stroll to the shops and restaurants on Lovina’s main street. Heading further out, take a short drive into Singaraja – the former colonial capital of Bali – or head south to Lake Beratan and admire the postcard-famous views of the Ulun Danu Temple.
91 Stylish suites and villas are your room choices here. Each one a tropical retreat where contemporary décor combines with authentic Indonesian style. Adding a touch more indulgence to your stay, a dedicated butler service is available to all rooms on request. Choose the mountain views in the Deluxe Suites, which come with their own private terrace and cosy lounge area, or upgrade to a Garden Pool Villa to enjoy an open-plan kitchen and private pool. The most spectacular ocean views can be found in the Grand Beach Villas – secluded hideaways with four spacious bedrooms, an outdoor bathroom and private gardens that open out directly onto the beach.
In North Bali you find some of the best snorkelling and diving spots this beautiful island has to offer. People of all levels can choose from an introductory dive up to a multi-day dive course, day or even night dives. Beside the stunning Lovina reef, there are especially two spots that shouldn’t be missed during your North Bali stay: Menjangan Island with its fascinating and best preserved coral reefs in Bali and the legendary Tulamben Shipwreck, a World War I cargo vessel. Both places are renowned for divers and snorkelers alike. With a professional team alongside and Bali’s natural beauty The Lovina Bali Resort will make your underwater adventure unforgettable.
Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to Discover Bali’s quieter North Coast and for further information.
Komodo Liveaboard Special Offer
20% off + free nitrox !
Any trip starting between May 1 and June 28
9 Night Komodo Liveaboard 2019 including flights from Heathrow & overnight in Bali from £3324.00 per person
02 June 2019 Mermaid I
12 June 2019 Mermaid I
23 June 2019 Mermaid I
7 Night Komodo Liveaboard 2019 including flights from Heathrow and overnight in Bali from £2499.00 per person
25 May 2018 Mermaid II
22 June 2018 Mermaid II
Dive Indonesia’s best dive sites with Mermaid Liveaboards I and II. Whatever trip you choose, be prepared for some of the best scuba diving Indonesia has to offer!
The Komodo National Park is one of the world´s most diverse and interesting marine and wildlife parks with a total land area of 75,000 hectares. In 1980 Komodo’s unique environment led it to become an UNESCO World Heritage site and in 2012 one of the New7Wonders of Nature. The Komodo National Park is home to a rare diversity of animals; wild deer, water buffalo and monkeys roam the undulating hills making prey for a population of the world’s largest lizard, the famous Komodo dragon. The morning time songs of Yellow-crested cockatoos and Nicobar pigeons make a wonderful start to your day.
The Nusa Tengarra region covers hundreds of kilometers navigating through breathtaking scenery such as; volcanoes, mangrove forests and the stunning blue of the wide open sea contrasted with sun-scorched, red earth islands.
Komodo offers world class diving and snorkeling in an amazing variety of sites with walls, coral gardens, pinnacles, drop offs as well as quiet bays for macro photographers seeking rarely seen critters in black volcanic sand. Komodo is blessed by a through flow of currents and cold water upwellings flowing to and from the Indian Ocean providing nutrient rich waters where swathes of soft corals, sponges, ascidians and clouds of brightly coloured fish thrive. When the current´s right exhilarating blue water, fish soup diving with explosions of fusiliers, trevallies, sharks and other pelagic fish will leave you mesmerized for hours. Hang out with congregations of Manta Rays while they feed, clean and dance on the shallow reefs and rock formations. The Mermaid liveaboard fleet makes departures from Benoa Harbor, Bali, Indonesia. We operate on a regular schedule, but we are also available for charter trips, if interested please contact us
Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Komodo Liveaboard Special Offer and for further information.