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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.