Just a little bit about the diving available in Indonesia
With the world-famous dive sites of the Bunaken Marine Park just a short boat ride away and Manado Bay muck diving sites even closer, Manado is perfectly located for exploring these two diverse areas. Bunaken’s highlights include stunning walls and hard corals; turtles, reef sharks, schooling fish, sea snakes, passing eagle rays and sting rays.
There is an abundance of critters and macro life with resident dolphin and pilot whale pods along with the occasional dugong and seasonal sperm whale sightings. Manado Bay is famous for its black and white sand, and muck and reef diving.
This destination is home to some of Indonesia’s rarest and most unique critters including mimic octopus, squid, flamboyant cuttlefish, sea horses and numerous crustaceans, nudibranch and frogfish species.
Bangka Island is located off the northern most tip of North Sulawesi and offers stunning natural beauty both underwater and on land.
You’ll find white sand beaches, little tourism, few roads and a very traditional way of life. If you are looking to get away from it all then Bangka Island should be on your bucket list.
Bangka is famous for its explosion of colours and kaleidoscopic soft corals along with pelagics and critters. Unique species include resident dugongs, dolphins and pilot whales, several species of pygmy seahorse, harlequin and tiger shrimps, blue ring, mimic, reef and wonderpus octopus, ghost pipefish, Ambon scorpionfish, frogfishes, turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna, great barracuda, schooling fish including snappers, fusiliers, cardinals and mackerel.
The Lembeh Strait’s sheer abundance of biodiversity and rare critters has led to it being named the “Critter Capital of the World” where every dive reveals countless “unique finds”. If you want to see the “weird and wonderful” and dive on the best muck diving sites in the world then the Lembeh Strait is the place to be.
Highlights of Lembeh dive sites include 8 different species of frogfish, 12 species of octopus, numerous crustacean species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth, 3 species of pygmy seahorse, countless nudibranch species and new discoveries are continuously being made. Some of Lembeh’s most iconic species include the hairy frogfish, pontohi pygmy seahorse, wonderpus and mimic octopus, mandarinfish, rhinopias scorpionfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, Banggai cardinalfish and the list goes on.
Lembeh’s classic muck sites feature gentle slopes of volcanic sand scattered with bits of debris, sponge, algae or rubble. If you aren’t already in the know, Lembeh will convince you that the most beautiful animals are sometimes seen in the strangest habitats!
Lembeh also offers many combination sites which are a mix of muck and reef diving but if muck is not your thing don’t worry because Lembeh also has stunning reefs, vibrant corals and intriguing topographies.