Murex Bangka

Hotel Overview

Situated on a palm-fringed white sand beach, Murex Bangka offers a true Robinson Crusoe style experience. If you are dreaming of a remote island getaway, exceptional service, and wonderful diving then this destination should at the top of your list. You can drift away in a hammock, swim, or snorkel in the crystal-clear waters, explore by paddleboard, watch the kids playing on the beach and splashing in the ocean or just chill out with a sundowner.

The resort offers Oceanfront Rooms, Duplex Rooms and Deluxe Hillside Cottages. The Deluxe Hillside Cottages are very spacious and offer panoramic views over the ocean through the lush green canopy below. They have verandas with built in day beds, just the ticket after a hard day diving! The Duplex Rooms are larger than the Oceanfront Rooms and have adjoining doors making them perfect for families, both are located on the seafront with beautiful views. Power operates in the rooms from 5pm – 7am and in the restaurant and camera room during lunch time hours. The Deluxe Hillside Cottages have electricity 24 hours a day. Free Wi-Fi is available in the restaurant area but because of the remote location, signal strength is not guaranteed.

Underwater photographers will be in their element in the designated camera room which has personal preparation areas, plug sockets, bright lighting and air conditioning, there is also a flat-screen television for viewing marine life presentations and underwater videography. The stunning beach has loungers and hammocks, perfect for lazy days, and there is a massage service available for a bit of extra pampering. The resort has indoor and outdoor dining spaces, along with beach barbeques

Murex Bangka is family friendly and childcare can be arranged on request. Children can take advantage of the stand-up paddleboards, and the resort has junior life jackets and small sized snorkelling masks and fins ready for some underwater adventures, and for the younger children there is a selection of toys. If you are a nature lover or photographer then a tour to Tangkoko Nature Reserve is a must, based at the foot of the Dua Saudara Mountain the area is a mixture of rolling hills and valleys. You will go in search of numerous wildlife species, highlights include black crested macaques, the tarsier (the world’s smallest primate), hornbills, cuscus and Maleo birds.

Murex Dive Resorts number one priority is to promote conservation and ensure that their reefs, marine life, and natural landscapes are protected. Murex Bangka is the only resort on Bangka Island which harnesses solar power to provide hot water bathrooms, air conditioning throughout the night and 24-hour electricity. Their installation of 38 solar panels ensures that the restaurant, camera room and spa have power throughout the day. They are extremely proud of their commitment to preserving the natural environment on Bangka Island and to making the resort as sustainable as possible. Their founding father, Dr Batuna, was a pioneer of diving in this region and was inducted to the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2018 (alongside Dr Sylvia Earle) and the team in resort strive to honour his memory on every single dive trip. Murex Dive Resorts are affiliated with PADI and offer an excellent range of courses from beginners’ levels through to Divemaster.

Duplex Rooms

Duplex bathroom

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Veranda
  • Desk
  • Sea View
  • King Size or Twin Beds
  • Drinking Water

Murex Bangka offers a choice of charming and comfortable, traditionally styled timber bungalows. The Duplex rooms are spacious and have adjoining doors, perfect for families. All rooms are oceanfront with stunning views, and benefit from private verandas with seating, ensuite hot water bathrooms and direct beach access.

Ocean Front Bungalow

Beach front cottage

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • En-suite Facilities
  • Veranda
  • Sea View
  • King Size or Twin Beds
  • Drinking Water

The Oceanfront Bungalows have direct access to the beach and private verandas with seating where you can relax and enjoy the view. All accommodation has ensuite hot water bathrooms, air conditioning through the night and complimentry drinking water.

Deluxe Hillside Cottages

Exterior

Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Veranda
  • En-suite Open Air Bathroom
  • Desk
  • Sea View
  • King Size or Twin Beds
  • Drinking Water

There are six Deluxe Hillside Cottages with panoramic views over the treetops to the ocean. The large verandas have built in day beds and each cottage has an ensuite indoor-outdoor bathroom. The floor to ceiling windows are a fantastic feature and there is air conditioning and 24 hour electricity.

Food and Drink

Your stay at Murex Bangka is on a full board basis. Complimentary tea and coffee are available in your accommodation, along with drinking water.

Three plentiful buffet meals a day are served in the beachfront restaurant which features an open-air terrace and beach service for those who prefer dining al fresco. Cuisine is varied and combines a tantalizing mix of International and Asian flavours using fresh local ingredients.

The team of western trained chefs will do their very best to cater for special dietary requirements upon request.

Flights and Transfers

We can arrange your flights from several UK airports; Heathrow usually provides the best prices and connections via Singapore. The flight time is around 24 hours, please call us to discuss your specific requirements and dates.

The nearest airport to the resort is Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado. Murex Bangka is around a 60-minute car journey and 20-minute boat ride from the airport, and transfers are included within your package. Late afternoon and evening arrivals are possible but are dependent on sea conditions. If a transfer is not possible, you will be accommodated at Murex Manado overnight and then taken to Bangka Island the next morning.

You do not require a VISA to enter Indonesia unless you intend to stay for more than 30 days.

Diving Information

Bangka offers year-round easy diving with visibility up to 25m. A typical day starts with a two-dive trip to Bangka’s most iconic dive sites. Return to the resort for lunch followed by a third afternoon dive or opt for a three-dive safari trip with lunch served on the boat. Night dives around Bangka are a major highlight and should not be missed!

House Reef

The beautiful house reef is just a step off the beach and you’ll immediately be amazed by the bright colours, wealth of coral and abundant marine life. This is a sloping reef descending to a white sand bottom. Along the slope there are diverse corals and beautiful bommies which are shrouded in schools of glass fish and hiding frogfish.

The house reef is also home to numerous unique critters including pygmy seahorses, blue ribbon eels, mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, reef octopus, a variety of nudibranch species and look out for passing eagle rays.

Each diving day you book includes 1 self-guided on the house reef.

Highlights of Bangka

You will be greeted with an explosion of colour and kaleidoscopic soft corals as Bangka dive sites are a sensory overload where pristine reefs teem with life. Add to this pelagics and critters, and Bangka has it all!

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.

Murex Dive Resorts are affiliated with PADI and offer an excellent range of courses from beginners’ levels through to Divemaster.

Pricing Information

Based on a 7 night stay prices start from as little as £1895 per person and include:

Flights
Transfers
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Afternoon snacks
Free flow mineral water
Free flow brewed coffee & tea
Wi-Fi
Welcome drink & fruit platter
12 Morning dives per person (over 6 days)
Complimentary self guided house reef diving up until 5pm on 2 guided dive days

Your stay at Murex Bangka can easily combined with a stay on the beautiful main island of Manado, example price would be from £2495 for 5 nights each resort, full board as above and a total of 18 dives, including to 2 dives during a boat transfer between both resorts, as well as complimentary self guided house reef in buddy pairs up until 5pm on guided diving days.