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The Bangka diving resort is clean and simple, set on the calm, relaxing southern shores of this little visited Manado island. Bangka is further removed from the popular spots such as Bunaken and Lembeh so you should not expect big numbers of divers, which makes this holiday experience all the more special.
With only 5 bungalows in the resort, you'll find there is little to disturb you from your hammock. If night life and shopping are high on your agenda then Bangka Dive Resort shouldn't be. It is however, excellent therapy if you want to escape the crowds and do little but dive and laze on the beach all day.
Bangka is a simple island, free of roads or vehicles where a very small number of people and local deer make up the population. The dive sites are right on your doorstep with most sites being within 15 minutes boat ride and Lembeh Strait and other islands are within a comfortable distance. The house reef is a great spot for frogfish and makes a wonderful night dive. The Murex outfit are the pioneers of scuba diving in Manado and know these sites better than anyone else so let them show you all that Bangka has to offer.
The resort offers boat and beach dives around Bangka Island, as well as dive trips to the northern Lembeh Strait, Gangga and Talise islands.
The dive boat features:
12 metre custom built wood hull
2 x 40 HP engines
Steel entry and exit ladders
Oxygen and comprehensive first aid kit
Daily departures are at 08:00, 11:00 and 14:00 hrs.
Boat trips include 2 dives, guides, as well as soft drinks and drinking water. Boat journey time is 5-30 minutes for Bangka sites or about 45 minutes for the other islands. Last dive of the day is an unguided beach dive.
The resort features a clean, white sandy beach front and house reef with complimentary frogfish.
Bangka Island has 4 small village settlements, no roads, but with walking trails over the hills where you can spot deer. You can also spend an afternoon exploring the jungle and wildlife over at Tangkoko National Park, 40 minutes away on the mainland.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant - Dive service - Hammock - Baby sitting - Laundry service
Location: Bangka Island, north east of Manado, North Sulawesi
The nearest re-compression chamber is at Malalayang Hospital in Manado 70 km south west, or 2 hours by boat, from Bangka. We advise all guests to have their own dive insurance policy - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.
The Bangka Dive Resort boat has emergency breathing oxygen and a first aid kit onboard, and evacuation procedures.
There is a police station on the mainland at Likupang Village, 10 km away. There is a doctor on call for the local islands and, in case of emergencies, Bitung Hospital is 40 km south in the Lembeh Strait.