...Highlights: great macro life/ marine diversity...
...Diving environment: healthy reefs, beginner and advanced divers, off the beaten track...
Variety is the spice of life and the island of Bangka is certainly spicy! Situated in the divers’ paradise of North Sulawesi, it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Celebes Sea and the Moluccas Sea. Bangka is part of an island group together with Kinabohutan, Gangga, Talisei and Tindila.
With over 25 dive sites, Pulau Bangka lies in the epicentre of the Coral Triangle, which is synonymous with marine abundance and variety. This small island’s drawcard is its underwater topography with walls, pinnacles, gorges and swim-throughs. They are often visited on scuba diving daytrips by the resorts of North Sulawesi - from both Manado/Bunaken and the Lembeh Strait - or as part of Manado liveaboard dive cruises. Show more
Batu Gosok - Also known as Batu Goso and Batu Gasoh, this is a memorable site that divers of all experience levels will enjoy. A group of steep volcanic pinnacles majestically rise up from the ocean floor on the eastern shore of Pulau Bangka. Show more
Some of the resorts in North Sulawesi will take you to the dive sites of Bangka Island for an additional fee to cover fuel expenses. The resorts are based in the Lembeh Strait and Bunaken Island.
But a single day trip here will not give you the full picture. The best way to experience all that Bangka has to offer is to join a Manado liveaboard dive safari, which would also likely visit such places as Lembeh, Bunaken, and possibly the Sangihe Archipelago, Gorontalo and the Togian Islands.
For more information on your options, and all the other travel information you might need to visit Indonesia, review our North Sulawesi dive resort section.
You can dive here in Bangka all year round but the conditions do vary. March to June is dry season and the visibility is at its best. November to December is generally wet and July to October is windy, both having reduced visibility.
Liveaboard season in the Bangka area runs year round.
Review our maps below of Sulawesi, showing the location of Bangka, and its host country Indonesia. Here, you will find information on how to get to Manado, and then on to Bangka.
Depth: 5 - >40m
Visibility: 10 - 35m
Currents: Can be strong
Surface conditions: Can be rough
Water temperature: 27 - 30°C
Experience level: Intermediate - advanced
Number of dive sites: >25
Distance: ~80 km north of Manado Bay (2¾ hours)
Recommended length of stay: 2 - 3 days