Thalassa's Blog

We write about all kinds of things happening in and around Thalassa — from diving tips, announcements to company updates, and other fun posts about North Sulawesi and Indonesia. If you like to stay up to date with our posts, subscribe to our newsletter!

Arjen Bokhoven

Freediving in 2019: simply breathtaking

Let’s go deeper Interested in trying out freediving with the Indonesian record holder as your instructor? Well, have we got some news for you, because, as of 2019, Thalassa Dive Resort Manado will be offering you the chance to do just that! Stanley Sradaputta, born in Surabaya and raised in Jakarta

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Arjen Bokhoven

The Palu Report

September 28th 2018 was the day that Palu in Central Sulawesi was struck by a tragedy: an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 leveled or damaged over 70.000 houses, displaced thousands and caused the deaths of at least 2.100 people. Immediately in the wake of this event, concerned messages and

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A happy Women's Dive Day participant
Arjen Bokhoven

Our PADI Women’s Dive Day video won a prize!

Remember when we posted our video to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive Day last July? Turns out that PADI liked it so much, it was selected  as one of the winners! High fives all around as PADI informed us of the following: Congratulations! Your video submission for the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day Video

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Arjen Bokhoven

Chef Arnol takes 2nd Prize at Mando Fiesta Culinary Festival

Manado Fiesta is a yearly event held in the city of Manado, taking place from August 30th until September 9th this year. Different cultural festivities including music, art, fashion, religion and of course, food are celebrated all over town. The Culinary Festival is the event’s chance for budding chefs and

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Arjen Bokhoven

Learn & teach with our IDC in November

Teaching others is a rare gift, and there is nothing like seeing your students grow and develop into world-class divers. This experience can be yours by taking our Instructor Development Course under the guidance of PADI Course Directors Frans Rattu and Simone Gerritsen. With so much experience under one roof,

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Merdeka!
Arjen Bokhoven

Merdeka! August 17 — Indonesian Independence Day

Triple-person-ski-walking, sack-racing, man-o-war, bite-the-kerupuk and attempting to climb a 6 meters high pole covered in grease was all done during Indonesia’s Independence Day last Friday. We filmed our team, guests, friends and family competing against each other, with some totally cheating to win!

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Arjen Bokhoven

Artificial reefs in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi

Taking steps to preserve (as well as promote) growth of healthy coral ecosystems North Sulawesi is a relatively unknown treasure as a diving hot spot, but anyone who has ever visited the area before, knows how rich the biodiversity is in these warm, tropical waters. Lazy turtles are hanging out

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Arjen Bokhoven

Women’s Dive Day 2018

Known as Women’s Dive Day, today we’re celebrating women in diving. If you know Thalassa a little bit, you know we also sponsor a school, where we train local kids as dive guides or hotel staff. For Women’s Dive Day 2018 we invited all of our dive students’ mothers to

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Arjen Bokhoven

How large is Indonesia actually?

For a long time, the name “Indonesia” was almost synonymous with “Bali”, but in reality, Indonesia is larger, way larger than just that one tiny island among 17,500. Number 14, but still huge In terms of land mass, Indonesia covers a good 1,9 million square kilometers. This makes it the

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Divers walking on jetty.
Arjen Bokhoven

Complete your travel plans with a visit to Lembeh

Since its opening October 2017, Thalassa Dive Resort Lembeh is well underway to becoming a fan-favorite among both repeaters and new guests. If you’re planning your next diving trip, you can combine your stay between Thalassa Manado and Thalassa Lembeh to dive on either coasts of North Sulawesi. In this article

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