Turtle swimming near a reef of Bunaken

Diving in North Sulawesi

North Sulawesi consists of three main diving areas: the Bunaken National Marine Park on the west coast, the Bangka archipelago in the North and Lembeh Strait on the east coast. 

Despite covering an area that’s not very large, each of these areas offer entirely unique diving experiences. With access to over 150 dive sites, North Sulawesi is a fantastic place to spend your diving vacation.

With our resorts on both coasts of North Sulawesi, all areas are easily within reach.

Overview

Water temperature: between 26℃ (Lembeh) and up to 30℃ (Bunaken)

Topography: reef flats, coral walls, sand flats, pinnacles, slopes

Currents: generally mild, suitable for all skill levels

The diving areas of North Sulawesi

Map with North Sulawesi's diving area
Soft corals and red-tooth triggerfish at Bunaken

Bunaken Marine Park

Famed for its wall dives, Bunaken is home to countless turtles, and coral reefs with an abundance of marine life.

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A school of juvenile catfish at Bangka

Bangka Archipelago

At the very tip of North Sulawesi, coral pinnacles are home to squid, giant frogfish and large schools of fish.

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A pygmy seahorse at Lembeh

Lembeh Strait

Macro photographers love Lembeh for the strange critters living on the black sand bottoms and among the corals.

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Snorkeling

The Bunaken National Marine Park is not just for divers — snorkeling is just as fantastic here. Our specialized snorkeling trips are fun for the whole family.

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Freediver at our house reef at Thalassa Manado

Freediving

If you want to take your snorkeling to the next level, our Freediving Instructors can teach you everything you need from our fully equipped freediving center at Thalassa Manado.

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Take your PADI Course with the best diving school in North Sulawesi

PADI Diving Courses

The reputation of our PADI teaching methods is without equal and arguably the best available in North Sulawesi. We teach you scuba diving properly, at your own pace, and with zero shortcuts. This means that the PADI diving license you have earned with us forms a strong foundation for all your future diving trips.​

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Our Dive Operation

Dive planning

Whether you want to do one dive a day or four, we can arrange it all. Just tell us your plan one day before.

Prep & carry service

We carry your gear and assemble your BCD & regulator on board the boat. This is diving with a difference.

Guided diving and snorkeling

Our dive guides are PADI Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Instructors, and their training fully comply with PADI standards.

Rental equipment

Basic snorkel sets to full scuba diving gear is available, in a large range of sizes.

Comfy dive boats with sun roofs

Our boats have towels, coffee, tea and water on board, and a healthy snack after a dive.

Air-conditioned camera room

An air-conditioned camera room with plenty of space is available at either of our resorts. At night, it's locked and secure.

PADI Instructors

We can teach Discover Scuba Diving up to Instructor courses. Our teaching reputation speaks for itself.

EANx / Nitrox availability

We blend oxygen into the air mixture using 40 liter oxygen tanks. To double-check you analyze the gas mixture.

Departures

Trip A (2 dives)

Dive 1 at 08:00
Dive 2 at 10:00
Return for lunch

Trip B (2 dives)

Dive 1 at 10:00
Lunch on board
Dive 2 at 14:00

Trip C (3 dives)

Dive 1 at 08:00
Dive 2 at 10:00
Lunch on board
Dive 3 at 14:00

Marine life guidelines​

Don't touch, disturb or chase any marine life

We urge all of our guests to refrain from touching anything while under water. In addition, turtles should never be chased.

Do not wear gloves

Gloves can encourage unnecessary touching of (and holding on to) fragile coral. Therefore we ask our guests not to use gloves.

Maintain neutral buoyancy​

Keep a streamlined profile, stay well within the limits of your bottom time and do not go deeper than your guide.

Camouflaged creatures

A hidden stingray can end your diving holiday prematurely, so be aware of any life around you, as well as below you.