We are intrepid travelers who love to get off the beaten track to explore. Remote Lands did a great job of arranging our trip to some of the less trodden parts of Indonesia.
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Underwater World Exploration in Sulawesi

Head off the beaten tourist trail in Indonesia and make for the northwestern end of Sulawesi island. Here you can dive in - literally - to discover the submarine delights that populate this richly biodiverse area. Start in Lembeh, where the black volcanic sands of the Lembeh Strait are packed with mini sea critters rarely found anywhere else. After a couple of days spent “muck diving”, you’ll cross over to Manado and Siladen where the Bunaken Marine Park awaits. Explore the reefs and their colorful inhabitants by night and by day, for a fascinating insight into the underwater world here in exotic Indonesia. Stay in comfortable and conveniently-located luxury resorts, staffed by friendly, well-versed experts who will show you the ropes and ensure your diving adventure is spectacular.

  • Experience “muck diving” in the Lembeh Strait
  • Go for a night dive off the coast of Siladen islands
  • Discover the biodiversity of Bunaken Marine Park
  • Stay in well-equipped, luxury dive resorts
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1

Touch down in Sulawesi where you will be met by your guide to whisk you off to the gorgeous island of Lembeh. Check in and relax at your comfortable beachside hotel, the beautiful Lembeh Resort, where you’ll find everything you need to begin your diving adventure.

Day 2

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before your first day of diving. This morning you will practice getting familiar with your equipment before you begin the adventure properly with a little muck diving in the afternoon. The black sands of the Lembeh strait are renowned for their high concentration of exotic macro sea life, and muck diving reveals an underwater world populated with little critters including rare seahorses, spiny tiger shrimp and much more.

Day 3

Your luxury resort is perfectly located for easy access to numerous dive sites and you will spend the day with your expert guide on and off the dive boat, discovering fantastic and rarely-seen sea life up close in its natural habitat.

Day 4

This morning, say goodbye to beautiful Lembeh as you are transferred by car across northern Sulawesi to Manado. Take a boat across to Siladen island and check in at Siladen Resort and Spa. Make yourself at home before heading out in the evening for a night dive around the coral reef at Bunaken Marine Park, world-renowned for its marine biodiversity.

Day 5

Spend the day exploring the dive sites around Siladen island and Manado with a morning and afternoon dive to the the surrounding coral reefs, taking in sights of colorful fish, reef sharks, rays, barracudas and turtles.

Day 6
Manado or Tomohon

Round off your submarine adventure with one more dive this morning and then take some time to decompress. You can choose to spend the remainder of your day relaxing at Siladen Resort, perhaps enjoying the spa, or transfer to Tomohon, where you can stay overnight surrounded by lush foliage at the pretty Gardenia Country Inn.

Day 7

Spend the morning relaxing in beautiful surroundings before you depart for the airport to board your onward flight.


Suggested Accommodations

Siladen Resort & Spa

Siladen Resort & Spa

Located on the eponymous lush, tropical island within the confines of Bunaken National Marine Park, the Siladen Resort faces the spectacular Manado volcano. This eco-friendly, responsible resort features sixteen villas with either beach or garden views, all of which come with king-size beds, open-air bathrooms, air conditioning, satellite television, a fully-stocked minibar, in-room safe, tea and coffee maker, and hairdryer. Guests may dine at an open-air pavilion serving Indonesian, Asian, and Mediterranean specialties, or sample barbecued foods at the beach. Amenities include a saltwater swimming pool with a swim-up bar, a beach bar, and a boutique selling batik, or wax dyed cloth, postcards, and other souvenirs. The resort lies approximately ninety minutes by car and speedboat from Manado’s airport, depending on weather conditions.
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