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.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
• Muck Diving: Muck diving in the Lembeh Strait offers a chance to explore macro ecosystems amongst the sand and debris.
• Night Diving: A night dive off the coast of the Siladen islands reveals rarely-seen nocturnal reef inhabitants.
• Bunaken Marine Park: Bunaken Marine Park, located near the Coral Triangle, is known for its biodiversity. The 390 species of corals here create a rich habitat for an abundance of marine life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spend the morning relaxing in beautiful surroundings before you depart for the airport to board your onward flight.
In a tranquil cove of tropical Lembeh Island rests Lembeh Resort, overlooking the Lembeh Strait and home to marine wildlife and stunning views. The secluded location's charming cottages are spacious and comfortable, equipped with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and lush en-suite bathrooms. The vegetables and fruits at the resort's restaurant are supplied by local farmers while fish are line-caught and delivered fresh every morning, ensuring the most sumptuous of Indonesian and international dishes. A temperature-controlled room houses an exquisite collection of wines while cocktails and beers are also available for guests. Spectacular views of sunsets and surrounding volcanoes are visible from the resort's freshwater swimming pool. A renowned, on-site dive center allows visitors to fully experience the complex and colorful marine life for which the island is famous.
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Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring, 2 dives per person per day, diving equipment.
Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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