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Located on a white-sand beach in Bangka’s southwest, and just a few minutes by boat from the best diving in the region, Bastianos Bangka offers enjoyable diving and a welcoming family atmosphere. Opened in 2018, this new, modern resort features a ton of superior facilities, including the luxurious infinity pool, relaxing spa, and a fully-equipped camera room for underwater photographers.
One of the biggest names in North Sulawesi diving, Bastianos offers three separate resorts throughout the region – located in Bangka, Bunaken and Lembeh. Over the years, the brand has become renowned for delivering high standards of service and offering incredible experiences both above and below the water. Bastianos’ customer-centred approach means guests don’t have to choose between these remarkable dive destinations, and can instead explore all three locations from their desired base.
Bastianos Bangka is located on Busabora Beach at the southwestern end of Bangka Island, with its own house reef and access to some truly exceptional diving. Only opening its doors in 2018, this modern resort draws on Bastianos’ wealth of experience and offers a ton of superior features, such as the luxurious infinity pool, relaxing spa, and inviting beach-front accommodation, as well as a fully-equipped camera room and great tuition services. Bastianos Bangka has also taken care of every detail to deliver stress-free dive getaways, from carrying and washing guests’ equipment, to the custom-built jetty providing easy access to the boats.
Bastianos Bangka’s 16 Superior Bungalows feature either double or twin beds with mosquito nets, and a private terrace with a seating area, hammock, and stunning sea views. The en-suite bathrooms boast a sumptuous rain-shower and stone lavabo sink, creating a luxurious feel. Additional facilities include air-conditioning, an open closet, desk, dresser, bedside tables, and European plugs. Drinking water is available in all rooms.
The resort’s 10 Standard Rooms feature either double or twin beds with mosquito nets, and a terrace with a seating area, hammock, and stunning sea views. The en-suite bathrooms boast a sumptuous rain-shower and lavabo, creating a luxurious feel. Additional facilities include a ceiling fan, an open closet, desk, dresser, bedside tables, and European plugs. Drinking water is available in all rooms.
Bastiano Bangka’s nicely designed restaurant offers views of the ocean and serves a beautifully-decorated buffet of local and international food. Breakfast can be enjoyed on the outdoor terrace and a BBQ night is provided once a week. Dinner can also be taken on the jetty at an additional cost. The bar is conveniently located between the dive centre and pool and serves thirst-quenching fresh fruit juices, soft drinks, wine, and beer. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s beautiful beach-front infinity pool, and is the ideal spot to while away a sunny afternoon or enjoy the sunset with a cocktail in hand.
The resort’s house reef can be accessed directly from the jetty and provides plenty of excitement for snorkelers. Guests can also indulge in one of the treatments offered by the on-site spa. Here guests can escape their day-to-day stresses while the trained staff will provide carefully selected, traditional and natural therapies. Treatments include massage, facials and reflexology. Kayaks rental is also available for guests who prefer to explore the island from the waves.
Bastianos Bangka’s PADI dive centre is well equipped to offer exceptional dive services in North Sulawesi. Located next to the restaurant, the resort’s camera room comes fitted with air-conditioning, compressed air, European sockets, and a sink. The resort offers diving courses ranging from beginner to divemaster, as well as various specialities, and a classroom is on hand to provide students with a comfortable studying environment. Equipment rental is available from the dive centre which uses 12-litre aluminium tanks with both DIN and Int connections. Nitrox is available to certified guests at an additional cost, and 15-litre tanks can also be provided.
Two dives are offered in the morning and one in the afternoon, with each dive usually taking around 75-minutes. The dive boats leave from the jetty which has been specially designed to provide easy access to the vessels. Each boat is equipped with oxygen, first aid kits, towels, a toilet, and a sun deck for warming up after a dive. Fruits, pastries, waters, tea and coffee are served during surface intervals. Guided and unguided dives can also be done on the house reef, directly from the jetty. All of Bastianos Bangka’s dive guides speak English and have at least two-years experience guiding in the area. Private guides can be arranged at an additional cost.