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- A former marine research outpost committed to conservation
- Relax in the beautifully designed, state-of-the-art facilities
- Join a melting pot of travellers, divers, photographers and scientists
- Located on a sandy beach with a stunning house-reef
Experience a genuine barefoot escape at this former outpost for marine biologists turned state-of-the-art resort. With a family-like atmosphere and a focus on sharing knowledge and experiences, this eco-friendly dive resort is an ideal place to discover Bangka’s treasures, both above and below the surface.
About Coral Eye
Founded by marine biologists in 2009, Coral Eye began as a place where universities and students could exchange ideas and develop projects. The doors were opened to tourists in 2013 creating a truly unique dive resort which offers a peaceful atmosphere and warm, friendly service. A variety of guests such as travellers, divers, underwater photographers and marine biologists now visit this resort, making it a great place to socialise, learn or relax.
Located on a sandy beach with a backdrop of tropical jungle, Coral Eye resort was designed to blend in with its surroundings. Traditional building techniques were adapted to produce a modern, state-of-the-art facility that promotes wellness, sustainability and social experiences. By choosing to stay at Coral Eye, guests are supporting the local community and helping to protect and preserve the surrounding environment.
Explore the resort
Coral Eye’s main building is a comfortable, friendly, open-plan space that guests are encouraged to share. A large square table sits in the centre of the ground floor and is surrounded by the bar, a small library, a shop and several hammocks. On the first floor, a large terrace equipped with daybeds overlooks the ocean, providing the perfect space to relax. This Italian-run resort offers a selection of home-cooked seasonal dishes, combining Indonesian and Mediterranean styles. Coral Eye sources the freshest local ingredients and all fish is bought from local fishermen to ensure quality and sustainability.
Sunset yoga classes are available for all experience levels, focussing on body alignment and breath control, while the spa offers traditional massage therapies for relaxing and toning. Guests are also free to enjoy the private beach and swim or snorkel on the house reef. Half or full-day snorkelling trips around Bangka Island and trekking trips to Tangkoko National Reserve or around the Tomohon area can also be organised at an additional cost. Coral Eye also boasts an 18-metre wooden sailing boat which can be chartered by families or groups of friends. Accommodating six people in a shared cabin, and equipped with a bathroom and relaxation areas, this boat provides an unforgettable experience.
Diving from Coral Eye
Coral Eye dive resort is conveniently located close to more than 30 world-class dive sites around Bangka, including one of the best house reefs on the island, which can be accessed straight from the jetty. Trips to Lembeh Strait are also offered at an additional cost. The dive centre’s fast and comfortable boats, which accommodate eight divers, provide up to two morning-dives and one afternoon-dive each day. Night dives on the house reef can be arranged. 12-litre aluminium cylinders with INT connections are supplied by the dive centre which requires advanced notice for equipment rental.
Bangka is renowned for its biodiversity, with a seascape that encompasses pinnacles and walls to sandy slopes and mangroves. Several noteworthy species can be found here such as pygmy seahorses, scorpion leaf fish, frogfish, Napoleon fish and dugongs. Coral Eye offers full logistic support to scientists, universities and government-funded research centres who are working on educational and conservation projects. Their laboratory includes an air-conditioned dry workspace with optical binocular microscopes and a range of measurement instruments and laboratory chemicals. An adjoining wet area is located directly on the beach and incorporates aquarium tanks. Dive guides at this resort are also trained for scientific diving.
- If you’d like to head off for some adventures, Coral Eye’s sailboat, the Zirbad, can be chartered for trips exploring the local islands.
- You can walk to the nearby villages of Lihunu and Busa Bora and get a taste of life on these remote islands.
- The Tangkoko Reserve - home to unique macaques and tarsiers - is an easy day trip from the resort.
Coral Eye dive resort is also one of the founding members of Bangka Conservation Fund (BCF), which was created to fight illegal mining on the island. Each guest staying on Bangka is asked to donate a small amount towards protecting the island and preserving the local ecosystem. Additionally, part of the proceeds generated from tourism at Coral Eye dive resort are invested in students they believe can help find solutions to some of the planet’s problems. With this Platform Scholarship, they help to support the next generation of marine biologists.
This dive resort is also part of the No-Trash Triangle Initiative which was founded in 2017 to prevent plastic pollution degrading the coral triangle’s delicate ecosystems. With this initiative, a collaboration of resorts hopes to create an adaptable and sustainable model on Bangka Island that can be rolled out to other small Indonesian islands and coastlines.
Diving in Bangka and Gangga Islands
Schooling reef fishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Rare OctopusYear round
Exotic NudisYear round
Pygmy seahorseYear round
Soft coralsYear round
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Basic Diver, Scuba Diver, Open Water, Advanced Adventurer, React Right, Rescue, and specialities