The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
Located just south of Manado and with easy access to the dive sites of Bunaken National Park, Lembeh and North Sulawesi’s main attractions, Mapia Resort is the perfect place to mix relaxation with exploration. Boasting over 15 years of operations Mapia Resort provides high standards of service and truly unforgettable experiences.
- Perfectly located to explore North Sulawesi’s top attractions
- Enjoy multi-dive trips to Bunaken or Lembeh
- Beautiful beach-front location surrounded by lush tropical gardens
Mapia Resort is managed by Celebes Divers and has been in operation for over 15 years. With its lush tropical setting, nestled among gardens of hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids and coconut trees, Mapia Resort offers a touch of simple luxury combined with fantastic diving experiences. Celebes Divers take pride in providing sustainable dive holidays and, as of 2019, are a certified climate-neutral company.
Mapia Resort is the perfect place to combine relaxation with incredible diving and amazing trips into the North Sulawesi highlands. The resort is conveniently located in Manado’s beach district and provides easy access to many of North Sulawesi’s must-see destinations, both above and below the water. Mapia Resort offers a mix of personal and professional service, exceptional facilities and breath-taking scenery – ensuring an unforgettable trip for every guest.
GARDEN VIEW COTTAGE
All but two of the Garden View Cottages are stand-alone bungalows and are built in traditional Minahasa style. From the spacious terrace, these bungalows provide peaceful views of the tropical garden which is filled with hibiscus, bougainvillea, orchids and coconut trees. Each of the five spacious cottages comes equipped with a seating area, king-size bed and a bathroom with a hot freshwater shower. Additional facilities include air conditioning, ceiling fan, built-in closet, minibar, hair dryer and a hammock which can be used on the terrace or elsewhere in the garden. An extra bed can be added into these rooms if required.
GARDEN VIEW FAMILY COTTAGE
Mapia’s Garden View Family Cottage is built in traditional Minahasa style and offers two rooms, making it perfect for families or groups of up to four people. The main room is equipped with a seating area, king-size bed and a bathroom with a hot freshwater shower. Additional facilities include air conditioning, ceiling fan, built-in closet, minibar, hair dryer. In the second bedroom, guests will find two twin-size beds and a ceiling fan. A spacious terrace provides peaceful views of the tropical garden and is equipped with a hammock that can also be used throughout the garden.
SEA VIEW COTTAGE
The two Sea View Cottages are located at the beach with direct views of Bunaken, Manado Tua and Siladen. Built in traditional Minahasa style, these two cottages share a spacious terrace, making them a great option for friends travelling together. Each cottage is equipped with a seating area, king-size bed and a bathroom with a hot freshwater shower. Additional facilities include air conditioning, ceiling fan, built-in closet, minibar, hair dryer and a hammock which can be used on the terrace or elsewhere in the garden.
Mapia Resort’s restaurant and bar are located directly on the beach against a lush tropical landscape. The buffet-style Western breakfasts feature a selection of toast, fruits, jams, yogurts, cereals and juices – and the chefs are happy to prepare local dishes such as nasi goreng on request. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose from the a la carte menu or daily specials list and romantic sunset dinners over candlelight can be arranged upon request. The resort bar is open all day and serves a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks.
An on-site spa offers a variety of massages and other treatments, performed by skilled and experienced therapists, designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate your body. Guests can also soak up some sun in the tropical gardens or cool off in the large swimming pool. The resort’s location makes it an excellent starting point for excursions such as Tangkoko National Park, Minahasa volcanoes, the Kali Waterfalls and Tatempangan Hill Viewpoint, as well as romantic sunset boat tours. Mapia Resort can also organise dolphin tours where guests can search for dolphins, pilot whales and even whale sharks from the boat’s sundeck. Snorkelling trips be done through the Murex Dive Centre and snorkeling courses are also available.
Mapia Resort has partnered with Murex Manado to offer guests a truly exceptional diving service. Murex are pioneers of underwater exploration in and around North Sulawesi, employing experienced dive guides who are trained in marine biology and underwater photography, ensuring guests receive the best underwater experience possible. The dive centre is just a 2-minute drive away from the resort and boasts a variety of dive sites on its doorstep, including a house reef which can be explored with or without a guide. Multiple dive trips to Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh can be arranged with modern equipment rental, Nitrox and night dives also offered.
Murex boasts a fleet of seven dive boats which range in size and offer flexible schedules. Facilities on board the boats include sun decks and shaded areas, toilets, individual gear space, camera rinse tanks, personal towels, easy boarding ladders and refreshments. Each boat is also fitted with safety equipment such as oxygen and first aid kits, communication devices and life jackets. The dive centre offers a full range of PADI courses from beginner to Divemaster as well as an Ocean Gardener Coral Diver certification. For larger groups staying at Mapia Resort, diving can also be arranged through Celebes Divers’ own dive centre on Siladen.
Celebes Divers is in partnership with Climatepartner – a renowned organisation which helps companies offset their carbon footprint – who worked with the resort to assess the climate impact of the companies entire operation. Celebes Divers now participates in supported offset projects, and as of summer 2019, is a certified CO2-neutral company. As a member of SSI’s Blue Oceans initiative, they also follow the Blue Oceans Responsible Diver Code by providing eco-friendly soap and shampoo, selling reef-safe sunscreen, discontinuing the use of single-use plastics and regularly organising beach and reef clean-ups.