Situated on a palm-fringed, white sand beach, Murex Bangka is the perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life. Guests can explore Bangka and Gangga’s unique dive sites, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters in front of the resort, or simply drift off in a hammock while listening to the waves lapping on the shore just meters away. Murex resorts and their partners now offer guests the option to dive Manado, Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh and experience some of the best dive sites and richest reefs in the world - a unique opportunity to explore all that North Sulawesi has to offer.

MUREX BANGKA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bangka’s original resort, built by the pioneers of diving in North Sulawesi
  • Perfectly located in its own private bay with stunning white sand beach and lagoon
  • Easily explore the exciting sites around Bangka and Gangga
  • Dive Bunaken, Manado, Bangka and Lembeh together as part of Murex Resort’s ‘Passport to Paradise’
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Overview

Located on the island of Bangka, just 20 minutes by boat from the North Sulawesi mainland, Murex Bangka is perfectly situated in its own private bay with a palm-fringed, white sand beach, stunning lagoon and beautiful house reef just meters from the shore. Dr Hansie Batuna, the founder of Murex, spent a decade pioneering many of the dive sites around Bangka and Gangga from the Murex resort near Manado, and after realising just how special the island’s stunning natural environment was, plans were drawn up and the resort opened for business in 2001.

As well as diving, Murex Bangka offers a range of day trips and tours within North Sulawesi including day trips to Bunaken with its stunning walls and prolific marine life, and south east to the Lembeh Strait with its spectacular muck and critter diving. Guests can also combine all of North Sulawesi’s diving highlights into one trip - Murex Resort’s ‘Passport to Paradise’ - or explore the Minahasan Highlands and climb Mahawu volcano, visit Lake Tondano, Waruga with its Minahasan stone graves or Tangkoko Nature Reserve in search of Sulawesi’s endemic animal species.

Murex Bangka is family friendly and the resort can arrange childcare upon request. The white sand beach is perfect for children to play on, and the resort has standup paddleboards, junior life jackets and small sized snorkeling masks and fins. For younger children and babies Murex Bunaken has a small selection of toys, high chairs and cots available on request in advance.

Rooms

BEACHSIDE BUNGALOW

Murex Bangka offers a choice of comfortable, traditionally-styled timber bungalows as well as larger duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families. Each of the 13 rooms has king size or twin beds, aircon throughout the night, drinking water, en suite bathrooms with hot water and a private verandas with seating and stunning ocean views. Power is available in the rooms from 5pm – 7am and in the restaurant and camera room during lunch time hours.

Resort facilities

Murex Bangka resort was designed to make the most of its stunning island location. All of the buildings and rooms are just steps away from the white sand beach and feature incredible views over the sea.  The restaurant, dive centre and camera room are right on the beach at the heart of the resort, whilst the guest bungalows are scattered in the shade of palms trees at the edge of the jungle that covers much of the island. Dining at Murex Bangka is in the beachfront restaurant which has an open-air terrace for those who prefer dining al fresco. Meals are served buffet style and guests can choose from a mix of Western, Asian and Indonesian dishes and the resort also holds weekly barbeques on the beach.

Additional resort facilities include a designated camera room with power during lunch time hours for charging batteries between dives, beach hammocks string between the palm trees, sun loungers along the beach and indoor and outdoor dining spaces which are perfect for catching the sunset with an ice cold drink.

General Airport transfers Gift shop Safe / deposit box Baggage storage 24-hour security Wifi
Food & Drink Restaurant Bar Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements BBQ
Outdoors Beach loungers
Activities Water sports Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment
Health & Wellness Spa
Services Laundry services Baby sitting
Dive centre facilities

Murex pioneered much of the diving around Bangka and Gangga and has been exploring the area since 1990, after Dr Hansie Batuna, the founder of Murex, fell in love with the beauty and isolation of the islands. Today the resort’s knowledgable and professional dive guides continue the tradition of guiding and exploring Bangka’s amazing underwater environment. The guides have thousands of dives experience in the region, and also undergo intensive training programs which include marine biology and underwater photography training to ensure that guests receive the best underwater experience possible.

The dive centre offers modern equipment for hire, Nitrox and a range of PADI courses and runs a flexible programme that can be tailored to suit the individual needs of each guest with options for single dives, double dive trips or full day excursions, as well as night dives around Bangka. The dive schedule is determined daily according to the local conditions, and the resort plans accordingly to take guests to the best sites at the right time. Given the resort’s remote location, safety is a high priority and all Murex boats are equipped with emergency oxygen, full first aid kits and communications devices. All staff are trained in rescue and emergency procedures.

Dive centre Nitrox House reef Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Camera rental Camera wash tanks Camera room

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Murex Bangka

The founder of Murex Resorts, Dr Hansie Batuna, was as passionate about conservation, the environment and local communities in North Sulawesi as he was about providing an exemplary dive travel experience at his resorts. He played a key role in the creation of the Bunaken Marine Park in 1991 as well as the North Sulawesi Watersports Association in 1998, an organisation that strives to promote environmentally-responsible and socially-acceptable solutions to problems in marine tourism, as well as those that directly impact the health of the different ecosystem in North Sulawesi. Today the NSWA conducts education campaigns to help protect the incredible reefs and marine life and is an official forum for all the marine tourism operators.

The resort’s ‘Employee Promise’ includes ‘We have the responsibility to protect, conserve & promote the natural beauty of North Sulawesi, on land and underwater.’

Sustainability

ENVIRONMENT

Murex Resorts have removed single use plastics such as plastic bottles and straws from their properties, and recycle other waste such as packaging, paper and food as much as possible. The company also provides environmentally-friendly bathrooms products for its guests. Both resorts encourage its guests to be aware of water and electricity use, have fitted energy efficient appliances including aircon units and from 2018 will start to use solar energy in the resorts. 

SOCIAL

The Murex Resorts employ over 180 staff, 95% of which are from the local area. Some of the staff have been with the company since it first started in 1988 and the company remains passionate about training and developing local people and creating opportunities for employment. Murex also directly supports local schools and provides a staff college fund.

ECONOMIC

Murex resorts purchase directly from local suppliers whenever possible and only offer local wooden handicrafts and jewellery in their gift shops.

MARINE

Both resorts employ strict snorkeling and diving guidelines for their staff, are actively involved in marine clean ups and mooring programmes and are supporters or the North Sulawesi Watersports Association and other environmental groups. They were part of the recent successful campaign to ban the development of a mine on Bangka Island. They run beach and underwater cleanups time a month, every month.

EXPERIENCES

Each of the Murex Resorts encourage their guests to join in the cleanup activities and actively promote and support global projects such as Earth Day. They work with local conservation groups and villages - ones they know from experience - and promote and encourage guests to visit and learn about these projects. The company also has a responsible tourism statement that is presented to its guests as part of an initial briefing.

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

Murex Resorts in partnership with Lembeh Resort offer guests the ultimate way to explore Sulawesi - the ‘Passport to Paradise’. Dive from 3 different resorts in Manado, Bangka and Lembeh and explore all that this extraordinary area has to offer. This package includes 13 nights accommodation, 30 dives and all transfers by boat. Upgrade to Deluxe Ocean View Cottages or Cliffside Suite at Lembeh Resort. Upgrade to nitrox fills throughout.

  • 4 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Cottage at Murex Manado
  • 4 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Beach Front Cottage at Murex Bangka
  • 5 nights accommodation in a Garden View Room at Lembeh Resort
  • 30 guided boat dives with Air (including 2 dives per boat transfer)
  • Unlimited free self-guided house reef dives with air
  • All meals & snacks; drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes; free Wi-Fi
  • Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Boat transfers between resorts with 2 dives on the way
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox surcharge
  • Night dive surcharge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Outside hours transfer
  • Land tours

Passport to Paradise

at Murex Manado

Explore the best of North Sulawesi - 2 weeks, 3 resorts, 30 dives

Duration
14 Days
13 Nights
Starts At US$2908
Diving
More options
STANDARD PACKAGES

A week in paradise exploring the best of Bangka and Gangga

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$1466

Spend a week diving the beautiful reefs of Bangka and Gangga with Bangka's pioneering resort. This package includes 7 nights accommodation, 18 boat dives, unlimited shore diving on the house reef, round trip transfers from the airport and all meals. Upgrades are available for single travellers and nitrox for all dives.

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Beachside Cottage at Murex Bangka
  • 18 guided boat dives
  • Unlimited free self-guided house reef dives
  • All meals & snacks; drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes; free Wi-Fi
  • Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox surcharge
  • Night dive surcharge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Outside hours transfer
  • Land tours
Diving

Explore the beautiful reefs and pinnacles at the tip of Northern Sulawesi

Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Starts At US$845

Get a taste of Bangka’s amazing marine life and explore the island’s amazing rocky reefs and pinnacles. This package includes 4 nights accommodation, 9 boat dives, unlimited shore diving on the house reef, round trip transfers from the airport and all meals. Upgrades are available for single travellers and nitrox for all dives.

  • 4 nights accommodation in a Beachside Cottage at Murex Bangka
  • 9 guided boat dives
  • Unlimited free self-guided house reef dives
  • All meals & snacks; drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes; free Wi-Fi
  • Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal)
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox surcharge
  • Night dive surcharge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Outside hours transfer
  • Land tours
Diving