Murex Manado was one of North Sulawesi’s first dive resorts and has been at the forefront of dive exploration, tourism and conservation in the area for over 30 years. Murex Manado is a beautiful, friendly, family-run resort with an emphasis on providing outstanding personalized service - ensuring that every guest is treated as a friend. Murex resorts and their partners now offer their 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 MANADO HIGHLIGHTS
  • One of North Sulawesi’s original dive resorts
  • Perfectly located to explore the beautiful reefs of the Bunaken Marine Park
  • Hunt for critters at fascinating muck sites along the Manado coastline close to the resort
  • Dive Bunaken, Manado, Bangka and Lembeh together as part of Murex Resort’s ‘Passport to Paradise’
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Overview

Located in Tateli, 1 hour south of Manado’s airport, the Murex Manado resort is spread out across beautiful landscaped gardens along the coast with stunning views of Manado Tua volcano and Bunaken Island. The resort first opened its doors in 1988 and has been one of the leading companies involved in diving tourism and conservation in Sulawesi ever since. Originally a small, family-run dive resort set up by Dr Hansie Batuna, Murex Manado has since grown in size and scope - opening Murex Bangka to the north in 2001 - but has always retained its focus on providing the same fantastic service and family atmosphere that first attracted divers over 30 years ago.

The resort’s location south of Manado means that the islands of the Bunaken Marine Park are between 30 and 45 minutes away from the resort, but the muck sites along the coast are just a short boat ride away. Murex Manado also offers a range of day trips and tours within North Sulawesi including day trips to Bangka Island with its soft corals and vibrant reefs and across 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.

Rooms

GARDEN BUNGALOW

Murex Manado’s rooms are strategically spread around the landscaped resort gardens, ensuring guests a tranquil and relaxing stay. The 12 beautifully designed, comfortable rooms - 9 in the gardens and 3 with ocean or pool views -  feature a double king sized bed or twin beds, aircon, 24 hour electricity, drinking water, tea and coffee, free wifi and ensuite bathrooms with hot water. Outside, each room has a private verandah with seating to relax on or view images between dives.

Resort facilities

Manado Murex resort combines casual with classic and places the emphasis on friendliness, a family atmosphere and great service. The resort buildings and rooms have been carefully situated throughout the landscaped gardens ensuring a tranquil and relaxing stay amidst the well maintained backdrop of the tropics. The lush gardens feature lily ponds, spring fed streams, mature fruit trees and shady palms as well as several species of orchids and tropical flowers. At the heart of the resort, overlooking the ocean, is the restaurant and outdoor dining area where guests can enjoy buffet style meals that combine a mix of International and Asian dishes cooked using fresh local ingredients.

Additional resort facilities include a designated camera room, nature spa, ocean view infinity pool, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, flat-screen television for viewing marine biology presentations and the day’s underwater videography, and a sea front gazebo that is the perfect place for enjoying a cold drink while watching the sunset across the Bunaken Marine Park.

Murex Manado is family friendly and can arrange childcare for guests upon request. The resort has standup paddleboards, a rope swing, junior life jackets and small sized snorkeling masks and fins. For younger children and babies Murex have a small selection of toys, high chairs and cots available on request in advance.

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

As the pioneers of underwater exploration in and around North Sulawesi, guests can be sure that the diving experience at Murex Manado is nothing but exceptional. The knowledgable and professional dive 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 daily 2- or 3-dive trips to Bunaken Marine Park, or guests can choose to spend their afternoons diving the coastal muck sites in search of critters. Each of the resort’s dive boats are fitted with the latest safety equipment and have been designed specifically for diving operations - by divers, for divers. The large fleet of 7 boats means that the dive centre offer a more flexible dive schedule as well as catering for requests from groups or individuals for private boats.

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

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Murex Manado

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

Take a short break and explore Bunaken’s walls and reefs

Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Starts At US$785

Get a taste of Bunaken’s amazing marine life and coral, and explore Manado’s amazing muck sites with this short stay package at Murex Manado. 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 Garden Cottage at Murex Manado
  • 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
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox surcharge
  • Night dive surcharge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Outside hours transfer
  • Land tours
Diving

A week in paradise exploring the best of Bunaken

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$1406

Spend a week diving the Bunaken Marine Park and Manado’s amazing muck sites with the pioneering dive resort in North Sulawesi. 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 Garden Cottage at Murex Manado
  • 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
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee
  • Rental equipment
  • Nitrox surcharge
  • Night dive surcharge
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Outside hours transfer
  • Land tours
Diving