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.
Sulawesi's pioneering dive resort, Murex Manado provides an amazing dive experience at a fantastic price and remains at the forefront of dive tourism in Sulawesi today.
- 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’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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
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