- Experienced operator with a strong commitment to sustainability
- Unhindered access to Bunaken Marine Park and the muck diving of Manado
- Convenient air-conditioned camera room for tinkering with your gear
- Extensive wellness facilities including an onsite zen garden and spa
Hidden within a lush green forest and fascinating rock gardens, Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Boasting an authentic atmosphere, sustainable foundations, and extensive wellness facilities, this resort offers a unique, Ubud-style experience in Manado, along with unhindered access to the world-class diving of Manado and Bunaken Marine Park. Hang out in the chlorine-free pool with a cold one, meditate and listen to the bird sounds in the zen-garden, de-stress by doing yoga, and dive to your heart’s content - Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort delivers all the ingredients for an unforgettable vacation.
About Thalassa Dive Resort Manado
Located just north of Manado in the village of Tongkeina, Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort is a place of natural beauty and zen-like tranquillity - the perfect setting for focussing on wellness and relaxation. This superb location is also ideal for scuba divers and snorkellers, providing access to the incredible volcanic muck diving of Manado and the flourishing reefs and walls of Bunaken Marine Park beyond. Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort Manado features its own professional dive centre just minutes from the resort, ensuring convenient access to these two world-class dive destinations.
The first Thalassa Dive Centre opened in North Sulawesi more than two decades ago, eventually growing into the Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort Manado in 2013. Since then, Thalassa Dive Resort has opened another branch in the heart of the Lembeh Strait, benefitting from the owner’s extensive experience in North Sulawesi and bringing the strait’s many delights right to the doorstep. Adventurous guests can also combine both resorts into a single trip, transferring from one to the other within an hour to explore everything this diverse region has to offer.
Explore the resort
Thalassa Dive and Wellbeing Resort Manado offers a choice of accommodation options to suit different preferences. Two luxurious villas are nestled in a green, quiet corner of the resort, overlooking a fish pond with a shared patio, and are perfect for families or diving clubs. Alternatively, free-standing bungalows are ideal for singles or couples and come with everything you need for a superb vacation in the tropics. During your stay, the resort’s award-winning chef will spoil you with a variety of traditional Indonesian dishes and more modern takes on Italian food - all fresh and homemade.
Within Thalassa Dive Resort’s tranquil gardens, guests will find an inviting chlorine-free swimming pool, along with a Jacuzzi, bar area, terrace and fire pit - anf plenty of space to unwind. And those who feel like taking the relaxation even further can head to the onsite yoga and meditation area, zen garden, or traditional spa. Thalassa Dive Resort Manado can also easily arrange enriching off-site excursions such as tours of the Minahasa Highlands, visits to local villages, cooking classes, and treks through the Tangkoko jungle in search of black macaques, cuscus, and the world’s smallest primates, tarsiers.
Diving from Thalassa Dive Resort Manado
Thalassa Dive Resort Manado offers a valet-style diving service, ensuring your gear is brought to the boat and set up for you before each dive. The guides and crew are adept at working with all sorts of divers, including young children, recreational divers, pro photographers, and wheelchair users. Their reputation for being patient, calm, and taking zero shortcuts has helped earn this resort PADI 5-Star dive centre status, meaning any course taken here forms a strong foundation for all future underwater adventures.
The dive centre comes fully-stocked with wetsuits, BCD's, masks, fins and snorkels, while the shaded boats come with emergency oxygen, first aid kits, safe tank storage, and rinse tanks for cameras and computers. Up to three dives are offered each day, as well as a night dive, and tea, coffee, water and snacks are offered during every trip. Guests can choose between 12 and 15-litre tanks with DIN or Int connections and nitrox can be provided depending on availability. An onsite air-conditioned camera room provides a space for guests to tinker with their personal photography equipment and comes equipped with charging stations and workbenches.
- This resort offers a babysitting service so that parents can enjoy a dive knowing that their child is 100% safe.
- Combine your trip to Thalassa Dive Resort Manado with a stay at its sibling resort in Lembeh to experience the very best of North Sulawesi.
As a PADI AWARE resort, education is one of Thalassa Dive Resort’s core values. The resort has played an active part in the creation of a new school in a nearby village which helps children start a career as dive guides or hospitality staff. Together with the Kehidupan Anda Foundation in the Netherlands, Thalassa sponsors a large part of the diving school in particular, which has become quite successful. Guests are invited to visit the school as one of their excursions, offering a glance into the daily village life of North Sulawesi school kids. Thalassa Dive Resort also organises beach clean-ups and marine lectures to help guests and staff get involved in ‘giving back’.
Diving in Bunaken and Manado
Whitetip reef sharkYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Clown frogfishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Pygmy seahorseYear round
Ghost pipefishYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Healthy coralsYear round