Murex Dive Resorts Your 5* PADI Dive Center – Diving Bunaken, Manado, Bangka & Lembeh in North Sulawesi
Dive with the underwater pioneers of Bunaken, Manado, and Bangka, home to some of Indonesia’s best dive sites. Since 1987, Murex Dive Resorts has hosted scuba divers from all over the world and continues to provide quality service within a tranquil, tropical resort setting. Murex Manado (servicing Bunaken) and Murex Bangka are friendly, family-run resorts located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Founded by local conservationist and dive pioneer, Dr. Hanny Batuna, and now run by his daughter, Angelique, and her husband, Danny Charlton, Murex has maintained its focus on preserving and protecting our reefs and marine life, bringing its ethos to the Lembeh Resort at Lembeh Strait as the critters@Lembeh dive center. As the pioneering dive resort in North Sulawesi, Murex was the first to open a PADI dive center on Bangka Island, the first to explore the northern islands of Sangihe, and the first to have an in-house Marine Biologist who regularly trains and tests our dive guides in underwater marine life. We are innovators in North Sulawesi!
Our experience and knowledge, combined with a long tradition of personalized service, ensures that every guest is treated as a friend. Let us coordinate your North Sulawesi holiday and show you the wonders of Bunaken National Marine Park, Bangka Island, and Lembeh Strait through our Passport to Paradise package. In transferring between resorts by boat, you’ll stop en route to make a couple of dives, making your transfers between resorts enjoyable!
Few dive destinations match the diversity found in North Sulawesi. Known for clear warm waters, steep walls, and abundant hard coral, fish and turtle life, Bunaken Marine Park is easily accessed from Murex. In recent years, Manado Bay has become popular for finding critters for divers who want to experience muck diving. Bangka island offers white sandy bottoms, pinnacles, and colorful soft corals, and is also a locale where stable, healthy, and diverse life abounds. All of our dive sites are the product of currents bringing nutrient-rich water from the ocean depths creating some of the most beautiful coral environments.
Muck enthusiasts who venture within the waters of Lembeh Strait on our Passport to Paradise package have endless opportunities for finding and photographing rare and unusual critters. Our motto at Lembeh Resort is “Keep Lembeh Weird!” — But don’t be fooled! If you want to mix it up and dive reefs with soft coral, no problem: Lembeh Resort and critters@Lembeh, our partner dive shop, will surpass your expectations.
…that wall was overhanging with soft corals and golden sea fans” Michael Aw
In terms of the sheer diversity and variety of opportunities, North Sulawesi is quite possibly one of the best dive destinations in the world. Check out our Passport to Paradise package here.
Murex Manado is nestled in a lush tropical garden. Local flora and fauna surround our bungalows; the relaxing sound of the tide brushes up against the shore; three rivers meander through the property and make their way out to our black sand beach before finally reaching the ocean. Take a moment to relax on your terrace and listen to the sounds of nature, or feed the Koi fish in our ponds. Murex cuisine is a blend of local, European, and Chinese cuisine, and is always tasty, fresh, and varied. Located south of Manado and directly across from Bunaken National Marine Park, a wide range of diving is available. A normal dive day consists of two dives in the park and one dive along the coast of Manado Bay.