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Quick Overview:

Topography:
Rock pinnacles, white sandy bottoms and sloping reefs

Water Temperature:

28 – 29 degrees year round

Visibility:
Up to 25m

Difficulty level:
Year round diving with warm water, good visibility and easy conditions although there are some current sites for those who like drifts.

Highlights of Bangka

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An explosion of color and kaleidoscopic soft corals. Bangka dive sites are a sensory overload where the pristine reefs are teeming with life. Pelagics and critters, Bangka has it all!

Unique species include resident dugongs, dolphins and pilot whales, several species of pygmy seahorse, harlequin and tiger shrimps, blue ring, mimic, reef and wonderpus octopus, ghost pipefish, Ambon scorpionfish, frogfishes, turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna, great barracuda, schooling fish including snappers, fusiliers, cardinals and mackerel.

Diving Schedule

Start your day with a two dive trip to Bangka’s most iconic dive sites. Return to the resort for lunch followed by a third afternoon dive OR opt for a three dive safari trip with lunch served on the boat.

Night dives around Bangka are a major highlight and should not be missed!

Our Boats

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Murex dive boats are purpose built for your comfort, safety and to deliver a smooth ride. With 7 boats in our fleet, which range in size, we are able to offer flexible schedules and cater for private boat options as well as for larger groups of families and friends. Facilities on board include:

  • Shaded areas below and sun deck
  • Toilet facilities
  • Non-slip steps
  • Long ladders for easy boarding
  • Individual tank racks and gear space
  • Fresh water box for cameras
  • Cushioned seating
  • Hot and cold refreshments
  • Personal towels for each guest
  • First aid kits and emergency oxygen
  • Spare equipment
  • Communication devices
  • Life jackets

House Reef

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Step off the beach and immerse yourself in a world of color and life on our stunning House Reef.

Dive Guides:

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Our Murex Dive Guides have thousands of dives experience and undergo intensive marine biology and underwater photography training programs to ensure you have the best experience possible.

You’ll never need to carry your gear or change a tank as it’s all part of our service – all you need to do is enjoy your dives at some of Indonesia’s best dive sites!

World-famous Pinnacles and Reefs around Bangka Island, North Sulawesi

Bangka Dive Map

Our favorite Bangka Island Dive Sites:

Murex Bangka House Reef

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Our beautiful House Reef is just a step off the beach and you’ll immediately be amazed by the bright colors, wealth of coral and abundant marine life. The House Reef is a sloping reef descending down to a white sand bottom. Along the slope there are diverse corals and beautiful bommies which are shrouded in schools of glass fish and hiding frogfish. The House Reef is home to numerous unique critters including pygmy seahorses, blue ribbon eels, mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, reef octopus, a variety of nudibranch species and look out for passing eagle rays.

Batu Goso

Batu Goso consists of a series of steep pinnacles rising up from the ocean floor just off Bangka Island. There are two dives in this area starting at opposite ends of the coral encrusted pinnacles. The dive ranges from 5-35m with stunning topography at all depths. On dives when there is current there are several “sheltered” places where we can stop and watch the abundant marine life out in the blue. Highlights include: White tip & black tip reef sharks, turtles & groupers, vibrant yellow, green and red soft corals.

Sahaung

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Sahaung is an iconic Bangka dive site and a firm favorite of many divers – and staff. The site consists of a series of underwater boulders and pinnacles that barely break the surface of the ocean. There are two dives in this area on separate pinnacles. These pinnacles consist of a continuously sloping bottom with several shelves as you descend. The dives range from 5 – 35 m. Highlights include: huge table corals, white tip reef sharks, stunning soft corals, diverse reef life, passing pelagics and schooling fish.

Peter’s Sponge

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This is our favorite spot for dugong sightings as they tend to rest in the shallows. Peter’s Sponge is a white sand slope decorated with small coral bommies which are home to schools of glassfish and frogfish laying in wait. This is primarily a muck diving, critter site and other common sighting here include blue-ring octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, Ambon scorpionfish and ghost pipefish. This is an incredible spot for macro underwater photographers.

Batu Mandi

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This dive is located just opposite of Bangka Island off the northern tip of Sulawesi, off the shore of Pulisan. This dive is a series of underwater pinnacles rising from a sandy bottom. This is a shallower dive ranging from 5 to 25m. Besides the abundance of hard and soft corals and numerous reef fish, some of the highlights are pygmy seahorses, cuttlefish and giant and warty frogfish.

Batu Pendeta

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Batu Pendeta is an amazing explosion of color. This site consists of several large submerged rocks with one pinnacle up out of water, situated on a reef plateau about 15 meters deep. There is a drop-off with canyons where you can ‘eddy out’ of the current and observe many sweetlips, dogtooth tuna, jacks and sharks. This site is usually a deeper dive and best suited to more advanced divers.

Sabora

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Located just around the corner of the resort, this coral slope offers a huge variety of fish and critters. A resident school of blue stripe snappers welcomes you when you go down. Between the corals lives a whole array of nudibranchs, and your dive guide will show you several types of pygmy seahorses. You will spend your safety stop looking at huge sea fans scattered across the reef slope. Night dives in particular are very good here.

Explore More from Murex Bangka

Explore more of North Sulawesi during your stay and take a day trip to Bunaken Marine Park or to the Lembeh Strait. Bunaken marine Park is famous for it’s colossal coral walls and diverse marine life. The Lembeh Strait offers the world’s best muck and critter diving. These are usually three dive trips with lunch served on the boat.

Passport to Paradise – Discover 3 distinct diving areas in one trip (Bunaken-Bangka-Lembeh). Seamless boat diving transfers from resort to resort mean no packing, no wasted travel days – just dive, dive, dive!

Passport to Paradise and Murex Resort stays can be combined with Day Tours in North Sulawesi as well as dive combination holidays in Bali, Nusa Lembongan and Raja Ampat.

Let us know your requirements and we can tailor make your travel itinerary.

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