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Bunaken and Lembeh combine to offer world-class diving, with a fantastic variety of dive sites and an incredible marine biodiversity.

Renowned as a photographers paradise, this area offers a journey of discovery exploring the sheer walls frequented by schools of pelagic fish and spotting that elusive critter.

This suggested itinerary spends a week each in Bunaken and Lembeh, both of which have excellent dive resorts, with up to three boat dives per day. Some resorts also offer additional shore diving opportunites for those looking to maximise their diving opportunities.

Why not join our specialist photography trip in 2017 with Jane Morgan?

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart the UK for Manado

    Fly from the UK to Manado on an overnight flight, normally via Singapore.
  2. Days 2-8 : Arrive and transfer to resort to dive Bunaken

    Check-in to your resort and spend seven nights exploring the wonderful Bunaken Marine Park. The aquatic ecosystem of the Bunaken Marine Park attracts divers of all levels due to its high levels of marine biodiversity, warm waters, clear visibility and its pristine walls.

    A number of resort options are available, including Minahasa Lagoon Resort, Siladen Dive Resort, Tasik Ria & Cocotinos.

  3. Days 9-15 : Transfer to resort to dive Lembeh Strait

    Lembeh Strait offers the best ‘macro diving’ on earth! With over 180 species of fish already listed in just one small area in the bay, this is the world’s finest diving destination for anyone with a serious interest in rare and unusual marine life.

    We recommend staying at either Eco Divers Lembeh or Kungkungan Bay Resort.

  4. Day 16: Depart Manado

  5. Day 17: Arrive UK

You should note: Guideline price based on a week at both Tasik Ria Resort and Eco Divers Lembeh. Please enquire for other resort combinations.

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 17 days from £2,875 pp
  • When to go: Jan-Dec: Departures 6 times per week throughout the year. April to October high season.
  • Included in the price/package:
    • Flights from the UK
    • 14 nights accommodation
    • Full board meal plan
    • 12 days diving
    • Tanks and weights
    • Airport transfers
Featured locations:

Manado & Bunaken

North Sulawesi is home to the beautiful steep coral reef walls of Bunaken National Marine Park, attracting divers of all levels to its warm waters, clear visibility and pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges, surrounded by barracuda, moray eels and turtles.

  • Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, dugong, common cuttlefish
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography

Lembeh Strait

For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best macro diving on earth! Attracting marine experts from around the world, it is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life, with new species regularly being discovered.

  • Ideal for viewing: pygmy seahorse, giant frogfish, mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, coconut octopus
  • Excellent for: Resort based diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Kungkungan Bay Resort

Located on the sunrise side of the peninsula, this intimate resort - known as KBR - lies in the heart of the Lembeh Strait, home of muck diving. It has its own house reef and access to 50 dive sites within a short boat ride.

Siladen Resort & Spa

Located in the heart of the Bunaken National Marine Park, Siladen Resort & Spa is an exclusive hidden getaway offering guests a relaxed atmosphere and an unforgettable holiday experience on a tropical island.

Eco Divers Resort Lembeh

Eco Divers is the only operator in Lembeh to offer you all the comfort of a resort combined with the convenience of a liveaboard. A great choice for divers wanting to get the best out of Lembeh Strait's macro heaven.

Gangga Island Resort & Spa

Built under shady palms amongst tropical gardens, this beachfront resort is located on the small tropical island of Gangga in northern Sulawesi, perfectly located for world-class diving and snorkelling opportunities.

Hairball Resort

Located in Kasawari Bay, this intimate dive resort offers panoramic views of Lembeh Island and easy access to the muck dive sites of Lembeh Strait, two of which are the house reef.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa

Tasik Ria is North Sulawesi’s unique resort for divers, families and adventure seekers. A family run property, it offers comfort and warm hospitality, with all the conveniences of an international resort.