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Rondreis 16 dagen duiken bij Thalassa Bunaken en Lembeh

Deze duikreis neemt u mee naar het noorden van Sulawesi. In het Bunaken national marine park ervaart u hoe het is om tropisch te duiken tussen kleurrijk koraal, schildpadden, en scholen vis overal waar je kijkt. Bunaken en haar buureilandjes vormen een perfect ecosysteem voor spectaculair duiken, snorkelen en freediving. Met meer dan 2000 soorten vis en 390 soorten koraal kent Bunaken zo’n beetje de hoogste biodiversiteit ter wereld.

De Lembeh Strait staat wereldwijd bekend als het summum van muckduiken, en met recht. De variëteit aan onderwaterleven is vooral voor macrofotografen ongekend divers. Ontdek het buitenaards leven op de zwarte zandgronden van Lembeh Strait Je vindt er onder andere Banggai kardinaalvis, pegasus, zeer veel hengelaarsvissen, zeepaardjes, veel inktvissoorten en naaktslakjes.

Op de dag voor vertrek maakt u een excursie in het Tangkoko Rainforest. Tijdens ene trekking in de jungle komt u tegen zonsondergang zeker het spookdiertje, het Tarsius aapje tegen.

Vertrek op vrijdag. U vliegt met Singapore Airlines.

Target prices

€ 2.750 p.p. based on 2 persons, incl 18 dives in low season
€ 3.000 p.p. based on 2 persons, incl 18 dives in high season

In- and excluded

•Intercontinental and domestic flights with Garuda Indonesia, incl. 30 kg checked baggage and 23 kg sports baggage (if pre-registered) or Singapore Airlines (incl. 30 kg checked bagage)
•All transfers
•Breakfast, lunch and dinner
•Coffee, tea and water
•18 boat dives
•Tangkoko jungle tour
•Cooking class
•Mangrove walk & visit school
•Highlands or vulcano tour
•Waterfall trip

•Other drinks
•Field trips
•Bunaken National marine park entrance fee (approx. € 10 per person for the entire stay)
•Tips and expenses of a personal nature
•Travel and cancellation insurance (mandatory)
•Booking costs and contribution Calamity Fund €30 per booking
•SGR contribution € 5 per person
•CO2 compensation € 22 per person

Day 1 vlucht Amsterdam-Singapore-Manado

De vluchten met Singapore Airlines brengen u in 12,5 uur non-stop naar Singapore. Onderweg kunt u zich prima vermaken met talloze films en spelletjes. Vertrek Amsterdam halverwege de ochtend, aankomst in Singapore in de vroege ochtend van de volgende dag. Uw aansluitende vlucht wordt uitgevoerd door Scoot en vertrekt op woensdag, vrijdag en zaterdag 3,5 uur later. Aankomst in Manado om 13:15 Op de overige dagen worden er geen vluchten uitgevoerd. Max. gewicht: 30 kg.

Dag 2 Aankomst op Manado en transfer naar Thalassa Manado

Bij aankomst op het vliegveld staat bij de uitgang uw chauffeur met een naambordje op u te wachten. Hij brengt u naar uw hotel.

Duikpakket Thalassa

Duiken in de wateren in het Bunaken National Marine park en de straat van Lembeh is bijzonder en prachtig. U duikt met het 5* PADI Thalassa, onder Nederlands management.

Dag 3 t/m 9 Duiken bij Bunaken national marine park

Deze dagen kunt u naar hartelust duiken in de wateren van het Bunaken national marine park

Dag 9 Transfer naar Lembeh

Na uw duiksessies staat uw chauffeur gereed om u in ongeveer twee uur naar Lembeh Strait te brengen. Daar wacht een bootje om u naar het resort op het eiland te varen.

Dag 10 t/m 13 Duiken bij Lembeh

Deze dagen kunt u naar hartenlust duiken in de straat van Lembeh. De bodem van de Straat van Lembeh bestaat voornamelijk uit zwart zand met hier en daar een stukje koraal en een scheepswrak. Dé ideale omgeving voor muckdiving en macro-fotografie.

Dag 14 Naar het Tangkoko Rainforest

After breakfast we leave the Minahassa and drive through a beautiful landscape in about two hours to the Tangkoko Rainforest. Led by a local ranger you make a beautiful walk through the rainforest. Tangkoko is a magnificent rainforest with marvellous fauna and flora, situated in the mountainous East. The spectacular nature reserve hosts many rare animals, among them the de Macaca, Nigra, Hornbill and Tarsius Spectrum, the smallest monkey in the world. This little monkey shows up around sunset. You arrive early in the evening at your hotel in Manado.

Dag 15 Pulang kampung, terug naar huis

After breakfast you will enter the jungle once again. This time to see the black macaques showing off their best, which they do especially in the morning. Then you will leave the rainforest and drive to Manado. Those who want to visit the local market should know that the people from Manado eat everything with four legs, except tables and chairs. On the market they sell for example also dogs for consumption. Overnight in beach front resort, close to Manado.

vlucht Manado-Singapore-Amsterdam

Vlucht met Singapore Airlines Manado-Amsterdam met transfer in Singapore. Vertrek vanuit Manado met Scoot begin van de middag, aankomst eind van de middag. De aansluitende vlucht vertrekt vlak voor middernacht uit Singapore. Aankomst Amsterdam in de vroege ochtend.

Dag 16 Arrival Amsterdam

In the morning arrival at Schiphol. The end of a beautiful trip...

Thalassa Dive & Wellbeing resort

The new resort of Thalassa is a 5-minute drive from the 5* diving school, on the edge of the Bunaken National Marine Park. It has 4 bungalows and 2 villas with 2 bedrooms each. The resort is located in a beautiful wooded area and has a swimming pool and a restaurant serving Indonesian and Western cuisine. Thalassa's pizzas are world famous among divers... All rooms have air conditioning, private bathrooms with hot water and a private terrace. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Thalassa dive resort - Lembeh

The new (2017) Thalassa dive resort is located in a cove of Lembeh island and lies directly on Lembeh strait. The resort has 12 comfortable sea-view bungalows and three deluxe single rooms. Thalassa has a 5 * PADI dive centre, swimming pool, lounge and a restaurant. The resort also offers excursions to the Minahassa highlands and Tangkoko rainforest. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom with hot running water, fan, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities and a veranda with sea view. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires

Tangkoko lodge

Very simple homestay located on the edge of the Tangkoko Rain forest. No hot running water. meer info more info Informations supplémentaires



Manado is the capital of North Sulawesi and counts over a half million inhabitants. It’s the perfect base for trips to the Minahassa mountains, Tangkoko jungle, but mainly known for Bunaken national marine park.
Lembeh strait and the island Bangka can also easily be reached from Manado.
The city itself hasn’t got much to offer. Animal lovers’d better not go to the market. People from Manado eat anything with 4 legs. On the market they sell dogs for consumption…

Dive spots Bunaken

Bunaken dive spots

The National park Bunaken has incredibly many interesting diving and snorkelling locations. Most dive spots are easily accessible for less experienced divers. There may be strong currents in some places and times.

Best diving period: from March / April to November.

Muka Gereja

Muka Gereja means "in Front of the Church". You’ll find a beautiful steep winding wall with with a lot of caves, cracks and overhanging formations covered with lots of corals, among which impressive barrel sponges, some with a diameter of almost 1m. There’s also a lot of fish life with e.g. butterfly fish, angelfish, parrot fish, catfish, sea snakes, white tip sharks, turtles and also scorpion fish, different species of crabs and nudybranches. With, when you surface, a beautiful view on the 812m-high sleeping volcano of Manado Tua for an ‘encore’.

Diving level: advanced
Depth: 15-25m
Visibility: 10-30m
Current: most of the time mild – moderate

Mike’s Point

Mike’s point is situated northwest of Bunaken island, the site is named Mike Severns, a famous underwater photographer. It’s a wall covered with a great diversity of colourful corals and houses a lot of different tropical reef fish. Along with other fish species you are certain to meet bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse, mackerel and tuna. Bigger fish are commonly spotted here, because the current is often quite strong, depending on the tides. It’s also an excellent spot for deeper dives, as the bottom of the reef is covered with different species of sponges.
Diving level: advanced
Depth: 15-40m
Visibility: 10-30m
Current: most of the time mild – moderate but can be strong too (depending on the tide)

Raymond’s Point

Raymond’s point is south of Mike’s Point. A beautiful wall covered with sponges and lots of very nice hard and soft corals, among them current-loving wire (or whip) corals. There’s plenty of big and small fish. There’s also a large cave that’s worth a visit and at a certain point a ‘sandy path’ where you can see blue spotted stingrays having a rest. Beautiful dive site where you can shoot some very nice pictures. But be careful of the current…
Diving level: advanced
Depth: 5-35m
Visibility: 10-30m
Current: moderate – strong


Lekuan is a very extensive top class dive site and therefore divided into Lekan I, II and III. In terms of current is Lekuan I the toughest, with often a strong current. Lekuan II has moderate to strong current en Lekuan III is the calmest area with mild to moderate current.

Lekuan I

Lekuan I is a very popular dive spot with a drop off and steep wall dropping to a great depth with caverns, vertical canyons, small caves, soft corals, giant barrel sponges, sea fans or whips, black (little thorn) corals…
Along with schools of butterfly fish, bannerfish, fusiliers and red-toothed triggerfish you can see here big fish like giant- and bluefin trevallies, tuna and sharks and sometimes eagle rays and blackfin barracudas.
Diving level: advanced with 20 logged dives
Depth: 20-40m
Visibility: 10-40m
Current: moderate – strong !

Lekuan II

Lekuan II is a big drop off with a marvellous vertical wall going down to more than 60 meters deep with many canyons and cracks, a lot of different sorts of soft and hard colourful coral, big sponges, black corals, nudybranches, cleaner shrimps, sea flatworms, lobsters, crabs etcetera. You can make beautiful macro pictures here. Many colourful reef fish. Very big schools of butterfly fish, red-toothed triggerfish and black snappers.
You can also find white tip sharks, turtles, angel fish, scorpion fish, moray eels and most of the time napoleon wrasse. Somewhat deeper you might see black tip sharks and, with a bit of luck, eagle rays.
Diving level: advanced
Depth: 20-40m and more
Visibility: 10-40m
Current: moderate – strong

Lekuan III

A wonderful dive spot, starting with a sandy slope with coral pinnacles and continuous into a beautiful wall that drops to over 200m deep. Sea fans and big sponges beautify the wall and everywhere lots of colourful fish. Schools of fusiliers, sweetlips, mackerels, batfish, often also barracudas, jacks en blacktipsharks. For macro photographers there’s also smaller stuff, such as leaf scorpionfish, nudibranches, flat worms and much more… Sometimes you even see crocodile fish and eagle rays.
It’s also a nice spot for night dives. Most of the time a gentle current.
Diving level: beginner and advanced
Depth: 20-40m
Visibility: 10-35m
Current: mild to moderate

Molas Shipwreck

The twin propelled Molas shipwreck was probably a German or Dutch merchant ship that sank during the Second World War. The metal wreck is 60m long and still in quite good conditions.
The ship wreck lies on a muddy sandy slope. When the tide is high, the bottom of the hull lays between 30 and 40m deep with the propellers at the deepest part. The bow of the ship, upwards, starts at 22m. Visibility is most of the time not really that good, from 5 to 15m, generally about 10m. The site is very close to the coast and a small river discharges into the sea not very far from the wreck. This means a lot of sediment ‘hanging’ in the water when it rains. A dive light would be handy. Beautiful corals, but covered with mud.
Big groupers, puffers, sweetlips, ribbon eels, batfish, many nudybranches, leaf scorpionfish and other little things can be seen in the shallower reefs next to the wreck.
Level: advanced
Depth: 15-30m
Visibility: 5-15m.
Current: mild

Lembeh island


Lembeh is een eiland voor de noordoostkust van Sulawesi in de buurt van de stad Bitung. Lembeh Island is 25 km lang en 2 km breed. Lembeh Island wordt gescheiden van het vasteland van Sulawesi door een smalle strook water die bekend staat als de Lembeh Straat, hét summum voor muck divers.



The Tangkoko Batuangus Nature Reserve is a nature reserve in Indonesia. It is located in the province of North Sulawesi on the island of Sulawesi. The area is 8700 ha and there are three mountains Gunung Tangkoko (1109 m), Gunung Dua Saudara (1361 m) and Gunung Batuangus (450 m).
Source: Wikipedia