Murex Resort dive Indonesia - Far East

  • Guests 30
  • Rooms 15 bungalows in garden or ocean/pool view options
  • Restaurants Indoor and outdoor dining options with full board packages
  • Food and Drinks Three plentiful buffet meals a day are served in our open-air dining area on the beachfront
  • FacilitiesDesignated camera room with personal preparation areas, plug sockets, bright lighting and air conditioning
  • Diving 3 custom built dive boats departing daily for 2 morning dives and 1 afternoon dive or full 3 dive day
  • Diving Extras Full range of PADI courses, special trips and night dives in resort
  • Internet Access Free wifi for all guests

About Murex Resort

For a boutique resort of only 15 rooms, Murex Manado packs a big punch. You really are made to feel part of the family. Enjoy the best of both diving worlds - with Bunaken national park only a 35 minute boat ride away and the dark Manado sands on your doorstep. Walls meet critters - and all wrapped up with a wide Indonesian smile.

Murex Manado offers twelve comfortable and spacious garden view bungalows and three ocean and pool view bungalows. Rooms are strategically spread around the landscaped water gardens ensuring a tranquil and relaxing stay for everyone. All can be made up as either twin or double rooms, and have en suite, air con and a veranda. Make your friends and family jealous as you share the views with the free wifi!

The sea is never far away at Murex Manado. The infinity pool boats ocean views. At the end of each beautiful day, tuck into the freshly prepared Asian and International menu. Meals are served al fresco at the beach front restaurant. Relax with a well deserved massage at the Nature spa. Or take a day out of the water. The resort can arrange a selection of cultural and wildlife tours exploring Manado.

Murex Manado offers a range of land tours for those who would like to see more of the culture, landscape and nature of North Sulawesi. All tours are guided by experienced and knowledgeable Tour Guides to enhance your experience. Popular choices include trips to the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, the Minahasan Highlands (markets, villages, lakes, mountains and historical sites), Mahawu Volcano, cultural tours and cooking classes in resort.

Stand alone bungalows Stand

All accommodation features 24 hour electricity, en-suite, hot water bathrooms, air conditioning, king size or twin beds. veranda with seating, drinking water, complimentary tea and coffee and free WiFi


Duplex twin share bungalows. Please ask at the time of booking for you prefer an ocean bungalow location

Al fresco dining

Cuisine is varied and combines a tantalizing mix of International and Asian flavours using fresh local ingredients. The team of western trained chefs are able to cater for special dietary requirements upon request


Dive Sites from Manado

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Your Holiday

Jenny B

2019-07-19 10:14:12

The trip was great. I would thoroughly recommend the Murex resorts - the staff were lovely and very attentive, the rooms are large and clean and the dive team professional. The travel arrangements went very smoothly - thank you so much for arranging a fantastic holiday for us. And we certainly did want to go straight back!

North Sulawesi is beautiful and so quiet - I have never seen so may pristine sandy beaches with no-one on it other than maybe a few local fishermen - and maybe a few divers.

Underwater it was varied and interesting - beautiful corals, quite a lot of fish - loads of turtles which was great to see - the marine reserve is doing its job and lots of muck diving too - and it and has totally rejuvenated my love of diving. Not too challenging too which is perfect when we are only able to dive once a year or so.


2019-06-15 10:14:12

Murex dive resort is simply top class. Service excellent! Instructor to diver ratio extremely good. Extensive knowledge and very high standards. The surrounding land and seascape are breathtaking! This is a must-go dive resort in Sulawesi. Coral walls and vibrant coral life and marine life. I can not express how accommodating and lovely the staff were. We hadnít planned to stay so long but weíre so impressed with the quality and the service we stayed!

Helpful information


Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.


Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.† If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.


With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here


Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here


Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly


You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.


An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here


Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.


If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.


At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.



Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


Local currency is the Rupiah however cash payments made in Euro or US Sterling are subject to daily exchange rates determined. Incidental payments may be settled with credit card or cash. Please be aware you may be charged a surcharge to pay by card transactions in Indonesia and VAT is applied to all local purchases.

Phone coverage

Phone signal is usually good at Murex Manado from most areas of the resort. Free Wi-Fi is offered at Manado resort but please be aware that it can be slow and unreliable

Plugs and electricity

Indonesia operates on a system of 220v/50Hz electrical outlets for 2 pin plugs. Electricity is 24 hour at Murex Manado


Hire equipment

A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list


PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking


Murex Manado has a small shop, which sells basic toiletries (shampoo and shower gel is also provided in your room), snacks, souvenirs and some dive accessories


Nitrox can either be prebooked as part of your diving package or paid for in resort at the end of your stay


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Murex Resort is £400-£800 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation


Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Our standard package includes 7 nights full board Bungalow accommodation. Tea, coffee and water are included along with 3 meals

15 AIR dives, all are fully guided with 12lt tanks, air fills and weights

Return Manado airport transfers are included


A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, laundry) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge.

Additional dives, kit hire, private guides and special trips are organised and paid for locally. There is a one off Bunaken Marine Park entry fee of IDR 150,000 per diver / snorkeler

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departures to Manado.

Eco at Murex Resort

At Murex Dive Resorts it is our number one priority to promote conservation and ensure that our reefs, marine life and natural landscapes are protected. As the pioneers of underwater exploration in North Sulawesi we see ourselves as guardians of our ocean. Murex's founder, Dr. Hans Batuna was pivotal in promoting marine conservation in North Sulawesi and he was instrumental in the creation of the Bunaken Marine Park - one of Indonesia's first Marine Protected Areas. Today we aim to follow in Dr. Batuna's footsteps.

Today Murex works with a number of conservation organisations and the Indonesian Government as well as developing our own Murex initiatives. We aim to safeguard the natural beauty which we are so fortunate to have on our doorstep.

Our environmental commitments and initiatives fall into the following categories:

  • Plastic Reduction
  • Cleanups and Coastal River Guardianship
  • Plastic Recycling
  • Solar Power
  • Coral Reef Awareness and Regeneration (Ocean Gardening)
  • Responsible Marine Tourism
  • Local Community Education and Economic Support
  • Diving at Murex Resort

    Staggering coral walls in the Bunaken Marine Park, muck diving and sand / reef slopes around Manado Bay and a 60m long wreck - the diving from Murex Manado is endlessly varied, with bags to offer all diver experience levels. There's even a house reef for when you just want to roll out of bed and into the water!

    Murex dive boats are purpose built for your comfort, safety and to deliver a smooth ride. With 7 boats in the 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. You'll never need to carry your gear or change a tank as it's all part of the service - all you need to do is enjoy your dives at some of Indonesia's best dive sites!

    A typical day starts with 2 boat dives in the morning at Bunaken National park. Only 35 mins from the resort and you will be diving these lavish coral drop offs. Stunning walls and hard corals. Lose count of the number of turtles in a single dive. Look out for reef sharks, schooling fish, sea snakes, passing eagle rays, sting rays, abundant critters and macro life, resident dolphin and pilot whale pods alongside the boat, occasional dugongs, seasonal sperm whale sightings, vibrant and colourful corals..

    Head back for an afternoon dive in Manado Bay. A mix of black and white sand muck and reef diving which is home to some of Indonesia's rarest and most unique critters including mimic octopus, squid, flamboyant cuttlefish, sea horses and numerous crustacean, nudibranch and frogfish species. For macro underwater photographers Manado Bay dive sites are treasure troves full of opportunities.

    Want more? Take a full day 3 tank boat trip or night dives on request.
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    Diving Rates & Prices

    If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Murex Resort.

    Snorkelling at Murex Resort

    The Bunaken Marine Park is one of Indonesia's best snorkeling destinations. Not only will you be mesmerized by the stunning coral reefs and abundance of marine life, you'll encounter numerous turtles along the way.

    The experienced snorkel guides will accompany you over some of South East Asia's most stunning coral gardens and point out some of the rare and unusual marine life that we see on a daily basis. Prepare yourself for schools of damsel fish, hoards of sweet lips, encounters with moray eels, sting rays, hawksbill and green sea turtles as well as intriguing bottom dwellers.

    Bunaken is well known for it's staggering coral wall drop offs, so for those who are comfortable swimming out to the blue there is an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the open water and experience the crowds of fish that accumulate here. Bunaken is a snorkeling experience like no other on the planet. The warm water, shallow coral gardens and easy conditions make this suitable for all levels of snorkeler including children.

    Manado Bay is gaining fame for it's rare and unusual marine life. Many of the critters reside in very shallow water so you'll be able to see scorpionfish, nudibranch, anemone fish and many other species from the surface.


    This site is located on the east side of Bunaken Island, hence it's name "timur" which means "east" in Indonesian. This site offers a stunning shallow reef top where you'll be surrounded in fish as you swim over vibrant corals. If you want to venture out to the blue you can snorkel over the drop off and you'll see numerous turtles and schooling fish. This is one of our favorite Bunaken snorkeling sites because it is bursting with color and teeming with life.


    This beautiful shallow reef top is perfect for snorkeling. The hard corals are home to large schools of brightly colored damsels and this is a good site for finding moray eels, clown fish, blue spotted sting rays on the sand and bumphead parrotfish. If you venture out over the drop off there are excellent chances of seeing sea turtles and eagle rays. At Sachiko's Point anything is possible!


    This is iconic Bunaken snorkeling! These three snorkel sites sit side by side and form one long stretch of stunning coral reef. Lekuan sites offer phenomenal coral gardens which start from just a couple of meters deep so you'll be able to see the vibrant corals and flourishing reef life up close. If you'd like to venture out over the deeper water there is a staggering coral wall drop off - snorkel over the top and you'll be looking down in to the depths which are punctuated with schools of pyramid butterfly fish, red toothed trigger fish and the occasional surfacing sea turtle. This is a snorkelers dream come true.


    This has to be one of the most picturesque and colourful reef tops you'll see when snorkelling Bunaken Marine Park. You'll be surrounded by clouds of reef fish including butterfly fish, anemone fish, damsels, angelfish, trigger fish and parrot fish. If you want to see the diversity and vibrancy of North Sulawesi underwater this must be on your bucket list. Swim over the drop-off and you'll also be treated to sightings of passing turtles and occasional eagle rays.


    This has got to be one of Bunaken's best snorkelling sites. Experience stunning visibility and an array of hard corals which are swarming with clouds of colourful reef fish. Fukui is a sloping coral reef which starts at just a few meters deep so you'll have the opportunity to get up close with the marine species here. If you venture out to the deeper water you'll encounter moray eels, turtles and even passing eagle rays.


    Poopoh is a must visit site for any avid snorkeler. Poopoh is actually the name of a small fishing village located on the sea front of the North Sulawesi coast line. Poopoh is what we call a combination site as you'll experience a combination of "muck snorkelling" and reef snorkelling in one single session.
    Starting out on the shallow black sand slopes you can expect to see some of North Sulawesi's rarest critters and sea grass beds. If you venture out to the deeper water you'll see how the reef top drops away below you and is awash with colourful soft corals and home to a huge concentration of fish species.
    In 2012, marine biologists, Dr. Mark Erdmann and Dr. Gerry Allen conducted a fish count survey at this site. The results were that they recorded a total of 385 fish species over two scuba dives. You'll also be able to witness this diversity while snorkelling.


    This is a stunning snorkelling spot just minutes away from Murex Manado Resort. In the shallow waters you'll find a diversity of hard corals, anemones and a stunning array of reef fish. This is an incredible site for avid coral enthusiasts. The hard, branching corals and schools of damsel fish which accumulate over them are mesmerising.


    Having our beautiful House Reef, just a step of the beach, in front of the resort is one of the highlights of staying at Murex Manado. This shallow, healthy reef top offers a vibrant mix of hard and soft corals on a black sand bottom. There are numerous anemone patches which provide habitat to groups of clown fish; the coral bommies are surrounded by schools of brightly colored reef fish; and you'll lose count of the number of electric blue sea stars you see in one expedition. This is a great spot for those who want to experience muck and reef snorkelling combined.

    Island hop your way round Indonesia's big fish hotspots and world class reef dives. We can tailormake a bespoke itinerary for all budgets and seasons, including land based cultural tours. Trust our expertise to craft your dream holiday.

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