Murex Resort Manado dive Indonesia - Far East

  • Guests Beachfront bungalows and duplex options
  • Rooms En suite with air con king and twin options
  • Restaurants All fresco dining on with Asian and Western menu
  • Food and Drinks Full board packages with a weekly BBQ
  • FacilitiesCustom built dive boats
  • Diving House reef and day boat diving
  • Diving Extras Single, double or full day dive trips to around 30 dive sites
  • Internet Access Free Wi-Fi is offered at in the restaurant area but please be aware that it can be slow and unreliable

About Murex Bangka

Discover Murex Bangka, just 90minutes from Manado airport. Situated on a palm-fringed white sand beach, Murex Bangka offers a true Robinson Crusoe style experience. Drift away in a hammock while listening to the waves lapping on the shore, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters in front of the resort, explore the ocean by paddle-board or enjoy a sun-downer while watching the glowing sunset over the ocean.

Murex Bangka offers a choice of charming and comfortable, traditionally styled timber bungalows as well as larger duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families. All rooms are oceanfront with stunning views. Rooms have private verandas where you can sit back and relax in comfort as well as en-suite hot water bathrooms, air conditioning throughout the night, and either a king size or twin beds. Whichever room you stay in you'll be on the beach and just steps away from the crystal clear water.

Please be aware: Murex Bangka is the only resort on Bangka Island able to offer hot water, en-suite showers and air conditioning. Power operates in the rooms from 5pm to 7am and additionally in the restaurant and camera room during lunch time hours.

Murex Bangka offers buffet style dining which 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. Bangka Island may be remote but the flavours delivered by the chefs are definitely not. The resort also boasts a designated camera room, beach hammocks, sun loungers and indoor and outdoor dining spaces which are perfect for catching the sunset with an ice cold drink. There are a range of land tours for those who would like to see more of North Sulawesi. All tours are guided - explore the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, the Minahasan Highlands (markets, villages, lakes, mountains and historical sites), Mahawu Volcano, or try a cultural tour and cooking classes in resort.

Tailor-made packages are available as are night dives, day trips to Bunaken and the Lembeh Strait, PADI courses, snorkeling, land tours and combination packages with Murex Manado, Lembeh Resort or take a Passport to Paradise and visit all 3.

Traditional cottage

Pick from traditionally styled timber bungalows or more modern duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families. All rooms are oceanfront with stunning views. Rooms have private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning throughout the night, and either a king size or twin beds.

Duplex bungalow

Pick from traditionally styled timber bungalows or more modern duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families. All rooms are oceanfront with stunning views. Rooms have private verandas, en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning throughout the night, and either a king size or twin beds.

Deluxe cottage

Upgrade to the newer ocean view cottages for a larger, modern room option

Up to 30 dive sites plus an must-see house reef

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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Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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.

Travel

Flight options

As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. 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.

Stopovers

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

Insurance

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

Immunisations

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

Preparing to fly

Seating

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.

Lounge

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

Parking

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.

Transfers

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.

Departures

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.

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Included in your holiday

International flights from Heathrow to Singapore, airport-resort land transfers, 7 nights full board Bungalow accommodation and 15 AIR dives. Tea, coffee and water are included along with 3 meals. All dives are fully guided with 12lt tanks, air fills and weights

Excluded

To pay in resort are any meals or drinks outside of your board basis, souvenirs, spa services, local excursions, additional dives, special trips, kit hire, nitrox and the Bunaken national park fee (one off Marine Park entry fee of IDR 150,000 per diver / snorkeler)

Tipping

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.

Currency

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 Bangka from most areas of the resort. Free Wi-Fi is offered at in the restaurant area 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. Rooms are powered from 17:00 - 07:00 (overnight) and in the restaurant and camera room over lunchtime.

Extras

Hire equipment

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

Extras

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

Souvenirs

Murex Bangka 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/Gas

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

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Murex Bangka 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

Discounts

Repeat Guests

As the first operator to dive the sites around Bangka Island, Murex have been exploring the area since 1990 so you can rest assured that you will be diving with experienced and professional dive guides throughout your stay. Not only do the Dive Guides have thousands of dives experience in the region, they also undergo intensive training programs, which include marine biology and underwater photography training to ensure that you receive the best underwater experience possible. Just like you, diving is their passion.

From arrival in resort you won't need to lift a bag or carry or wash your gear as the dive guides strive to anticipate your every need. Dive Guides also check the conditions each day and plan accordingly to take you to the best sites at the right time. Your diving program can be tailored to suit your needs with options for single dives, double dive trips or full day excursions with lunch served on the boat.



The kaleidoscopic reefs and pinnacles for which Bangka is so famous are right on your doorstep. Year round warm water combined with good visibility makes Bangka suitable for all levels of diver and for those who enjoy something more challenging there are also some exhilarating drift diving sites. Highlights of diving in Bangka include an explosion of colourful soft corals, three species of pygmy seahorses, schooling fish, reef sharks, eagle rays, dugongs, passing pelagics and a plethora of other critters including numerous nudibranch species, soft coral crabs, ghost pipefish and a variety of frogfish, crustacean and cephalopod species. Murex Bangka House Reef is just a step off the beach and with a white sand bottom, colourful corals and lots of fish it's not only a great dive site but also an excellent spot for snorkelling.

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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 Bangka.

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