Murex Bangka Resort Manado - 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 ocean front duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families. 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. Upgrade to the new, deluxe cottages for a more modern decor. Whichever room you stay in you'll be 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.

Escorted Freediving and Yoga at Murex Bangka with Emma Farrell 29th January 2021



Internationally acclaimed freediving instructor Emma Farrell has been itching to get to Indonesia. Famed for kaleidoscopic soft coral reefs which are teeming with life and bursting with color, we are excited to be running a dedicated freediving trip in 2021. With lavish reefs and abundant walls, Bangka is a freediving playground and will delight even the most seasoned free diver.
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  • Ocean front 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.

    Ocean front 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.

    Deluxe cottage

    Upgrade to the deluxe cottages for a larger, modern room option. strategically located on the hillside to give views over the resort gardens and ocean. These tastefully decorated, air conditioned rooms offer comfortable indoor living and large verandas with built in day beds. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available

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    Dive Sites from Bangka

    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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    Helpful information

    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

    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.

    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

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    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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    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

    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

    Included

    Our standard package includes 7 nights full board ocean front cottage, 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



    Excluded

    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 Bangka

    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 Bangka

    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.

    Snorkelling at Murex Bangka

    Bangka Island is surrounded by kaleidoscopic soft coral reefs which are teeming with life and bursting with color. Snorkelling sites around Bangka are like heaven on earth and you'll see a multitude of marine species as you discover this incredible underwater world.

    Our professional 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. They will ensure that you see the best reefs this region has to offer and you'll be mesmerized by the abundance of fish which surround you.

    Snorkelling the reefs of Bangka is an unforgettable experience. Whether you are visiting with friends, family or on your own, you'll be creating memories which last a lifetime.



    BATU MANDI

    Located across the water from Murex Bangka, Batu Mandi is one of our favorite snorkeling spots. Here you'll find a series of rock pinnacles which breach the surface. Around these pinnacles there are shallow reef tops covered in a wonderful mix of hard and soft corals. Schooling fish are a common sight here but the real highlight is the diversity of fish of every shape, size and color. Look out for cuttlefish; squid just below the surface and blue spotted stingrays on the sand.

    PANTAI KECIL

    When translated from Indonesian to English, the name of this site is simply "Small Beach" and it's an incredibly beautiful one! The beach is only accessible by boat and one of the nicest ways to snorkel here is to enter the water from the boat and swim towards the shore. This route will take you over beautiful shallow gardens so you can really experience the marine life and corals up close. Common species at Pantai Kecil include Moorish idols, angelfish, anemonefish, trumpetfish, puffers, sweet lips, parrotfish, schools of damsel fish and even occasional turtles.

    TANJUNG USI

    This is one of our favorite sites to snorkel by both day and night. During the day you'll see a bounty of different reef fishes which hide themselves away during the nocturnal hours. As the sun goes down you'll find moray eels swimming freely, parrotfish hiding in their protective bubbles, lionfish and a host of crustaceans.

    SAMPIRI

    This long stretch of coral reef is ideal for snorkelers of all levels. The shallow reef top offers excellent visibility and a diverse range of reef fish and critters. We highly recommend snorkelling here on more than one occasion in order to see everything it has to offer. Passing turtles are also a highlight.

    SAHAUNG

    This is one of the most iconic Bangka snorkeling sites for very good reasons. This series of underwater boulders and pinnacles are encrusted in hard corals and draped in kaleidoscopic soft corals, which attract hoards of fish. You'll also have good chances here of seeing schooling fusiliers, yellow snappers and diverse reef life. Look out for (harmless) white tip reefs sharks cruising over the corals as well as patrolling tuna and barracuda out in the blue.

    BANGKA HOUSE REEF

    This stunning coral reef is located directly in front of the resort - you'll be able to step off the beach and find yourself in a world of color. The shallow areas offer healthy branching and hard corals which are shrouded by schools of tiny damselfish. If you swim further out to where the reef slopes away underneath you, you'll see larger coral bommies which are decorated with vivid pink and orange soft corals. Other common fish sightings here include parrotfish, trumpetfish, anemone fish, sweetlips and occasional stingrays on the sand. Keep an eye out to the blue water for passing schools of silverfish and larger marine species.

    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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