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Murex Bangka

Bangka Island, North Sulawesi

Located off the northern tip of North Sulawesi, Murex Bangka offers a family friendly, pristine tropical island experience set in its own private bay with palm-fringed white sand beach, stunning lagoon, house reefs and dive sites, and rainforest behind the resort. Guests can relax and unwind 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, enjoy excellent diving facilities, explore the ocean by sea kayak or enjoy a sun-downer while watching the sunset.

With luxury, charming and traditionally styled accommodation, a mix of delicious Western, Asian and Indonesian cuisine as part of a full board meal plan, a fantastic range of nature, cultural, sightseeing and activity land tours, and excellent diving facilities with highly trained, experienced dive guides, the team at Murex will strive to ensure that you and your family have the holiday you have been hoping for and more.

If you are looking for a remote island getaway, where you can relax and unwind from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day live, Bangka Island is a must.

Getting there
Manado International Airport (also called Sam Ratulangi International Airport) is the nearest entry point and receives flights from all major Indonesian cities including Bali and Jakarta, as well as international flights from Singapore. Murex Bangka offers airport pickups in private air-conditioned vehicles – it is around 90 minutes to the local harbour and then 20 minutes by boat to the resort.

Guide price: 7nts / 12 dives from £1210pp*
Includes: Return transfers from Manado airport to resort, 7nts accommodation in a twin/double Ocean Front Room, all meals, snacks, teas, coffees, drinking water, 12 guided boat dives by speedboat with tanks and weights on air.
Not included: International flights to Manado.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

 Extend your stay
Murex Bangka is perfectly suited for a twin or three centre holiday in this part of the world. Combine it with a stay at Murex Manado to dive the beautiful Bunaken Islands and/or Lembeh Resort to dive Lembeh Strait.

Murex Resorts also offer a range of land tours and activities for those who would like to see more of the culture, landscape and nature of North Sulawesi. Their experienced Tour Guides are knowledgeable experts, have excellent English and are a lot of fun. If you’d like to mix and match itineraries they can also tailor-make tours on request.

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Quick Guide: Murex Bangka

  • Location: North Sulawesi
  • Transfer: 90 minutes to the local harbour and then 20 minutes by boat
  • No. of rooms 17: 6 Deluxe Hillside Cottages, 7 Ocean Front Cottages, 4 Premium Ocean Front Cottages
  • House reef: Yes
  • Meal Plan: Full board

Accommodation

Get some rest
Murex Bangka offers a choice of 6 luxury Deluxe Hillside Cottages, 3 comfortable, traditionally styled timber Ocean Front Cottages, 4 concrete Ocean Front Cottages plus 4 newly constructed Premium Ocean Front Cottages that will be available from June 2024.

The Deluxe Hillside Cottages are strategically located to give refreshing sea breezes and stunning views over the ocean and lush tree canopy below. These air-conditioned rooms offer a comfortable indoor living space and large verandas with built-in day beds. Double and twin bed sleeping configurations are available and all Deluxe Hillside Cottages feature large en-suite bathrooms.

The resort also offers a choice of timber or concrete Ocean Front Cottages as well as larger duplex rooms, which have adjoining doors and are perfect for families and groups of friends. All rooms are located on the seafront with stunning views from private verandas.

Murex Bangka is the only resort on Bangka Island able to offer hot water, en-suite showers and air conditioning. Power operates 24 hours a day in the Deluxe Hillside Cottages (reduced to one socket during the day time) and in the Ocean Front Cottages from 5pm-7am, and additionally in the restaurant and camera room during lunch time hours.

Facilities

Enjoy your stay
Stays at Murex Bangka are full board, including 3 meals a day and snacks. Using fresh local ingredients, the team of western trained chefs offer a great choice of delicious International, Asian and Indonesian cuisine, and are able to cater for special dietary requirements on request. A la carte, family style and buffet meals are served in the main restaurant, which is on the ocean front and has an open-air terrace for those who prefer al fresco dining. For an additional culinary treat, weekly beach barbeques are a definite highlight!

Guests can relax and unwind in the resort’s beach hammocks, sun loungers and dining spaces which are perfect for catching the sunset with an ice cold drink.

Murex Resorts are family friendly and the beautiful white sand beach is an ideal place for playing, building sand castles, beach combing and collecting shells. Other activities which are suitable for little ones include swimming and snorkelling (either in the lagoon in front of the resort or by boat if you’d like them to join your dive trip), sea kayaking and there is a small selection of games available.

Facilities and highlights for ocean and land explorers include a designated camera room, dive centre, boats that depart from the lagoon and a range of tours run by experienced and knowledgeable tour guides. Popular choices for tours include trips to the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, the Minahasan Highlands (markets, villages, lakes, mountains and historical sites), Mahawu Volcano, cultural tours, local village trek and tour, and cooking classes in the resort. More details can be found further down this page.

Tailor-made packages are available which can include day trips to Bunaken or the Lembeh Strait, snorkelling, land tours, combination packages with Murex Manado, Lembeh Resort or take a Passport to Paradise and visit 3 distinct North Sulawesi dive destinations in one trip. See below for more details.

Diving

Go diving
As the first operator to dive the sites around Bangka Island, Murex Resorts have been exploring the area since 1990. The resort’s professional dive guides have thousands of dives experiences in the region and undergo intensive training programs, including marine biology and underwater photography to ensure that you receive the best underwater experience possible. Just like you, diving is their passion.

Safety is a high priority and all Murex boats are equipped with emergency oxygen, full first aid kits and communications devices. All staff undergo annual rescue and CPR training.

From arrival at the resort, you won’t need to lift a bag, 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 for are right on your doorstep. Year round warm water combined with good visibility makes Bangka suitable for all levels of diver. For those who enjoy something more challenging, there are also some exhilarating drift diving sites.

Highlights of diving in Bangka include colourful soft corals, three species of pygmy seahorse, schooling fish, reef sharks, eagle rays, dugongs, passing pelagics and a huge range 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.

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

Passport To Paradise – Dive Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh Strait

Murex Resorts offer the wonderful ‘Passport To Paradise’ itinerary. Discover three iconic Indonesian destinations in one incredible holiday, staying at Murex Manado, Murex Bangka and Lembeh Resort. Dive, snorkel, trek, immerse yourself in culture, or simply relax and unwind.

Diving three distinct destinations in North Sulawesi (Bunaken – Bangka – Lembeh) couldn’t be easier than with a Passport to Paradise. Imagine seeing all the highlights of this incredible area with no missed diving days and the added opportunity to dive in areas which no one else visits. Passport to Paradise is a unique diving experience and the only one of its kind in Indonesia. Are you ready?

Dive the epic walls of the Bunaken Marine Park, the kaleidoscopic colorful reefs of Bangka Island and the world’s best muck in the Lembeh Strait. Why limit yourself to one destination when it is so easy and effortless to enjoy all three?

Travelling from resort to resort is seamless and stress free. You simply board the boat in the morning to go diving and finish up in your next destination –what could be easier? You don’t need to worry about transfers, you just carry on diving and the rest is left to us. We understand that this is your holiday and we want to make sure it is everything you dreamed of.

Please note that safety is a priority and all boats are equipped with emergency oxygen, first aid kits and communications devices. All Murex staff undergo annual CPR and Rescue Training.

Please contact us for prices depending on your preferred trip duration.

Day Trips, Tours and Things to Do in North Sulawesi

Tangkoko National Park from £95 per person (minimum 2 people)
An ideal tour for nature lovers and photographers. Based at the foot of the Dua Saudara Mountain in North Sulawesi the area is a mixture of rolling hills and valleys which we walk through in search of numerous wildlife species. Highlights include black crested macaques, the world’s smallest primate – the tarsier, hornbills, cuscus and Maleo birds.

Tangkoko tours can easily be combined with either of the following, for a full day tour:-

Tangkoko plus Tasikoki Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Center from £115 per person (minimum 2 people)
Tasikoki rescue animals from the illegal wildlife trade with the aim of rehabilitating and releasing them or finding suitable placements. The tour starts at the education building and finishes at the observation tower for panoramic views of the park. Species that are regularly rescued by Tasikoki include numerous species of birds and endemic species such as babi rusa through to larger animals such as sun bears and orangutans.

Tangkok plus Waruga Sawangan from £140 per person (minimum 2 people)
Waruga Sawangan is a park that keeps ancient megalithic gravestones once used by the Minahasan people. Based on local belief, these graves are made of carved stone that are shaped like a house, a tradition kept since 1600AD. The graves vary, depending on the profession or social status of the person that been buried. A fascinating tour for anyone interested in history and culture.

Minahasa Highland Tour from £75 per person (minimum 2 people)
Our Minahasan Highland Tour is a perfect way to explore the area and learn about the local culture and history of the region. We can tailor the tour to take in the sights that are of most interest to you. Highlights of the area include:
Tomohon Traditional Markets: The highland climates are perfect for growing a variety of plants, flowers, spices, fruits and vegetables. Visit both the traditional flower market and jungle food market, where you can see a variety of local specialties for sale including bat, snake, and dog.
Woloan & Pulutan Villages: Visit the local villages where specialized industries are booming. See traditional Minahasan houses being built and traditional pottery being made.
Lake Linow: The colors of this lake change due to high sulphur content in the surrounding rock and the changing light. Many bird species make this area their home. Watch out for bubbling mud holes as you walk around. This is a lovely spot to enjoy a cold drink and soak up the views.
Mahawu Volcano Tour: The journey to Mahawu Volcano takes you through the beautiful Minahasan Highlands to the town of Tomohon. Arriving at the Ranger Station at the base of Mount Mahawu there are steps that lead to the crater’s edge where you can enjoy amazing views of Bunaken and Manado Tua Islands. If you choose you can also take the circular trek around the crater’s edge. After working up an appetite we stop for lunch at either Lake Tondano or a local restaurant that serves traditional Minahasan cuisine. This tour can also be integrated into our Minahasan highland tour.
Lake Tondano: The largest lake in the region and the second largest in Indonesia. The flat land surrounding the lakes is perfect for growing rice, one of the main livelihoods in this area.
Waruga: These are historical Minahasan stone graves. Listen to the local caretaker tell you the history of this fascinating tradition. The journey to and from Tondano to this location is absolutely stunning with sweeping vistas of coconut and spice trees. We can also visit some Waruga that are still in the original location in Nawanua, close to Manado.
Watu Pinawetengan is an interesting megalithic stone because of its unique form and scripts. It holds an important place in Minahasan history. There is a small museum with interesting artifacts in Pinabetengan village. Close to the Watu Penawetengan there is also a factory where batik fabric and other local handicrafts are produced.

PARAGLIDING from £109 per person (minimum 2 people)
Take to the skies and see North Sulawesi from the air. You’ll take an incredible tandem paragliding flight with a professional instructor and see the landscape of the mainland and the islands of the Bunaken Marine Park from a birds-eye view.

This is a phenomenal opportunity that we are extremely excited to be able to offer at Murex Resorts – now you really can combine land, sea, and air in one trip!

Paragliding tours operate out of Tumpa, which is a 30-45 minute car journey from Murex Manado. Surcharges apply for transfers from Murex Bangka Resort.

White Water Rafting from £95 per person (minimum 2 people)
Looking for something more active and adventurous? Enjoy the thrills and spills of white water rafting. The adrenaline gets pumping as you race down the river through the rainforest with an experienced guide. The calm river sections are an opportunity to spot wildlife and soak up the stunning scenery and natural beauty.

Manado City Tour from £42 per person (minimum 2 people) (from Murex Manado Resort only)
Take a tour of Mando City with us. Manado is home to a Chinese Quarter where there are two beautifully sculptured adjacent Chinese Temples, visit our local coffee roasters – and sample a brew while you are there, or visit the area that is best known for traditional weaving which has been carried out using the same tools as those used many generations ago.
Manado also has a vibrant traditional market where you can purchase local snacks, sweets and treats – or if you are craving a taste of home there are modern malls with international stores and restaurants.

Cooking Classes
Enjoy a taste of local Minahasan cuisine by learning how to prepare a variety of local dishes with one of our chefs. We ask for one day’s notice so that we can prepare the necessary ingredients for the dishes of your choice.

Kayaking Tours are also available.

Ready for your next adventure?

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