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Murex Manado

North Sulawesi

Murex Manado Resort is set amongst lush, tropical water gardens, overlooking the ocean with stunning views of Manado Tua volcano and Bunaken Island. From the moment you arrive, the warm-hearted staff will make you feel like part of the family.

Murex dive guides have thousands of logged dives in the area and know every dive site like the back of their hand. When guests are not diving, they can choose to relax in the infinity pool, take a walk around the grounds and landscaped gardens which are bursting with tropical flowers and trees, enjoy the sunset with an evening cocktail or unwind with a massage treatment at the spa.

Murex’s casual yet classic vibe, which is perfect for families, makes it a home away from home in North Sulawesi. Choose to dive, snorkel, explore or just take it easy and relax with friends and family. With excellent facilities, accommodation and full board dining on offer, exceptional service is guaranteed at this beautiful resort.

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 £1185pp*
Includes: Return transfers from Manado airport to resort, 7nts accommodation in a twin/double Deluxe Cottage, 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: Around 1 hour
  • No. of rooms 15: 13 Deluxe Cottages, 2 Premium Deluxe Cottages.
  • House reef: Yes
  • Meal Plan: Full board


Get some rest
Murex Manado offers 11 comfortable and spacious Deluxe Cottages and 2 Premium Luxury Cottages.

Premium Deluxe Cottages include –
Large spacious cottages
24 hour electricity and hot water
En-suite bathrooms
Air Conditioning and ceiling fans
King size or twin beds
Complimentary drinking water
Private garden location
Indoor and outdoor seating
USB charging facility
Ample wall sockets for charging accessories

Deluxe Cottages include –
24 hour electricity and hot water
En-suite bathrooms
Air Conditioning and ceiling fans
King size or twin beds
Indoor and outdoor seating
Complimentary drinking water


Enjoy your stay
Stays at Murex Manado are full board, with a mixture of a la carte options, buffets and family style culinary delights which are served in the restaurant or open air on the beachfront overlooking the ocean. The resort offers a modern mix of western, Asian and Indonesian cuisine, using fresh local ingredients, and special dietary requirements can be catered for on request.

Resort facilities include a designated camera room, nature spa, infinity pool with an ocean view, boats that depart from the front of the resort and Apnea Murex freediving centre. A large flat-screen TV is available for viewing marine life presentations and underwater videography. The ocean front gazebo is the perfect place to enjoy a cold drink while watching the sunset across the water.

The resort’s landscaped gardens feature lily ponds, koi ponds, spring fed streams with bamboo bridges, shady palms and mature fruit trees. There are several species of orchids and numerous tropical flowers which are bursting with colour. For nature and wildlife lovers, the gardens attract a variety of butterflies and birds, and turtles are known to nest and lay eggs on the black sand beach.

Murex Manado offers a range of land tours, guided by experienced and knowledgeable tour guides, for those who would like to see more of the culture, landscape and nature of North Sulawesi. 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 the resort. Itineraries can be tailored to your preferences on request. Tailor-made packages are available which can include day trips to Bangka or the Lembeh Strait, freediving and AIDA courses, snorkelling, land tours, combination packages with Murex Bangka, Lembeh Resort or take a Passport to Paradise and visit 3 distinct North Sulawesi dive destinations in one trip.


Go diving
As the pioneers of diving in North Sulawesi, guests dive with experienced and professional dive guides throughout their stay. Not only do Murex dive guides have thousands of logged dives in the region, they also undergo intensive training programs including marine biology and underwater photography. Diving is a passion for Murex guides and they strive to ensure you receive the best underwater experience possible.

Safety is the resort’s number one 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, the dive guides aim to anticipate your every need, so you won’t need to lift a bag, carry or wash your gear. Dive conditions are checked each day and dives are planned to take guests to the best sites at the right time. Diving programs 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 stunning walls for which the Bunaken Marine Park is so famous for are just 35 minutes away and with warm waters and excellent visibility, diving in Bunaken is suitable for all level of divers. Highlights include dolphins jumping alongside the boat, two species of turtle, schooling fish, tuna, reef sharks, passing eagle rays, vibrant, healthy reefs, breathtaking underwater scenery and an abundance of smaller critters and macro-life. The rich marine biodiversity of the dive sites surrounding Bunaken Island will leave even the most seasoned of divers spell bound and ready for more.

Dive sites around Manado Bay offer great muck, reef and wreck diving for all levels of divers. Highlights of diving include a wealth of some of Indonesia’s rarest and unique critters including various octopus and cuttlefish species, stingrays, frogfish, seahorses and an array of nudibranch and crustaceans. These dive sites, along with the Murex Manado House Reef, are excellent macro-photography sites and also offer incredible night diving.

Tailor-made packages are available as are night dives, blackwater dives, day trips to Bangka and Lembeh, PADI and Ocean Gardener courses, freediving and AIDA courses, snorkelling, land tours and combination packages with Murex Bangka, 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.

Tangkoko 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?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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