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Dive Review of Murex Dive Resorts --Bangka in
Indonesia/Bangka, North Sulawesi

Murex Dive Resorts --Bangka: "Fantastic Staff, Great Accommodations, Treated Like a VIP", Oct, 2018,

by Rik Pavlescak, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 10662.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Booking at Murex Bangka on my own (no travel agent) was easy via email--responses to questions were answered within a day. Payment of deposits was accomplished online.

I arrived in Manado late the night before my stay at Murex Bangka, so I stayed at a hotel near the airport. The pick-up van arrived promptly, as scheduled, at 6:30 a.m. for a 1.5 hour drive to the pick-up point. The pick-up boat was delayed by about 45 minutes: I suspect that the "first day of diving" for newcomers delayed the boat. One nice thing is that Bangka had arranged for me to be able to dive immediately--so the boat arrived with divers, dive guides ready for the first dives of the morning. I had prepared my gear separate from my luggage, so I was all set. The crew quickly loaded my gear and luggage, and we completed two dives and then the boat traveled back to Bangka. Upon my arrival at the resort, I was greeted by friendly staff members and the team quickly took my luggage to my bungalow while I was led to lunch.

Meals were buffet style, with breakfasts including cooked to order eggs or omelettes. Each meal had rice or noodles and two vegetable dishes, along with two meats or fish dishes. Fruit was plentiful throughout the week. Lunch and dinner often started with soup. As a vegetarian (not vegan) I had plenty of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Murex Dive Resorts --Bangka   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Costa Brava, Roatan, Key West, Cozumel, Key Largo, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Fly from Bali (Denpasar) to Manado on North Sulawesi. About 1.5 hours by van to pick-up point, about 20 minutes by boat to Bangka.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Typical dives were limited to 1 hour or 65 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Boat has fresh water tanks/coolers for cameras. No table on board for changing batteries. The resort has a camera room lined on two ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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