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Dive Review of Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards/Murex Bangka in
Indonesia/Manado

Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards/Murex Bangka: "Small, friendly resort on Bankga island", Jun, 2017,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9958 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was our third trip to Murex Bangka and once again we had a wonderful time. Don't go here if you want a five star experience, but do go here if you want great diving, great dive professionals, very friendly staff and a relaxed atmosphere. This resort has been here for a number of years but recently upgraded as Murex manageement has been absorbed by the team that runs the dive operation at Lembeh Resort. We went again with friends and they had a room at one end of the beach and our's was at the other end -- a whole three minute walk. Meals were plentiful and served in the large restaurant area. The resort now has more dive boats and usually sends out two or three per dive with maybe 10 people split up into groups of maybe 4 divers. The rooms are basic with great beds and simple furnishings; the older rooms have bathrooms outside (not being in the new cabins I'm not sure about the four new rooms). However, electricity comes on at 5 pm and off at 7 am, so there's a/c at night.
The new management has also introduced "passport to paradise", a quite fun way to experience three resorts: Lembeh Resort, Murex Bangka and Murex Manado with boat transfers (and dives along the way). We did two of the three locations before and next April will do the last leg (bangka to manado).
If you want a great diving experience in a simple, relaxed friendly destination near Lembeh, go to Murex Bangka!
Websites Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Caribbean, Hawaii, Mozambique, etc. etc.
Closest Airport Manado Getting There arrive and manado and resort transfers are by car and boat

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive times of maybe 60 minutes but not strictly enforced
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Carried gear into the boat and camera room was fine with plenty of room (I was the only one with a camera that didn't fit in a bc pocker)
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