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Dive Review of Murex Dive Resorts in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Murex Dive Resorts : "Passport to Paradise - Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh", Aug, 2022,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 22 reports with 31 Helpful votes). Report 12077 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Murex Manado Manado Bangka Beach Bangka Bangka
Bangka Low Tide Critters@Lembeh Critters@Lembeh Dive Boat - Lembeh

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 Passport to Paradise in North Sulawesi

As soon as we heard Indonesia was opening with a Visa on Arrival, we confirmed our reservations (rolled over from 2020 and 2021) and booked our flights. While we generally like liveaboards for the variety of diving, we thought this land based trip, staying at 3 different resorts, might give us a similar variety. While not as much variety as a liveaboard, there was more than you generally get from staying at just one resort.

We flew from JFK through Frankfurt to Singapore on Singapore Air, then took a Scoot Air flight to Manado. All in all, it was long but not terrible. Oh, except that one of our bags was never loaded onto the plane at JFK. Fortunately, it was the bag with our clothing and miscellaneous items and NOT our dive gear. So it turned out to be a minor inconvenience. As a side note, we got an email from Kenya Airways about 10 days after we returned home saying our bag was in Nairobi. All's well that ends well, the bag was sent back to JFK and Fed Exd to our home a week later.

Our first stop was at Murex Manado. We were picked up at the Manado airport and driven about an hour or so to the resort. The resort is simple but clean and comfortable. Our toilet was not working properly and the owner went above and beyond to get it fixed. Going from Plan A, a simple repair, to Plan D, getting a whole new toilet and having it installed that same day. All of the rooms are set in the garden and are twin cottages. We found it ve ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Murex Dive Resorts   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Isl, Red Sea, Maldives, South Africa, Mozambique, Cocos Isl, Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Var Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, No Carolina, Philippines, Fiji
Closest Airport Manado Getting There JFK-FRA-SIN-MDC

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Approx one hour dive time. Stay with dive guide
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Rinse bucket on the boats. Separate rinse tanks on land. Staff handled all cameras carefully. Nice camera rooms at all of the locations. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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