Bangka Island North Sulawesi in Indonesia

  • Close to all known diving areas in the region.
  • Varied diving with big and small
  • Small paradise island with relaxation for both divers and non-divers
  • Bangka Island's best house reef

Bangka Island in North Sulawesi in Indonesia is about 1½ hours by car and boat from the provincial capital Manado. Bangka island is a beautiful island with several white beaches. Diving here is exciting and very good and a diving trip here is highly recommended. There are several other places with good diving here. Bangka Island is next door to the lesser known famous Gangga Island. It is also not far from Bunaken Marine park or Lembeh Straits. This makes it an ideal place for varied and rich diving and an amazing feeling of being on an island paradise.

Here you have full board and good service. You will enjoy the seclusion and here at a wonderful white sand beach that can easily compete with, for example, pictures from the Maldives. Bangka Island is not as well known as other destinations in this region, you will experience it as a true tropical paradise.

For non-divers, there are good opportunities for day trips here. Visits to markets, jungle tours, volcano trekking, sun and bath, spa or just plain relaxation by the pool. There is also very good snorkeling here and for those who want to learn to dive, this is a fantastic place.

All pictures with © approval from Blue Bay Divers Resort, Bangka and Sahaung Island Indonesia

Diving Bangka Island and around

  • Fantastic destination for divers and non-divers alike
  • Possibility of diving at Bunaken Marine park. Lembeh Straits, Gangga Island
  • Combine diving with a sense of vacation and relaxation
  • Exciting possibilities to combine with the rest of Indonesia

Diving around Bangka Island in North Sulawesi is varied and the marine life is very rich. Here you will find everything from nudibranchs, pygmy seahorses and other macro life to whales, dolphins, dugongs and other large things that can appear out at the islands or on the way there. The water temperature is around 27-30 degrees all year round and there is something for everyone here. Wall diving, stream diving, muck diving, easier reef diving, occasional wrecks and opportunities to see different sized sharks that patrol these waters. Bangka Island in North Sulawesi is for you who have a little more experience and are comfortable diving in current in water and who have dived and seen a lot of other things in Indonesia and feel it is time for something new.

If you're lucky, you can see whales, dolphins, killer whales, dugongs and other large animals. Sometimes hammerhead sharks, large reef sharks and various rays are also seen. Reef sharks, barracudas and shoals of fish are common and turtles are also often seen here. The macro diving is fantastic at Lembeh Straits but also at Bangka Island. Up here at the northern islands there are often currents and sometimes even really strong currents. It also brings a lot of fish and fantastically beautiful corals.

Term: Normally around 15-25 meters along the coast but up to 30-40 meters is not unusual around Bangka Island here at Sulawesi in Indonesia. However, diving at Lembeh Straits rarely offers visibility above 10-15 meters and can drop further depending on currents and weather. Diving at Bangka Island is characterized more by very clear water and often very good visibility. Worth noting that it can be very crowded in some places.

Weather: Northern Manado and Sulawesi have the most rain normally from mid-December to the end of February. Visibility can get significantly worse and it can also be quite windy up here in the more unprotected northern islands. Other parts of the year it is usually "normal tropical weather", i.e. occasional rain showers all year round and mostly in the afternoons, evenings and nights. The marine life is good all year round.