Saronde Island North Sulawesi in Indonesia

  • Far from mass tourism.
  • Varied diving with big and small
  • Small paradise island with relaxation for both divers and non-divers
  • Saronde Island, good to combine

Saronde Island in North Sulawesi in Indonesia is about six to seven hours by car from the city of Manado. Manado which is famous for places like Lembeh Straits, Bunaken island and marine park, Bangka Island, Gangga Island and more. The easiest thing is to avoid Manado, however, and only have it for those of you who want to combine your trip to Saronde Island with something else in Indonesia. Here in North Sulawesi there is beautiful nature, waterfalls, high mountains and a rich birdlife. For those who want to experience snorkeling, sun and swimming, maybe paddle out on a crystal clear sea or visit small islands with kri Here are several other places with good diving. Bangka Island is next door to the lesser known famous Gangga Island. It is also not far from Bunaken Marine park or Lembeh Straits. It makes it an ideal place for varied and rich diving and a fantastic feeling of white beaches, this is a real paradise and very untouched yet.

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. Saronde island is not as well known as other destinations in this region, you will experience it as a real tropical paradise. The resort is small with a maximum of 6 rooms today, so you really are almost all by yourself here.

For non-divers, there are good opportunities for day trips here. Visits to markets, jungle tours, bird watching, 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, Saronde Island Resort Indonesia

Diving Saronde Island and around

  • Fantastic destination for those looking for relaxation
  • Can be combined with, for example, Bunaken Marine park. Lembeh Straits, Bangka and Gangga Islands
  • Combine diving with a sense of vacation and relaxation
  • Far from mass tourism

Diving around Saronde 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 larger animals. You can do day trips to Gorontalo bay to see whale sharks but here you can also experience rays and various smaller sharks. 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 and opportunities to see various large sharks that patrol these waters. This is for you who experience something new in Indonesia and want to get away where there are not many tourists, have the opportunity to eat well, get a massage and end the evening with a refreshing drink while watching the sunset.

If you are lucky you can see whales out at sea and in these waters patrol other large animals that are sometimes seen; hammerhead sharks, large reef sharks and various rays and whales but you have to be very lucky. Reef sharks, barracudas and shoals of fish are common and turtles are also often seen here. The macro diving is fantastic around North Sulawesi and here at Saronde Island it is no exception. 

Term: Normally around 15-25 meters along the coast but up to 30-40 meters is not unusual around Saronde Island here on Sulawesi in Indonesia. 

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. Best time for whale sharks is normally May - July but they are often seen at other times of the year as well.