Tompotika Dive Lodge in Indonesia

Tompotika Dive Lodge in Indonesia is the only resort on the east side of the island and central Sulawesi. In this remote location you really have many fantastic dive sites. The resort is small and there are only 5 bungalows. This makes it very personal. The rooms are simple but comfortable and offer what you need. The lodge is located right on the coast and adjacent to a small Indonesian village. The resort has existed since 2014 and here they work actively together with the population to protect the region's ecosystem. This work is central to the resort.

The resort is beautifully nestled on the coast surrounded by greenery. Here you have really lovely views of verdant mountains and untouched nature. Tompotika can be described as a place where the sky meets the sea. In total there are more than 30 dive sites and they maintain a very high quality. The diving is varied and you do everything from fantastic macro dives to wonderful reef dives. The reefs which have fascinating amount of marine life.

The diving center is integrated into the resort. Kayaks and bicycles are also available for free. This is so you can explore the surrounding beaches, villages and coconut plantations all around. In collaboration with the villagers, they have developed a protection of the marine and terrestrial fauna. The area's coast and reefs are today very actively protected. By going here and diving and visiting the resort, you are also helping the community to protect this wonderful area.

The resort's restaurant offers a good and tasty. The food is varied with an Asian and European fusion cuisine. Here you also have vegetarian, gluten-free options to order. There is access to beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages for purchase on site. A wifi connection is available but with a rather slow connection. Here you are far away from most things and enjoy the calm and the nice diving.

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Standard Bungalow

3 slightly smaller bungalows of 35 sqm, 2 with a double bed and one with two single beds. Private shower/toilet, air conditioning and fan and patio. Coffee, tea and water are included

Deluxe Bungalow

2 bungalows of 55 sqm each, 1 with a double bed and one with a double bed + a single bed. Private shower/toilet, sofa in the room, air conditioning and fan and patio. Coffee, tea and water are included

Diving at the Banda Sea and Tomini bay

The dive sites in the region are mostly rocky reefs. Reefs consist of rocks, underwater ridges or large stones. But they are covered with a very dense fauna. Black corals, large gorgonians, sponges, hair stars and lots of beautiful soft corals color the rocks. Marine life is richly concentrated here.

On the sandy parts or at the edge of the coastline you will discover a wonderful microflora during your macro diving. Many of the creatures that make Sulawesi's reputation so admirable are found here. For example, frogfish, ghost pipefish, mimic octopus, blueringed octopus, flambouyant cuttlefish and much more are common. On the beach right in front of the bungalows there is a black sand bank. It is one of the best dive sites in the area and here you are free to dive as much as you want.

Most of the other dive sites are underwater reefs and rocks. They offer a great variety and large quantities of fish with different shoals and pelagic fish. The shoal can be surgeonfish, trevallies, barracudas, giant trevallies and tuna. You also often see reef sharks hunting or patrolling the reefs and both eagle rays and manta rays can also be seen on occasion.

Very rich marine life

The rich fish life is a direct result of the abundance of plankton found here. Water from the deep Banda Sea mixes here with warmed water from the foundering Tomini Bay. The rich, nutrient-rich waters can sometimes limit visibility a bit. Normally, you have a visibility of between 10 and 15 meters, but it can vary greatly. Most of the dive sites here are close to the lodge. It is usually no more than 10 to 15 minutes by boat from the resort.

The furthest dive site is about a 30-minute drive away. Each boat takes 4 divers along with the dive guides. Your diving trip includes two boat dives per day and that you have access to unlimited land diving. There is both air and nitrox available. PADI diving courses are also offered on request, but you go here mainly to experience a genuine environment, relaxation and something different. Of course also lots of good diving. It is also possible during certain parts of the year to combine the resort with live board which then departs or arrives at the resort.

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