Diving in Bangka / North Sulawesi
Bangka in North Sulawesi is one of the best diving spots in Indonesia – divers from all over the world come to the island. There are many reasons: the incredible diversity of aquatic animals, colourful coral reefs, and fascinating microorganisms will make your diving experience unforgettable.
Our two fast dive boats, will take you to the best diving areas around Bangka and the neighbouring islands of Talisei, Tindila, Lihaga, and Gangga.
We also offer day trips to Lembeh Strait and Bunaken National Marine Park. Lembeh Strait is considered one of the top sites for macro diving, whereas the listed underwater world of Bunaken National Marine Park offers a rich diversity of maritime live and breath-taking precipices.
Explore the best diving spots with Sea Souls! Many areas are also perfect for snorkelling.
North Sulawesi is a year-round destination for travelling and diving. The water temperature is always 27 to 30 degrees Celsius. The best time for your visit, however, is between March and November since the rainy season in Bangka lasts from December to February.
Close to Bangka, there are more than 30 breath-taking diving spots that could not be more different. Some spots are as close as one minute by boat from our resort. “Jetty Mutiara”, for example, is the ideal location to spot pipefish, anglerfish, or seahorses. You can also spot eagle rays and, if you’re lucky, you may even meet a dugong.
“The Cave” is another diving spot close to our resort. You will often encounter sharks and turtles in the cathedral-like cavity.
“Sahaung” offers extraordinary rock formations and plenty of fish. At “Batu Gosoh”, divers will find steep rock faces beautifully carpeted with soft corals and a wide variety of sea snails.
Let Sea Souls take you to an underwater paradise and be charmed by colourful corals and sea creatures, whether big, small, or macro.
Experience the Essence of Diving. With Sea Souls you will only dive in small groups, meaning you will enjoy the highest possible comfort and security.
You will find all our diving spots on our map.
Our local dive guides know the diving areas like the back of their hand and spot virtually every animal under water. If you’re a fan of underwater photography, you will have plenty of opportunity to take some great shots.
Together with our dive guides, you can decide where to dive and what to see. We simply want you to have the best experience possible.
Bunaken and Lembeh Strait
Bunaken and Lembeh Strait are two extraordinary diving areas that you can explore on a day trip. Our dive boat will get you there in no time at all. Bunaken and the surrounding islands, Manado Tua, Siladen, Montehage, and Nain, form Bunaken National Park, a marine reserve. It is situated in the bay of Manado and characterised by steep rock faces overgrown with hard and soft corals that also extend to shallower waters.
The Strait of Lembeh is situated between the northeastern part of Sulawesi Island and Lembeh Island and is like Bangka Island considered a macro paradise. It is home to sea creatures not found anywhere else in the world. Rare creatures and macro organisms live on the black volcanic sand: a treasure trove for underwater photographers.
We can only offer the day trips to Bunaken and Lembeh Strait if a minimum number of participants is met.
The Sea Souls team looks forward to welcoming you!
Bangka Island and surroundings
Beautiful Bangka Island is situated about 10 km off the northern tip of Sulawesi Island in Indonesia. The Sea Souls Dive Resort lies idyllically on the outskirts of Desa Kahuku, a fishing village of about 500 people in the north-west of Bangka. You can go for a stroll through the village and, no matter whether you want to visit the primary school or the corner shop, the locals will give you a warm and friendly welcome. Bangka Island is known not only for Sulawesi Sea and its fine sandy beach, but also the many tropical animals that live in the island’s rainforest.
You can reach the mainland in about 30 minutes by boat. Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, is about an hour’s drive from the coast.