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. Lembeh Strait is considered one of the top sites for macro diving.
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.
Dive Site Talisei
Since our resort is the only resort located in the north-west of Bangka Island, we can access the northern diving spots around Talisei Island in only 25 minutes by boat. Talisei Island offers lush vegetation and a breath-taking steep coast. Underwater you will find unique landscapes with bizarre rock formations, caves, and steep rock faces carpeted with amazing hard and soft corals.
There are very few divers at “Cave Cathedral”, “Bat Cave”, “Rainbow Rock”, “Flatcrab Wall” and “Aer Banua” and your diving experience will be extraordinary. You are likely to spot sharks, eagle rays, bumphead parrotfish, and napoleon wrasse.
Diving spot “Cave Cathedral”, a large underwater cave with three entrances, is a real highlight. You can enter it at 20 m depth (no cave diving certification needed).
In “Bat Cave” you will dive through a canal in 5 m depth and have a marvelous look at bats. On your way back you will find a beautifully carpeted rock wall.
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 several tropical animals that live in the island’s rainforest. On request, we also offer guided tours to a high viewpoint from Bangka.
You can reach the mainland in about 30 minutes by boat. Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi, is about a 90 minutes drive from the coast.