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Diving in North Sulawesi

Explore diving in North Sulawesi

Muck dives and all manner of strange sea creatures are the reason to head to the Lembeh Strait.

Wonderpus, Rhinopias, flamboyant cuttlefish, Ambon scorpionfish, harlequin shrimp, and the very entertaining hairy frogfish. If lucky, you might also come across the delicate Lembeh Sea Dragon. Also, be boggled by the wide array of nudibranch and during night dives, look out for stargazers in the sand and Spanish dancers passing by in the darkness.

At areas like Bunaken and the nearby Bangka, dolphins or pilot whales can sometimes be seen from the surface. Underwater, expect green sea turtles, schools of trevally and colorful reef fish along the many walls. Bangka and Manado Tua also feature a myriad of critters.

When to dive in North Sulawesi

Most popular with underwater photography enthusiast, the best time to dive is during the dry season of July to October when water temperature is slightly cooler at 77-79°F (25-26°C).

Dive sites and dive shops in North Sulawesi

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Common marine life sightings for North Sulawesi

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Where to dive in North Sulawesi

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Fly in to Manado’s Sam Ratulangi Airport directly from Singapore via Silk Air or from other locations in Indonesia on local airlines.

Time Zone
230 V
Bar (bar)
C, F
1st Stage
INT / Yoke / K
International airports
Sam Ratulangi (MDC)

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