Diving holiday specialists Regaldive have recently expanded their programme for Indonesia with the addition of Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort. Many divers will already be familiar with Eco Divers in Manado and Lembeh. Renowned for personal diving services and small groups, the Eco Divers team now has a new centre in Manado at the Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort.
Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Mercure Manado Tateli Beach Resort is set in lush, tropical gardens. The Resort offers an idyllic setting with an expansive private beach and marina, as well as a variety of room options. Just 10 km from Manado, Tateli Beach Resort is just a 30-minute boat ride to the reefs and dive sites of Bunaken National Marine Park. Offering fascinating marine life, excellent conditions and facilities, the majority of sites are easily accessible and they are rarely crowded.
The dominating volcanic landscape creates a dramatic backdrop to the great diving available in North Sulawesi. Conditions are generally calm all year round, and the deep waters afford excellent visibility averaging 25m. The seas are home to many unusual species, ranging from the prehistoric ‘coelacanth’ fish through to reef sharks, green turtles, Napoleon wrasse and dugongs.
The Bunaken National Marine Park has won numerous international conservation awards. Most of the reefs of the Marine Park are rich and unspoilt, offering pristine and abundant soft coral and fish life in huge concentrations. The night diving in the park is spectacular, providing frequent encounters with rare nocturnal creatures. For a change of scenery, the Molas wreck is remarkably intact for a WWII ship, the bow resting at 25m and the propeller at 40m. Schools of barracudas and jacks, green sea turtles and reef sharks, sea snakes and Napoleon wrasses are among the resident inhabitants of these steep coral walls fringing Bunaken Island.
Diving in and around Bunaken is predominantly wall diving and drift diving. There are also numerous beautiful coral slopes that are suitable for novice divers. There are 22 official dive sites within the park. The variety of both fish and soft coral is outstanding, and marks out this area as one of the most bio diverse marine environments in the world. With excellent visibility and water temperatures of 26-30°C, this is an excellent destination for underwater photographers and naturalists alike.
With its in-house team of diving enthusiasts, Regaldive is well placed to help divers to plan their scuba diving adventures to Indonesia and more than 25 other exciting worldwide destinations.