Taking our exploration of Indonesia, the center of the Coral Triangle, to new levels, we explore a little dived region of Halmahera, part of the Moluccas Islands chain. Here the clear waters are home to stunning abundant reefs, seldom dived due to lack of accessibility, many of which are still being discovered. We combine this stunning location with Lembeh, the muck diving capital of the world.
This itinerary takes us to remote destinations for some once-in-a-life-time diving opportunities.
Sali Bay Resort is located on a small island off Halmahera, in eastern Indonesia , which, until recently was only occasionally dived from liveaboards. Situated in the Molucca Sea, north of the Banda Sea, this area of Indonesia is relatively underpopulated, and the ocean here is abundant with healthy reefs, schooling fish, incredible macro life, volcanic islands, sandy shores and mangroves.
After several days at the secluded sea side resort, diving varied and unexplored sites, we move to North Sulawesi, to the world renowned Lembeh Straights. Here we will spend our time at the beautiful NAD Lembeh Resort exploring the black sandy slopes of this area, teaming with some of the rarest and weirdest critters to be found in the world.
Incl: Internal flight- Manado- Labuha - Manado
7 nights are Salibay in the lodge, full board, 10 dives, transfers
5 nights NAD Lembeh in beach view room, full board, 11 dives, transfers
Not including : Drinks, tips, laundry, sundries
The first resort, Salibay Resort, it has a total 12 bungalows dotted along the beach and garden and a 4 roomed lodge (long house). Each room is spacious with air conditioning and en-suite bathroom as well as private verandas with comfy seating. There is a lovely beachfront freshwater pool and pool bar, and a small spa offering traditional Indonesian massages. The restaurant is located in the middle of the resort. Meals are prepared by a professional chef and include a variety of local and international dishes.
The second part of the trip will be spent at NAD divers, a stunning resort located in the Lembeh Straits. With a total of 15 air-conditioned rooms, this resort has a great restaurant and bar serving buffet style meals including Asian and international dishes, a small pool and jacuzzi and photography center. Most the ingredients used in the freshly prepared meals are grown on site in their Aquaponic greenhouse.
Diving in the Sali Island and Halmahera region is known for clear blue waters, pristine untouched reefs, schooling fish. Salibay is the only resort in the area, so besides for passing liveaboards, the region is un-dived, and guests have the sites to themselves most of the time. There are still loads of sites being discovered with varied topography including walls, coral slopes and muck diving.
One can expect to see schools of mackarels, snapper, batfish and barracudas, as well as lots of black tip reef sharks patrolling the area. The reef is alive with macro life including pygmy seahorses, unusual species of crabs and shrimps and spectacular lesser-potted nudis. The resort also has dolphins and pilot whales pass by regularly.
Diving in Lembeh is synonymous with muck diving. Widely considered the best muck diving location in the world, there are no shortage of sites and exciting creatures to find lurking on the dark volcanic sandy bottom. One could reasonably expect to find several types of octopus, nudibranchs, frogfish and more. Some of the rarer creatures often spotted around here include hairy frogfish, blue ringed octopus, rhinopias to name a few. There are also some beautiful coral outcrops and reefs, alive with tropical fish.
Enquiry for Discover Indonesia- Salibay (Halmahera) and NAD (Lembeh)
Phone: 0117 369 0443
4.6 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH