Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi province which is known for its rich marine biodiversity. Just East of Borneo and South of Philippines, North Sulawasi is one of the 32 provinces of Indonesia, of which the capital is Manado City. Diving areas for Manado Island includes Bunaken National Park and Bangka Island to name a few. The rich tropical marine life found in Manado make it one of the world’s renowned dive sites.
Tasik Ria House Reef
Unlike Malaysia’s diving spots, Manado is not affected by the annual Northeast monsoon and so is accessible for diving all year round. However, the wind and rain can pick up during January to March so most divers prefer to visit from April to November.
|Great for||Highlights||Depth||Visibility||Currents||Surface conditions||Water temperature||Experience level||Recommended Length of stay|
|Advanced, Photography, Wall diving, Drift Diving||Reef Sharks, Eagle rays, Dugongs||5 – >40m||20 – 35m||Can be strong||Calm||27 – 30°C||Beginner – Advanced||5 – 7 days|
3 hours 30 min from Singapore to Manado, by plane
1 hour airport resort transfer, by van
Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado has a regular international flight service to/from Singapore with SilkAir
|Mon, Wed, Sat||Fri|
Depart 09.25 – Arrive 13.05
Depart 13.45 – Arrive 17.05
Depart 10.35 – Arrive 14.15
Depart 15.00 – Arrive 18.20
*All times are in Singapore GMT +8 hours
Although the beaches of Manado are not meant for tourists, there are still a few quiet spots to relax by. The beaches by the dive resorts on the other hand are built on black volcanic sand where you will be able to lay back and take in the sun and scenery. These are the resorts Gill Divers visits.
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