Indonesia, Asia – Murex Bangka Resort

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Murex Bangka Resort

North Sulawesi, Indonesia

 

An Introduction to Indonesia

 

Explore Manado, Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh in Indonesia and experience rich culture, stunning natural beauty and some of the most vibrant reefs in the world. Murex Manado and Murex Bangka are professional, friendly, family-run resorts with outstanding personalized service which ensures that every guest is treated as a friend.

Murex Bangka Resort

Situated on a palm-fringed white sand beach, Murex Bangka offers a true Robinson Crusoe style experience. Their friendly team will ensure that you and your family have everything you need to ensure a fantastic holiday on this beautiful tropical island.
Drift away in a hammock, swim or snorkel in the crystal clear waters, explore by paddleboard, watch the kids playing on the beach and splashing in the ocean or just chill out with a sundowner.
If you were dreaming of a remote island getaway, exceptional service and fun for all of the family then Bangka Island is a must.

Restaurant and Dining

Three plentiful buffet meals a day are served in the resort’s main beachfront restaurant which features an open-air terrace and beach service for those who prefer dining al fresco. Cuisine is varied and combines a tantalizing mix of International and Asian flavors using fresh local ingredients. The team of western trained chefs are able to cater for special dietary requirements upon request.

Additional Facilities

Additional resort facilities include:

  • Designated camera room with personal preparation areas, plug sockets, bright lighting and air conditioning
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach hammocks
  • Massage service
  • Indoor and outdoor dining spaces
  • Flat-screen television for viewing marine life presentations and underwater videography
  • Beach barbeques

The resort offers free Wi-Fi in the restaurant area but because of their remote location, signal strength is not guaranteed. Sending and receiving emails is usually not an issue but they recommend that you complete any urgent online transactions before arrival and kick back and relax while you are in paradise!

Murex’s Environmental Commitment on Bangka Island

At Murex Bangka, they aim to conserve their beautiful natural environment.
Murex Bangka is the only resort on Bangka Island which harnesses solar power to provide hot water bathrooms, AC throughout the night and 24 hour electricity. Their installation of 38 solar panels ensures that their restaurant, camera room and spa have power throughout the day. They are extremely proud of their commitment to preserving the natural environment on Bangka Island and to making their resort as sustainable as possible.

Environmental sustainability is something which they pride themselves upon. The resort’s founding father, Dr. Batuna, was a pioneer of diving in this region and sought to protect it.

Dr. Batuna was inducted into the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame in 2018 (alongside Dr. Sylvia Earle) and they strive to honor his memory in every single dive trip.

Diving with Murex

Explore Manado, Bunaken, Bangka and Lembeh underwater and experience the best of Indonesia’s dive and snorkel sites. Whether you want to fun dive, learn to dive with a PADI course or snorkel they’ll make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime, create many happy memories and see world-class marine life.

Their expert and friendly team of Dive Guides and Instructors are ready to welcome you to the beautiful underwater world of North Sulawesi.
At Murex Resorts, they offer a full range of PADI dive courses from beginner levels through to Divemaster and their professional team of PADI Instructors speak English, German, Dutch and Indonesian. If you would like to learn the theory in another language, they recommend that you take PADI e-Learning before arriving in resort.

Equipment and Facilities

Murex dive centers are Aqua Lung partners and they provide free full equipment hire for those taking beginner courses (Introductory Dive Experiences and PADI Open Water Diver). For advanced courses, they have full dive equipment rental available.
Murex Manado is an award winning PADI 5 star Dive Centre with a 4 meter deep, purpose built dive training pool.
Safety and quality are their first priorities, but they haven’t forgotten about convenience; they’ll make sure your dive course fits around your schedule while you are there so that you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy North Sulawesi – you are on holiday!

Highlights of Bangka

An explosion of color and kaleidoscopic soft corals. Bangka dive sites are a sensory overload where the pristine reefs are teeming with life. Pelagics and critters, Bangka has it all!

Unique species include resident dugongs, dolphins and pilot whales, several species of pygmy seahorse, harlequin and tiger shrimps, blue ring, mimic, reef and wonderpus octopus, ghost pipefish, Ambon scorpionfish, frogfishes, turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, tuna, great barracuda, schooling fish including snappers, fusiliers, cardinals and mackerel.

Diving Schedule

Start your day with a two dive trip to Bangka’s most iconic dive sites. Return to the resort for lunch followed by a third afternoon dive OR opt for a three dive safari trip with lunch served on the boat.
Night dives around Bangka are a major highlight and should not be missed!

 

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: “Indos” meaning Indian and “Nesos” which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country’s population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver’s ‘Must do’ list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world’s best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

What to Expect in Indonesia

BANKS:

  • Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Jakarta has several international banks but money can also be changed at hotel cashiers, and authorized money changers.
  • Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers.
  • The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.
  • Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travelers cheques in advance.
  • Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

CURRENCY:

  • The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 9,055. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.

CLIMATE:

  • Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round.
  • Rather than four seasons it has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of winter and summer.
  • Temperatures climb to about 88°F in coastal regions, dropping (but not by much) further inland.

DEPARTURE TAX:

  • Departure tax applies on both international and domestic flights. Departure tax from Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) Airport is 100,000 IDR and at other international airports, 75,000 IDR.

DRINKING WATER:

  • Visitors should not drink tap water and avoid ice and fresh juices as they may have been watered down.
  • Bottled water is generally safe but check that the seal is intact at purchase.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:

  • To drive in Indonesia, you officially need an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your local automobile association.
  • This permit is rarely required as identification when hiring or driving a car but police may ask to see it.
  • You should also bring your home driving license as well as it’s supposed to be carried in conjunction with the IDP.

ELECTRICITY:

  • Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas.
  • Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins.
  • It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.
  • Certain nationals, including US citizens are able to obtain a “Visa on Arrival” processed at a recognized gate of entry following the payment of an official fee. Such fee is dependent upon a 30 day or a 7 day visa. The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into another class of visa.
  • Details of countries participating in the Visa on Arrival program, variations and current visa prices are available from the Consular Section of your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

TOURISM SEASON:

  • The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round.
  • However, the best dive conditions usually exist from April to October, as many provinces have a rainy season from November to March.
  • The live-aboard season – cruises all year round.

VACCINATIONS:

  • In addition to your routine vaccinations, no other inoculations are required for entry into Indonesia with the exception of: Yellow fever is required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
  • However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician or specialized travel clinic for a personal recommendation.
  • As most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, allow sufficient time for consultation before departure.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:

  • Water temperatures vary between 70 degrees and mid-80s Fahrenheit depending on destination and season.
  • We will be happy to advise you in more detail when arranging your trip.

 

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Local: 419-517-6309

Email: [email protected]

Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm EST
Closed: Saturday & Sunday