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Manado (Indonesia), Far East & Australia

Manado scuba diving holiday offers a world class diving holiday with luxury liveaboard options. Dive on pristine coral gardens, wall reef and see why Bunaken Marine Park has a reputation for some of the highest density and variety of marine life on the planet. Located just a few degrees off the equator on the northern peninsula of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Manado is dominated by the peaks of two dormant volcanoes on land and a third peak which rises steeply from the sea in the centre of the bay.

Bunaken Marine Park offers steep walls covered with soft corals and sponges are suitable for divers of all levels and experience. There are over 50 dive sites in and around the 5 islands of Bunaken plus numerous shore dive sites. All dives in Bunaken are wall dive sites whilst the dive sites along the north west coast of Manado island are mainly shallow, offshore coral gardens with sandy slopes - a magnet for critters and ideal muck diving conditions. In Bunaken there are large schools of barracuda, tuna, moray eels, napoleon wrasse, sea snakes, turtles, rays and giant jacks including species of shark including hammerheads encountered at deeper depths. There are also a number of WWII wrecks. 

Culture and Activities

North Sulawesi is well and truly off the tourist trail. As soon as you arrive, you notice a very local Indonesian feel with just a few hotels dotted around the coastline and in the main commercial town of Manado. Tourism is based around independent travellers. When not diving you can explore this natural island on Manado city tours, hiking and cultural excursions with trips to see the highlands, waterfalls, volcano treks or Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park. The local Indonesia cuisine is offered at the hotels. It is possible to have twin centre stays between Manado west coast and Lembeh dive locations - diving the best of this island. Enquire for details.

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Diving Conditions

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Best Time: Year round. Mar-Nov (dry), Dec to Mar/April (rainy).

Average Air temps: 28°C

Average Water temps: 26-28°C

Visibility: 15-30m

Top Dive Sites: 
Tasik Ria Critter Circus, Popo Betlehem, Tanjung Kelapa,
Bunaken Islands  Lekuan 1, 2
Molas Japanese Cargo Wreck. 
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Great Reasons to Dive in Manado - North Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Suitable for all levels - beginners & Tek diving.
  • Dedicated divers & luxury spa resorts.
  • Bukanen National Marine Park .
  • Photography camera room,
  • Wall dives, hugely colourful reefs, critters and pelagics.
  • PADI Courses and Instructor Training Centre.
  • Macro & critter diving.
  • Snorkelling from dive boats.



Dive Holidays Sportif

Sportif Dive is a specialist tour operator offering a wide range of diving holidays all over the world. Our choice of destinations is extensive from established locations in the Red Sea, Maldives, Caribbean and the Far East to the exotic and unusual such as Rodrigues Island in the Indian Ocean, Wakatobi, Truk, Palau, South America & the Pacific. Whether you are looking to for a Learn to Dive course, group expedition or trip of a lifetime we can help. With over 30 years experience and a personal approach, we can advise on the ideal location to suit your needs, at a price to suit your budget.

Our extensive knowledge of the destinations means we can recommend the right location for you. Our diving centres are selected for their excellent standards of service and safety. Whatever your priority, whether starting out or wishing to dive a technically challenging site we can recommend a range of options offering the best diving for when you wish to travel. We can organise all your travel arrangements for you, pre-book equipment and diving packages in advance to maximise your time when you get there.

As an independent tour operator, we select only the hotels, liveaboards and diving centres that offer the best standards and quality of service but at the right price. Without the overheads of a large mass market operator, we can offer the best value diving holidays often with great discounts and special offers.

Our consultants have many years experience in travel and are divers. They are able to closely match your needs and take time to recommend from a carefully selected range of accommodation and diving packages. With first hand knowledge, they are passionate about diving and travel and providing the perfect holiday for you.

Sportif also have a specialist multisport division offering instruction and rental packages for windsurfing, kitesurfing and surfing. Our specialist centres are located in some of our diving resorts, often minutes from the Dive Centre for easy coordination of activities. Packages offered included taster and learn to right through to intensive coaching weeks up to expert level. Children can start from 8 years.

Sportif Dive are an ATOL bonded operator which means that every element of your holiday is secure. With the worry of disruption to your holiday plans from weather disruption or airline failure you can be sure that we will be there to help every step of the way.

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