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'''Bungka area''' contains several Islands is off the coast of [[North Sulawesi]], [[Indonesia]]. The names of the Islands are (amongst others) [[Bangka]], [[Gangga]], Talise.
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'''Bangka''' is a group of islands off the coast of [[North Sulawesi]], [[Indonesia]]. These include Bangka itself as well as Gangga and Talise.
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
The Bangka area is one of Indonesia's most famous dive areas, and it draws scuba divers from all over the world.  In addition to Bangka itself, a beautiful lush island, the area includes the neighboring islands of '''Gangga''', Talise, and Sahaung.
 
The Bangka area is one of Indonesia's most famous dive areas, and it draws scuba divers from all over the world.  In addition to Bangka itself, a beautiful lush island, the area includes the neighboring islands of '''Gangga''', Talise, and Sahaung.
 
===History===
 
 
===Landscape===
 
The area is famed for the clarity of its water (35m visibility is common in the summer dry season), the abundance of coral and fish, and for the numerous sitings of seahorses and even an occasional [[Dugong]].
 
  
 
===Flora and fauna===
 
===Flora and fauna===
Except for the very largest pelagics, nearly everything can be found at Bungka.  Reef inhabitants include white and black tip reef sharks, giant sea turtles, napoleonfish, pygmee seahorses and dugongs.
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Except for the very largest pelagics, nearly everything can be found at Bungka.  Reef inhabitants include white and black tip reef sharks, giant sea turtles, napoleonfish, pygmy seahorses and dugongs.
  
 
You may frequently run into dolphins, and occasionally schools of whales.
 
You may frequently run into dolphins, and occasionally schools of whales.
  
 
On the Island Bangka you can even see wild dear, the tarsius and the maleo.
 
On the Island Bangka you can even see wild dear, the tarsius and the maleo.
 
===Climate===
 
Bangka is barely a degree above the equator and thus '''tropical'''.  The "Rainy Season" from December to mid March, brings frequent rains, sometimes in storms lasting for several days, which make the air nice and cool but also reduce visibility.  The "Dry Season" from April to November, when temperatures climb to 35° and visibility reaches a maximum.
 
Bangka receives far less rain than the mainland and is well ventilated with sea breezes.
 
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
There are no real roads on Bangka, and only a couple of villages. The best way to go from a resort to one of the villages os by boat. Watch out if walking along the coastline, as the beach may disappear when the high tide rolls in.
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There are no real roads on Bangka, and only a couple of villages. The best way to go from a resort to one of the villages or by boat. Watch out if walking along the coastline, as the beach may disappear when the high tide rolls in.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
Tourism on Bangka is scarse and the resorts are far from each other.
 
For a relaxed and quit holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is a perfect place. Most tourist who visit Bangka come for the excellent diving and snorkelling.  Possible activities for landlubbers include:
 
* '''Beach-combing''', especially at low tide when the reef top is accessible
 
* '''Hiking''' to some of the secluded coves on the Eastern and Northern part of the island, but trails are poorly marked
 
* '''Fishing''', hire a boat or join one of the local fishing boats.
 
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
The thing to do around Bangka is '''dive, dive and dive'''!  The dive sites are so numerous and different from each other that you can dive here no matter what your level and experience is. Of course there is also excellent '''snorkeling''', with house reefs in front of some of the available resorts!
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Dive, dive, dive.
 
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Diving around Bangka is very varied and possible for both beginning and advanced divers.
All dive shops in the Bangka area are affiliated with resorts, so see [[#Sleep|Sleep]] below for listings.
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There are also good opportunities for snorkeling.
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
Fish, fish and fish
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There are no restaurants on Bangka, but all resorts have their own restaurant.
(but of course there is meat as well)
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Dishes include lots of traditional Indonesian food but usually they also have some western meals.
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Since you're on an Island it's fish almost every day, but the resorts usually have some meat as well.
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
Natural Drinking water is Not available on Bunaken
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Natural Drinking water is available in some resorts, but not all!
Insist on bottled mineral water at all times, ensure that coffes or teas are made using bottled water also.
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All resorts offer bottled mineral water, so if you don't trust the source you can ask for bottled water.
Local spirits '''Cap Tikus''' literally "rat brand" made from distilled palm wine (a type of moonshine), actually quite nice "on the rocks with a slice of lemon".
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Local spirits Cap Tikus literally "rat brand" made from distilled palm wine (a type of moonshine), actually quite nice "on the rocks with a slice of lemon".
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Most people choose to sleep at their dive resorts, almost all of which offer full board and attractive package offers.  Those on the south and west sides of Bunaken have a strip of beach (coarse yellow sand), while the east side has a mixture of mangroves and small beaches with better reefs.
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Most people choose to sleep at their dive resorts, almost all of which offer full board and attractive package offers.   
  
 
===Lodging===
 
===Lodging===
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* '''Nomad Divers Bangka''', [http://www.nomaddiversbangka.com/] Small and friendly scuba diving resort offering authentic accommodation, great food and great diving. Training up to Divemaster and daily freediving!
  
* '''Bastianos Dive Resorts''', [http://www.bastianos.com].  Located in Bunaken Island. 30 minutes from Mainland Manado.
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* '''Blue Bay Divers''', [http://www.blue-bay-divers.de/].  ...is a dreamlike and paradisiacal Dive Resort located on the Island Sahaung - Bangka Island - in front of the north peak of North Sulawesi. The small resort is facing a sky-blue bay and offers a long, white sandy beach, which is surrounded by palms and mangroves.
  
* '''Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort''', tel. +62-431-3307293, [http://www.bunakenchacha.com/], located on the tranquil eastern side of Bunaken. 10 cottages, all tastefully decorated and complete with en-suit bathrooms (hot water showers), private white sand beach, house reef for snorkelers. The beach top restaurant serves a variety of Indonesian/Asian dishes with emphasis on "Healthy Eating", vegetarians are welcome. Room & full board from US$50 per person/per night; room, full board and dive packages from US$120.
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* '''Mimpi Indah resort''', [http://www.MimpiIndah.com/]. Eco dive resort with coarse sand beach that disappears completely at high tide and a house reef badly damaged by local fishermen. Accommodation in traditional bungalows, with full board starts at 49€/night. This is a PADI Eco resort and they offer all dive courses from beginner up to Dive Master and even some specialties. Nitrox for free!
  
* '''Bunaken Village Resort''', [http://www.bunakenvillage.com]. Located along the Pangalisang beach on the east coast of Bunaken. 8 cottages, restaurant, dive shop, beach bar and swimming pool. Rooms 20-25€, 2 boat dives 40€.
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* '''Bangka Island resort''', [http://www.murexdive.com/]. One of the first in North Sulawesi, with several different locations. Accommodation starts around 40€/night.
  
* '''Froggies Divers''', [www.divefroggies.com]. A high quality dive operator with comfortable bungalows and excellent food.
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* '''Gangga Island resort''', [http://www.ganggaisland.com/]. A luxury resort on Gangga Island, with prices starting around 160€/night.
 
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* '''Living Colours''', tel. +62-812-4306063, [http://www.livingcoloursdiving.com/]. Diver-oriented resort run by the shop of the same name, the bungalows are spacious and clean, but simply equipped (fan, mosquito net, cold water) and there is no beach to speak of.  Rooms 25€/person, including three ''excellent'' meals and free Internet surfing. 
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Two dives a day from 45€, gear rental 10€/day.  Airport transfers 30€/one-way, but free if you stay and dive 4 nights or more.
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* '''Lorenso's Bungalows''', [http://www.lorenso-bunaken.com/].  5 min down the coast from Living Colours, offering cheaper but even more basic digs for around 10€/night.
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* '''M.C. Dive Bunaken''', [http://www.mcdivebunaken.com]. Located near the Bunaken Village Has a very nice beach and offers relaxed diving with experienced guides and good diving-equipment. Also offering Padi Dive Courses and Specialty's, Basic cottages 14€, more luxurious bungalows: 20€, including all meals, coffee, tea and water.  2 dives 40€,  third dive 15€
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* '''Siladen Resort & Spa''', tel. +62-431-856820, [http://www.siladen.com/]. Small exclusive international resort on Siladen Island across from Bunaken. Multilingual PADI dive center, gourmet restaurant, lounge bar, Spa, large salt water pool. Located on the secluded western side of Siladen on a 300 meter stretch of white coral beach facing Manadotua Vulcano. Only 15 villas. PADI courses and full packages available.
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===Camping===
 
===Camping===
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
There are no unusual health risks in the park, aside from the standard set of easily avoided venomous marine critters. Sharks and crocodiles are both absent, and jellyfish are found only occasionally, primarily during the change of the seasons in spring/fall.
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There are no unusual health risks in the park, aside from the standard set of easily avoided venomous marine critters. Sharks and crocodiles are both absent, and jellyfish are found only occasionally, primarily during the change of the seasons in spring/fall.
  
 
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Revision as of 09:24, 27 December 2012

Bangka is a group of islands off the coast of North Sulawesi, Indonesia. These include Bangka itself as well as Gangga and Talise.

Contents

Understand

The Bangka area is one of Indonesia's most famous dive areas, and it draws scuba divers from all over the world. In addition to Bangka itself, a beautiful lush island, the area includes the neighboring islands of Gangga, Talise, and Sahaung.

Flora and fauna

Except for the very largest pelagics, nearly everything can be found at Bungka. Reef inhabitants include white and black tip reef sharks, giant sea turtles, napoleonfish, pygmy seahorses and dugongs.

You may frequently run into dolphins, and occasionally schools of whales.

On the Island Bangka you can even see wild dear, the tarsius and the maleo.

Get in

Bangka is about 90 minutes Manado, using a combination of car and boat. Most resorts will arrange transfers from the airport for their guests. Alternatively, a public boat leaves daily except Sunday around 4 PM from Likupang, or you can charter a boat anytime.

Fees/Permits

Bangka area is not part of the Bunaken Marine park, so there is no fee or permit. However, most resort offer diving in the neighboring dive area's, Bunaken and Lembeh Strait, as well as these are only about an hour away by boat.

Get around

There are no real roads on Bangka, and only a couple of villages. The best way to go from a resort to one of the villages or by boat. Watch out if walking along the coastline, as the beach may disappear when the high tide rolls in.

See

Do

Dive, dive, dive. Diving around Bangka is very varied and possible for both beginning and advanced divers. There are also good opportunities for snorkeling.

Buy

Eat

There are no restaurants on Bangka, but all resorts have their own restaurant. Dishes include lots of traditional Indonesian food but usually they also have some western meals. Since you're on an Island it's fish almost every day, but the resorts usually have some meat as well.

Drink

Natural Drinking water is available in some resorts, but not all! All resorts offer bottled mineral water, so if you don't trust the source you can ask for bottled water. Local spirits Cap Tikus literally "rat brand" made from distilled palm wine (a type of moonshine), actually quite nice "on the rocks with a slice of lemon".

Sleep

Most people choose to sleep at their dive resorts, almost all of which offer full board and attractive package offers.

Lodging

  • Nomad Divers Bangka, [1] Small and friendly scuba diving resort offering authentic accommodation, great food and great diving. Training up to Divemaster and daily freediving!
  • Blue Bay Divers, [2]. ...is a dreamlike and paradisiacal Dive Resort located on the Island Sahaung - Bangka Island - in front of the north peak of North Sulawesi. The small resort is facing a sky-blue bay and offers a long, white sandy beach, which is surrounded by palms and mangroves.
  • Mimpi Indah resort, [3]. Eco dive resort with coarse sand beach that disappears completely at high tide and a house reef badly damaged by local fishermen. Accommodation in traditional bungalows, with full board starts at 49€/night. This is a PADI Eco resort and they offer all dive courses from beginner up to Dive Master and even some specialties. Nitrox for free!
  • Bangka Island resort, [4]. One of the first in North Sulawesi, with several different locations. Accommodation starts around 40€/night.
  • Gangga Island resort, [5]. A luxury resort on Gangga Island, with prices starting around 160€/night.

Camping

Stay safe

There are no unusual health risks in the park, aside from the standard set of easily avoided venomous marine critters. Sharks and crocodiles are both absent, and jellyfish are found only occasionally, primarily during the change of the seasons in spring/fall.

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