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Bangka (Sulawesi)

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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.


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

Flora and fauna[edit]

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

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

Bangka's land animals include wild deer, the tarsius and the maleo.

Get in[edit]

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 3 PM from Likupang beach and is called 'lihunu express'(orange boat). The boat will take you to Lihunu the largest town onn the island. However, getting to a resort is tricky as there are no roads. In Lihunu you can charter a small canoe for around 50.000 rupiah. Alternatively you can charter a boat in Likupang anytime.


Bangka area is not part of the Bunaken Marine park, so there is no fee or permit. However, most resorts offer diving in the neighboring areas of Bunaken and Lembeh Strait, which are only about an hour away by boat.

Get around[edit]

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.

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Do[edit][add listing]

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[edit][add listing]

In Lihunu there are some very small family run shops where you are able to buy basic things such as cigarettes, soft drinks and snacks

Eat[edit][add listing]

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.

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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[edit][add listing]

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


  • Blue Bay Divers & Sunshine Liveaboard, Sahaung Island, Bangka, (+62) 813-4028-6000, [1]. Small and cosy dive resort for a maximum of only 16 guests, located on the small private island Sahaung close to Bangka Island. The resort is located on a white sandy beach and is facing a beautiful sky-blue bay. Diving is offered in Bangka/Gangga, the Bunaken National Park and the Lembeh Strait. The resort also offers liveaboard cruises to Halmahera, Sangihe and the Togian Islands.  edit
  • Nomad Divers Bangka, [2] Small and friendly scuba diving resort offering authentic accommodation, great food and great diving. Training up to Divemaster and daily freediving!
  • Mimpi Indah resort, [3]. Boutique style eco dive resort with long sandy beach and beautiful house reef that is excellent for freediving, snorkelling, and diving. Accommodation in traditional style bamboo bungalows with hot running water and western style toilets. Full board starts at 39€/night. This is a PADI dive resort and they offer all dive courses from beginner up to Dive Master and even some specialties. They also offer nitrox!
  • Murex Bangka resort, [4]. One of the first in North Sulawesi, with several different locations. Accommodation starts around 50€/night. They offer Nitrox. They have a white sandy beach and all of their bungalows have AC and hot running water.
  • Gangga Island resort, [5]. A luxury resort on Gangga Island, with prices starting around 160€/night.
  • Coral Eye, [6]. Coral Eye Resort is located on a beautiful sandy white beach on west side of Bangka island, perfect for freediving,snorkeling and diving. Accommodations start from 40eur/person, full board included. Indonesian and Italian cuisine!
  • Sea Souls Dive Resort, [7]. Small familiar dive resort combines a passion for diving and the Indonesian underwater world with a nature-loving lifestyle. Sea Souls guests will experience a warm welcome and individual service in informal surroundings. Unique diving around Bangka. Many breath-taking diving spots, especially in the North of Bangka, close to Talisei. Beach bungalows directly at the sea. Long white sandy beach. Great restaurant with open sea view.


Stay safe[edit]

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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