Looking back at 2019

Thalassa by nightfall

Although the end of the year constitutes nothing more than the physical position of our planet in orbit around the sun, for human beings it means closure. We all want a “better” new year, a “happy” or a “healthy” new year, getting rid of the “bad spirits” with fireworks to herald the new year. Out with the old, in with the new. So today we are looking back at 2019, going over a few highlights of the year…

Regarding flights: Singapore to Manado

SilkAir and Scoot Airlines

Lately we have seen a sharp decline in tourist arrivals here in North Sulawesi. Although the area generally is not known for its large influx of foreign tourists, this decline does have a dramatic effect on our resort. We see fewer guests, more empty rooms, and fewer dive boats on the water.

Choose a PADI IDC in Indonesia for 2020

Instructor candidates in the pool doing exercises

We are starting 2020 with a bang: FIVE PADI IDC’s will be held during the new year at Thalassa Manado. Starting your diving career through an Instructor or Divemaster course with Thalassa is (in our biased opinion) the best value, and much more than just financially. Why a PADI IDC in Indonesia? “PADI IDC in […]

Scuba Diving Tips For Beginners

How be a great beginner diver

Do you want to be more than just a fish-watching tourist? Here is an infographic and a valuable collection of tips that might help. This article is for beginners but can also apply to divers of any skill level. So you just earned your PADI license, congratulations! But where do you go from here? Moreover, […]

DUIKEN – Manado & Bunaken

Turtle hanging out at Bunaken

This article originally appeared in scuba diving website and magazine Duiken (“diving” in Dutch). This piece focuses on diving at Bunaken, Manado and the Bunaken Marine Park. Original text: Judith Rietveld, photos: Daniel Versteeg. Both Manado and Lembeh are part of Sulawesi, the fourth largest island in Indonesia. It is a relatively undiscovered destination compared to the popular […]

Lembeh Muck Diving Special: 20% off in 2020

A hot pink Nudibranch

Get a 20% discount and a free night dive with our Lembeh Muck Diving Special for 2020. A great deal for macro photographers who love critters. Our Lembeh Muck Diving Special is just the right thing if you’re a macro photographer. You will dive at the Lembeh Strait, also known as the Muck Diving Capital […]

Christmas in North Sulawesi, You’re Invited!

Beautiful soft corals at Bunaken

If you’re a single traveler and you want to experience something different during the Christmas season, why not spend it in warm, tropical water? For many divers, including singles (more on that later), Christmas is the perfect excuse to get away from the cold holiday season. Instead, why not spend Christmas in North Sulawesi? Swim […]

The plight of the Immortal Lobsters

A hermit crab doing its thing.

Did you know that lobsters can essentially be immortal? The way they go through their lives is such a bizarre story in terms of biology, we just had to share it… Shrimps, crabs, langustines and lobsters are fascinating creatures. Their insectoid appearance make them a delight to watch during a dive. Shuffling around on the […]

A diving holiday in North Sulawesi

Sunset at the Bunaken National Marine Park

What’s the first thing you think of when someone mentions North Sulawesi? An awesome diving holiday? The cheerful smiles? Finding some peace & quiet? Or maybe all of the above? Hello mister! As I’m walking through the street of Manado, almost every five minutes I hear a cheerful “Hello mister, how are you?” Of course […]

Diving Bunaken: Fukui Point

In this weeks’ post, jump into the water with us and let’s visit Fukui Point, a popular dive site in the Bunaken National Marine Park. Are you ready? 👌 Let’s go down! 👎 Diving Fukui from Manado The area: North Sulawesi, the island: Bunaken, the diving: fantastic! Only a 20-minute boat ride away from our […]

Fendy: dive guide and instructor

Fendy on the left, with members of his team

In this series of blog posts, we introduce you to our PADI instructors. This week, our resident diving supervisor Fendy Galeang (30) shares some stories with us… How did you start at Thalassa?I was one of the first students who graduated from the school in Tongkeina, where I learned a lot from Ibu Simone in […]

Diving in Manado: the Sponge Forest

Diver admiring the yellow sponges

Diving on our house reef in Manado is always surprising and different. One feature that makes the site so unique is the “sponge forest”. Here you will find yellow elephant ear sponges gathering. After jumping in the water from our jetty, a swim of 50 meters takes you to the buoy that marks the start […]