A PADI Instructor in Indonesia: Satoka Kubo

Satoka in the swimming pool giving ok signal

In this series of blog posts, we introduce you to our PADI instructors. Satoka Kubo (29) has been working with us at Thalassa since 2017 as PADI instructor, dive guide and marketing manager. Ever wonder what it’s like to be a PADI Instructor and move to Indonesia to pursue a dream career? Satoka Kubo did […]

From the veggie garden to the restaurant

Our garden near the Hilltop rooms

Regular guests will know we used to have a little veggie garden at our resort in Manado next to the lounge area. Unfortunately, the stuff just refused to grow, but now we have a new garden and it’s doing great. After doing some renovation work on our Hilltop rooms, the surrounding gardens offered the perfect […]

DUIKEN — Lembeh Strait

Pipefish at Lembeh Strait

The following article originally appeared Dutch scuba diving website and magazine Duiken (“diving” in Dutch), focusing on the Lembeh Strait and its fantastic muck diving. Original text: Judith Rietveld, photos: Daniel Versteeg. Duiken at Lembeh Strait Do you enjoy looking for strange creatures in the sand or do you prefer diving on the spectacular reefs of Bunaken? You […]

Freediving in 2019: simply breathtaking

Gisele and Stanley at Bunaken National Park

Interested in trying out freediving with the Indonesian record holder as your instructor? Well, have we got some news for you, because, as of 2019, Thalassa Dive Resort Manado will be offering you the chance to do just that! Let’s go deeper Stanley Sradaputta, born in Surabaya and raised in Jakarta (47) has broken the […]

The Palu Relief Effort

Supplies ready to go

On September 28th 2018 Palu in Central Sulawesi was struck by tragedy. An earthquake with a 7.5 magnitude leveled and damaged over 70.000 houses, displaced thousands and caused the deaths of at least 2.100 people. Resorts all over Sulawesi pulled together to organize a Palu relief effort. Immediately after the disaster, concerned messages and questions […]

We won PADI’s Women’s Dive Day video contest!

A happy Women's Dive Day participant

When we posted our video to celebrate PADI Women’s Dive Day last July, we entered it in PADI’s video contest. PADI liked it so much they selected it as one of the winners! High fives all around when they informed us of the following… Congratulations! Your video submission for the 2018 PADI Women’s Dive Day […]

Cooking prize at Manado Culinary Fiesta

Manado Fiesta is a yearly event held in Manado, taking place from August 30th until September 9th this year. Different cultural festivities including music, art, fashion, religion and of course, food are celebrated all over town. The Manado Culinary Fiesta is the chance for chefs to show off their cooking skills. Our chef and resort […]

PADI IDC in Indonesia

Teaching others is a rare gift, and there is nothing like seeing your students grow and develop into world-class divers. This experience can be yours by taking our Instructor Development Course. PADI Course Directors Frans Rattu and Simone Gerritsen will lead you through the whole course. With so much experience under one roof, you’re guaranteed […]

Merdeka! August 17 — Indonesian Independence Day


Triple-person-ski-walking, sack-racing, man-o-war, bite-the-kerupuk and attempting to climb a 6 meters high pole covered in grease was all done during Indonesia’s Independence Day last Friday. We filmed our team, guests, friends and family competing against each other, with some totally cheating to win!

Artificial reefs in North Sulawesi

Fish taking shelter in our house reef at Manado

Artificial reefs in North Sulawesi are incredibly varied, so you can find all kinds of life. North Sulawesi is still a relatively unknown diving hot spot. However, anyone who visited before knows how rich the biodiversity is. That is to say, lazy turtles hang out on the corals and schools of reef fish dart through […]

Women’s Dive Day 2018

Known as Women’s Dive Day, today we’re celebrating women in diving. If you know Thalassa a little bit, you know we also sponsor a school, where we train local kids as dive guides or hotel staff. For Women’s Dive Day 2018 we invited all of our dive students’ mothers to try out diving in our […]

How big is Indonesia actually?

For a long time, the name “Indonesia” was almost synonymous with “Bali”, but in reality, Indonesia is bigger, way bigger than just that one tiny island among 17,500. So how big is Indonesia? To understand how big Indonesia is, know that it covers a good 1,9 million square kilometers. Consequently, it’s the world’s 14th largest […]