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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]