Shoot for a great new year!

Did you make that perfect shot during a dive, that one photo that deserves to be seen? Kick off the new year with us in style, by entering our two photo competitions this month!

Keeping busy during downtime

An empty swimming pool…

It’s been more than 6 months since we haven’t been able to welcome you to our resorts. Nevertheless, we work hard in the face of economical hardship. In this post I share some of the activities we undertake during this crisis.

Building a resort: Thalassa Dive Resort Lembeh

Building Thalassa Lembeh

In today’s article we go back in time to look at the construction of our sister resort on Lembeh. In this photo series, read how a muddy hillside was transformed into a full-fledged boutique resort in less than 7 months time… Whenever the chance for a day trip to Lembeh-in-progress came up in 2017, I […]

Where do all these Manadonese dive guides come from?

This article was originally written in German, by our friend Liliane Hennicke at Manta Reisen. In this post she describes how Simone Gerritsen started with an idea and ended up with North Sulawesi’s most successful diving education for local dive guides.

Duikteam Baerne at Thalassa

Duikteam Baerne and the Trash Zombies

In our first ever guest post on this blog, Marlies Wolters, owner of Dive O’ Clock offered to share her experiences while staying at Thalassa with members of her diving club. How do we handle 22 crazy divers that all wish to dive together AND set the record for most beers consumed during a holiday? Find out in this post.

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]