Garuda Airlines changed their flight schedule, and it’s perfect.

From Amsterdam to Manado with Garuda - yay!

SilkAir will cease flying the Singapore – Manado route starting in May. In its place, Scoot will service the route but tickets are not on sale yet. In this post, we take a look at a solid alternative.

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Merdeka! August 17 — Indonesian Independence Day

Merdeka!

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!

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 […]