A pioneer of the dive scene in north Sulawesi - home to the legendary Bunaken marine park and Lembeh Strait, the best place in the world to see critters!
Thalassa Manado is a beautifully presented boutique dive resort that welcomes both divers and non-divers. It was one of the first three dive- resorts to operate in the region and offers an array of accommodation choices, all of them as comfortable as they are eco-conscious. It doesn’t matter if it is your first visit or you are one of their many repeat guess, Thalassa Manado never fails to excite fascination and relaxation in equal measure as you bask in its environs both above and below the water.
Thalassa Manado is a “green resort” both in its efforts towards sustainability and the lush tropical gardens punctuated with fruit trees and swaying palms that surround its 20 rooms. Divided into three categories - Bungalows with single/king bed; Cottages with two twin/double beds and Hill-Top Rooms, which as the name reveals are located at the upper side of the resort, offering particularly beautiful views of the Bay and across Manado. All rooms have private ocean facing terraces and are equipped with AC and en-suites with hot showers. The rooms are a short walk away from the rest of the facilities, including The Barracuda Lounge, the heart of the resort, where you'll find free Wi-Fi, the reception desk, store, coffee shop, restaurant and lounge. Thalassa Manado also has two pools and the ocean is just minutes away.
Sitting in the heart of the Coral Triangle, Manado’s waters are home to 390 species of coral as well as rare species of fish and molluscs. there's amazing “muck diving” at Lembeh (macro photographers take note), while Bunaken is more about the big stuff. If it’s your first time diving, snorkeling or shooting underwater, don’t worry, there are instructors on hand for all three activities. The PADI 5* Dive Center Thalassa has a fleet of 4 boats, camera room, a blending system for nitrox gear and a “no-shortcuts” policy, that ensures your safety and quality training, with environmental protection a priority. Besides diving, try and island hoppng trip, with some jungle trekking and visits to traditional villages thrown in. Whatever activity you choose, their friendly, skilled and professional team is always ready to assist you.
Since its beginnings, Thalassa Manado has always been committed to playing a key role in conserving the at risk reefs of Indonesia and prioritising local community benefits. One of its main campaigns is reducing plastic waste environment- they avoid using plastic in their operations sell stainless steel water bottles to support the campaign. They won't serve food from illegal, endangered and destructive fisheries and have an open-call to join anywhere in Indonesia. They run swimming courses for the local Dive Tourism School, who come twice a week to learn to swim. They also regularly participate in fundraising and conservation events, like an attempt to break a Guinness World Record of 500 divers planting coral to “create” a new reef in Manado, or assisting in establishing a marine protected area with the community of Libas. They are also a part of the PADI Project AWARE project.
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