MANADO, INDONESIA • MAY 21 - 31, 2018

ABOUT MANADO

Welcome to North Sulawesi, the land of smiling people. North Sulawesi is on the island of Sulawesi and is a province of Indonesia. The land itself is endowed with an array of magnificent coral reefs that attract divers from all across the globe.

Manado (pronounced maˈnado) is located at the Bay of Manado.  The name Manado, which is derived from the Minahasan language, comes from manadou or wanazou meaning "on the far coast" or "in the distance." The area is also commonly known by local people as "Bumi Nyiur Melambai" or "the land of waving coconut palms" due in part to the vast coconut plantations that cover the coastline.

Manado city is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi. The city had 675,411 inhabitants at the 2010 Census, making it the second-largest city in Sulawesi after Makassar. Christianity is the dominant religion in Manado, with Islam second, forming about 30 percent and the rest are Buddhist, Hinduism and Confucianism.

Manado is the starting point for exploration of the Minahasa region's many attractions. There is a wide range of hotels and restaurants. The city's numerous shops and markets are filled with an abundance of consumer goods and agricultural produce, while behind every building are glimpses of emerald hills and azure sea.

Inland from Manado, a trip through the Minahasa Highlands will take you to intriguing prehistoric above-ground burial sites, volcanoes, hot springs, the highland lake Tondano and breathtaking panoramas of lush mountains, coffee and coconut plantations, orchid gardens and terraced hillsides. From Manado, you might want to visit the Dua Saudara Nature Reserve, home to birds and other wildlife unique to Sulawesi, such as the big eyed Tarsius Monkey, the smallest monkey in the world.

FACTS

Country: Indonesia
Continent: Asia
Best Time: May to October
Precipitation: February to October is the dry season
Air Temperature: 74° - 89° F
Water Temperature: 83° - 86° F
Capital: Manado, North Sulawesi
Time: UTC+08:00
Population: 700,000+ (2014)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (USD 1 = 13,000 IRD)
Electricity: 220V

 

THE GRAND LULEY MANADO

The Grand Luley Manado sits at the edge of a traditional Minahasa fishing village where the people have long sustained themselves from the ocean's precious bounty. It is encompassed within a tropical landscape edged by a mangrove forest. The property overlooks Bunaken Island and is within the Bunaken National Marine Park, a treasure trove of rich marine bio-diversity that draws diving enthusiasts from around the world. It is a 40-minute drive from the Sam Ratulangi International airport.

Accommodations at Grand Luley Manado are a collection of tastefully-appointed guest rooms and a luxury villa.

It features the Mougie Restaurant, an all-day dining venue serving a menu of authentic Manado cuisine including fresh seafood infused with exotic spices. International fare is also available along with classic Indonesian dishes to anticipate all taste preferences. The resort also has an exclusive lounge, resort shop, swimming pool with snack bar, wellness studio, and yoga center.

THE GUEST ROOMS

DELUXE POOL VIEW

Created with the comfort and convenience of seasoned travelers in mind, this room category offers refreshing pool views. A functional layout, featuring dark timber furnishings and modern amenities, adds to the overall feeling of spaciousness. A cool breeze drifting in from the sea can be enjoyed from a private balcony.

• Approx. 28 sq.m (300 sq.ft)
• Flat Screen HDTV with Cable television
• Direct dial phone

• Individually controlled air conditioning
• Balcony / Terrace
• Free Wi-Fi

• Hairdryer
• In-room safety deposit box
• Coffee and tea making facility

KAWALUSSO DIVE CENTER

The Kawalusso Dive Center is a dedicated dive center on the property. It is a PADI certified facility that caters to the needs of experienced divers as well as beginner, staffed by a qualified team of multi-lingual instructors. It carries 30 sets of well-maintained equipment including respected brands such as Aqualung and SeaQuest. A wide range of fins, masks, snorkels and wetsuits are available. Boats depart daily from Grand Luley Manado's private jetty three times a day and the ride over to Bunaken takes just 10 minutes.

The team goes to great lengths to help preserve local dive sites as well as the coastal mangrove forest. A sunken mermaid statue located in the waters of Bunaken’s Bahowo Point is sponsored by the resort and helps raise awareness about marine conservation.

THE DIVING

Bunaken National Park is a marine park in the north of Sulawesi island known for its extraordinary biodiversity, clear warm waters and impressive numbers of sea life. The park is located near the center of the Coral Triangle, providing habitat to 390 species of coral, as well as many fish, mollusk, reptile and marine mammal species. About 90 species of fish live in the waters of the park.

It is claimed that this park has seven times more genera of coral than Hawaii and more than 70% of all the known fish species of the Indo-Western Pacific.

In addition to its huge biodiversity Bunaken is also a place where rare and endangered animals can be found such as coelacanths, dugongs, whales and turtles, as well as dolphins.

 The Park is representative of Indonesian tropical water ecosystems, consisting of mangrove ecosystems, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and coastal ecosystems. It was established as a national park in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. It covers a total area of nearly 300 miles, 97% of which is marine habitat. The remaining 3% of the park is terrestrial, including the five islands of Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain and Siladen.

Bunaken also offers excellent snorkeling. There are huge shallow coral gardens perfect for observing the teeming reef life. Snorkelers can go from the beach, on special day tours, or with the diving groups.

DIVING CONDITIONS

DEPTH: 15' - 130
VIS: 65' - 100'+
CURRENTS: Light - Strong
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate - Advanced
WATER TEMP: 81° F - 86° F
DIVE SITES: 50+

TANGKOKO NATURE RESERVE (OPTIONAL TOUR)

Located at the foot of Dua Saudara Mountain, the Tangkoko Nature Reserve is comprised of rolling hills and valleys with a variety of hardwood trees and unusual plant life. The animal life is also quite varied, and one can often view Tarsius tarsier (one of the smallest known primates), black tailless monkeys, maleo birds, wild pigs and kuskus (marsupials). Tangkoko Batuangus. The reserve is particularly attractive for its unique wildlife that can be observed roaming free in the forest.

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SAMPLE ITINERARY

MAY 21: DAY 1
Arrive in Manado. Transfer to Grand Luley. Dinner

MAY 22: DAY 2
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. Dinner

MAY 23: DAY 3
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. 1 Night Dive. Dinner

MAY 24: DAY 4
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. Dinner  

MAY 25: DAY 5
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. Talawaan Waterfall Tour. Dinner

MAY 26: DAY 6
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. Dinner

MAY 27: DAY 7
Breakfast. Lembeh 3 Day Dives. Lunch. Dinner

MAY 28: DAY 8
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. 1 Night Dive. Dinner

MAY 29: DAY 9
Breakfast. 2 Day Dives. Lunch. Sundowner Tour. Dinner  

MAY 30: DAY 10
2 Day Dives. Lunch. Talawaan Bajo Tour. Dinner

MAY 31: DAY 11
Breakfast. Transfer to Airport. Depart Manado.

**PLEASE NOTE** The dive sites visited are subject to weather conditions and local seasonal knowledge and is at the absolute discretion of the dive guides.

PACKAGE INCLUDES

11 days / 10 nights at the Grand Luley Manado, Pool View Room
8 days diving Bunaken National Marine Park with 18 dives
1 day diving Lembeh Strait with 3 dives
Night Dives
Tanks • Weights/belt
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Talawaan Waterfall Tour
Talawaan Bajo Tour
Sundowner Tour
Daily Shuttle to Downtown
Wi-Fi
Group airport transfers in Manado
Government goods & services tax
Parties & Surprises!

DIVER PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) COST $2,150
DIVER PACKAGE (SINGLE OCC) COST $2,650
NON DIVER PACKAGE COST $1,650

Available on a first-come first-serve basis

EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
February 21, 2018 Balance

Prices subject to change

AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Private Transfers not included

Gratuities not included 

PACKAGE EXCLUDES
International flights • Alcoholic beverages • Equipment Rentals • Departure Tax (if applicable)
Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Crew gratuities • Massages and spa treatments

We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of diving due to weather or equipment issues.


GETTING THERE

Domestic Airport: Ambon (AMQ), Denpasar / Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Makassar / Ujung Padang (UPG), Manado (MDC), Sorong (SOQ)

International Airport: Denpasar / Bali (DPS), Jakarta (CGK), Makassar / Ujung Padang (UPG), Manado (MDC)

Routes: International in bound flights into Indonesia will have to be through Jakarta, Bali or Manado.

SAMPLE FLIGHT ITINERARY AS OF AUGUST 14, 2017
COST $1050 ROUNDTRIP (2018 FLIGHTS ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE)

11 HOUR LAYOVER : Transit hotel available. See below

24 HOUR LAYOVER : Transit hotel available. See below

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Return: Monday, October 23rd. Check In 2:00pm. Check Out 12:30pm

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