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When I saw the color of the water and the cute beach, I thought I had very well chosen my base, for a smooth acclimatization ...
There is a handful of simple wooden bungalows (with air conditioning still, provided that the generator deigns to start), a small dive center that houses the equipment, a compressor to fill the bottles, a large room that serves resto and, in the back, the barracks where staffs are housed.
Calm and voluptuousness
There are only two other guests when I arrive, two young Dutch people very nice.
The staff is very caring, I carry my big bag to the bungalow assigned to me, I just have to ask and savor. Blissfully.
Everything was very easy to get there. I had arranged things in advance, by exchanging emails with Murex.
A guy was there as expected waiting for me at Manado Airport, with the inevitable little sign in my name with the inevitable foul in it. He took me on a pick-up for about an hour to Surabaya Beach, a black sand beach on the northern tip of Sulawesi.
The time still to load the supplies for the resort on the boat, to get me in, a half-hour crossing, and here ...
I'm glad I opted for Murex, after various opinions gleaned from here and there on the forums of divers and travelers. The dive sites around Bangka are really top (the sub photos arrive in a future post), the reception was great. And it's one of the few dive-centers corner (the only?) held exclusively by Indonesians.
On Bangka itself, there are only two other resorts for the moment, to my knowledge: Blue Bay Divers (German management) and the Mimpi Indah (where I also planned to spend a week at the end of stay, held by an Indo-Dutch couple).
We are really far from everything. The mobile phone passes, but there is no internet.
Side entertainment and entertainment, there is just a rotten TV for those who like to follow the matches of the World Cup. Magazines and books in Dutch, English, German in the small library. And the staff that turns into an orchestra at night!
I will not be recommending the place for more than a few days to non-divers, who would have gone round in circles on this adorable but tiny beach. There is nothing to do except dive, eat, sleep ...