Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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Three years later my first trip to SulawesiHere I am back in this corner of Indonesia that made me feel so strong. First leg of this new journey: the small island of Bangka, just north of Sulawesi.

Murex Bangka Beach

I just spent a week at Bangka Island. A week to dive and forget the rest of the world.

How not to let go, in a place so beautiful?

The beach at Murex Resort in Bangka when I arrived ... Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

That's the beach of Murex Bangka Resort, the day of my arrival (not to be confused with their other resort on Sulawesi itself).

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.

My bungalow at Murex Bangka Resort. Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

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.

The small white sand beach of Murex Bangka Resort. Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

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!


In the evening, the staff of Murex Bangka Resort turns into an orchestra! Sulawesi, Indonesia. July 2010.

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 ...

In short, the perfect place to let go. I loved !


  Indonesia: Sulawesi - July 2010

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  1. Memories souvenirs ... It is true that the arrival on Bangka is almost heavenly: the color of the water, the coconut trees, and the disconnection from the modern world ...
    I enjoyed this island and this dive center, but I would have appreciated even more if I had met other divers!

    I am now looking forward to your next post that will talk about dives!

  2. Your story of letting go makes you drool ... I too want to cut myself off from the rest of the world at the other end of my world ... Soon, soon ...
    En tout cas, te lire est stimulant ! 😉

  3. @Malene: There were few people during my stay, but some divers anyway ... Two Dutch at first; Indonesians next, including the owner's son; then a family of Americans settled in London; and finally an older Dutch couple. I feasted with the dives. My new post with small photos sub is online!

    @Luna: Patience ... It is well known, it is the Australians who end up making jealous the Julillettists, once past the great crossover of the summer.

    @David: It's even better in real life !!!

    @Greg: Oh yes ! I enjoy…

    @Lydie: That way you travel a little with me ...

    @Manta: Thank you ! If these few Indonesian news can help you come back smoothly, so much the better !!!

  4. I have been to Sulawesi before, but your story made me want to go to Bangka. Did you go to the Mimpi Indah resort?

  5. @Thierry: Oui, je suis ensuite retournée sur Bangka au Mimpi Indah Resort… Mais je n’ai pas pris le temps de faire de post au retour. Faudra que j’en fasse un, un de ces jours. Très sympa aussi !!! 🙂

  6. Il y a exactement un mois, j’y débarquais sur cette plage, accompagné de mes deux non-plongeuses… Et c’est bien loin-in-in-innnnn!!! 😥

    Everyone loved it, including the girl-no-regulator, I have rarely seen such an optimized place despite rustic ways.
    Pour la forme, on râlera sur la bouffe, pas super-géniale et un peu douteuse quelquefois 😕 , mais que ce soit la plage ou la plongée : raaaaahhhh… 😮

    And then on your group photo, I have the pleasure of seeing my friend Aswar, my personal guide. If I could, I would lug it in my luggage all over Indonesia: a good one! 8)

    Regarding the customers and my neighbors of boat, bin:

    - I met a couple of nice and opportunely silvery Japanese, who gave me an idea about my next purchase, "O-Jya, the King of BC", La stab dépuillée façon Zen ne doit pas faire 2kgs et sèche instanément à la sortie de l’eau, aucun textile. Le rêve du voyageur. 😀
    1.300€ quand même : « Japanese quality! », que mon prospère ami japonais m’a affirmé… 😯

    …et puis il y avait une épouvantable famille d’Italiens, dont la mamma mamelue et vulgaire vautrait son caisson Nimar sur les pygmées Pontohi. Le plus atroce accent anglais jamais entendu : « Gou-dé Af-tairé-nou-né! » saluait-elle 😡 . Les autres n’ont pipé mot du séjour.

  7. @ Ludovic / Wet & Sea: I, too, adoooored Murex at Bangka. 8)
    Aswar is one of the best guides I have had in Indonesia and as I said in another comment on, he is well known in the area, among other Indonesian divers. It was enough for me to show a picture of him (under the water, with his mask) to the guys with whom I then dived at Mimpi Indah, so that they recognize it immediately: "Oh, but it's Aswar !!! "

    Je suis bien contente que tes non-plongeuses aient également apprécié le séjour sur la mignonne plagette. J’ai bien ri en découvrant ton résumé. Un très bon plan, à mon sens, le resort de Murex à Bangka. Après, évidemment, faut réussir à échapper aux Italiennes à forte poitrine vautrées sur le corail… 😕 😆