Re­gal­dive adds In­done­sia re­sort to hol­i­day port­fo­lio

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Div­ing hol­i­day spe­cial­ists Re­gal­dive has ex­panded its pro­gramme for In­done­sia with the ad­di­tion of Mer­cure Manado Tateli Beach Re­sort. Many divers will al­ready be fa­mil­iar with Eco Divers in Manado and Lem­beh. Renowned for per­sonal div­ing ser­vices and small groups, the Eco Divers team now has a new cen­tre in Manado at the Mer­cure Manado Tateli Beach Re­sort. Over­look­ing the Pa­cific Ocean, Mer­cure Manado Tateli Beach Re­sort is set in lush, trop­i­cal gar­dens. The Re­sort of­fers an idyl­lic set­ting with an ex­pan­sive pri­vate beach and ma­rina, as well as a va­ri­ety of room op­tions. Just 10km from Manado, Tateli Beach Re­sort is just a 30-minute boat ride to the reefs and dive sites of Bu­naken Na­tional Ma­rine Park. Of­fer­ing fas­ci­nat­ing ma­rine life, ex­cel­lent con­di­tions and fa­cil­i­ties, the ma­jor­ity of sites are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble and they are rarely crowded. The dom­i­nat­ing vol­canic land­scape cre­ates a dra­matic back­drop to the great div­ing avail­able in North Su­lawesi. Con­di­tions are gen­er­ally calm all year round, and the deep waters af­ford ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity av­er­ag­ing 25m. The seas are home to many un­usual species, rang­ing from the pre­his­toric ‘coela­canth’ fish through to reef sharks, green tur­tles, Napoleon wrasse and dugongs. The Bu­naken Na­tional Ma­rine Park has won nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion awards. Most of the reefs of the Ma­rine Park are rich and un­spoilt, of­fer­ing pris­tine and abun­dant soft coral and fish life in huge con­cen­tra­tions. The night div­ing in the park is spec­tac­u­lar, pro­vid­ing fre­quent en­coun­ters with rare noc­tur­nal crea­tures. For a change of scenery, the Mo­las wreck is re­mark­ably in­tact for a WWII ship, the bow rest­ing at 25m and the pro­pel­ler at 40m. Schools of bar­racu­das and jacks, green sea tur­tles and reef sharks, sea snakes and Napoleon wrasses are among the res­i­dent in­hab­i­tants of these steep coral walls fring­ing Bu­naken Is­land. Div­ing in and around Bu­naken is pre­dom­i­nantly wall div­ing and drift div­ing. There are also nu­mer­ous beau­ti­ful coral slopes that are suit­able for novice divers. There are 22 of­fi­cial dive sites within the park. The va­ri­ety of both fish and soft coral is out­stand­ing, and marks out this area as one of the most bio di­verse ma­rine en­vi­ron­ments in the world. With ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity and wa­ter tem­per­a­tures of 26-30°C, this is an ex­cel­lent des­ti­na­tion for un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phers and nat­u­ral­ists alike. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, or to book, visit­gal­ or call 01353 659999.

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