Manado is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi and the 27th province in the Republic of Indonesia. Manado lines the shores of the Sulawesi Sea to the west (Manado Bay) and spreads out along the foot of the volcanic and mountainous Minahasa Highlands to the south. To the north and east, Manado borders coconut plantations and rice fields as far as the eye can see. Wenang was the original name of the port and spice trade town and was later changed to Manado in 1623.
The islands around Manado Bay, the Lembeh Strait and adjacent marine reserves offer thousands of hectares of beautiful islands, reefs, coastline and sea, waiting to be explored. There's a wide choice of dive sites suitable for both experienced and novice divers alike. The underwater profiles range from steep drop-offs with trenches, caves and crevices, coral grown slopes, sand slopes covered with sporadic coral blocks, boulder slopes originating from former lava flows to rock pinnacles and underwater canyons, all of which are inhabited by a wonderful profusion of hard and soft corals, sponges and exhibiting a tremendous wealth of reef and pelagic fish. There's so much diversity in Manado's psychedelic marine coliseums and something special for everyone to see!
Rare species such as crocodile snake eels, pegasus sea moths, stargazers, ornate ghostpipe fish, leaf scorpionfish, flying gunards, frog fish, yellow ribbon eels among several unidentified nudibranch and crustacean species can be sighted here, many during night dives!
The renown Molas wreck can be found only a stone throw away from the resort jetty. The steel-hulled Dutch merchant ship that sunk in 1942, lies at a depth of 35m-40m on a sandy slope. The ships open hull is easily accessible for divers.
The coral reef which is in close proximity to the wreck has some gorgeous stag-horn and lettuce coral formations. It's here that sporadic patches of sandy terrain between the lush coral growth offer ideal conditions for groups of garden eels, jawfish, filefish, dartfish, gobies, cowfish and the elusive but ardently loved mandarin fish, all of which are permanent residents of the Molas reef.