Starting in the Gulf of Tomini, exploring the remote & exotic diving destinations of this unspoiled, and stunning underwater landscape. Sheltered by the protective arms of central and north Sulawesi, Tomini Bay is reputedly the calmest deep-water bay in the world.  Explore an awesome array of reefs in exceptional conditions where the pristine beauty of the reefs is made even more spectacular by the variety of marine life we can expect to encounter, made more alluring by the lack of crowds, finishing in the world-famous critter heaven of the Lembeh Straits.

Sample Itinerary 

Note: All schedules are subjected to changes according to weather, sea, diving, & local conditions.

Day 1. (0-1 dives) 3pm. Our staff will meet you upon arrival to Luwuk Airport or local hotel & transfer you to White Manta.  Depending on arrival time, we may be able do a local check dive.  Then sail to Pulau Dua.

Day 2. (3-4 dives) Pulau Dua:  This island has many sea mounts both break the surface or below.  Normally blessed with amazing visibility.  Great to see the forests of corals, a plethora of reef fish, critters, and rays, reef-sharks, & rays passing by.

Day 3-4. (4 dives x2 days) Walea Area: Pinnacles dives great from macro to schooling barracuda, tuna, trevally, and more.  Plus, a local wreck dive: WWII B24 bomber, located on the sand between 14-22m.

Day 5-6. (3-4 dives x2 days) Togean area: Islands that have over 30+ diverse dive-sites to cater for most diver’s needs, including Batudaka, Kadidiri & Togian make up the diversity, wall dives with overhangs, swim-throughs, & more.  Visit local village of the Bajau peoples, nomadic sea gypsies.  Sail to Una Una Island.

Day 7. (4 dives) Una Una Island, with amazing critters to be found in the volcanic black sand.  Sail to Gorontalo.

Day 8. (2-3 dives) Gorontalo: Amazing wall dive, then to Tomini Bay, with a great chance to dive and/ or snorkel with whale sharks.  Sail overnight to Bayat area. 

Day 9. (3 dives) Bayat area: Great underwater topography and pristine rich coral reefs. Sail to Lembeh.

Day 10. (2 dives) Lembeh: Angels Windows, Nudi Retreat.  Sail to Bitung Port, Manado, where you spend last night on board.  Plenty of time to wash & dry equipment, rest & relaxation, and if need be, an early flight on trip departure day. 

Day 11. (0 dives) 6am-9am. Check out after breakfast, farewells, and transfer to airport.  Departure from Bitung Port, Manado to local hotel* or transfer to Manado Airport.

Diving days: 9 days (28 dives)

Embarkation / Disembarkation

  • Luwuk (LUW), Central Sulawesi / Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

How to get to Luwuk (LUW), Central Sulawesi

  • Daily direct flights from Makassar (UPG) are available with Batik Air.  
  • Domestic: Makassar can be reached via domestic flights from either Jakarta (CGK) or Bali (DPS) with Lion Air daily flights, Citilink or Garuda Indonesia.
  • International: Or via direct international link from Singapore (SIN) with Scoot.  Check schedules as not daily.

How to get from Manado (MDC), North Sulawesi

  • To Bali, direct flights with Lion Air daily flights, Citilink or Garuda Indonesia, via Jakarta/ Makassar/ Surabaya. 
  • To Jakarta, direct flights with Batik Air, Citilink & Garuda Indonesia, or with Lion Air, via Surabaya.
  • International: Or via direct international link from Singapore (SIN) with Scoot.  Check schedules as not daily.
  • Note*: If staying in Manado, please review our ‘Hotels in Manado’ section in the Celebes Sea Fact Sheet for included drop offs for local hotel in Bitung area or Sam Ratulangi Airport, Manado (transfer time 1-1.30 hours).   Manado City hotels are NOT included in our free drop offs.  If NOT local, we can drop you off at Manado Airport where your hotel can pick you up.

Dive Site Information (Gulf of Tomini)

  • Water Temp: 27-31 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 15-30+ meters,
  • Current: Medium to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: March to December (dry season, but visibility and conditions are good for diving all seasons)

Dive Site Information (Lembeh)

  • Water Temp: 26-29 degrees Celsius
  • Air Temp: 27-32 degrees Celsius
  • Visibility: 10-25 meters,
  • Current: Mild in Lembeh, other sites medium to strong
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced,
  • Best Time to Dive: April-September (less rain & much less wind; perfect for diving)

What's included?

  • Round trip transfer local Hotel/Airport - Boat
  • All nights' accommodation on Boat
  • All meals (Western & Indonesian) snacks, hot beverages, coffee, tea, Milo, soft drinks
  • Towels, toiletries, & cabin services
  • FOC replacement if equipment breakdown
  • Warm towel & drink after every dive
  • Regular air tanks, weights, belt, 6 dive guides (1x instructor, 6x dive masters)

What's excluded?

  • All flights & hotels stay
  • Marine Park & Harbour fee  
  • Dive & Travel insurance
  • Fuel surcharge (if applicable). Please see our Booking Information page 'Fuel surcharge' section for more details and fees per person.
  • Massage services
  • Laundry services
  • Nespresso coffee, alcohol; beer & wine
  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Diving gear:  Dive computer, torch, large tank, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, fins, mask.  
  • Nitrox Enriched Air fills
  • Note: Nitrox & diving gear items priced per diving day and are subject to availability.
  • Note: Exposure suits, 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.  

Trip Schedule

  • Departure: 3pm, 1st day - Port of Luwuk, Luwuk, Central Sulawesi.Or earlier if everyone arrives before and all trip preparations are completed. Free pickup upon arrival from Syukuran Aminuddin Amir Airport, Luwuk (transfer time 20-30 mins) or local hotel* (10am) to White Manta on trip departure day.
  • Return: 5am, last day - Bitung Port, Manado, North Sulawesi. After breakfast and fond farewells, we take you to local Bitung hotel* or Sam Ratulangi Airport Manado, in time for check-in & flight (transfer time 1 hour).  Note: Latest WM check-out midday, trip return day.
  • Last dive ends: 12pm (midday), penultimate day.  Plenty of time for R&R as we sail back to Manado, where we spend the last night on board. This allows for your minimum 18 hours’ surface interval/ No Fly Time (as recommended by PADI) before flying the next day.

Additional Trip Information

Travel Documents

  • COVID-19 requirements & protocols in Indonesia and on your trip.  Please see our COVID-19 Travel & Visa Information page to help prepare and plan in advance for your travels and entry into Indonesia, as detailed by the Government of Indonesia.
  • Guest Info. We MUST receive guest’s details well in advance in the trip Note: Late receipt of Passport details may very likely lead to delayed departure & significant changes to the itinerary.
  • Visa On Arrival (VOA), single entry is now available for many countries and Visa Exemption Arrangement (VEP) for some ASEAN countries for stay up to 30 days. VOA cost: IDR 500,000 (approx. EUR 32 / USD 35). Payment can be done by: Visa, Mastercard or Debit Card or Cash Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). Note: Please check here for eligibity. If you are from one of countries not on the VOA or VEA lists, or if you simply wish to get a visa in advance, you MUST apply for an eVisa (B211A) online PRIOR to arrival before entering all other airports.
  • Passport. Please ensure your passport is in good order, has enough pages, is valid for at least 6 months, and that you are able to enter Indonesia. Check with your local Embassy of Indonesia if unsure.
  • Departure tax: Indonesia Passenger Service Charge (IPSC) has changed (Mar-2015) to be included in your flight ticket price. Please check though as previously it was 200,000IDRp to leave Indonesia, & up to 75,000IDRp for Domestic flights. Carry small bills, Indonesia Rupiah preferred, as often no change given.

Domestic Flights

  • Please book BEFORE confirming your International flights to ensure you make your connection to Luwuk & from Manado. 
  • Travel agent: If you require assistance with your itinerary: obtaining an e-visa, booking domestic flight tickets, hotels, transfers, and additional land arrangements etc, we can recommend local Indonesian Travel agents, our friends at Come2Indonesia.  Contact Rendy & the team here Note: If booked with credit card please ensure the card is with you upon check-In or have an official Airline form filled in & signed by card holder authorizing the use of.
  • Our ticketing agents are not responsible for any flight delay or cancellation, luggage lost or delay. In any case, please contact our ground staff in Bali for assistance for flight delay issue.
  • Domestic Airlines normally have 20Kg allowance, although you may pay for 10Kg extra when booking, if needed (around US$3/kilo). With an additional 7kg carryon.

Health & Insurance

  • Dive Insurance: Compulsory for this trip.  We also strongly advise you get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs.  If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for their single trip policy cover.
  • Dive Computer: Compulsory on this trip.  We have rentals onboard if you do not have.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for our trips. Our trips are not inclusive of any form of insurance. White Manta Diving cannot be held responsible for any trip disruption or cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control or any flight / hotel expenses. This includes any costs related to COVID-19 issues, resulting in delay/ medical/ extraction/ quarantine/ or trip costs incurred due to potential positive testing / refusal of admittance to the country or your trip, before, during or after. We strongly recommend all guests purchase adequate travel insurance, as such an occurance will affect all guests on trip. Please see our Booking Information page 'Travel Insurance' section for more details and recommended insurers.

Internet/ Mobile

  • Satellite Wi-Fi
  • Mobile signal: Local Telkomsel is best local card to buy.  Not long after you leave port we have has intermittent/ limited mobile signal until we return.
  • Telkomsel prepaid card is the best value. Plus can add credit to top up!!!

Trip Extras payment onboard

  • By credit card comes with 4.5% additional handling fee.
  • By cash we accept US Dollars, Euro, Singaporean Dollars, and Indonesian Rupiah.  Please ensure ALL bills are in good order; NOT worn or torn and unmarked or we are UNABLE to accept. ATMs available in town.

Trip Extras

  • Marine Park & Harbour fee: US$250 per person (collected in advance of trip)
  • Fuel Surcharge fee: US$200 per person (collected in advance of trip)
  • Massage US$35/ hour,  Laundry services (US$10/ basket)
  • Nespresso coffee: US$2, beer US$4, wine US$30-50
  • Satellite Wi-Fi US$50 for trip per person.
  • Nitrox: US$20/ diving day or US$7/ fill.

Equipment rental

Diving gear: Full Set US$50/ diving day (except large tank & torch) ONLY if paid in advance of the trip, else individual rates apply per diving day*

  • BCD US$15
  • Regulator US$15
  • Dive computer US$15
  • Wetsuit US$10
  • Fins US$10
  • Mask US$10
  • Large tank US$15
  • Torch* US$15 per sunset/ night dive.

Diving gear items priced per diving day*. Please provide sizes in advance of the trip, as all gear is subject to availability. If not known then provide your height, weight, shoe size, where applicable.

  • Note: Torch rental* price is per sunset/ night dive.
  • Note: Exposure suits: 3mm shorty wetsuits available ONLY.    
  • Note: Large tank AL100, 100 cu ft (13.2 liters)
  • Note: Gear included: Regular air tank AL80, 80 cu ft (11.1 liters), weights, belt.
  • Note: Additional tank US$15/ day