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Minahasa Lagoon, Manado consolidates its dive operation with Eco Divers to further improve dive experience for our guests.

Minahasa Lagoon Dive and Tour Club (Minahasa Lagoon) is nestled in the world famous Marine Park off Bunaken, 30km south West of Manado in North Sulawesi.

 

With 15 seafront and mountain villas built with iron wood architecturally styled with thatched roofing and rustic charm and 6 spacious garden view rooms nestled in abundant tropical greenery, this 4 hectare resort boosts of unrivalled bio-diversity, complemented by its own Dive Centre and Club, Swimming pool, Bar, Lagoon Spa, food & beverage facilities, a hilltop Jungle Restaurant and bountiful scenic sights to discover.

Minahasa Lagoon is well-known among travellers as a premium dive and leisure property in the Bunaken National Marine Park. Minahasa Lagoon is constantly upgrading its facilities and services for its guests and has recently agreed to consolidate its Diving operations with ECO DIVERS.

Dive enthusiasts can look forward to highly engaging and personalised diving trips and sessions with Minahasa Lagoon and Eco Divers, while staying on site the 21 villa resort in Manado with 15 sea views villas and in Lembeh where Eco Divers has a unique feature; a 53 feet boat anchored in the famed Lembeh Straits diving spots where guests can spend the day diving in close proximity.

Eco Divers is a well-known and respected Diving Group internationally with operations in Manado and Lembeh and they have been operating out of Minahasa Lagoon for the past 24 months.

Mr. Andrea Bensi, Managing Director of Eco Divers, said “the reorganization of the diving operations is a logical next step in our co-operation with Minahasa Lagoon and this will further strengthen the partnership between Minahasa Lagoon and ECO DIVERS. I look forward to Eco Divers and Minahasa Lagoon completing its consolidation at Minahasa Lagoon soon to allow both Eco Divers and Minahasa Lagoon’s guests to enjoy a high level of service, and seamless great diving experience in Bunaken and Lembeh at most competitive rates.”

Fish Geek Week 2013.

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MarkErdmann.jpgWe’re delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Erdmann is coming back to Eco Divers this year, after the success of Fish Geek Week 2012 and the associated first ever Fish Survey of Bunaken National Park.

 

The 2013 dates for Fish Geek Week are the week of 31 August to 07 September. As with last year, our Guest Lecturer will give informative, educational and entertaining free talks each evening after diving.

 

And again, as last year, guests have nothing extra to pay to join this special event – Mark will be sharing his vast knowledge of the underwater realm out of the goodness of his heart.

We are very grateful to him for his generosity and we look forward to welcoming him back and assisting him with his second Bunaken fish survey, which will add to the database of our national park and aid in its conservation. We hope you’ll join us for Fish Geek Week.

To do so, just book a minimum 7-night stay at Eco Divers Manado & Minahasa Lagoon Resort: info@eco-divers.com

SVC.jpgThis spring Eco Divers is giving you a chance to dive Manado in style for less, with a very special offer on stays at Minahasa Lagoon Resort.

Our special All Inclusive Dive Package in a top category Sea View Cottage represents an incredible saving on normal prices. It's valid on stays from 15 May but must end on 31 July.

 

» Click here for the full offer details

IWUPC.jpgThe Indonesian Ministry of Tourism is sponsoring an event for the first time which, in just its first year, has instantly become the largest, longest and most prestigious photo contest in the world, with a staggering total prize value of over US$200,000!

 

This contest is open to anyone with a camera, with prizes in 6 underwater categories and 1 conservation category, plus a Best of Show category.

 

Enrolment is free – to enter the competition all you have to do is dive with a Participating Dive Operator before 30 November and then submit up to 5 images in each category. Your images will then be judged by a panel of respected judges. It’s as simple as that!

 

Eco Divers is a Participating Dive Operator, so if you’d like to enter IWUPC 2013 please book a stay with us in Manado or Lembeh, or a combination of both if you wish to take both macro and wide-angle photos.

 

If you’re interested in entering IWUPC 2013, please visit the Indonesia World Underwater Photo Contest website to learn more about this amazing contest.

 

VerticalLUP.jpgL.U.P. Week is simply THE best opportunity this year in Asia to take your photo skills to the next level.

 

World-renowned photo geniuses Takako Uno, Stephen Wong and Jason Isley will be sharing their secrets for free, through nightly workshops and presentations.

 

This week is open to any and all, from beginner to accomplished photographer.

 

The celebrations will be rounded off with a Gala Dinner & Birthday Party Night, an informal photo contest and a prize-giving. Each guest will also receive a free gift.

 

 

For full details, click here.

2012-10-04.jpgDr. Mark Erdmann & Dr. Gerry Allen, who were visiting us in Manado as Guest Lecturers for the free biology workshop “Fish Geek Week”, conducted a survey of fish species between 1st and 12th September.

This is the first time that a scientific fish survey has ever been done in North Sulawesi.

 

It was done over a week out of Minahasa Lagoon Resort Manado plus five informal days in Lembeh and it threw up some most absolutely amazing unexpected results.We always knew North Sulawesi had wonderful marine biodiversity, given that it sits at the heart of the Coral Triangle, but... these results we definitely did NOT expect!

Gerry & Mark recorded 967 species from 329 genera and 84 families. That's without even surveying many habitats. They were nowhere near reaching a plateau, every day adding 25-40 new records to the list!

Gerry predicts that further surveys would show somewhere around 1020 species in total for North Sulawesi (Bunaken to Lembeh). To put these numbers in perspective, Komodo National Park has 750 species recorded to date, the Togian and Banggai islands have 819 species recorded to date, Berau in East Kalimantan (including Derawan and Sangalaki) has 875 species recorded to date, and Western Thailand has 775 species recorded to date.

Another very interesting point was the extremely high per-site diversity. In general any count of over 200 species on a single dive is considered a very high diversity site. Of the 9 sites surveyed, 6 were higher than 200 species and two of them broke 300 species (Tanjung Kelapa/Malcolm had 310 species and Satchiko's had 301 species)!

To put this in perspective, in over 40 years' of survey work around the Coral Triangle region, Gerry Allen has only documented three sites that have broken 300 species: Kayoa Island, Halmahera (303 species), Tanjung Papisoi in Kaimana, West Papua (330 species) and Cape Kri in Raja Ampat (374 species). So Tanjung Kelapa/Malcolm is now the 3rd richest fish site ever recorded, and Satchiko's the 5th.

 

For the full report, click here.

FishGeeks.jpgFish Geek Week just took place at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in Manado, as part of the events planned to celebrate the resort’s 10th Anniversary.

Guests had been promised a wealth of new knowledge about North Sulawesi’s umpteen fish species, with talks by three leading authorities on marine biology and ecology: Dr. Mark Erdmann, Dr. Gerry Allen and Dr. Massimo Boyer. They were not disappointed. The famous scientists delivered wonderful nightly presentations on fish identification, biology, behaviour and much more, accompanied by stunningly colourful slide shows.

But what the guests were maybe surprised to find was that the week was not just informative; it was also great fun! This was due in no small part to the amazingly inclusive approach these three amazing Guest Lecturers brought to the event. Each presentation was delivered with unbridled enthusiasm. The passion Mark, Gerry & Massimo have for the magnificent underwater world clearly shone through and the attending guests couldn’t help but be inspired by this, to seek further understanding of the beautiful animals we all see on every dive but sometimes take for granted.

The week was rounded off with a treasure hunt dive on the last morning, followed by a closing party where guests won prizes such as a week’s stay at Minahasa Lagoon, six days of diving with Eco Divers, dive accessories, bath amenities and more.

Every guest attending also received a fantastic free gift - a book on the natural history of Bunaken National Park, by Arnaz Mehta. The Gala Dinner of local specialty dishes was the last chapter in what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable week. We’re immensely grateful to Mark, Gerry & Massimo for taking time to share their expert knowledge with us, our staff and customers.

We’re now thinking we might repeat Fish Geek Week in 2013. Who knows, if we do, maybe next time we’ll allow a few “Nudi Nerds” to join in the fun….

Whale shark on our doorstep

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WhaleSharkwithEcoDivers.JPGDiving in North Sulawesi is always great, the sea life is rich and different and every one who dove with Eco Divers can confirm it: it doesn't matter where you jump in the water, it will always surprize you.

 

But sometimes it is more than great, it is just beautiful!!!

 

Yesterday we were at the end of the first dive in a dive site very close  to the resort and a gourgeous WHALE SHARK starts to slowly swim around our boat, we swim with him he went away, then came back, then swim to the other group, then back again and so on for 15 or 20 minutes.

 

We all were exited, but the day wasn't finished yet. We were getting ready for the second dive and suddenly three DUGONGS comes close to the boats, we were just… speechless.

 

Another day of diving with Eco Divers, where extraordinary is the ordinary!

 

A special thank to Vladimir and Laura to allow me to use their camera :)

 

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This is simply THE best opportunity this year in Asia to take your photo skills to the next level.

World-renowned photo geniuses Takako Uno, Stephen Wong and Jason Isley will be sharing their secrets for free, through nightly workshops and presentations.

This week is open to any and all, from beginner to accomplished photographer. The celebrations will be rounded off with a Gala Dinner & Birthday Party.

Each evening’s lecture will run around 25 minutes, conducted by Jason, Stephen and Takako. Additionally after each talk our Guest Lecturers will make themselves available to individual guests, to offer further tips and advice. Each day our Guests Lecturers will accompany guests on the dive trips, to continue offering advice as guests require.

This event is totally free of charge, there is nothing extra to pay, just book a one week all inclusive dive package with Eco Divers Manado.

 

 

For full details, click here or send an email to info@eco-divers.com.

Eco Divers' new promotional video, "Dive the Best of Both Worlds" and featuring our operations at Minahasa Lagoon Resort in Manado and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, is now available for viewing at YouTube.

The video was professionally produced by Sam Lewis of ScubaZoo.


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