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Arrive in Singapore and meet your connecting flight to Manado in Indonesia. Once there, a car and boat will take you to your accommodation on Siladen Island. You’ll have ample opportunity to laze on a pure white beach and indulge in the luxurious amenities of your hotel.
You’ll also find yourself at the heart of Bunaken National Marine Park, a true paradise for snorkelers and divers. Whether you’re interested in corals, fish, echinoderms or sponges – or all marine creatures – Bunaken supports a truly bewildering, colourful display. When you’re not exploring life beneath the waves you can enjoy sunset cruises, rafting and trekking excursions.
Stay: Four nights in a garden view room at Siladen Resort – full board
On day six you’ll journey by boat and car over to your resort on Lembeh Island. From here you’ll be able to explore the magnificent Lembeh Strait of northeast Sulawesi, recognised around the world for its crystal-clear waters and diversity of marine life. Expect exceptional critter and muck diving, as well as unrivalled opportunities for underwater photography.
The land holds treasures too. Take an excursion to the lush Tangkoko National Park to see the world’s smallest primate, the spectral tarsier, and the equally rare crested black macaque. Much easier to see on your safari will be black crested macaques, hornbills, kus kus and maleo birds, as well as a huge variety of indigenous plants and trees.
Those interested in the local culture can take trips to the Minahasa Highlands to tour through towns like Tomohon, with its charming markets, and Wolan Village; a centre of traditional pottery production. The countryside around Lake Linow and Tondano is beautiful, and home to a large variety of birds. Ancient stone graves and a megalithic stone, a local museum and a batik factory tour complete your insight into the history and modern-day culture of the region.
Stay: Four nights in a garden view room at Lembeh Resort – full board
Now it’s time to travel back to the airport to catch your plane to Denpasar, capital of Bali. You’ll be taken from Denpasar to your luxurious, beachfront resort for some serious relaxation. A white sand beach awaits, with welcoming warm water and sun loungers shaded by thatched umbrellas.
Stay: One night in a garden view cottage suite at Belmond Jimbaran Puri – bed & breakfast
Another flight brings you to your final destination, a secluded dive resort in south-eastern Sulawesi. Wakatobi has earned a reputation as one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling destinations. Far removed from the bustle of any cities, here you can explore unspoilt reefs in one of the world’s largest privately protected marine reserves. There are over 50 mapped dive sites within easy reach of the resort where you can swim alongside and photograph a myriad of colourful reef fish and unusual critters. Don’t miss out on a night dive – a truly magical and unique experience.
Stay: Four nights in a palm bungalow at Wakatobi – full board
Today you will fly back to Denpasar where you will board your flight back to London, connecting in Singapore.
Ayesha was patient and informative. Her skills became even more apparent on the holiday - such as the order of the hotels, which were each perfect for that moment.- S and RD, Bhutan