Cover photo by Fabio Galbiati
The seascape here enconpasses several different habitats that support rare species such as pygmy seahorse, leaf fish, frog fish, white and black tip reef sharks, napoleon fish, nudibranchs, and dugongs.
These areas present a black sandy bottom with few rocks completely covered by coral and colonized by a large number of different invertebrates and fish. It is very similar to the environment found in the Lembeh Straits.
Most of the time volcanic walls and pinnacles, completely covered by corals (in particular soft corals), are subjected to strong currents particularly during the tide changes.
Dominated by hard coral, they grow on an originally sandy bottom and show an extremely high biodiversity.
This important habitat covers just the 2% of the island. Tidal currents, wave action, river flow and salinity gradients affect sedimentation in various complex ways. Here it is possible to find sponges, flatworms, snails, and small fish that live around the roots. The seagrass in front of each mangrove forest provides food for the dugongs.
Our two boats are fast, comfortable and can accomodate six/eight divers each. We can organize up to two morning dives and one afternoon dive according to weather conditions and number of guests. Every day from the jetty it is also possible to organize a night dive.
We provide Alluminium cylinders 12lt, INT connections. Due to a limited choice of diving equipment, please let us know in advance if you need to rent.
To minimize our impact on the natural ecosystem, gloves are not allowed.
Diving is possible all year around, but the best time is from April to September. The water is normally around 28° to 29° with some cold upwellings (24°to 26°), especially in summer. The visibility is mostly very good (30mt) in summer, decreasing in winter due to the action of waves and rain.
Our local guides have a wealth of experience in diving the waters around Bangka island.
Cover photo by Alex Varani
Swim for approximately 1 km along the reef until Busa Bora Village, or to the other side: behind a volcanic cape there are spectacular mangroves that disclose different marine environments with the tidal flow.
We can organize half or full day snorkeling trip with guide around Bangka Archipelago, taking you to hidden beach for a break and giving you the possibility to discover the surrounding nature.
There are no roads on the island, but it is possible to trek the jungle to visit few villagers in the fishing village of Lihunu, or walk along the beach and reach the small village of Busa Bora. Keep your eyes open to see typical animals of this area like parrots, tarsier, cuscus, and monitor lizards.
This reserve retains exceptional stands of very old trees and a variety of animal life that is simply amazing. Tarsius (the smallest known primates), black tailless monkeys, maleo birds and kuskus (marsupials) are often spotted by the park guide.
In between two active volcanoes (Lokon and Mahawu), this area has a lot to offer: trekking to the top of the peaks will both challenge and reward with spectacular views the most energetic travelers; enjoying a Minhasa meal on the banks of Tondano Lake or a coffee break on Linow Lake will satisfy those in the mood for taking it easy. There is the infamous market of Tomohon too, for those that have the guts!
The word “Yoga” comes from Sanskrit and it means: to connect, to integrate, to bond, to control. It’s the connection of body, emotions and mind with our soul. It's awareness of awakening that brings you in present moment, the only place where life exists.
It’s not an abstract philosophy, it's action.
Ilaria studied Hata Yoga since 2003 but literally fall in love with Iyengar Yoga in 2010. She graduate in Flyhigh Yoga in Bali (a branch of Iyengar) and start to teach in 2015. This particular discipline is focused on a perfect body alignment and breath control. Poses are held for long periods (from tirthy seconds to two minutes) and the use of props as blankets, blocks or chairs will adjust postures to individual needs. Her classes are for all level of yoga experience.
Coral Eye has perfect requirements to host yoga and meditation retreats. The big terrace at the first floor of the main building is a perfect place to let you dedicate to the practice of this discipline. We usually accept groups of at least ten people for guarantee an exclusive use of the structure. Contact us for further informations.