The project came to life in 2009, as four young marine biologists decided to pursue their dreams and passions and set up a marine outpost on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi in the heart of the Coral Triangle.
The original idea was to create a place where universities and students could exchange ideas and develop their projects. In 2013, following the construction of our main building and dive center and lots of hard work, Coral Eye opened its doors to tourism.
Cover photo: Sara Croci
Designed by Studio ARC.S, the central structure was constructed to blend in with its surroundings. It was built by local craftsmen, employing local resources on Bangka Island and adapting traditional building techniques to create a modern, state-of-the-art facility that offers guests the comfort they require without negatively impacting the surrounding environment.
The roof is made with bamboo and palm leafs, and its special cone shape allows warm air to escape upwards creating a natural air conditioning system that doesn’t need electricity.
The ground floor also houses all the other common areas - the bar, small library and shop - while on the first floor there is a large, sea-facing terrace that overlooks the ocean. It is the perfect space to relax after a long day of diving or exploring Bangka Island.
no-trash triangle initiative
90% of ocean plastic comes from just ten rivers, eight of which are found in Asia, five of which feed directly into the Coral Triangle.
Our goal is to keep the environment clean and to create an adaptable and sustainable waste management system on Bangka Island.
We are proud to be one of the founding members of BANGKA CONSERVATION FUND (BCF), created to fight illegal mining that has threatened Bangka since 2011. Back then the case seemed hopeless, but after many long years battling against corruption, mining was finally halted.
Each guest staying on Bangka is asked to donate 100.000 IDR (approximately 6€) to protect Bangka Island from the threat of mining and to help preserve the ecosystem.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Blue Bay Divers, Coral Eye, Murex Divers, Nomad Divers, Pulisan Resort, Sea Soul Resort are all members.
Here at Coral Eye, we want to support the next generation of marine biologists.
We allocate part of the proceeds generated from tourism to support tropical marine environment studies, investing in students that we believe will make a mark in finding solutions to some of our planet's problems.
For more information about our scholarship program and to get an application form, please contact: