FAMILY HOLIDAYS AND FAQ’S

ENJOY FAMILY HOLIDAYS AND SHARE EXPERIENCES IN NORTH SULAWESI

Welcome to North Sulawesi! We hope that on this page we can answer any questions you may have about visiting us with your family. If you still have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us on reservations@murexsnorkeling.com and we will get right back to you. Thank you for reading and we hope to welcome you and your family to North Sulawesi soon.

WILL NORTH SULAWESI APPEAL TO EVERYONE IN MY FAMILY?

PADI Open Water

Yes! North Sulawesi is a tropical paradise which is rich in both nature and culture. North Sulawesi offers not only phenomenal snorkeling and diving opportunities for those who wish to spend time in the water but also vibrant culture, breathtaking scenery and warmhearted local people.

Whether you are 5 or 55 there is an activity for you. From taking a look beneath the waves or trekking peaks through to relaxing by the pool, enjoying pampering at the spa or playing on the beach.

Murex was built by a family for families.  Actually, the first building on our property was named “The Family Cottage” because Dr. Batuna with family & friends would enjoy the natural surroundings.

For years parents & children have enjoyed simple, easy going fun Murex has on offer.  Crab races on the beach, jumping from the boat during surface intervals, swimming and snorkeling on our house reef, playing Marco Polo or any number of pool games we’ve seen and helped with it all.  Parents are amazed at how our staff so carefully and gently help & have fun with children.

Rico, our in-house Tour Guide, has been asked just about every question under the sun and does so with a smile and laugh.  Kids are safe on our boats and will be well looked after while parents enjoy a dive together. Parents can sleep in, the kids will be fine having breakfast served to them or stay up late while one of us will wait patiently outside the room of your tuckered out sleeping child.  Play – swim, snorkel, eat, play some more and then sleep – this is what kids want and this is what you’ll receive at Murex.

If you are traveling with more mature members of your family, there are ample opportunities to relax, stroll along the beach, lay out in the sun, join a boat trip for some gentle swimming or snorkeling or enjoy a book in the shade of your private veranda.

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?

Family snorkeling holiday

The minimum age for scuba diving in the ocean is 10 years old, 8 years old and upwards can try scuba diving in our large purpose built pool, where they will be entertained and play games underwater with one of our instructors.

There is no minimum age for snorkeling and our boats carry junior size life vests for those who will feel more comfortable in the water with some buoyancy support.

All of our scuba diving gear and snorkeling equipment is available in junior sizes.

All land tours and land-based activities are suitable for children of all ages.

Both Murex Manado and Murex Bangka are beachfront properties which mean there are endless opportunities for paddling, swimming, shell collecting and sand castle building whenever they wish.

Murex Manado has an oceanfront swimming pool with shallow areas which makes an additional play area as well as a rope swing.

Both resorts carry a selection of games for children (and adults) for those who prefer some indoor time.

WiFi is available at both resorts.

DO YOU HAVE FAMILY ACCOMMODATION?

Bangka Cottage

Yes – and there are a number of options available to you. At both Murex Bangka and Murex Manado Resorts we are able to add extra beds into your room so that you may share a room together, for infants, we also have cribs available.

At Murex Bangka we have adjoining rooms which have internal doors thereby creating a large family suite.

IS THE FOOD SUITABLE FOR CHLDREN?

dining at Bangka

Yes – Our meals are served buffet style and there is a choice of both Indonesian and Western classics, Our kitchen teams are happy to make alternatives on request and can liquify meals for infants who are not yet eating solids. Formula is available locally – please let us know if you require formula sourcing in advance so that we may be prepared – especially if you are staying at Murex Bangka Island where goods need to be imported from the mainland.

CAN WE PURCHASE DIAPERS IN THE RESORTS?

Close to Murex Manado Resort (a few minutes walk) there is a convenience store which stocks a range of basic supplies. If you are staying at Murex Bangka, we can arrange for shopping to be brought to the island (extra charge applies). Please note that Indonesian sizes tend to be smaller than western equivalents when purchasing diapers.

ARE CHILDMINDING / BABYSITTING SERVICES AVAILABLE?

kids and family at Murex Bangka

Our Indonesian staff love being around children and will happily take care of them while you are out on the boat, an excursion or enjoying some private time. Please note that our Indonesian staff are not certified childminders, however, they are all experienced with looking after children.

ARE THERE INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALS NEARBY?

Yes, Manado is the provincial capital of North Sulawesi and has a number of hospitals offering western standards of health care. If your child (or anyone else in your family) is taking any prescription medication we recommend that bring enough with you for the duration of your stay and if your child (or you) have any allergies, please let us know in advance so that we can cater around these.