Sitaro

SITARO is an amazing place that offers multiple tourist attractions such as incredible white sand beaches, active volcano, hot springs, great seafood and lots of incredible views amazing ocean life. Sitaro Islands is located off the northern extremity of Sulawesi Island in the southern Sangihe Islands, North Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. The main island is Siau, while further south (nearer Sulawesi) are Tagulandang and Biaro.. There are 48 dive spot around Siau Tagulandang and Biaro islands the last 10 dive spot are relatively new and the discoveries continues. Maybe you’ll be the one who found it and give names on it.

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Diving is one of the best activities to do in Siau Island. The water is deep with trenches of ocean. The current around those island brings nutritious water and also plankton. The marine life is quite impressive with numbers of species. The clear blue color can rightly be seen from the beach. The muck / macro diving in Siau’s main east coast and north harbour area famous with its species which will brought fantastic results for your photo collection.

Siau is famous for friendly people, a quiet town, the hot springs, the endemic Siau Tarsier & the Karangetang active volcano also Heart Shaped love Lake in nearby island of Makalehi. Be amazed when you are cruising to from those islands sometimes you can see Dolphin.

The West Coast of Siau has walls and loads of fish life. There is a wreck at 40m and a spectacular point covered in hard coral annd after each dive on the west coast, you may soaking or swimming the hot springs that flows from the active volcano. The west coast area has just as many macro critter species as in Lembeh, better visibility, no crowds and the bonus of natural hot springs, wall dive and wreck diving.

Transportation

Two ferries connect the island of Tagulandang with Manado. The fast ferry Takes 4-5 hours to Siau. Majestic Kawanua, departs every day at 9:30 from the harbor of Manado, except Sundays that it departs at 11:00. The slow ferry departs every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Manado harbor at 17:00. The ferries stop at Tagulandang on the way and continue to Tahuna on Sangihe island.

It is rather remote area as it takes 7-8 hours by slow ferry from Manado to get there – these islands are very close to the Philippines Be aware that the weather conditions during the monsoon season (end of October – early April) can be a lot worse than around Manado – rough seas and large amounts of rain are common.

Flight Schedule

Min 5 Pax: 5 Days 4 Nights Packages

Day I – Arriving In Manado

22:45 – Check – In Hotel Marina Manado 2 Stars for transit
09.30 – 14.00 On board to Express Ship to the SITARO archipelago
Lunch Box provided on board
14.00 – 14.15 Check In At Little House Hostel or Jakarta Hostel (Jasmine star)
15:00 – 16:00 Land Tour to Karangetang lava path
16.00 – 17.30 Land Tour to Statue of Jesus Christ
17.30 – 18.30 Dinner at Local Warung
19.30 Break

Day II – Wide & Macro Photo on East Side of the island – Hulu- for Wide angle photo

08.00 – 08.30 Diving Trip by boat To Hulu Dive Point
08.30 – 09.30 Dive 1 – Wide Angle :Spot Corner Dive Spot – attraction : Great Sponge and Drop Off Wall
09.30 – 10.00 Surface Interval on Boat
10.00 – 11.00 Dive 2 -Wide angle :Pahela island Dive Spot -The Hard Coral Drop – Slope & Drop Off
11.00 – 12.00 return trip to Sitaro Mainland
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch at Local Warung
13:00 – 15:00 rest and you can exchange your macro port for next dive
15.00 – 15.30 Trip to Macro Dive Spot
15.30 – 16.30 Dive 3 – Edis Point – Attractions :Bornela, Nudibranch – Slope
16.30 – 18.00 Break
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner Local dining
19.00 – 20.00 Break

Day III – Wide & Macro Photo

08.00 – 08.30 Travel by car to Ilir- West Siauisland
08.30 – 09.00 Boat Trips to Spot Diving
09.00 – 10.00 Dive 1 Wide – Dive Spot Liven Stone – Attractions Soft Coral & Volcanic Rock overgrown by Hard Coral
10.00 – 11.00 Surface Interval on Pondok Beach
11.00 – 12.00 Dive II wide – Honey Point Dive Spot – Attractions : Diving in Volcanic Warm Water – Drop Off
12.00 – 13.00 Lunch at Local PantaiPondok
13:00 – 14:00 Surface Interval , You can change or Replace Macro Port at Pondok Beach
14.00 – 15.00 Dive III Macro – Port of paheDive Spot – Attractions Aneka Nudibranch
15.00 – 15.30 Travel Back to Hulu by Car
15.30 – 16.30 Break
16.30 – 18.00 Tour to the water springs at Mancaenibeach , get interact with locals
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner Local dining
20.00 Rest

Day IV – Mahoro Island – Small island – White Sand

08.00 – 08.10 Travel by car to the Floating Harborat Hulu
08.10 – 09.30 Boat to Mahoro
09.30 – 10.30 Dive 1 – Wide – Rock Holes –Variant Wall sea scape – Pinnacle
10.30 – 12.00 Surface Interval
12.00 – 13.00 Dive II – Wide – Beach Of Mahoro – Attractions :Wall – Pinnacle
13.00 – 15.30 Travel by car back to Sitaro
15.30 – 18.00 Break
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner

Day V – Makalehi – Love- heart-shaped lake

05.00 – 05.30 Travel by car to Port Pehe
05.30 – 08.00 Travel by boat from Port of Pehe to Makalehi Island,
08.00 – 09.00 Trekking to heart-shaped Lake
09.30 – 10.00 Breakfast on the House of the dock’s residents
10.00 – 10.30 Trip to Diving spot
10.30 – 11.30 Dive 1 – Wide angle :Dipi Point – Attractions a collection of big fish and coral fish – Reef Fish Napoleon, Bumphead, Schooling, Surgeon Fish
11.30 – 12.00 Surface Interval ,lunch at residents
12.00 – 13.00 Dive 2- Cave in Drop Off – Cave 17 Meters and 19 Meters – Sponge attractions, Soft Coral – Reef fish
13:00 – 15.00 Travel by boat back to Sitaro Island
15:00 – 18:00 Break
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner

Day VI – South of SITARO

08.0 0 – 08.30 Travel to PeheSiau harbor
08.30 – 09.00 Trip to the Dive Spot
09.00 – 10.00 Dive 1 – Ironic Point wide – Drift Dive –attraction Reef Fish, Bump Head
11.00 – 12.00 Surface Interval at BatuSenggol or Mahumeni freshwater spring
13.00 – 13.30 Go to Dive Spot
13.30 – 14.30 Dive II – Hot Water Bubble
14.30 – 15.00 Travel by boat to Pahe Siau
15.00 – 15.30 Travel by car
15.30 – 18.00 break
18.00 – 19.00 Dinner
19.00 – rest

Additional information :

A. 5 Days 4 Nights tour

6 X Dives in SITARO, diving only 2nd and 3rd Day
Fourth Day – travel to Manado
07.00 – 12.00 Packing
12:00 – 17:00 on board – Ferry Express to Manado
18.00 – 20.00 arrive in Manado and Dinner at Seafood Restaurant
20.00 – Check In at Arya Duta 4 Stars Hotel
Fifth Day
09.30 Check out Transfer to Airport

B. 6 Days 5 Nights

8 X Dives in SITARO Upstream – Downstream diving only on 2nd Day, 3rd & 4th Day in Mahoro
Fifth Day – travel back to Manado
07.00 – 12.00 packing and get ready
12:00 – 17:00 On board – Ferry Express to Manado
18.00 – 20.00 Arrive in Manado and Dinner at Seafood Resto
20.00 – Check In at Arya Duta 4 Star Hotel
6th Day
09.30 Check – out then transfer to Airport

C. 7 Days 6 Nights

10 X Dives in SitaroUpstream– Downstream, diving only on 2nd and 3rd Day, on 4th Day in Mahoro and Fifth day in Makalehi
6th Day– Travel back to Manado
07.00 – 12.00 packing and get ready
12:00 – 17:00 On board – Ferry Express to Manado
18.00 – 20.00 Arrive in Manado and Dinner at Seafood Resto
20.00 – Check In at Arya Duta 4 Star Hotel
7th Day
09.30 – Check – out then Transfer to Airport

D. 8 Days 7 Nights

12 X Dive in Sitaro Upstream – Downstream, diving only on 2nd and 3rd Day 6 X dive, Mahoroon 4th Day on 2 X dives, Fifth day in Makalehi 2x Dives, South Sitaro 6th Day 2 X Dive
7th Day – travel back to Manado
07.00 – 12.00 packing and get ready
12:00 – 17:00 On board – Ferry Express to Manado
18.00 – 20.00 Arrive in Manado and Dinner at Seafood Resto
20.00 – Check In at Arya Duta 4 Star Hotel
Day VIII
09.30 – Check – out then Transfer to Airport

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Diving Information

End of June – End of September : Southerly Wind blows and November to end of February easterly Wind blows and also from Northerly Windsblows that create Waves 3-4 Meters there is no sea transport from Manado to SITARO v.v
There will be no waves on the month:

  • End of February to Mid June
  • Early October to Early November