Bangka Island is a small island located off of the northeastern tip of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bangka is known for its unspoiled beaches and dive tourism. It is a small island situated north of Manado and belongs administratively to the district of East Likupang in the North Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi province. It is only one hour by boat to visit Lembeh’s Strait or Tangkoko’ s Nature Reserve or 2- 2.5 hrs by boat to Bunaken National Marine Park.
Bangka is in the western Pacific Ocean, between the Celebes Sea to the west and the Moluccas Sea to the east. Bangka Island is within the Coral Triangle area, the global epicentre of marine biodiversity. Bangka is part of an Island group that includes Kinabohutan, Tindila, Gangga and Talisei. Bangka is very well known for its white sand beaches and its diverse dive spots that are attracting scuba divers from all over the world. Underwater Bangka offers several spots, from richly colonized volcanic pinnacles to sandy bottoms and numerous walls.
The island has three main coastal villages: Lihunu the largest, Kahuku and Libas. There are no real roads on Bangka, but it is possible to trek the jungle and visit few villagers in the fisherman local village of Busa Bora, nearby the Centre.
There are many coral reefs that attract tropical fish species, it is possible to see white and black tip reef sharks, napoleon fish, frogfish, pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs and also dugongs. Sometimes it is even possible to swim with dolphins. Bangka dive spots are not the place for very large pelagic.
Banger’s locals work as fishermen and many as farmers since the island is full of agricultural products as coconuts, copra, cloves, maize and vegetables. Other islanders work as civil servants or as teachers in resorts with the specialization in diving and/or snorkelling.