Three hours south of Lembeh Island by speedboat, lies the hottest new dive destination in North Sulawesi, Buyat Bay. Protection from destructive fishing practices started with Newmont Mining Corporation which operated a gold mine in the nearby mountains from 1996 until 2004. Critters@Buyat is currently the only dive operator in the region. Started in 2008 by Critters@Lembeh founder Danny Charlton, we have now developed over 30 dive sites in the region since our initial surveys.
Diving is conducted from our three high-speed custom-outfitted speedboats, equipped for day trips complete with marine head. The dive sites of Buyat Bay and the surrounding areas offer unbelievably pristine reefs and equally stunning topside vistas. Buyat Bay is the hottest new dive frontier in North Sulawesi and we are the only full-time operator in the region. So come join the pioneers of Buyat Bay diving and see what reefs should look like.
Accommodations are basic yet comfortable during the initial phases of our development of the region. Guests stay at the Lakban Bungalow Complex, established by Newmont after the cessation of mining activities in 2004. Complete with hot water, air conditioning, and even satellite TV, the Bungalow Complex provides a centralized location for the exploration of Buyat Bay. Transportation to and from Buyat Bay is available via boat or private car, and offer breathtaking views of Minahasa.