About Matahatikita

Matahatikita Logo

Matahatikita is composed of three Indonesian words

Mata = Eyes means to see and to look at
Hati  = Heart means to feel and to love
Kita  = Our

All means Beauty and Love are there to be admired and felt with our eyes and heart.

Why Matahatikita?

We use Matahatikita as a symbol of our working together as a loyal team organizing tours.

The name and symbolism of Matahatikita fits our backgrounds as tour guides. We show others the exotic scenery and magnificent underwater world, so they can see with their own eyes. We love to share our admiration of outstanding natural beauty and delicious local food.

Our eyes and hearts convey the sense of community in the family life of indigenous tribes as well as the shared experience of local transport.Macaca nigra, Tangkoko

Bunaken Sunset

Who are we?

Group of experienced tour guides, while we are based in Manado (North Sulawesi) and our focus is on Sulawesi and eastern Indonesia, we organize tours throughout Indonesia

Anemonre Clownfish

What do we offer?

We work with many well established partner companies to negotiate the best possible all in – inclusive price.

We handle everything including room and meal reservations at some of the best accommodation or nature lodges, ensuring expert guides are available, arranging safe and reliable transportation, and providing information on dive sites, bird species, indigenous tribes and maps of the areas visited. We can also assist you in making domestic and International flight reservations

Dieng Plateau

What makes us different?

Our commitment to the principles of conservation and our work with local communities have been acknowledged internationally and well received by our many clients.


This can be summed by our mission statement:

We are dedicated to providing our clients with ethical tourism products that are sustainable.

We are an equal opportunity employer and our staff comes from the various tribes and peoples in Indonesia.

Matahatikita is based on a team work to implement ecotourism, environment, and education value. We will bring you to remote villages and get you in touch with native people, we will assist you in communicating with them and arrange to overnight at local people’s houses.

They honor you as family or relative, in this case, the local people can get some benefit income of tourism and you as the visitor provide a vital link the outside world that is un-intrusive and not disruptive to their traditions and beliefs.

You can learn about the history and culture of ethnic groups, enjoy the tastes of local foods, and even dress up in ethnic clothes, practice on indigenous musical instruments or use a traditional vehicle.

It is particularly engaging to join in a community work project of social, health, or educational value.

Our goal is to ensure your tour with is the holiday experiences of a lifetime. We strive to make your holiday both enjoyable and unforgettable. You can count on getting prompt, personalized communication before and during your! So why not give Matahatikita Tours a try the next time you are planning a holiday to an exciting destination.

Our main concern is for the safety of our clients. Our guides have been between them a wide and formidable knowledge of the local culture, rainforest and wildlife. We can provide specialist service for those who require the most in – depth information on Indonesia.


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North Sulawesi Scuba Diving Tour

Bunaken National Marine Park

The Bunaken National Marine Park lies in the bay of Manado, in the north of Sulawesi. It encompasses five islands (Bunaken, Siladen, Manado Tua, Mantehage, Nain) where you do mostly steep wall diving and here you have a good chance to see pelagic like sharks, mackerels and tunas as well marine turtle. The walls are very nicely covered with corals and have small caves and overhangs.

The Bunaken National Marine Park lies about 30 minutes by boat from Manado. Bunaken Island is the centerpiece of the national park but there is good diving also at Manado (the volcanic island), Siladen, Mantehage and Nain. Sometimes there are also some interesting discoveries, a small seahorse unknown to science, only about 2,5cm large and living on hydroids, which has been named Hippocampus pontohi.

Beneath the Blue BunakenAlready in 1991 the underwater area around Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain Island became a national marine reserve.

The Park covers a total surface area of 79,056 hectares, 97% of which is ocean. There is an entrance fee (since March 2001- about US $15) that is used for the preservation of the park and in part for the villages on the Islands (controlled by US Aid). Also belonging to the park are coastal areas with small reefs, sea grass beds and Mangroves.

One of the highlights is the school of dolphins or pilot whales that we meet sometimes while crossing the bay of Manado on the way over to Bunaken. The school is distributed over a very large area with whole families resting on the surface. While Snorkeling (Do not make any noise with your fins!), a hug are pilot whale comes up for air several times before disappearing again. The whole time we hear chattering and squeaking from the school communicating around.
Harlequin Shrimp

There is no continental shelf in the northern part of Sulawesi and reefs drop directly down to 1840 meters!, Depth between the islands are around 200m,between Manado Tua and Mantehage 1360m!, A rare fish has been found here, the Coelacanth (Latimeria Menadoensis) who lives in caves about 100 to 200m depth on these steep underwater slopes. Coelacanth can reach a length of about 2 meters and are so called living fossils.

Living fossils discovered in the mouth of the Chalumna River on the east coast of South Africa and later around the Comoros Island. This is different species than one living around Manado.

Scuba Diving in Lembeh Strait and Bangka Island

Ornate Ghost PipefishLembeh strait is one of the most interesting marine habitat, a real paradise and a great place to do scuba diving!, there are over 25 dive sites around the Lembeh strait, Most of them are either sandy areas or small reefs. Do not expect spectacular walls or hug reefs, here you are doing called muck diving – searching for the rare and the special (for more good places for muck diving look at secret bay and Padang Bay in Bali, Dauni in Negros, Cabilao in Bohol situated in the Philippine and Mabul in Borneo).

But it’s also good places to see other shy critters such as the mimic octopus, the flamboyant cuttlefish, Harlequin Shrimps, Wonderpus, Skeleton Shrimps and many nudybranchs. The fish at this place are also a collection of weirdoes:

Ambon Scorpion fish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis), Stonefish, Sea robins, stargazers, devil fish and even the weedy scorpion fish (Rhinopias frondosa). There are also beautiful seahorses (at least 7 different species, pygmy and other), the Pegasus, ghost pipe fish and the endemic Banggai cardinal fish.

Mandarin FishAlthough most divers come here for the muck diving, Lembeh has much more to offer. Especially around island there are some small but very beautiful coral reefs and at the northern tip at Batu Kapal, the currents attract large pelagic like mackerels and sharks.

There are also four beautiful covered wrecks, two them large and all within limits for recreational diving. This area is not a national marine park unfortunately. Water temperatures are generally rather cold for the tropics between 24° and 27° C (76°-86° F).The sheltered condition of Lembeh strait makes for year-around diving.

Night Dives in Lembeh

Of course night dives and also special interesting in Lembeh. As soon as night fall noctural critter like crabs, worms, feather stars, cuttlefish and eels appear. Some animals like Scorpion fishes are much more active at night, but also find some ghost pipe fishes and juvenile bat fishes on night dives. Most dive sites in Lembeh strait also for night dives ranges from the Magnificent coral gardens of Bunaken Marine Park and Bangka Strait to the walls of fishes and underwater volcanoes of the Sangihe Islands to the unusual and rarely seen critters of Lembeh Strait

Our Packages Tour:

Bunaken Diving Package Tour (Base on Island)
(08 Days/07 Nights) (MH-NSD 001)

Lembeh Diving Package Tour (Base on Island)
(08 Days/07 Nights) (MH-NSD 002)

Bangka Diving Package Tour (Base on Island)
(08 Days/07 Nights) (MH-NSD 003)

Lembeh – Bangka Diving Package Tour (Base on Island)
(07 Days/06 Nights) (MH-NSD 010)

Bunaken – Lembeh – Bangka Diving Package (Base on Island)
(14 Days/13 Nights) (MH-NSD 015)

North Sulawesi Scuba Diving Package Tour (Base on Manado)


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