My friends and i were here for about a week, with the sole intent on diving, and boy did we dive. The diving here is absolutely fantastic. Half of the time we were under water I felt as if I was living a real life NatGeo special (The diving alone I would give 10 stars if possible). The rental equipment is good and the dive instructors are knowledgeable. My friends and I took our advanced open water course here. We had a great instructor and great dives to go along with it. While you are here make sure you take the day trip out to Una-Una. You will not regret it.
The place its self was very basic, but very good. The water only runs at select times of the day (it is however fresh) and you get electricity at night for a few hours. One downside (or maybe upside) is that there is no cell phone service, and where there is its very spotty. The bungalows were nice, good mosquito nets, and sufficient bathrooms. One of my favorite aspects was the hammocks they provided on the balcony of each bungalow. Great place to zone out for a nap. I truly felt as if I was at a pirates secret hide out during my stay here. Just such a cool location, beautiful scenery, and so secluded.
The one thing that this place did unfortunately drop the ball on was the food situation. The food most nights was okey, but some nights was quite lacking. I just felt as if the quality could of been just a bit better. I understand its in a very remote location but other places which are equally remote have provided better food, and I truly hope that one day Black Marlin will be able to do the same.
A word of warning - There is one more resort further down the beach called 'Paradise'. My friends and I strolled down there one evening just to check it out and I got a very weird feeling. First of all the place had lots of standing water (breeds mosquitos) and there was indeed many more mosquitos around. Secondly it had lots of trash strewn about on the back side, and there were some large natural pools they had created which also had trash in them and much to my dismal some sharks too. We had confronted the guy working there about this and he said they were rehabilitating them but I wasnt buying it for a minute seeing how there were just a few, the pond was full of trash, and not sure what rehabilitation would be required.
All in all, suck it up on the food situation and you will have a great time, The owner (Crispin) is a great guy and very easy to work with and his staff is great. If you are lucky the food will have improved by the time you visit and perhaps you will rate it 5 stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Dive Resort at the heart of the Togians with easy access to all the best divesites (including Una Una and B24 wreck) using the best equipment, boats and most experienced DMs and instructors. Relaxed atmosphere, good facilities, helpful friendly staff, clean rooms, excellent value. All bungalows right on the beach with spring beds, full mosquito nets, fans, western ensuite bathrooms, hammock on your terrace with stunning views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Marlin Dive Hotel Togian Islands