Living Colours is as good as people here on TripAdvisor say. The diving sites, the professional yet relaxed personnel, the meals and the nature are all top class. To summarize: I had never dived before, and now - after OWD and some dives at Bunaken plus many discussions with experienced divers - I don't think there can be much better places for diving than this!
To make this review more helpful - here are some things that I would have found useful when coming to Living Colours:
1. There’s nothing to buy. Make sure you bring your own shampoo, chocolate snacks, sun lotion or whatever you need, because this is an island with only three small villages and not really anything to buy.
2 Water. There are water dispensers in each bungalow and on the boats, so there’s no point in carrying your own water. An empty water bottle is handy, however, if you go for a walk and need water with you.
3 Alcohol. As I mentioned, there are soft drinks, beer and some liquors available, but if champagne, wine or Salmiakkikossu is an essential part of your holiday routine, you better bring your own.
4. Clothing. I always make the same mistake: coming from freezing Finland, I forget that sometimes even shorts and t-shirts are too much. Especially on the diving boat all you need is a bikini and a simple cloth to protect you from the sun. Luckily the village women sold sarongs - that’s enough for most of the days. One day it rained so much, that the temperature dropped a bit more. Then I was happy that I had my mohair shirt with me. Oh, and a raincoat might also prove useful. When it rains, it RAINS.
5. Humidity. I learned that if you want to get your clothes dry, you should take them inside after 4 pm, because that’s when the humidity of the night starts crawling in. This in combination with the occasional showers makes it really hard to get your clothes or shoes dry, so I prefer thin fabrics and flipflops.
For photos under and above the sea level and some other thoughts (partly in Finnish), pls see my travel blog: http://alannainen.blogspot.sg/2012/12/living-in-living-colours.html
- Also Known As:
- Living Colours Dive Hotel Bunaken Island
- Living Colours Dive Bunaken