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“Very good resort!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Happy Gecko Resort Bunaken (Cicak Senang)

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Happy Gecko Resort Bunaken (Cicak Senang)
Liang Beach, Bunaken Island, Indonesia (Formerly Happy Gecko Resort (Cicak Senang))   |  
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Buurmalsen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Very good resort!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stayed here for a week and it was great!!! Very ver nice owners; Willeke and Jerry! The food is great and the bungalows are very big! You have 2 rooms and bathroom and a great view!
The price is very good and we had a great time here!!! Hope to come again!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brussels, Belgium
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

We stayed 5 nights in this resort last year. The bungalows are spacious and in good condition with a large terasse. You will enjoy tranquillity as the bungalows are situated on a hillside. The food was excellent with fresh fish from the sea cooked in a different maner each day. The staff and owers were also very nice and helpfull.

The only minor point I can mention is that althought the room was clean when we arrived it has not been cleaned once during our stay. Also watch your steps when walking on the nearby beaches also since they are full of rubish of all kind. (But this is independant from the resort)

Room Tip: As the bungalows are situated on a hillside chose one of the first bungalows if you want to avoid do...
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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4 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

We enjoyed our stay a lot! The bungalows are very well furnished and are set-up on a nice hillside. Also the 5 bungalows have a nice balcony with seating. Willeke (the owner) is realy helpful and friendly. It made our 6 months of travelling closer to home. Not only Willeke made it feel like a family, the whole staff did! And above all, the food is the best we had so far. It was generous, delicious and realy tastefull. Excellent kitchen! Also the attached dive school was realy satisfying. Jimmy is a great guide... Bunaken rocks for diving.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I recently stayed at Cicak Senang and agree with the other complementary postings. The food was excellent- lots of fresh fish. However, it is the people who set this resort apart. The dive guide, Jimmy, was perfect. He allowed us to set the pace of the dives, including getting ready and into the water. He has been diving these reefs for over 10 years and knows where the all the critters hide. He is also a safe and controlled diver and communicated well with the boat driver (who was also helpful and respectful). Plus, the dive policy allows guests to stay down as long as they are within safe limits- so we enjoyed a number of really long dives.

Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
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Paris
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

We had four fabulous nights with Willeke and Jerry, who are without doubt two of the loveliest hosts you could ever hope to find. The bungalow we stayed in was large and clean; Willeke couldn't do enough to accommodate individual (vegetarian) dietary requests; she has fascinating stories to tell about her experience as a Dutch national settled in Bunaken; and at 20 Euros a day for full board, Happy Gecko is great value. Plus the resort has an excellent dive leader in Jimmy, whose eye for macro detail gave us the best diving we've ever had. Do believe the hype: the diving in Bunaken is mindblowing - you'll see things you never knew existed. We are itching to get back there.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2011

Definitely a place to stay. The bungalows are larger than what you will find anywhere else in that price range in Sulawesi. They are clean and have a large bathroom, bedroom, sitting room and veranda. It is true that you can have your privacy, as all bungalows are near to each other but not so near to let people see you from their veranda. All bungalows have a view, of course the more up hill you are, the nicer the view, but it’s just a matter of seeing more of the sea and the horizon or more of the tropical vegetation around your place. Unfortunately, Liang beach is not very large and the strip in front of Cicak Senang is tiny, so you have to walk past other resorts to the other end of the bay for a large area to lie down. Anyway, this is the same drawback other resorts on that side of Bunaken have. But the snorkelling off Cicak Senang is very good and unspoiled.
The food is absolutely amazing: we are Italian and we believe we can tell… We stayed there for five nights and we never had the same dish for lunch or dinner (it’s all inclusive accommodation, water is also safe to drink). Before getting there we thought we would be served the usual, kind of boring Indonesian rice dishes, but we were happily wrong. Every meal was a pleasant surprise, tasty and abundant too!
Willeke is a very friendly and helpful host. She does her best to get things organized if you need to, and is genuinely interested in her guests’s needs. She also helped us on the phone when our driver was having problems in finding the way to Gorontalo harbour and make us catch the boat to the Togean Islands. Thanks Willeke!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Makassar, Indonesia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

We had a great 7 days with WIlleke and Jerry. A great ,very helpful staff, great food. For the kids they made special food Fries and chicken... We had great snorkeling spots and especially the night snorkeling was one we definitely will remember. We say crab, lobster, sleeping turtle, spanish dancer, octopus and many lion fish.
Our kids 12 and 13 also had a great time. We sure would recommend cicak senang . We loved it and hopefully we will return some day!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Liang Beach, Bunaken Island, Indonesia (Formerly Happy Gecko Resort (Cicak Senang))
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Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bunaken Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Bunaken Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small and cosy resort with only five spacious wooden bungalows on a hillside. Great sea views from your private balcony. Breezy seaside restaurant, with great fresh fish and cold drinks. The owner, Jerry, was born and raised on the island and together with his Dutch wife he welcomes everyone who likes to visit Bunaken. Snorkelers and families welcome. ... more   less 
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