We travelled to North Sulawesi on our Medical Elective and enlisted the help of the lovely Phil & Paula from Bahowo Lodge in planning our experience whilst there, following a recommendation from a friend. Their warm welcome and generosity made us feel immediately welcome and relaxed. During our time there, we got to know them and their staff very well and you couldn't hope for a friendlier group of people to stay with. They also own two lovely golden retrievers called Poppy and George who are really great fun and lend the place a unique home-from-home vibe. The local village was full of friendly faces and we quickly felt like part of the community, being encouraged to join in the weekly hotly-contested football match and celebrations such as Independence Day.
Whilst there, we undertook our PADI qualifications and even though we were complete novices beforehand, it was an incredible place to learn. Our dive instructor was really helpful and enthusiastic, ensuring that learning to dive was a fun experience. We also had time to go on a couple of the tours that Bahowo Lodge offer. The Minahasa Highland tour was a highlight and visiting Tangkoko National Park is a must-see, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the local wildlife up close.
Overall, we would whole heartedly recommend staying at Bahowo Lodge for anyone wanting to dive in the world famous Bunaken coral reef, or just hoping to see the 'real Indonesia'. We can't wait to return soon, safe in the knowledge that Mr Phil will have a cold bottle of Bintang waiting for us.
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