We stayed here for a 6 day dive vacation in one of the sea view cottages. The first impression was tat the hotel has seen better days. Some areas are well maintained (pool and jetty), while others are in need of some attention. That includes the cottage we had at first. The room was not very clean (hair in tub and sink, floor not swept) and the toilet would not accept any solid matter without clogging. After speaking to the manager, we got an upgrade to the center cottage with an updated bathroom and outdoor shower. That second room definitely lived up to the expectations we had and was clean. It has to be noted that they are currently updating all the sea view cottages. We poked around the one next to us that was still under construction and it was way ahead compared to the old one we had originally. If you want to stay in one of the sea view cottages, make sure you get one of the remodeled ones (wood floor, outdoor shower). WiFi (free) is only available in the reception / restaurant area.
On the upside, the staff was very friendly and helpful and the views are quite nice. Breakfast is served buffet style with plenty of choices. We have been very happy with it. Dinner is sometimes served buffet style if there are a lot of guests and a la carte otherwise. Regardless, we found it to be good and plentiful.
Diving is done through the on-site dive center. Given the distance to the Bunaken national park, it is done with large boats and takes 1.5 hrs each way. The boats are spacious with plenty of space to spread out, so that even with a full load it doesn't feel crowded. The guides (4:1 diver to guide ratio) are more off-hands than at Lembeh, which others guests complained about. I had no difficulty finding the critters I was looking for and was a happy diver. Lunch is served on the boat since it does not return to the base until 4-5 pm. That makes for less choices, but it was still good. On our last day we asked to only dive the local reefs in the morning and used one of the speed boats. Monika (the dive ops manager) was our guide that morning and we had some of the best dives of our stay. As stunning as the coral reef walls are, the local critters in the shallow waters are not to be ignored. I recommend that one day should be spend locally. It's worth it.
- Also Known As:
- Tasik Ria Resort Manado Hotel
- Tasik Ria Resort Manado Hotel Manado
- Tasik Ria Hotel Manado
- Manado Tasik Ria Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tasik Ria Resort is one of the most established resorts in Manado. Boutique resort offering friendly services. Tasik Divers is our PADI 5 Star dive centre. They will take you to see Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh and Buyat. Come and experience our friendly people. ... more less
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