Stayed here for the second time in twelve months in September 2012. If anything it was better than we remembered. Nice accommodation, outstanding staff and great food (not too fancy but well presented, tasty and a choice of three dishes for each meal)provide for a very comfortable and economical stay. However if you are reading this you are probably most interested in the dive operation which is first class. The boats are small - good because you only have to share with three other divers and your guide which means you are in the water faster rather than waiting for a dozen divers to gear up and get in. They are also fast which means no site is more than about ten minutes away and that's better for the environment - the slower boats are out for hours and have on board toilets and all that S**t goes straight into the water you are diving in. We managed four dives a day generally of seventy minutes or so duration - guides were only too happy to stay with you for the duration. Night dives were awesome and the house reef superb. Most dive resorts in Malaysia and Thailand could take a lesson in how to run a dive reort in this place - 45 minutes and back on the boat is rubbish when you have travelled half way round the world to dive somewhere. Saw various octopus, a free swimming giant frog fish that swam for about 150 meters before finding a sponge to settle on - and found at least twenty nudi's that I had not seen before, squid, hunting cuttlefish. The guides are amazing at what they can find. I have dived all around the world and the operation that Bruce and Fung run is one of the best.
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- Black Sand Dive Retreat Bitung, Indonesia - Sulawesi