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Thalassa PADI Dive Resort

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Bunaken Island, Indonesia
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Kiwimeye wrote a review May 2020
Boulogne-Billancourt, France1 contribution
Magnificent dives on the beautiful coral reef drop offs of Bunaken National Park, accompanied by skillfulguides who find all the wonders of the reef for you. Very well organized boats including meals between dives. Zero equipment carrying as everything is taken care of by the center's team including the rinsing. On the way back, dive in the large pool and freshly cut coconuts to quench your thirst... the bungalows, well equipped and air-conditioned, and the dining room blend into a pretty tropical garden. The simple meals are well adapted to the rhythm of the dive. Above all, the kindness and welcome of all the staff and the host, Simone, are exceptional so that you feel at home with friends.Possibility to spend a few days in the second establishment of the center in Lembeh, very nice too, if you are a Macro enthusiast! Zénitude from and to the airport from where the centre will take care of you. Singapore Airlines flew us from Paris to Manado and back very comfortably, easy. To be experienced without hesitation!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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amakr2016 wrote a review Mar 2020
Minneapolis, Minnesota10 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I just came back from the Thalassa Dive resorts, we stayed at both the Manado and Lembeh locations. I would recommend Thalassa dive resorts to anyone in a heartbeat. While the Lembeh location is newer and more modern Manado is more authentic, but both were just outstanding in terms of food and staff. The diving was out of this world. Indonesian people are the sweetest on earth and they will go out of their way to make your stay as pleasurable as possible. Meals were varied with plenty of fresh fruit, veggies and local and vegetarian options. If guests had special requests, staff was more than happy to accommodate. Both locations have gorgeous pools but of course the highlight of the trip was the diving: in Manado, we enjoyed walk diving and many reefs (the best I have seen in our 25 years of diving) with big (so many turtles, it was insane) and smaller creatures as well as so many fish. Lembeh’s speciality was “muck diving” with many unusual and rare creatures cruising along the sandy bottom (frog fish and seahorses, otctopi, so many nudibranches, several small crab varieties among many others...) but the reefs in Lembeh were gorgeous too. I especially enjoyed the very knowledgeable guides who were so eager to find and show you all the different species (which are sometimes very hard to spot). There wasn’t a dive where we were not wowed. You read about it but it is truly unbelievable. Added bonus: boat staff take care of everything for you - equipment, rinsing, etc. They were so flexible with us and offered different trips tailored to our needs and wants. I highly recommend Bengka island as a dive site. Transfers from one resort to the other were so smooth as well. We just had a great diving vacation. Do make sure you bring some drops to rinse off your ears after diving, sometimes the water is not the cleanest around Lembeh. I was so saddened to have to cut my trip short by a few days because of the Corona Virus. I seriously worry about the Thalassa operation and hope they can pull through this crisis. They so deserve it. The owners are genuine and warm people, so dedicated to the local staff and the diving community. I wish them well and hope to come back soon to the resort.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Peter J wrote a review Sep 2019
Venray, The Netherlands353 contributions43 helpful votes
Nice and welcoming. Good diving lange rooms. Food great. Genuine friend staff, always looking for an opportunity to make things even more pleasant On the downside: wifi only in hot restaurant, fans not functional. Bar limited. Due to high ceilings and extra cubic meters, the aircon in the rooms not enough. We will be back to enjoy more diving. Greatings Simone
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Date of experience: September 2019
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DeegarM wrote a review Dec 2018
Yellowknife, Canada2 contributions
Albeit we went in the really low season and were the only guests at the time, the staff were always on hand to ensure we had everything we needed...even booking us a go-jek for us to the airport. The food was hot, fresh and excellent and the resort had everything you could want. The bungalo was super clean, massive and very comfortable. Sure there are a few little details overall (not the bungalo) that can be improved but they are minuscule. I.e. a pool cue needed the felt tip. Thats he only negative i could think of...which is a non issue. Thanks for the excellent stay and service. We will be back
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Date of experience: December 2018
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dendron21 wrote a review Nov 2018
Columbus, Ohio19 contributions3 helpful votes
Great communication through email before our trip, very professional, also flexible, and gave us a great day of diving of the beautiful coral walls in Bunaken and wonderful memories to take home with us. Would definitely dive with Thalassa again.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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