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Celebes Divers

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Manado, Indonesia
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About Celebes Divers
Celebes Divers have three Resort with two dive Center. Mapia Resort & Spa and its dive center are located south of Manado. There you can look for some great muck diving. Onong Resort and Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort are located on the remote island of Siladen. The share one dive Center and mostly do their dives in the Bunaken National Park.
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aaleksic2017 wrote a review Oct 2018
Landschlacht, Switzerland4 contributions
Although I was not sure of doing a dive course I did it and this was the best idea! Traveling in Sulawesi we have seen some dive centers, but the Celebes divers was the best choice and for me the only reliable and professional dive center. They offer SSI. Oli and his staff at Onong Resort, Siladen Island, are great! During the days I made my open water I felt always secure because the the excellent teaching and good equipment. For me it seems that Oli and his team have just one interest: they want to make you a good and responsible diver! Thanks a lot! It was a great experience!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Jennifer H wrote a review Sep 2018
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We stayed at Mapia to do our PADI AOWD course, and had an awesome time. For diving, our instructor Mia was excellent. She took her time explaining everything really clearly to us, and answering our questions. She went above and beyond the course material to give us a really in-depth understanding of everything we were doing. Being slightly nervous at first, with Mia's teaching we both finished the course confident and excited to dive. A great course and an excellent instructor! For our fun dives, the whole boat crew and other DM's/Guides were so friendly and really knowledgeable. They made our fun dives really great experiences, we saw so much marine life (which was really down to our guides) and we were very well taken care of by the whole crew. We were also impressed by the small dive group sizes - the max size was only ever 3 people to 1 DM or Guide. Huge thanks to Mia, Anissa, Hendra, Bernard, all of the crew and staff at Mapia for making our stay perfect. 100% recommend!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from CelebesdiversResort, Manager at Celebes Divers
Responded Sep 17, 2018
Dear Jenny and Ian Thanks so so much for the nice and detailed review. It was a pleasure to have you around. And we are happy that you enjoyed your stay to the fullest. Seeing the change of confidence in your dives was such an award for me!!!! Thats why I love my job. Take care you 2 and hope to see you again one day. Greetings from the whole Mapia Family.
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joaomelont wrote a review May 2018
Sao Paulo, SP163 contributions22 helpful votes
Celebes divers is a dive operator in Manado that works with 3 resorts. I stayed at Mapia Resort in Manado. I guess it's the simplest one, and I've reviewed it on its own Trip Advisor profile. The diving operation is ok. The instructor Bernad and his crew are very professional. My special thanks to Norman who was always very attemptive and helped us a lot on a strong down current we've experienced in Bunaken. Anissa is the manager at Mapia and sometimes she dives with the guests. Night diving with Bernad and Anissa was the best night dive I've done so far. I couldn't stop taking photos with all the stuff they've showed me every minute. The only drawbacks I found with Celebes are: 1. The boats they hire seem to be a bit old and the boatmans not so professional as Celebes' operation itself. 2. The equipment is a bit old. On my first dive at Bunaken the mouthpiece loosened from the regulator and I had to be very quick to realize what was going on and switch to the octopus with my mouth already full of water. It's a huge risk for a beginner diver. We hired a day trip to Lembeh with Celebes. It was nice, good dive sites full of muck life, but unfortunately a very poluted place. The boat was very improvised but the crew was nice.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from CelebesdiversResort, Manager at Celebes Divers
Responded Aug 5, 2018
Hello Unfortunately we seem to miss to reply earlier, but rather late than never?! Thank you for your review and the constructive critic. 1. We had a problem with our own boat so this needed to go to repair and therefor we had to hire a boat and they do come with crew. Meanwhile we do have our own new boat and that problem is solved. :) 2. Sorry that this happened to you. We always try to avoid that things like this happen by checking the gear regularly. We missed on that one.. :( We are glad that you reacted well trained. We made sure that the dive staff has to re-check always before handing out the rental equipment. Also meanwhile we bought brand new equipment. We hope, one day you are coming back and see yourself about the improvements. Best regards Mapia Management
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Andreas A wrote a review Feb 2018
Singapore, Singapore19 contributions9 helpful votes
The dive Center is under professional guidance. It is a perfect place for Diving and staying in Mapia Resort, Onong Resort or Kuda Laut Resort
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Date of experience: February 2018
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120snoopy wrote a review Jul 2017
Lugano, Switzerland12 contributions1 helpful vote
Celebes Divers is one of the best Diving Centers I've ever experienced. They have professional guides and offer great service: they do everything for you, from preparing your equippment before diving to wash it aferwards. Diving with them is very relaxing. This is true for all the diving centers they run in two resorts: Mapia Reort and Onong Resort. I heard they are opening a third one near Onong Resort, called Kuda Laut Boutique Dive Resort. Nitrox is available and also good rent equippment. Houseriffdives in Mapia and Onong are one of my favorites. The resorts have a good value, very good cusine, a spa and confortable and clean cottages all with A/C.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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