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Located Approximately 30 minutes’ drive from the modern, bustling city of Manado, Tasik Ria Resort offers a great getaway for all who want more than just a dive holiday. Between the Metropolis and the Tropics you can conveniently have your feet on the sidewalk or sand. With its palm fringed seascape, established gardens, spa, pools and glorious sunsets, We offer a family run resort with great emphasis on comfort and good value. With hospitality experience spanning over 20 years.Conveniently located between the western part of Bunaken National park and Bunaken Island we offer all the best dive sites in the region. Our large, comfortable and spacious boats will sail you to the World famous Bunaken National Park as well as the neighbouring sites that offer varieties of wide angle and macro.Combine this with our large swimming pool and bars, a private, luxurious spa, various dining options serving a combination of European and Indonesian cuisine also offering a weekly BBQ and Al a carte
I stayed here with my wife recently for five nights, I am a diver so I was well catered for with three dives a day we usually did two dives at Bunaken Island which is about an hours boat trip away, the third dive was usually at Critter Circus just off the Tasik Ria Resort. My wife isn't a diver so there wasn't a lot for her to do, she did enjoy a few days relaxing by the pool and was pampered in the Matana Spa Meals were included in the price, the a la carte menu was varied and were of very good standard and servings were plentiful We stayed in a Seaview Cottage which was very comfortable, I would definitely stay here again
As a non-diver at what is primarily a dive resort, my main interests were being comfortable while the divers were out, and snorkeling. Despite assurances, there was NO snorkeling from shore. We did snorkel around the pier, and I actually saw 4 lion fish, but the broken concrete made me fear getting bashed into it. The swim out to an area touted to be good was too far for me, and going out on a very basic boat with the divers in the hope that the spot they went to would be good for snorkeling did NOT appeal. Besides, the dive trips took close to two hours each way, which did NOT please the group of 16 divers.
The resort itself looked like it had once been somewhat luxurious. However, it is in serious need of renovation. The rooms were basic, and generally clean. Bottled water was provided. However, power was intermittent, and the internet access was a bad joke. One night at 2am, after 7 power failures, after each of which the a/c had to be manually restarted, we just gave up and decided to try to sleep in the heat. And the manager actually told me the next day they had a generator! Maybe, but seems like it did NOT work
The pool was nice, and although the backs of the lounge chairs could not be adjusted, I was able to roll and stack towels in order to get comfortable and read. The spa was great, inexpensive, good range of services, with a very good therapist.
Food was a different story. The person in the morning making omelettes did very well, but dinners were buffet style, the dishes luke-warm, and mediocre. A couple of nights we did have specialties cooked on a grill. I have no idea where the European-trained chef mentioned in the advertising was. There was a dining room we never used in the main building; we ate out at the end of the dock. If you like wine, bring your own. I hear that lunches on the dive boat were less than mediocre; mine at the beach bar were limited. The satay and nasi goreng were good, as were the French fries.
Dining staff tried very hard to be accommodating, doing the best they could. They did not have much to work with.
Second visit and it didn't disappoint. Had a good time. We were one diver one non diver. Steve loved the diving especially the turtles snd frog fish. I enjoyed the relaxation round the pool, daily chats eith Dan Green and Dianne. You are made so welcome no request is too much trouble. Room was spacious and food was good. After a few tiring months at work this was just the place to recharge the batteries and be made to feel special. Hopefully will see Dan at the Birmingham Dive Show to book our return
The first time we heard about Tasik was from a friend of mine who's been here for a dive trip and she said this place was awesome. And so i've began to search for reviews of this place. The first time i contacted Tasik was via e-mail and got replied soon (my contact was Mr. Andrew on hotel reservation) and then we maintained our conversations using WhatsApp (social media / chatting platform). I planned to get my PADI Open Water Diver Course on Tasik also, so the hotel management directed me to Tasik Divers. Also for transportation they got airport round trips for additional charge (or in my case they picked me up in Manado city and dropped me back in the city).
I decided to book for 4 nights at Tasik (22nd to 25th of August 2018). And decided to use their transportation (as Tasik located in the Minahasa state, around 45 mins from Manado city or 90 mins from Sam Ratulangi International Airport). Their transport was excellent. The driver was nice and helpful, and also very punctual (i really appreciate punctuality here in Indonesia). They've got lots of room type to choose, such as Pool View Standard, Pool View Room, Garden View Room, Sea View Room, etc (you can decide by whether you're travelling alone, couple or family, which view do you want to see, and most importantly : your budgets). I decided to book their Pool View Room (they got pool view standard and pool view room). I've got room 618 which i think is very strategically placed. I've got the pool in front of my front door and Tasik Divers on my back door. My first impression of the room was SPACIOUS! They got separate living room, bathroom and then a spacious bedroom. I arrived at Tasik around 8 a.m. and they let me checked in right away (because i had my diving course started at 8.30 a.m.). Checked in process was smooth, they required only your I.D., no deposit fees. I booked the room for full board stay (which included 3 meals a day), there's small miscommunication between their staffs as i was registered as BNB not full board, but it solved easily.
During my four days stays, all i can say is they're excellent and i definitely will come back! The food was great, local and western cuisine available (veggies menu are also available). They got buffet for breakfast (either on the main restaurant - Bunaken, or on the Jetty - Sunset Jetty Bar which located on the shore), as i stayed for full board, lunch was included (a la carte menu if you stayed in the Hotel and local - mini buffet menu if you're away on the dive boat) and as for dinner they got buffet on certain days (wednesday, friday and sunday) and also it depends on how much people that are staying in the hotel. The staffs were all friendly and helpful, including the Tasik Divers staffs (i'll write more about diving on Tasik Ria Resort Diving).
Aside from the rooms and staffs, Tasik Ria also offer a very nice panoramic view over Manadotua island. You can enjoy seeing sunset on Jetty Bar, playing on the pool (they got 2 of them!) or relaxing on the spa (which i didn't try). And also DIVING of course (i think most people come here to dive)
All in all, i want to say that i had one of the best stay i've ever experienced. And i'm willing to come back for another stay (which i rarely do, i'd usually rather try to explore new places)
We stayed at Tasik for several weeks, and found the resort to be one of the best we have stayed at in Indonesia. The rooms are spacious and very well layed out with AC and even a television, the rooms were clean and well maintained. The resort is beautifully presented with a stunning pool and bar, very kid friendly. The food at the Jetty Bar is faultless good selection and variety very tasty and plentiful.
The diving is very professionally run with very spacious boats with all the amenities including toilet, the dive guides are very professional and safety is very high up there on all the briefings, the briefings are concise and in depth. Lunch is served on the boat with ample selection and the fried bananas are very moreish a must try. the boat crew are fantastic and are very obliging.
Dan Green the manager and all the staff at Tasik Ria made this the most memorable stay we have had, THANK YOU Dan and see you next year
Response from Richard M | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is WiFi at the hotel. It is intermittent and often congested. This is not a fault of the hotel but a technical issue. I suggest contacting the hotel beforehand and organising a 4G sim card or organising a data... More
Yes there is WiFi at the hotel. It is intermittent and often congested. This is not a fault of the hotel but a technical issue. I suggest contacting the hotel beforehand and organising a 4G sim card or organising a data roaming facility with your own Telco if available.
Response from Mr_Poodle | Reviewed this property |
You would go on the boat trips. The best snorkel sites are also the dive sites and are at Bunnaken, around 40mins by boat from Tasik Ria. The sea life there is genuinely exceptional, just awe inspiring. Tasik Ria trips are... More
You would go on the boat trips. The best snorkel sites are also the dive sites and are at Bunnaken, around 40mins by boat from Tasik Ria. The sea life there is genuinely exceptional, just awe inspiring. Tasik Ria trips are excellent whether you’re a diver or just want to snorkel.