If you're looking for the perfect place to learn to dive - look no further. The reef is amazing, the sea life is incredible and Sven is the perfect person to guide you through the process. Even if you're just looking to snorkel, there is much to be enjoyed here. The reef is about 200m from the beach, and once there its a comprehensive drop off that encircles the island. The boat goes out every morning and afternoon and caters for everyone's abilities.
The weather was perfect every day during September - clear blue skies, warm and sunny.
The beach front villas are well maintained and clean, and the hot showers and working toilets are a blessing in Indonesia.
Be aware that the power if off during the day in the rooms (it is on between about 5pm and 8am each day). But there is power available in the main hut during the day if you need it. There is free wi-fi available.
We enjoyed the food, but this is not the place for you if you don't like seafood (or more specifically tuna, as its on the menu most days).
Having walked the island, there isn't much to be seen elsewhere on the island. And our stay of 11 days was probably too long - 5 to 7 days would be ample.
There remains some issues with bookings, but the staff do their very best to work around the problems encountered and please everyone. It's best to contact the resort directly and confirm your details and requests in an attempt to ensure no confusion.
Finally, you are asked to pay cash, but they are happy for you to change the required money back in Manado at the end of your stay. This would be more convenient than changing more cash than is required (which happened for us) or having to bring many millions of Rupiah.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bunaken Island Resort and the Dive Centre are located at Liang Beach of Bunaken Island. The resort provides spacious and luxury accommodation in a tranquil and lush tropical environment with two Villas (150m²) and 6 Bungalows (65m²), all built in the famous Indonesian Minahasa Style and tastefully furnished. Balinese-style en-suite bathrooms with a hot shower tub and an open-roof shower, Wifi-Internet throughout the resort, air-conditioning, grand balconies with large hammocks for chilling out are standard. ... more less