It’s hard to imagine a place with better value for money than Happy Gecko on Bunaken. The location of Happy Gecko Resort is very good with fantastic snorkeling just off the beach. As there are only five bungalows (all have sea views), the place is pretty quiet and has a laid back atmosphere. The wooden bungalows are simple but spacious and clean and beds are good. The excellent cooks serve three meals daily, which are included in the price. When we stayed here, we enjoyed lots and lots of fresh fish of which the grilled barracuda was a true highlight. We made 6 scuba dives with local guide Jimmy, who is a very relaxed guy and really takes the time to make sure everybody is enjoying their dive. He showed us many weird creatures, big and tiny. Dutch owner Willeke, who runs the place with her husband, is a very welcoming host and helpful with transportation arrangement. When we come back to Bunaken, we will stay here again.
Summarizing: highly recommended
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small and cosy dive resort with only six spacious wooden bungalows on a hillside. Great sea views from your private balcony. Breezy seaside restaurant, with great food and cold drinks. Dive center on the premises with good diving at competitive prices. The owner, Jerry, was born and raised on the island and together with his Dutch wife he welcomes you to come and dive Bunaken. ... more less
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