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“The black paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mamaling Resort Bunaken

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Mamaling Resort Bunaken
Certificate of Excellence
Ljubljana, Slovenia
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6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The black paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Secluded and hidden as a true pearl should be. Don't fool yourself that you can find it on your own.

Not cheap but worth every penny. Great diving and snorkeling, black beach, very friendly and interesting staff & owner, and a very, very stylish place.

Food heaven. Even for vegetarians.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2013

We stayed with Tom and Rose for 7 nights in the beginning of August and it was just great, we did not want to leave. We arrived, walked through the mangroves and were instantly relaxed. The resort is so peaceful and tranquil and you do not have to worry about anything.The 3 houses are really nice and the food was the best we had on our 3 week trip in north Sulawesi.
We enjoyed great dives, the sun, the hammock in front of each cottage, nice evenings, some bintangs and the wonderful food. The small beaches next to the resort are very secluded and like in paradis and besides a lot of hermit crab you do not have to share it with anyone. The diving was superb, in the end we dived every day. We can really recommend staying at the Mamaling.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank cookymonster123
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2013

Very nice place, owner and divind and snorkelling! The cottages are really good, and the food is amazing! The owner is really nice and helpful, as well as the diving instructors. The only 2 things that could be better would be the breakfasts and if they had a beach!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

I spent 4 days at the Mamaling. There are no words to describe the extraordinary and unique experience you can live there. Tom and Rose and their staff are absolutely fantastic, prompt, kind and friendly. The location is magnificent, a real paradise: in the middle of the nature on a wonderful landscape, in a sober area of the Island, far away from the caos. And very near to the resort there ia a long line of wild white beaches where you can spend incredible moments and rest a lot. The bungalow are 3 and they are really nice, clean and you can live a real dream there. The ladies and girls of the kitchen propose always great breakfasts, lunchs and suppers: I never ate the same things in 4 days and the food was always tasty and very delicious. Tom in a kind and specialized diver that followed us to face the first diving experiences: excellent, competent and incredibly available to help and to explain with details, with a lot of care and attention. The diving experiences with him and his smart and kind team were ASTONISHING, AMAZING, UNIQUE. After 3 full weeks in Indonesia I can say that the Mamaling has been the best ever. So, really, do not miss to spend days with Tom, Rose and all the lovely Mamaling Family.

Room Tip: "do not miss to dive with tom and his wonderful staff"
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Utrecht
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

We spent a week at Mamaling and had a wonderful time. Rose and Tom create a small paradise. Snorkeling is fantastic: everyone can join the boat to brilliant dive spots. The food is suburb: three times a day a special dish. The hospitality is great: friendly staff and a good atmosphere. We definitely come back someday.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bern, Switzerland
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

We intended to stay for just one night but ended up staying for several. We have found paradise on earth!!!
Everything about it was great, the rooms are beautiful and very clean. We enjoyed the fine view over the mangroves from the hammock on the balcony, the staff was lovely and very helpful, the diving absolutely amazing, the owners Tom and Rose are the perfect hosts and really funny and the food was without exception delicious --definitely the best we have had during our one month stay in Sulawesi!
Having travelled a lot in these past years, the Mamaling Resort in Bunaken Island is for us clearly one of the most beautiful places we have ever stayed. Thank you so much!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Katrin E
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

As I think about what I want to say in this review, I start to feel as though nothing I write will truly convey or reflect the essence and magic of Mamaling. The world that you enter far away from the hussle and bussle of anything has such an amazing atmosphere and energy that are difficult to describe. It is more than a small dive resort with great food and wonderful hosts, and trying to explain what I felt while I was there, I realise one will have to experience it for themself in order to fully understand what makes this place so special and why people just long to return.

That being said, Rose & Tom should also get credit for doing such a wonderful job. Never have I seen Indonesians so organised! That was a first. The small 3 bungalows are just perfect, hidden in the mangroves but still right by the water. They are cleaned every day and very well maintained. The food was absolutely delicious, great local Manadonese food served fresh every day with a nice variety. Diving was awesome with great dive masters and crew. I've never seen so many turtles in one location. On each dive we saw at least 1 turtle, but usually it was more like 3 or 4. The wall is impressive, as is the variety of fish and other marine life. Unfortunately some trash comes from Manado and at the surface this is an issue, but the attitude of the crew was very positive, trying to educate the Manadonese about taking care of their environment and telling them about the incredible reef they have and how important it is to preserve it. It was also much less of an issue at Mamaling as the resort is located on the North-West side of the island and the crew would usually take us to places where there was significantly less or no trash.

Rose & Tom are, as everyone has already noted, absolutely delightful to be around. It most certainly feels more like you are staying in someone's home than being in a hotel, and this is priceless.

There is no hot water, no internet, no pool. And in my view, this makes the place all the more special. None of these things are necessary in such a location, it is an opportunity to re-connect with nature and enjoy life as it is.

I very much liked the communal lifestyle, with only 6 guests, you really get to know them and spend time with them. It is not too few, not too many. The boat certainly never felt over-crowded.

For those who want to do other activities, it is easy to go for a walk to a near-by village right from the resort. Mamaling also offers different types of tours and each dive site never makes you feel like you are getting bored or doing the same thing over and over.

And finally, I couldn't believe how good value for money this palce offered. Compared to what you find around Bunaken and what kind of service they offer, this is hard to beat!

In short, no other place has made me feel so happy and at peace as I did at Mamaling. I never wanted to leave, and I long to return.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Jelly B
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Additional Information about Mamaling Resort Bunaken

Property: Mamaling Resort Bunaken
Address: Mamaling Beach | Alung Banua, Bunaken Island 95242, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bunaken Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Bunaken Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Intimate nature Dive-Resort, situated on the quiet northwestern part of Bunaken Island. All cottages have private bathroom (western-style), veranda, mosquito-net an fan. We offer our guests pure nature feeling, tranquillity and outstanding divespots. ... more   less 
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