We stayed at Froggies Divers for 5 nights in April, 2012. The owner of the Dive Resort was kind enough to arrange for our hotel in Manado for 1 night as our plane arrived very late at night. He also arranged for us to be picked up by a cab in the early morning, driven to the harbor, and brought over to the island in time for 2 daytime dives that very day. The timing was excellent, and it was easy. Everybody was very helpful, and it all felt right. Our bungalow was absolutely fine: the queen size bed was firm, there was mosquito netting that we didn't really need to use at all, there was a rotating fan on the wall, and our bathroom was open and nice. There is even FREE laundry which totally blew our minds!!!!!!!! All of the food is served buffet style. I'm giving the hotel 4 stars because I think there could be a better variety of food, and much of it was fried (which is not good for me; bad stomach). However, the really IMPORTANT things about Froggies were excellent: our dive guide, Samuel, was fabulous. He was great! Our bottom times were outstanding, sometimes 90 minutes, and he pointed out critters to us continually. He's a wonderful divemaster, as are the other divemasters. The diving is mostly wall diving, and those walls are packed with corals, tunicates, fishes, and many HUGE turtles. The viz was very good when we were there, and the water was very calm. The dive boats had plenty of room, and all of the dive sites were quite close to the island. Many people might suggest that you dive Bunaken but stay in Manado. This is a huge mistake, in my opinion. GO to Bunaken and stay there! It will not only save you a bundle of time but it's absolutely beautiful on the island, and it's where you want to be. Another very cool thing was that it was my birthday while I was there. The owner went to great lengths to make it a very special day for me: he ordered a DELICIOUS chocolate-mocha cake from a wonderful bakery in Manado, had it brought over by boat!!!!! and surprised me at dinner with it. The divemasters (and a few guests) formed a band and sang me happy birthday along with the rest of the interesting and wonderful guests. It was a wonderful birthday gift, and one I will remember forever :-) Getting that cake delivered by boat, from that town was no easy thing. Froggies does go the extra mile--- both with helping in making the arrangements and following through. You can rely on them. That's a big thing! I would highly recommend Froggies Divers to anybody who wants to dive Bunaken. It has a very comfortable set-up at a reasonable price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Froggies Divers is a small dive resorts and eco-friendly PADI operation on Bunaken and Lembeh Island.We try to make it a home away from home and many of our guests also become friends. Our main concern is to offer a very personal service and exceptional diving. The groups are small, no more than 4 guests per guide . We take good care not only of our divers but also of preserving marine life. All our boats are equipped with Oxygen, First Aid and safety standard procedure.With the help of our experienced crew and our Indonesian English speaking dive guides we try to make the operation run as smoothly as possible.In order to show you all the riches of our underwater world we choose long, slow and relaxed dives; no need to go very deep, most of the beauties are well above the 30m, and we like to take long long safety stops, while admiring the upper part of the reef. Your dive time is limited by your air consumption, you will be underwater for at least from 60 - 75 minutes on most of your dives. ... more less