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Reviewed August 4, 2019

Spent about 5 days at this fantastic resort, which was made all the better by the great staff they have working there, in particular Mike and Cora. The resort itself is in a great spot with a good patch of beach and an awesome sunset. The bar, which I obviously had to test daily after the diving was great and Mike or Cora or both were always around for a laugh and a joke in the evening. Room was great, fine for my needs, clean and comfortable. No complaints for the food either, always a few dishes to choose from and cooked to a good standard. The resort seems to be constantly looking to improve with a new pool area and yoga classes to come (by Cora), they may have already started. Diving is great to, mainly wall dives with great coral, turtles, sharks, rays, macro and even the occasional Chinese tourist legs dangling at the surface, but they were not a nuisance. Big thanks to Michael (other Michael), my dive guide for the week. Thanks again Mike / Cora make sure there is enough Bintang for my return. All the best Steve.

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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CorinaS737, Manager at Bastianos Bunaken Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 5, 2019

Dear Steve,

Thank you so much for your stay with us.
We are happy to hear you enjoyed the diving and our hospitality.
Would be nice to welcome you again here in paradise!

Thanks again and all the best,

Bastianos Benagen Team & Mike and Cora

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Reviewed August 3, 2019

Only stayed here one night as a birthday treat but the staff couldnt of been more helpful :) from check in to information on diving. To the food and location. 10/10 for sure
Keep up the great work guys:)

Date of stay: August 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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CorinaS737, Manager at Bastianos Bunaken Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2019

Dear Andrew,

Thank you so much for Review. Nice to hear you enjoyed your little treat at our Resort. It would be nice to see you again! Save travels.

All the best,

Bastianos Team & Mike and Cora

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Reviewed July 18, 2019

Honestly I was shocked when I found out this resort was 30 years old. Much of it has been renovated and is very modern and well equipped. The only thing that shows its age are the dive boats. A little beat up and the engines were old, but they worked fine for the most part.

Rooms were great. Clean, AC worked fine. Terrific location right on the beach!

Diving in Bunaken is all walls. VERY healthy walls full of coral and HUGE barrel sponges. If you don't see a dozen turtles on each dive, you must have had your eyes closed! Huge Green turtles and Hawksbill turtles every dive. Swimming right at you, hiding in crevases, etc. Strangely enough, not many fish though.

We dove 2 days then headed to Bastianos resorts on Bangka Island (OMG AWESOME) followed by Lembeh. Check my reviews for those 2 resorts.

Food was fine except that every now and then they would serve a beef dish. When I go to SE Asia, I expect not to eat beef. Id actually prefer they didn't try because the beef was almost always tough. Chicken and fish is fine with me! It was nice they tried to serve it, but honestly I wouldn't bother anymore.

Date of stay: June 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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MichaelP11232, General Manager at Bastianos Bunaken Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a nice review. We're very lucky to have such a healthy population of seaturtles living right outside of the resort.

As far as food goes its difficult to accommodate all tastes but we try to mix it up as much as possible to provide a good variation in our food and Beef is common ingredient in manadonese cuisine.

Once again thank you for the kind review,

Michael

General manager - Bastianos Bunaken

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Reviewed July 14, 2019

Even though it's been open for 30 years, it's been really well maintained and well kept. Once again, the managers and staff are excellent and took care of everything. Dive staff are also excellent and knowledgable about all the die sites. Can't wait to go back!

Date of stay: June 2019
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MichaelP11232, General Manager at Bastianos Bunaken Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2019

Hi,

Thank you for your kind review. We'll make sure our staff hears how happy you were with them and your stay with us.

Kind regards,

Michael

General manager - Bastianos Bunaken

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Reviewed February 28, 2019

Usually the first email response we receive (or not receive) is a good indication of how our stay will go. Bastiano's responded to our email inquiries in a prompt and thorough fashion which helped break the tie with a couple other resorts in the same area and price range.

Everything clicked during our stay. The airport pickup was smooth, the transfer to the port for the boat ride to the resort was smooth. The staff waiting for us, the diving intro, the resort intro were all smooth.

Our dive guide was Sandro and his able crew mate was Hendra. They were friendly, helpful and ensured that every dive was terrific. Our meals were ably handled by Ima the chef and the waitress crew of Rahel, Cynthia ad Giara. The food was fresh and delicious. Hanna was office staff and Rafl at the bar.

Our room was what we had hoped for. Not fancy but more than functional with a beach view and balcony. We prefer to spend our money when we are awake, not sleeping so we felt that the rooms were an excellent value proposition.

Its not often that we consider revisiting a dive location, but Bastiano's just might earn a second visit, we were that pleased.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MichaelP11232, General Manager at Bastianos Bunaken Dive Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2019

Hi there,

Thank you for your nice review of Bastianos Bunaken resort.
We're super glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, our staff works very hard to ensure our guests can have a nice holiday. I'm sure they will be super glad when they hear about this review.

We would of course be super happy to have you come stay with us again and you're welcome back anytime you want :)

Kind regards,

Michael
General manager - Bastianos Bunaken

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