Overall I enjoyed my 5 days in Manado but my views are mixed.
Firstly, the resort is fine. The people make this place and it's homely and comfortable. Everything worked and it's friendly and relaxed. The pool is great, although I didn't get a chance to use it. The rooms were good although it does need a coat of paint and a general touch up.
I had a pool view room which was perfectly OK. On the 1st floor it gave me plenty of privacy. The food was OK, not great, but kept me reasonably happy. It's a little far from anything but that's fine as you will probably be here for diving anyway.
The Dive Shop is connected to the resort and it's all integrated. Good initial service on check in and the organisation of the equipment was great. I have to say the time I was there was very busy.
You can choose getting your own boat or go on the larger dive boats they have. As I was alone I opted for the larger boat with many other divers. Things went down hill a little here. When the owner, Monica, was on the boat things ran well but without her I found things were far more relaxed and a little out of control. Nothing very negative, but I take my diving a little seriously, and like to work to a routine that we are all working to. I have to say the food on the boat was an extreme disappointment and I ate only what I need to keep me going for the day.
The diving was also mixed. If you hit the wrong tides and currents, you will have to enjoy the rubbish. The entire place, on land and in the sea at Manado is a RUBBISH TIP. It was extremely distressing for me and I predict as this gets worse it will keep the serious dive community away from Manado. My dive shop actually told me that a few of the dives has a lot of rubbish which is quite interesting because there are lots of "critters" living inside the rubbish!. I was astounded by this statement. Contrast Manado with many other dive sites in the region and the Rubbish would be my number one concern. I personally collected a large number of bags that was wrapped around coral and witnessed a large turtle trying to chew on a large plastic bag. Because of this it doesn't rank in my top 10. It seems though no one cares.
If you are lucky with the currents and tides, that pushes the rubbish to some other unfortunate location, the reefs are very nice and extremely colourful. Many nice things to see but lots of small macro things and a large number of turtles along with snappers, travely etc. At times the current can be very strong and is not suitable for all diving levels.
For this place to remain popular they need to do something about all that junk in the water. If this wasn't there this would remain an extremely attractive and beautiful dive location.
You will be comfortable at the resort and the other guests are usually very open to a social chit chat when ever you are around.