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“Best of Both... Reef an Muck Diving.”

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Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Ranked #9 of 45 Hotels in Manado
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2011

The staff and management are friendly and eager to please and will go the extra mile to try and provide for every need. Before I get into the nitty gritty of the resort, PLEASE remember that you get what you pay for.

THE HOTEL:
In it's day, this must have been a 4 or 5 star resort, considering the facilities at your disposal. Today it is showing the wear and tear of the tropical and economical climate that it find itself in. HOWEVER, that being said, This is great value for money, the rooms are large and well appointed, The swimming pools, of which there are 4, are wall maintained and the main pool, at the pool bar, is huge and provides a welcome retreat after a days diving.

The food at the pool bar and in the dining room was great, with enough choice to satisfy our taste and that of our 2 children, 17 & 20 (Burgers & Pizza) and on occasion, the chef even prepared food for us on request. (some notice required). All things considered, we definitely want to go back.

THE WEATHER:
We stayed at Tasik Ria in January 2011, “the rainy season”? We were very lucky to have limited rain, mainly in the afternoon or evening and only on 2 of our 5 days, in fact the condition could not have been much better.

THE DIVING:
This resort is well situated to make the most of North Sulawesi's diving opportunities. The dive sites , other than the spectacular house reef, are all about 60 min boat ride away.

The boats, or small ships,were great and the trip never seemed too far. The diving at Bunaken Island was fantastic and with the expiation of one dive, after the previous nights rain storm that had washed the islands litter into the sea, the viz was good and there was always plenty to see.

The house reef has reef diving and Muck diving. The amount of great photographic opportunities that arose here was a very present surprise and at time qualified the house reef as the best dive of the day

The dive centre staff and boat crew are all well trained, friendly and efficient and the resort provide very affordable dive packages and a destination that you will want to return to. We Do!
GREAT HOLIDAY – Thanks to the Tasik Ria TEAM

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 7, 2011

If you're a diver, ask for Tasik Ria's diver package (diving+acommodation). Boat was great, with sun deck, crew were pros and they're warm and helpful. This is one of those diving experience that you wouldnt worry about dodgy equipments (they were excellent). The resort have a beautiful Jetty, wonderful staff who'll make sure you're mingling and havin a good time. Tasik Ria is definitely a repeater.

Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

Just returned from another great dive vacation at Tasik Ria Resort. I’ve always chosen TRR for my regular diving excursions to Manado, Bunaken and Lembeh. Personally, it’s the best dive resort in Manado. Tried a couple of other resorts there before and although I experienced really good service, some nice rooms and facilities at others, only TRR has managed to provide my group with that complete dive holiday experience. For one, they’ve got the best day boats around - modern, ultra spacious and very comfortable. Compared to the traditional wooden boats that other resorts use, TRR’s dive boats are quite ‘luxurious’. Out at the dive sites, they really stand out from other dive boats.

The Sunset Bar at the end of the long jetty is also unique and is the coolest place to chill out for drinks and watch the stunning sunsets with your dive buddies or your partner. My other favourite spot at the resort is Matana Spa. The masseuses are excellent! After all the diving, the massage and spa treatments are just pure bliss.

As for the resort itself, I like the layout of the grounds and how they've spaced everything out with lots of greenery in between. Great pool with the swim-up bar. The rooms are nice, clean with generous floor space. Rooms are designed with a local touch but with modern amenities. Beds are very comfortable. I do notice that the bathrooms are getting to look a little tired now, but we were told that a revamp is scheduled this year. So I'm looking forward to seeing the new rooms.

The restaurant serves some really good local and western dishes. Breakfast is okay, same selection every morning but still pretty good. You can always put in a special request to the kitchen if you'd like something different, especially if you're on extended stay and have tried everything on the menu. On-board lunch is also very good. Best of all you have a spacious saloon on the boat with proper tables to have your meal in comfort.

Of course, all these would be nothing without the fantastic and friendly people of TRR. All my trips there have been truly enjoyable due to the always awesome service from the resort & restaurant staff, the dive crew, and the staff at Matana Spa. Ever since my first visit, there's really no need for me to look elsewhere. Already planning to go back again hopefully in a few months time.

If you're a diver looking for the best-value-for-money dive resort with great service (and the best boats in Manado), I'd recommend Tasik Ria anytime.

  • Stayed: January 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 18, 2010

Our stay at Tasik Ria in October 2010 was an absolute top 1.

Of course we both wish we could have stayed much longer than our 9 nights, not only to have dived more, but to have also used the great spa facility more often.

The beach bungalow was very comfortable, clean and extremely roomy.
Having that early morning cuppa whilst looking out over the water will be missed.

The diving throughout our stay was fantastic. The islands, reefs and home reefs all being brilliant. This being echoed with our trip to Lembeh. The dive boats and trips out to the Islands were comfortable and fun. A good chance to talk to the guides and other guests

Of course all our diving was only made possible by the terrific dive crew. From Monica and the staff in the shop to the tireless efforts of the boat crew, a team effort by all.

A big thank you for Yannis, Jimmy, Francis and their fellow dive guides for their professional attitued towards safety, their help whilst on the boat and their enthusiasm in the water in finding and pointing out the amaizing aquatic life. Friendly top team.

The jetty bar with that fantastic view whilst enjoying our cold Bintang sundowners after
a hard (laugh) day's diving. Now every spot should have a bar like that. To
Dave the barman and his off sider who's name has left me. What a spot.

Have to mention the top menu and nights spent at the jetty dining aera. If you couldn't
find something to your taste's you shold have stayed at home. Hats off to the chef.

To all the friendly staff of the resort a big thank you.

Dan Green, You really go out of your way to ensure the guests are looked after (staff too) and that all are having a great holiday with the full Tasik Ria experience.

See you all when we return, hopefully sooner rather than later.

Thanks and Regards

Chris and Michelle, NSW Australia

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 15, 2010

We stayed at this hotel as part of a diving holiday booked through Regaldive. The diving was as good as we had hoped for and the resort more than exceeded our expectations; the staff were happy, friendly and charming, the assistant manager, Eastender Dan was an absolute diamond, the dive operation itself was slick and well organised, and last but not least it probably has the best appointed bar in the world. You literally sit at the bar sipping ice-cold Bintangs with panoramic views of the Celebes Sea.

We chose to stay in their seaview villas which was a good choice for us as you get more privacy, more room and definitely a lovely view. Some of these villas are currently being upgraded to a very high standard so that will be worth checking out in a few month's time. The food was consistently good with 'off the menu' requests available too, most memorable was the day we went to the market to select our own fish and had it cooked as we wanted that same evening. The onsite Spa is beautifully appointed and the service wonderful and the swimming pool large and clean.
There are also good trips to choose from on your days off. The Volcano tour was highly recommended but we opted for the 'Highlands tour' which takes you to several attractions including one of the biggest markets in Indonesia, but it's not for the faint-hearted, that's all I'll say!
To sum up the Tasik Ria, I would say that considering there is not a great deal of competition in the area it hasn't become complacent; divers will continue to come to this part of Indonesia and it would be easy for the hotel to simply rely on that, but instead it continues to strive for high standards. I guess the hotel would probably be rated as a 3/4 star hotel, but to us it was simply a lovely place to spend two weeks.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 11, 2010

We stayed for 5 days in this wonderful resort. We had three days of diving (boatdives) and that was great. The afternoon dives were better than the morning dives but i like muckdiving better.
The manager Dan is a great guy. He used to be a cook in England but married a local woman and stayed in Manado. Because of his background you can imagine the food is great. Most of the times you eat a la carte in the restaurant but sometimes they organise a buffet near the dive bar, wich is great.
The days we didn't dive we relaxed at the pool wich is huge and clean. Also has a poolbar for snacks and drinks. The small children's pool is cooler than the big swimming pool, so if you need to cool down, take that one. When we were there there were no children, propably becaus the majority of the guests are divers.
The beachvilla's are also great. We had nr. 600 wich is the last house on the beach. There's also a third pool wich looks ok but we didn't use it.

The dive bar is great. This was the first decent bar we had in the whole of Sulawesi. As long as there are guests it stays open. Sometimes Dan the Manager joins you for a drink and a story or two.

Don't let there website fool you. The site is outdated and doesn't give a correct representation of the resort. Dan, can i make a new website?

If you go diving in Manado and want first class diving and resort. Look no further. Go for the Tasik Ria Resort. You won't regret it.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 29, 2010

We departed the Washington, D.C. area and arrived 2 days later in Manado, Indonesia in North Sulawesi nestled just outside a bustling metropolitian area of Manado sits the resort, TASIK RIA. We arrived at the airport and were met by our hosts who took care of our bags, SCUBA gear and all. Once at the resort, they were ready with our paperwork and room keys so we could shower and get ready for dinner as we had been traveling so long. The rooms were well appointed for what we needed, an entry area with table and chairs, a hallway with fresh water each day, coffee, tea, a room safe and a bathroom. The bedroom was a separate room with air conditioning as the rest of the room was cooled with fans.

The SCUBA group took our gear the first night we were there and it was put together for us on our assigned boats ready for our arrival for our first dive. We spent the day on the boats, which included snacks and lunch as well as plenty of fresh water.

Breakfasts were excellent, good choices of fruits, cereals, omelet stations to add whatever your palate desired that morning. Coffee and Tea always available. Evenings were also excellent, fried rice and many fish options as well as an a la carte ordering menu which included pizza in case you had enough fried rice. One note, unless you get fried rice with chicken, your chicken will have bones in it as that is how they prepare the chicken there.

Dan was our host and with our group of 36, we were not without our issues, which he handled with grace and graciousness. The power in the whole resort went out our first night, perhaps from our group overusing the outlets with all our cameras and SCUBA gear. The SCUBA shop had it's own power source which they allowed us to use that day until the power was restored, and other than a few hours of no lights during the day time, we did not notice any disruption of service.

The Spa at Tasik Ria was excellent. The aromatherapy massage for 60 minutes is approximately $25 USD. Tipping is recommended in the spa area, but tipping for the diving and hotel staff can be done at the end of your stay.

They also hosted a wedding for a couple in our group, and they made the dinner for our group on the beach one night which entailed the staff carting all the food, trays, china, beverages and accessories to the beach. It was wonderful.

The pool bar was great, since we were such a large group Dan allowed the bartender to stay past the normal 6pm time for closing to entertain us.

WI-FI was available in the lobby free of charge and connection times seems quick.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Thank Chris H
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Additional Information about Tasik Ria Resort Manado

Address: Jl. Raya Trans Sulawesi Mokupa, Manado 95351, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Manado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Manado
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Manado
Price Range: $73 - $82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tasik Ria Resort Manado 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tasik Ria Resort is one of the most established resorts in Manado. Boutique resort offering friendly services. Tasik Divers is our PADI 5 Star dive centre. They will take you to see Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh and Buyat. Come and experience our friendly people. ... more   less 
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