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Dive Review of Celebes Divers/Mapia Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

May, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Carl Scott, TX, USA
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Report Number 3355
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Palau, Bali, Panama, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Cartagena,
Chichireviche, Little Cayman, St. Vincent, St. Croix, Belize, Texas Gulf
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
While no fresh water is provided (unless you ask for it) on the boats,
there is plenty of safe, shaded storage area on these large boats, and your
bungalow is so close to the dock that shore facilities are moot.  As for
subject matter, you will find more reef fish than you could ever give your
attention to, as well as abundant macro subjects.  It's the best location
for UW photography that I've ever seen.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my 3rd visit with these nice folks.  Unfortunately, the marine
biologist, Massimo, is gone now.  However, it's evident that the staff
learned a lot from him during his years here.  The Indonesian guides Tony
& Bernard will quote you scientific names for many of the interesting
creatures found in these waters, and all of the local guides are very
experienced and have good eyes, as well.  The dive operation doesn't get 5
stars, because there are no cushions on the boats.  Bring plenty of
sunscreen and use it often.  Just the few minutes that you will accumulate
at the surface and getting to and from the boat each day will be enough to
give most folks a decent tan!

As for accommodations, the bungalows are basic but very clean and
functional, with plenty of room for 2 divers in each.  Roberto is
re-building the older ones a few at a time, and the newer ones are very
nice.  This is an all-inclusive resort, owned by 1 person, though the dive
operation has a separate identity due to historical development of the
operation.  Food is plentiful and good.  Expect fresh grilled fish and/or
calamari each day.  The sister island resort on Siladen is a beach lover's
paradise, where lunch is taken daily.  You want it?  Just ask for it.  If
it exists here, they will find a way to get it for you.  If not, just relax
and remember that you're not in Kansas any more.
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