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Dive Review of Cocotinos Resort in
Indonesia/N. Sulawesi

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Roth, OH, USA
Contributor   (13 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5218
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, PNG, Red Sea, 20 islands in Caribbean, and more.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The camera room is well-equipped for about a half dozen UWP's and is air
conditioned.  There is a good-sized rinse tank on the boats for cameras in
between dives.  Staff is very careful with camera equipment.  Divers take
their own camera gear to and from boats.  Compressed air is available to
dry off housings and this is outside of camera room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Cocotinos is a small resort outside of Manado with a very attentive staff
from the people at registration to the restaurant to the dive staff.  There
are plenty of resort supervisors and managers available to handle any
concerns anyone might have.  The resort is set up for individual divers as
well as larger groups.  Larger groups will have their own boat(s) and will
keep the same guides throughout their stay for familiarity reasons.

The food is excellent with servers standing nearby all of the time to
attend to any needs of the guests.  The rooms are spacious with plenty of
storage and the beds are very comfortable.  Bathroom and showers are also
very spacious.

Cocotinos will usually dive Bunaken National Marine Park but they also make
trips to Lembeh, Manado, and other areas for groups interested in these
excursions.  Diving can be three dives a day without returning to the
resort, or two dives in the morning in Bunaken (40-50 minute boat ride),
return for lunch, then a third afternoon dive closer to the resort (5-10
minute boat ride).  A late-afternoon mandarin dive or night dive is also

The walls in Bunaken are some of the most beautiful and prolific and
healthy as any I've seen in the world with huge seafans and corals half the
size of divers.  These wall dives are usually somewhat drift dives to keep
things easy.  If currents change, the divemasters change directions to stay
with the currents.  At the end of the dives, the boats are nearby to pick
up the divers.  The diveguides will allow photographers/videographers to do
their own thing (within reason) and will gladly point out the critters they
so adeptly can locate from the passing shark below to the smallest of
critters, including a .5cm juvenile harlequin shrimp and a pygmy frogfish
approximately 2-3mm.

In a 1 week visit, critters I filmed included (but not limited to)
orangutang crab, coral crab, robust and ornate ghost pipefish, plenty of
sailfin and other shrimpgobies with their symbiotic alpheid shrimp, squat
lobsters, crinoid fish and shrimp, tube blennies, ribbon eels, snake eels,
sea snakes, unicornfish, plenty of tropical colorful anthias, banners,
tangs, surgeons and the like, along with an abundance of nudibranchs and
flatworms to one's heart's content.
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