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Dive Review of Eco-Divers/Tasik Ria Resort in
Indonesia/Bunaken

Eco-Divers/Tasik Ria Resort, May, 2003,

by David Van Rooy, Texas, United States . Report 482.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Most major dive places in the Pacific, Indian Ocean (eastern part), and Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy,rainy Seas calm,choppy,currents,noCurrents
Water Temp 77 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Had to follow the dive guide and stay in groups. 1 hr time limit. No gloves allowed
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Only a couple small camera rinse tanks on boats with up to 18 divers aboard. Not lots of camera work room. OK if there's not lots of photographers. E6 processing available on shore. LOTS of fish life including a few of the more unusual ones.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Generally a very healthy reef system with good vis and LOTS of fish life. A couple locations, Sahaong off Bangka Island and Pangilugan off Manado Tua, are among the best fish dives I've ever seen -- several LARGE schools of fish off the reef overhead, blocking out the sun, with large jacks, tuna and schools of barracuda checking them out. At other locations lots of schools of reef fish, esp. pyramid butterfly, longfin bannerfish, unicornfish, red-tooth triggers, ... Currents can be strong here tho generally we didn't have too much, but heard stories of such. Hard corals seem to dominate here over other parts of Indonesia and not so many invertebrates, but good diving nonetheless. Side trip available to Lembeh Strait (do it) to see the wierd critters -- always worth it, despite the 2 hr bus ride each way. 3 hr boat ride to Bangka well worth it at least for the one dive we did -- lots of colorful, soft corals here, great vis and fish life.

The dive operation was well run but more geared to taking care of divers, and not giving as much freedom as I'm used to and prefer. This is understandable with sometimes very strong current conditions present, but not for some of us. Offered 3 dives/day. Good, fast boats tho and staff helpful, competent and friendly. Bring some anti-sting stuff for hydroids particularly -- this area has some nasty ones.

The resort resembles more a fancy beach resort compared to what I'm used to -- huge swimming pool, large manicured garden area, good-sized clean and comfortable rooms. Food plentiful and OK but not to write home about.

I'll go back to this area for the diving but probably search out a dive op offering more bottom-time and freedom.
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