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Dive Review of Mimpi Indah Resort in
Indonesia/north Sulawesi

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Jill Rain, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6606
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Cozumel, Belize, Honduras, St Lucia,
Pacific NW, California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Ascend by 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Mimpi Indah Resort is the place to go for lots of great diving and a
relaxed comfortable stay in a beautiful setting. 

Facility & People:
The resort is situated on remote Bangka island off the northern tip of
Sulawesi, an hour's drive and half hour boat trip from Manado International
Airport. Transfer from the airport was provided by MIR. The resort was
built 6 years ago on an old coconut plantation by owners Owen (Dutch) and
Ulva (Indonesian) Tap, who live there with their children. Their dream has
been to create a dedicated dive resort both respectful of nature and
exceptionally comfortable...our experience testifies to their success in
that. The operation is very well-run, logistics and operations efficiently
managed, which is especially remarkable considering its remoteness. Any
problems are dealt with immediately.  MIR has 4 well-spaced guest
bungalows, private and quiet, constructed mostly of bamboo, thatch and
other natural materials, in the graceful Toraja traditional style, tucked
just inside the jungle a few feet from the beach. The bungalows are
well-ventilated, screened; no AC but with a ceiling fan. I brought a
handheld battery-powered fan for hot nights, otherwise it was cool enough
with the breeze. Large bathroom with a hot shower (gas on-demand heated),
western toilet, European fixtures. Veranda in front with a soft bench big
enough to lie down on, where we relaxed in the afternoon enjoying the view
out to sea and the mountains of mainland Sulawesi in the distance.
Electricity by generator and battery. Ample water from well, made potable
for drinking. No digestive problems during our 2 weeks. Intermittent free
wifi internet access (via Owen's router and cell phone connection) at the
"internet gazebo". A few mosquitoes, especially on calm days,
although fewer than I expected, considering the natural setting. Lots of
bats, geckos, birds, even saw a tarsier one night at dinner in the thatch
roof. Beautiful golden sand beach out front except at highest tides. Meals
family-style in open-air restaurant, tasty and ample, mostly Indonesian
dishes for lunch and dinner; breakfast: eggs, cereal, bread, juice, as you
like. Owen, Ulva, and their delightful daughters (Ocean and Sky) often
joined us for meals and conversation. Excellent strong Toraja coffee
anytime or tea. Staff brought a tray to our bungalow each day with
afternoon tea/coffee/treat after our last dive. Indonesian art and cultural
features throughout the resort, including the well maintained grounds.
Guests mostly European (so far). As it happened we were the only guests for
a week of our stay. Even with full occupancy, the resort is wonderfully
quiet and low key...if you want parties and disco go elsewhere; this place
is for diving and relaxing.

As many dives as you want, typically 2 morning boat dives, an afternoon
boat dive or shore dive, night dives on request. Dive boat could
accommodate as many as 8 but during our 2 week stay there were 5 divers at
most, and for 9 days we were the only two. Most dive sites close by,
5-20 min on traditional style flat-bottomed dedicated dive boat with two
90hp outboards. You can go to Lembeh or Bunaken for an additional fee, but
we saw no reason to travel that far with diving as good or better right
there at Bangka. Neighboring Gangga Island Resort drives a long distance
over to do most of its diving around Bangka (we saw their boats
frequently). Dive boat crew: dive master, captain, deckhand, all
experienced, competent, helpful and friendly. This was true of all the
resorts staff. Except for the divemaster, most speak little English, but
we found this wasnt a problem. Crew sets up gear, switches tanks, rinses
all gear every day, dries it thoroughly on your last day. Divemaster Obin
gives you a good briefing, and then runs a relaxing conservative profile,
finding and pointing out special things, so you have ambient light and
plenty of time to watch the creatures behaviors (unless the current picks
up...then you have a ride). We appreciated this style of diving since we
dived several dives a day for 2 weeks straight. Backroll in, side ladder
up, staff takes gear out of water for you. Dives at least an hour. Mostly
drift dives except at calm sites. Viz varies with the weather, from 80 -
15, usually in the 60 range (note: everyone there speaks in meters, bars
and degrees C...not feet, psi and degrees F, so be ready to translate if
need be). Photographers provided a rinse tank. Water and hot tea or coffee
plus fresh fruit at morning surface interval, spent moored in a quiet spot
for an hour. Sites vary: coral slopes, walls, pinnacles, sandy bottoms.
Current can be ripping, and shift during a dive. Sites chosen each day for
safety and what's best to see in given tide/weather conditions. On rough
days, muck dives in sheltered bay. Garbage very rare, either floating or on
the bottom. House reef is being restored from dynamite fishing damage
(legacy of Chinese exploitation in the 90s). Resorts dive equipment
modern and well maintained, including tanks and compressor. Nitrox
available. Owner is a PADI instructor and runs classes/referrals on
request. Divemaster records sites and other particulars each day; you get a
printout of all your dives when you leave. Last but not least: what did we
see! LOTS of life. Many colorful hard and soft coral species, sponges,
tunicates, hydroids, anemones, sea lilies, and living amongst them many
many kinds of common & rare reef fish, crabs, shrimp, giant clams,
snails, new nudibranchs every day, several species of seahorses, eels and
pipefish, rays, juv. reef sharks, turtles, octopus, cuttlefish (including
the flamboyant). Few large animals - a herd of 5 bumphead parrotfish were
the biggest we saw. The abundance and density of life were staggering -
schools of thousands of triggerfish, damselfish, anthias, etc. I spent a
lot of time just gazing at gorgeous coral knobs with creatures going about
their work. Western Pacific diversity at its best. 
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By renee97038 at Jul 11, 2012 13:13 EST  
Nice Report.  Mimpi Indah Resort is one we considered for April 2012, but
ended up at Gangga Island Resort instead. We loved Gangga but you are
correct, we dove almost every day around Bangka Island.  We will return
someday and try Mimpi Indah.  Thanks for the update on their resort.
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