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Dive Review of Onong resort in

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Gray, VA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6327
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]two places, Manado and Lembah straits
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]60 minutes at Onong resort , Non at Bastianos resort  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
[None]Bastianos resort has a camera room for charging and cleaning. I did
not use this room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
              4712 Backlick Road 
		    Annandale, Virginia 22003
		    November 16, 2011

Dear Sirs,

   In June I did some diving off of Manado and Lembeh Straits Indonesia. 


    The Onong Resort is about  a 40 minute boot ride from Manado. It is a
small resort
with some 6-8 huts. Each with its on private bath, shower and individually
controlled air-conditioning. All meals are buffet style with plenty to eat.
Most of the food was American and very few Indonesian dishes was served. So
it was just plane old food, no points. Also beer is available.
    Most of our diving was done on Bunaken Island, about a 15 minute boat
ride over. No
guide had more them 4 divers. So they ran small boats and you did not feel
croulded. Water temperature was about 85 F on the surface and 82 F at 75
feet. You can do up to 4 dives a day, 3 day and 1 night dive. Time limit is
60 minutes plus 3 minutes for safety stop, but most dives lasted at least
60 minutes. The boat crews were outstanding. They handled all the gear,
bcd, fins, weights, from the time you got on the boats to the time you got
out of the water. 
   The diving was spectacular, the corals both hard and soft is of every
size, texture and color. It is a picture takers paradise. I was surprised
at how good the reefs looked, very little damage to them. Beside the coral
the number of small critters is outstanding, along with schools of fish
around the reefs. There are just to many different kinds of fish to list.
But here is a small list: Leaf Fish, Pipefish, Gobies, Blennies, Angelfish,
Hairy Crab, Anemone Crabs, Anemone Shrimp, Octopus, Moray Eel, Mantis
Shrimp, Nudibranchs and Pygmy Sea Horses.  Around Bunaken Island you could
into some very strong current, but overall in is worth a few days of
diving. The staff was very good and there is a tip jar for everybody.


  Bastianos is about a 2 hour van ride from Manados airport, and then a 20
boat ride to the resort. It is on a hill side over looking Lembeh Strait.
If you dont
like steps you will not like this resort. The cabins a very nice and roomy,
and you can 
get with or without AC. The food is buffet style with most if the dishes
If you do not like Indonesian the staff will work with you for what you
  The diving is muck, and close by our longest ride was 10 minutes. You can
long distance pictures but up close it is outstanding. On one dive we found
3 Mimic
octopus and 1 Coconut octopus. So much to see from: Pigy seahorses,
cuttlefish, Stonefish, Frog fish, and Scorpion fish. Just to many to list.
Because the
water temperature was in the 80s, there was less Nudi branches. I was told
February is the best time to find the most colorful Nudi branches because
the water has cooled into the 70s. You must do the Mandarin dive, I saw
about 30 Mandarin fish, 
they have a great place for Mandarin. You email the resort with a list of
what you want
to see and the dive guides will do their best to find it for you. It is
some of the best 
diving I have done and I will go back. The staff is great!!!


Roger Gray
 How to get there. I used World of Diving out of California. or 1-800-go diving




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