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Dive Review of Siladen in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, MA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 4352
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Cocos, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel, Florida Keys,
Massachusetts
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
5 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I picked Siladen primarily for my non diving spouse.  It's quite a bit more
expensive than the resorts geared towards divers, but the facilities were
great for my wife.  Large salt water pool with lots of shade.  Nice beach
area to walk on ( though too shallow to swim ).  Spa.  Nice bar area with
comfy chairs and a pool table.  However the drinks were rather expensive. 
A quick walk thru the little village on the island to the pier resulted in
the best snorkeling we've ever done.  Beautiful, healthy corals in shallow
water ( less than 10' ) with lot's of tropical fish ( including lion fish,
anenome fish, ribbon eels, etc. ).  We made a nice long hour plus snorkel
here every afternoon.   The dive shop was excellent.  Large, comfortable
boats, with a max of 6 divers which were split up into 2 groups of 3
divers.  Easy diving.  Follow the dive guides.  They find all of the tiny
things to point out that would otherwise be missed.  All of my diver were
over 1 hour and we saw plenty of small tropicals and some frogfish,
cuttlefish, sea snakes, pygmy seahorses, etc, etc.  Not as much stuff as
Lembeh, but with a nicer coral background.  All gear is handled by the
staff.  It's on the boat when you arrive in the morning and all tank
swapping, rinsing, etc is handled by the staff.  The staff was friendly,
helpful, and most spoke good englinsh.   The resort is pretty isolated out
on Siladen island so there isn't any night life.  The restaurant served a
good variety of food to best cater to the rather diverse group of visitors
from the U.S, Germany, Italy, and Japan.  I had an ocean fron room which
was large, clean, and had a super comfortable bed, which you'll need after
flying in from the U.S.
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