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Dive Review of Tasik Divers/Tasik Ria in

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Gene Huff, CA, USA
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Report Number 5108
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes when diving on the big boats with the group, longer when we went
as our foursome in a smaller boat for muck diving   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Big boats had dedicated tubs.  Small boat used cooler.  There is a camera
room with dedicated stations with 110 and 220.  Stations can be covered and
locked so you can leave you chargers.  Room has no A/C though so it was a
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
Tasik Ria is an inexpensive, diver-oriented resort about 45 minutes from
the Manado airport and within the Bunaken National Park.  The island of
Bunaken is about an hour's boatride away.  The resort is somewhat spread
out and feels larger than it really is.  Garden view rooms overlook a very
large pool while sea view bungalos do just that.  The rooms are a bit worn,
but fairly large and comfortable.  The well-maintained pool and inexpensive
spa facilities were hits for our group of four.  Meals are taken in a large
dining hall with a buffet breakfast and about half the dinners being some
type of buffet and the other half off a menu of Indonesian, Asian and
traditional fair.  If you do three dives a day, lunches are on the boat. 
All the meals were at least good with a few excellent dishes.  There is a
small bar in the dining area and a very nice, but underutilized jetty bar.

The resort caters mostly to divers from Europe and Asia although both the
dive and resort staff spoke English.  Since it is more than a walk from
town and somewhat isolated, there is not much else to do in the immediate
area for non-divers so they get almost exclusively divers according to Dan,
the very amiable resort manager.  

Diving is done off one of three larger boats that will accomodate up to 20
divers, or if pre-arranged can be done off a smaller boat taking up to
about six for local dives.  The larger boats make the run each day over to
Bunaken or one of the other islands.  Two dives are done there in the
morning, then lunch and a motor back to the mainland area for a muck dive
closer to the resort.  The diving aroung Bunaken is great wall diving in
clear water with very healthy corals, sponges and decent fish life. 
Although not quite as colorful as Fiji, Bunaken holds it own overall.  The
muck diving near the resort did generate some unusual critters like
flamboyant cuttlefish, hairy frogfish, stargazers, ghost pipefish and
waspfish.  However, it is not in the same class as Lembeh.

Dive days when on the big boats started with an 8:00am departure and about
an hour to the first dive site.  First dive around 9, then a surface
interval with snacks and a second dive around 11:30.  Lunch around 1 and
then motor back to Sulawesi for a muck dive around 3:00 or so.  If you
arrange to be on the small boat the morning times are roughly the same, but
you stay on the Sulawesi side and do muck dives with an earlier end time. 
We did that on three days.  Acho, our very good guide, stayed with us for
the week on each boat but that does not seem to be the norm.  The groups
were moved around between one or two boats the week we were there depending
on the number of divers.  The boat dive staff was very attentive and
handled all our gear, including wetsuits, after we dropped it off the first
day.  Nitrox 32 is avalaible and was very cheap when we bought a pre-paid
package for the week.  The dive staff, and Camillo the dive manager, were
all very helpful and accomodating.  

Shore diving was marginal.  They are in the process of building steps off
the jetty and that will certainly make shore diving more inviting.  The
area near the resort is pretty silty though and it's a fairly long kick to
the better spots.  We did two shore dives the week we were there and I
would not plan to do much more.  They also offer night and dusk dives for
mandarin fish.

Overall the diving was very good with a mix of wall, reef, wreck and muck
diving, although not outstanding in any one area.  The Bunaken area is
probably best suited for those looking for just that kind of mix.  Tasik
Ria is well worth the money and I'd certainly recommend it, especially as a
place to get some variety diving in for a few days after Lembeh. I'd also
say it is an alternative to Fiji with not quite so much color but more
variety, or an inexpensive way to get introduced to Indonesian diving.     
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