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Dive Review of Tasik RIA in

May, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5583
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
	Tasik Divers does mostly all of their diving in Bunaken Park. However, I
took an optional side trip to Lembeh at an additional cost of $45 USD. In
Lembeh and Bunaken, there are few if any big fish. I prefer seeing bigger
fish. However on one dive, I saw a four foot turtle sitting in the rocks.
The visibility was not very good on the deeper dives. The best visibility
occurred at the end of thedeeper dives at 5.0 meters. The poor visibility
and bright sunlight on some dives made it difficult to see where you were
going on the deeper dives. In parts of Bunaken Park, I saw trash in the
water.  According to the boat crew, it's a runoff from the land due to
rain. However, it looks terrible to see trash in the water. 
	At Tasik, you board the boat at 8:00 AM and your first dive is between
9:00 AM and 9:30 AM. The next dive is around 11:30 AM. After the second
dive, lunch is served on the boat. The third dive is around 2:30 PM. You
cannot return to the resort between dives.  I usually got back to the
resort around 4:30 PM. They have night and sunset diving. They also have a
dive a 5:00 AM in the morning. I believe you can also make other boat
diving arrangements 
	I found the hotel staff and dive personnel very helpful, accommodating and
extremely competent. This resort caters to serious divers. 
	The food although not exquisite was good, 
	While at Tasik, I caught conjunctivitis from the other guests that already
had conjunctivitis. This happened on the day I was leaving on my return to
	My return flight from Manado to Singapore was delayed by four hours due to
weather. This is the only air delay, I encountered on my whole trip. After
diving for a week, I enjoyed visiting Singapore and seeing Little India,
Chinatown, Botanic Gardens, Singapore Flyer and Raffles Long Bar.
Unfortunately, I was only in Singapore for one whole day. 
	Ive dealt with Patchara Carlsen, of Scuba Travel Ventures for the past
three years. She is a scuba diver and does a great job in booking my dive
trips Ive also found this agency to be honest and reliable. 
	All in all, I had a good time. It would have been better, if I didnt get
conjunctivitis. However, I felt that this was an extremely long distance to
travel for less than exceptional diving.
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