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Dive Review of Tasik RIA in
Indonesia/Manado

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
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
	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
Singapore.  
	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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