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Dive Review of Thalassa Divers/Hotel Santika in
Indonesia/Sulawesi, Manado

Thalassa Divers/Hotel Santika, Oct, 2008,

by Bob Ayers, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4773.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions I dove with the DM. Just the obvious OW "rules", my max depth was 114' and I was air-limited (my max time was 75 min)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I stayed/dove at three places in Sulawesi: Santika, Gangga Island, KBR -- my trip was arranged by Island Dreams. The Santika is an fine large resort with beautiful grounds and is an excellent value.
Most dive trips go out to the national park at Bunakin Island (not far); some are off-shore Sulawesi -- the latter tend to be muck diving. There is no shore diving -- shore is mangroves.
The reef was in excellent shape and the small sea-life was by far the best I'd seen in quality and quantity. (Tho Bangka Island north of Lembeh was even better the next week!) The Thalassa dive-guides were good at bringing you to interesting creatures and also good at telling you, back above-water, what the heck you saw.
The only negative I have is that the DMs routinely disturbed sea-creatures: they turned anemones over looking for shrimp, stacked cowrys (why?), forced Mantis Shrimp out of holes, teased Ribbon Eels etc. And they had two Harlequin Shrimp that they kept in a bottle and "let out" for divers. This must be what their clientele wants ...
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