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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Ayers, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4773
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
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)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
4 stars    
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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