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Dive Review of Two Fish Bunaken in

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Pat Hudgens, WA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4833
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Curaceo, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally 60 minutes but longer dive times were allowed.  Start ascent with
700 psi. 3 minute safety stop  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No dedidcated land facilites.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
We arrived in Manado via Silk Air from Singapore and were greeted at the
airport by a Two Fish representative.   After a 30 minute car ride and a 45
minute boat ride, we arrived at Two Fish on Bunaken.   Two Fish staff
handled luggage and dive equipment.   All we had to do was fill out and
sign forms.   Two Fish does not have a dock and at low tide, you may have
to wade a short distance to shore.

We booked a superior cottage for seven days all inclusive with 2 dives per
day.   We had a single cottage with two beds, bath, and porch.  Storage was
a bookcase and one shelf in the bath.   There were wall hooks with a few
hangers.  You needed to live out of your suitcase.  Two Fish took care of
your dive equipment including wet suit.  Each day, our equipment was rinsed
in fresh water and stored until the next morning.  Your dive equipment was
waiting on the boat for the morning dive.  The bath had a western toilet
and cold water shower which felt good with the warm temperatures.   The
room had a fan and no air conditioning.   Electricity was supplied by a
generator and available 24 hours per day.  Unfortunately, it had voltage
variations and shutdown for short periods.  Our cottage appeared to be
fairly old but in reasonable condition.

Food was served family style.   The food was tastefully prepared and
nutritious.  Most meals were served with a main dish, vegetable, salad, and
fruit.  All food was Indonesian with some western influence.   Quantities
were adequate but not a lot of variety.   Soft drinks and beer were
available for a reasonable fee.

Bunaken is surrounded by a barrier reef and most diving is along the reef
wall.  Boats are Indonesian skiffs, accommodating up to eight divers.  
Dive guides are assigned up to four divers but often with only two divers. 
Uta was our guide for the entire week.   He was excellent in finding small
critters.   Dive profiles were multilevel and often started at 90 feet.  We
never got close to decompression.   Visibility was excellent, normally 50 
75 feet.   We signed up for three dives a day and the extra dive was very
reasonable.  Two fish has no special photography facilities.  Cameras on
the boat are held in a dedicated water bucket.   Morning intervals were
spent on the boat.  Cookies, tea, and water were available  no towels.

Currents were mild for most dives.  However, on one dive we did encounter a
fairly aggressive current with some up and down drafts.   Dive site
planning was done to try to avoid the stronger currents.

The coral was in great shape and very colorful.   The number of fish around
some of the reefs is overwhelming.   We saw Moray Ell, Nudibranch, many
large turtles, black tip shark and white tip shark (from a distance), lion
fish, scorpion fish, crocodile fish, giant clams, napoleon wrasse, pipe
fish  ghost and banded, garden ell, ribbon ell, boxer shrimp, and millions
of butterfly fish.   We did a twilight dive near the coast of the mainland
and saw many mandarin fish doing their thing.   We also did a night dive
and encountered shrimp, crab, ells, and lobster.

Tina and Nigel, owners of Two Fish, are very involved in the operations and
accommodating.  The staff and dive team are friendly, knowledgeable, and
will go out their way to make sure you have a good experience.   Being
located on the island, dive sites are 5 to 15 minutes.  Native women were
waiting for you at the Two Fish beach to buy local crafts and souvenirs
after the morning and afternoon dives.  There is a village within a 20-25
minute walk.   We enjoyed the diving and felt like Two Fish was an
excellent value. 
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