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Dive Review of Bastiano's Dive Resort Bunakken in
Indonesia/Bunaken, North Sulawesi

Bastiano's Dive Resort Bunakken: "Great 7 days at Bunaken", Sep, 2014,

by Roger Tachuk, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7822.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 18 dives over 7 days. Fantastic diving. Excellent dive guides and boat crew. Hundreds of nudibranchs, beautiful reefs, tons of reef fish and critters. Several turtles on every dive. Mostly drift diving, sometimes very strong current. Night dives are excellent - octopus, eels, etc. Mandarin fish dives not that interesting - small fish, little mating activity.
Resort is ok, not great. Rooms are hot and AC costs extra. Food is good, but it is all Indonesian - fine for me, but meat and potatoes people are not going to be happy. They can easily accommodate vegetarians because tofu and tempeh are staples. Eggs for breakfast. Staff is delightful.
I recommend Safari Tours and Travel [manadosafaris.com link] to book this and Lembeh. You need airport and ground transfers, help with currency, etc. Safari Tours people are great.
I recommend diving Lembeh first and Bunaken second because the water is warmer at Bunaken.
Websites Bastiano's Dive Resort Bunakken   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Florida, Bonaire, Little Cayman
Closest Airport Manado, Indonesia Getting There Singapore Airlines San Francisco - Singapore - Manado

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100- Ft/ 30- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions stay above 110 feet
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer.
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