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Dive Review of Black Sand Dive Retreat in

Black Sand Dive Retreat: "Virtually Custom Experience at a Lovely Little Resort", Sep, 2022,

by Laura Todd, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12109.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Okenia liklik Photo by Charles Rowe
Precious and rare A beautiful little Tenellia sp. found (incredibly) by moi Saw FIVE blue rings in 10 days

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Black Sand is a small operation set on the mainland of Sulawesi in the middle of the strait in its own little bay. With only 7 rooms it feels custom and private. Arguably the best views are from cabins 1 and 2, which are located across a cute little bridge on the other side of the restaurant/office building.

The rooms are huge and very well designed, with outdoor bathrooms, enormous porches with a view of the bay and strait. One big upside is the large walk in closet, with enough shelves that 2 [people don't have to look at their luggage for the entire stay. Each has a large supply of bottled water, coffee and tea and a small fridge. The housekeeping is on point. The rooms have a bit of a cabin feel with dark paneling and some might want to bring a headlamp for extra reading light. The pool ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Black Sand Dive Retreat   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Indonesia, Tahiti, Malaysia, Bahamas, Galapagos
Closest Airport Manado Getting There The Scoot flights were ridiculous. I plan on flying to Jakarta or Bali on future trips to avoid them.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Not a real photographer so did not use the camera room, but others with sophisticated rigs were happy. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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