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Dive Review of Bunaken Oasis in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Bunaken Oasis: "Bunaken Oasis Resort and Spa", Sep, 2017,

by GERALD WILISON, NJ, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 9804.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Cayman, Bahamas, Florida, Roatan, Jersey Shore, Maldives, Bonaire, etc.
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Most flights via Singapore or Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions They said 60-70 minutes, but no problems going longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Amazing camera room. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 Bunaken Oasis Resort and Spa, located on Bunaken Island near Manado in North Sulawesi is, quite simply, the finest resort I've ever been to - or have even heard about. It is a small resort with quite a high staff to guest ratio. Faisal, the resort manager (who is also a diver) creates an outstanding level of service through superior talent selection and retention rather than a heavy hand. The staff seem to really like being associated with the resort; it is apparently considered the 'plum employer' on the island.

On one night, the dive and resort staff serenaded us with local songs, pop classics, and even a charming solo rendition of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah'.

It seemed that the staff memorized all of our first names before our arrival, so we were always greeted by name as we migrated around the resort.

The rooms are all private cabins, beautifully appointed and maintained, and with excellent air conditioning. Vaulted ceilings, excellent wood work, beautiful views from their locations on the hill, and first class fixtures. Very large bathrooms with huge shower bays.

Oh, and free laundry! You put your laundry in the little basket, and it comes back - usually the same day - clean and folded. In fact, even though I folded my clothing in my room, they came in (presumably while I was out diving) and re-folded my clothes - but nicer. So no need to pack much at all. If you are not aiming for sartorial variation, you could make due here with 2 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jill Rain in WA, US at Sep 15, 2017 10:51 EST  
Great trip and place. I'm curious about your 2nd week: had the rest of the group paid upfront and decided not to stay for it? Most dive resorts want full payment ahead of time, at least a month or two, and given plane reservations most people know ahead of time how long they're staying. I hear you about how odd it must have felt being the only guest, but I'd guess it was fantastic underwater, esp as a photog.
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