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Dive Review of Celebes Divers/Mapia Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Celebes Divers/Mapia Resort, May, 2007,

by Carl Scott, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3355 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my 3rd visit with these nice folks. Unfortunately, the marine biologist, Massimo, is gone now. However, it's evident that the staff learned a lot from him during his years here. The Indonesian guides Tony & Bernard will quote you scientific names for many of the interesting creatures found in these waters, and all of the local guides are very experienced and have good eyes, as well. The dive operation doesn't get 5 stars, because there are no cushions on the boats. Bring plenty of sunscreen and use it often. Just the few minutes that you will accumulate at the surface and getting to and from the boat each day will be enough to give most folks a decent tan!

As for accommodations, the bungalows are basic but very clean and functional, with plenty of room for 2 divers in each. Roberto is re-building the older ones a few at a time, and the newer ones are very nice. This is an all-inclusive resort, owned by 1 person, though the dive operation has a separate identity due to historical development of the operation. Food is plentiful and good. Expect fresh grilled fish and/or calamari each day. The sister island resort on Siladen is a beach lover's paradise, where lunch is taken daily. You want it? Just ask for it. If it exists here, they will find a way to get it for you. If not, just relax and remember that you're not in Kansas any more.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Palau, Bali, Panama, Costa Rica, Cozumel, Cartagena, Chichireviche, Little Cayman, St. Vincent, St. Croix, Belize, Texas Gulf
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments While no fresh water is provided (unless you ask for it) on the boats, there is plenty of safe, shaded storage area on these large boats, and your bungalow is so close to the dock that shore facilities are moot. As for subject matter, you will find more reef fish than you could ever give your attention to, as well as abundant macro subjects. It's the best location for UW photography that I've ever seen.
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