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Dive Review of Cocotinos Resort in
Indonesia/N. Sulawesi

Cocotinos Resort, Oct, 2009,

by Roger Roth, OH, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 5218.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, PNG, Red Sea, 20 islands in Caribbean, and more.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

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 > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The camera room is well-equipped for about a half dozen UWP's and is air conditioned. There is a good-sized rinse tank on the boats for cameras in between dives. Staff is very careful with camera equipment. Divers take their own camera gear to and from boats. Compressed air is available to dry off housings and this is outside of camera room.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Cocotinos is a small resort outside of Manado with a very attentive staff from the people at registration to the restaurant to the dive staff. There are plenty of resort supervisors and managers available to handle any concerns anyone might have. The resort is set up for individual divers as well as larger groups. Larger groups will have their own boat(s) and will keep the same guides throughout their stay for familiarity reasons.

The food is excellent with servers standing nearby all of the time to attend to any needs of the guests. The rooms are spacious with plenty of storage and the beds are very comfortable. Bathroom and showers are also very spacious.

Cocotinos will usually dive Bunaken National Marine Park but they also make trips to Lembeh, Manado, and other areas for groups interested in these excursions. Diving can be three dives a day without returning to the resort, or two dives in the morning in Bunaken (40-50 minute boat ride), return for lunch, then a third afternoon dive closer to the resort (5-10 minute boat ride). A late-afternoon mandarin dive or night dive is also available.

The walls in Bunaken are some of the most beautiful and prolific and healthy as any I've seen in the world with huge seafans and corals half the size of divers. These wall dives are usually somewhat drift dives to keep things easy. If currents change, the divemasters change directions to stay with the currents. At the end of the dives, the boats are nearby to pick up the divers. The diveguides will allow photographers/videographers to do their own thing (within reason) and will gladly point out the critters they so adeptly can locate from the passing shark below to the smallest of critters, including a .5cm juvenile harlequin shrimp and a pygmy frogfish approximately 2-3mm.

In a 1 week visit, critters I filmed included (but not limited to) orangutang crab, coral crab, robust and ornate ghost pipefish, plenty of sailfin and other shrimpgobies with their symbiotic alpheid shrimp, squat lobsters, crinoid fish and shrimp, tube blennies, ribbon eels, snake eels, sea snakes, unicornfish, plenty of tropical colorful anthias, banners, tangs, surgeons and the like, along with an abundance of nudibranchs and flatworms to one's heart's content.
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