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Dive Review of Onong resort in

Onong resort, Jun, 2011,

by Roger Gray, VA, US ( 1 report). Report 6327.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None] 4712 Backlick Road
Annandale, Virginia 22003
November 16, 2011

Dear Sirs,

In June I did some diving off of Manado and Lembeh Straits Indonesia.


The Onong Resort is about a 40 minute boot ride from Manado. It is a small resort
with some 6-8 huts. Each with its on private bath, shower and individually controlled air-conditioning. All meals are buffet style with plenty to eat. Most of the food was American and very few Indonesian dishes was served. So it was just plane old food, no points. Also beer is available.
Most of our diving was done on Bunaken Island, about a 15 minute boat ride over. No
guide had more them 4 divers. So they ran small boats and you did not feel croulded. Water temperature was about 85 F on the surface and 82 F at 75 feet. You can do up to 4 dives a day, 3 day and 1 night dive. Time limit is 60 minutes plus 3 minutes for safety stop, but most dives lasted at least 60 minutes. The boat crews were outstanding. They handled all the gear, bcd, fins, weights, from the time you got on the boats to the time you got out of the water.
The diving was spectacular, the corals both hard and soft is of every size, texture and color. It is a picture takers paradise. I was surprised at how good the reefs looked, very little damage to them. Beside the coral the number of small critters is outstanding, along with schools of fish around the reefs. There are just to many different kinds of fish to list. But here is a small list: Leaf Fish, Pipefish, Gobies, Blennies, Angelfish, Hairy Crab, Anemone Crabs, Anemone Shrimp, Octopus, Moray Eel, Mantis Shrimp, Nudibranchs and Pygmy Sea Horses. Around Bunaken Island you could into some very strong current, but overall in is worth a few days of diving. The staff was very good and there is a tip jar for everybody.


Bastianos is about a 2 hour van ride from Manadoís airport, and then a 20 minute
boat ride to the resort. It is on a hill side over looking Lembeh Strait. If you donít
like steps you will not like this resort. The cabins a very nice and roomy, and you can
get with or without AC. The food is buffet style with most if the dishes Indonesian.
If you do not like Indonesian the staff will work with you for what you like.
The diving is muck, and close by our longest ride was 10 minutes. You can forget
long distance pictures but up close it is outstanding. On one dive we found 3 Mimic
octopus and 1 Coconut octopus. So much to see from: Pigy seahorses, Flamboyant
cuttlefish, Stonefish, Frog fish, and Scorpion fish. Just to many to list. Because the
water temperature was in the 80ís, there was less Nudi branches. I was told that
February is the best time to find the most colorful Nudi branches because the water has cooled into the 70ís. You must do the Mandarin dive, I saw about 30 Mandarin fish,
they have a great place for Mandarin. You email the resort with a list of what you want
to see and the dive guides will do their best to find it for you. It is some of the best
diving I have done and I will go back. The staff is great!!!


Roger Gray
How to get there. I used World of Diving out of California. or 1-800-go diving

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]two places, Manado and Lembah straits
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-40 Ft/ 9-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]60 minutes at Onong resort , Non at Bastianos resort
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]Bastianos resort has a camera room for charging and cleaning. I did not use this room.
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