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Dive Review of Salli Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Halmahera

Salli Bay Resort: "The Gap", Apr, 2018,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 10256 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments
Most avid divers have heard of or even dove Bunaken and Lembeh Strait. Same goes for Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya and the lower chain of Moluccas like Ambon, Flores and Komodo. There is a gap in between, where it seems only few divers have been so far. It´s Halmahera, the biggest island of the Moluccas. I went there once on a live aboard MS Liburan in 2008. We found promising good coral and sponges, amazing fish life and typical pelagic like jacks and barracudas in the 100 circling above you. A travel agents newsletter last year in autumn caught my eye when it showed a small resort with only 12 bungalows on a little island near Halmahera. On the picture from the air you saw a small cozy place right on the beach in a little bay with a house reef in front. It looked so awesome, the Robinson inside me screamed immediately “yes”. Remote paradise is never easy to reach. It took 12 hours from Frankfurt to Singapore, another 3.5 h to Manado. There I spent one night to catch up on sleep and adjust a bit. Next day onward jump via Ternate to Labuha. This was scheduled for 2:45 p m. Baggage allowance is only 10 kg, had to pay 220 000 Rupia which is around 13 € for the additional 10. 3 p m no plane no announcement, which is so typical for Indonesian airlines. If you can´t tolerate this, better don´t go! 5 p m still nothing, now at least they explained it was due to some operational issue, the plane would be 2 h delayed – Western 2 or Indonesian?!? 5:30 came and I slowly worried about my onward trip as I still had to catch a car and boat transfer on Labuha arrival. Now 6 p m was planned, 6:20 we boarded, 6:30 we were airborne to Ternate a 1 h ride on AT 73 twin prop. There I stayed on board expecting the plane to continue, which wasn´t the case. All passengers had to disembark, one night in a hotel was waiting. I later learned Labuha is not equipped for night landings. Got my suitcase and the promise the flight to L would go in the early morning. Wings Airline provided two vans to get all passengers to some accommodation. This was a place called Los ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations
Closest Airport Labuha Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 28-°C / 82-°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10-30 M / 33-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 h 50 bar
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By peter bernsteinin FL, US at May 14, 2018 10:27 EST  
Was the triip home any better ?? Great report-thanks
By report author: Michael Joest in Kehl, DE at May 14, 2018 14:25 EST  
went home via Bali for another 10 days of diving and yes thank you, this time all flights were good :-)
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