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Dive Review of Siladen Resort in
Indonesia/Bunaken

Siladen Resort: "Well worth returning to.", Jul, 2018,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 66 reports with 33 Helpful votes). Report 10520 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments My dive buddy and I were scheduled to go to Lembeh for a trip organized by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock to dive with Drs. Gerry Allen and Mark Erdmann. He convinced me that we needed to spend some time at another location to make going through the pain of flying all that way more worthwhile. He suggested Siladen Resort, which I had never been to, but had heard good things about. Plus, I knew Ana and Miguel, the young couple who run the resort, from a previous trip to Lembeh Resort when they were there. Iím glad I went.

Siladen Resort is situated on Siladen Island in the Bunaken Marine Park. The resort is in a beautiful location, extending along a white sand beach with some of the cottages fronting on the beach and some a bit inland. Ours (Alamanda) was inland, but was the closest to the dive center which made it very convenient. The cottages were spacious and comfortable. The A/C worked fine. There is a large, open-air restaurant where breakfast is served as well as other meals when the weather doesnít cooperate for lunch and/or dinner on the beach. The food was plentiful and good.

Diving was also very good. Bunaken has some great wall dives (Some ended up as drift dives while others we had to swim.) as well as a few muck sites which were good, but not equal to Lembeh. The marine life appeared to be healthy and plentiful. Of particular interest was the abundance of big turtles which were mainly greens with a few hawksbill thrown in for good measure. At Lekuan I, which we dove on 2 separate afternoons, we encountered more than 25 turtles on each dive. The visibility for most of the wall dives was greater than 100 ft., while for the muck sites it was more in the 50 to 60 ft. range. The only issue I had the whole time we were there was we were scheduled for 2 muck sites one morning and found that a current was running at both. Instead of moving to other sites we did the dives anyway. Itís a bit difficult to shoot macro subjects when you are being pulled along by the current. Otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed both the resort and the diving and will definitely return.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Fiji, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Solomon Islands, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Fly to either Jakarta or Bali and then get a flight to Manado. Jakarta is generally cheaper than Bali and has direct flights to Manado while you may have to make an intermediate stop if you are flying from Bali. You will be picked up at the Manado airport and driven around an hour to the coast north of Manado where you will take a short boat ride to Siladen.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't run out of air or have your computer go into deco.
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 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments The boat crew handled our cameras very carefully. The on-shore camera room was BIG. There were rinse tanks outside the camera room. Inside, there were plenty of individual work stations with lots of power outlets to facilitate battery charging and storage underneath for Pelican cases etc.
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By Duane Silverstein in CA, US at Oct 08, 2018 18:42 EST  
Thanks for another thoughtful review, David. Duane S.
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