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Dive Review of Siladen in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Siladen, Oct, 2007,

by Jason Pellegatto, MA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 4352.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Cocos, Bonaire, Turks and Caicos, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Massachusetts
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 5 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I picked Siladen primarily for my non diving spouse. It's quite a bit more expensive than the resorts geared towards divers, but the facilities were great for my wife. Large salt water pool with lots of shade. Nice beach area to walk on ( though too shallow to swim ). Spa. Nice bar area with comfy chairs and a pool table. However the drinks were rather expensive. A quick walk thru the little village on the island to the pier resulted in the best snorkeling we've ever done. Beautiful, healthy corals in shallow water ( less than 10' ) with lot's of tropical fish ( including lion fish, anenome fish, ribbon eels, etc. ). We made a nice long hour plus snorkel here every afternoon. The dive shop was excellent. Large, comfortable boats, with a max of 6 divers which were split up into 2 groups of 3 divers. Easy diving. Follow the dive guides. They find all of the tiny things to point out that would otherwise be missed. All of my diver were over 1 hour and we saw plenty of small tropicals and some frogfish, cuttlefish, sea snakes, pygmy seahorses, etc, etc. Not as much stuff as Lembeh, but with a nicer coral background. All gear is handled by the staff. It's on the boat when you arrive in the morning and all tank swapping, rinsing, etc is handled by the staff. The staff was friendly, helpful, and most spoke good englinsh. The resort is pretty isolated out on Siladen island so there isn't any night life. The restaurant served a good variety of food to best cater to the rather diverse group of visitors from the U.S, Germany, Italy, and Japan. I had an ocean fron room which was large, clean, and had a super comfortable bed, which you'll need after flying in from the U.S.
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