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Dive Review of Tasik Divers/Tasik Ria in
Indonesia/Bunaken National Park

Tasik Divers/Tasik Ria, Apr, 2013,

by Mark Rosenstein, MA, US (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 7329.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We booked 3 days at Tasik Ria to dive pristine reefs after our week in Lembeh's muck. I'm sorry we did that, because ending the trip with a poor experience tarnished my memories of northern Sulawesi.

Problems started on arrival, when we were told we could do a shore dive that afternoon. But they kept changing the schedule and pushing back the time of the dive orientation, so ultimately I ended up doing a dusk dive (without lights) during the orientation some of us never got. There seems to be a real lack of communication between the hotel staff and dive staff which showed up in both scheduling issues and food, as lunch is sent out with us on the boat.

My dive buddy is a strict vegetarian, and she contacted the resort at the time we booked the trip and confirmed that they could handle her needs. Yet when we showed up, the kitchen staff was surprised by this and had nothing for her. All meals were buffet style, and often the food had been sitting in warming pans for way too long. At least there was a nice assortment of dishes available, and by the second night, even more than one vegetarian option.

The dive boat was very crowded, with wetsuits literally hanging directly above (and on top of) our rigs. This was annoying as we were going out all day for three dives in a row. At least when it wasn't raining we could hang out upstairs.

Websites Tasik Divers   Tasik Ria

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Wakatobi, Komodo, Lembeh, GBR, Maldives, Galapagos, Sea of Cortez, many Caribbean destinations.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Their boats go out all day for three dives in a row, with no option for charging or working on your camera between dives. The rinse bucket on the boat also was not large enough for an SLR with dual strobes. While the camera room at the dive shop was pretty good, it was a very long way from there to the boats to carry our rigs.
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