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Dive Review of Tasik RIA in
Indonesia/Manado

Tasik RIA, May, 2010,

by Edward Leibowitz, NJ, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5583.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Tasik Divers does mostly all of their diving in Bunaken Park. However, I took an optional side trip to Lembeh at an additional cost of $45 USD. In Lembeh and Bunaken, there are few if any big fish. I prefer seeing bigger fish. However on one dive, I saw a four foot turtle sitting in the rocks. The visibility was not very good on the deeper dives. The best visibility occurred at the end of thedeeper dives at 5.0 meters. The poor visibility and bright sunlight on some dives made it difficult to see where you were going on the deeper dives. In parts of Bunaken Park, I saw trash in the water. According to the boat crew, it's a runoff from the land due to rain. However, it looks terrible to see trash in the water.
At Tasik, you board the boat at 8:00 AM and your first dive is between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM. The next dive is around 11:30 AM. After the second dive, lunch is served on the boat. The third dive is around 2:30 PM. You cannot return to the resort between dives. I usually got back to the resort around 4:30 PM. They have night and sunset diving. They also have a dive a 5:00 AM in the morning. I believe you can also make other boat diving arrangements
I found the hotel staff and dive personnel very helpful, accommodating and extremely competent. This resort caters to serious divers.
The food although not exquisite was good,
While at Tasik, I caught conjunctivitis from the other guests that already had conjunctivitis. This happened on the day I was leaving on my return to Singapore.
My return flight from Manado to Singapore was delayed by four hours due to weather. This is the only air delay, I encountered on my whole trip. After diving for a week, I enjoyed visiting Singapore and seeing Little India, Chinatown, Botanic Gardens, Singapore Flyer and Raffles Long Bar. Unfortunately, I was only in Singapore for one whole day.
Ive dealt with Patchara Carlsen, of Scuba Travel Ventures for the past three years. She is a scuba diver and does a great job in booking my dive trips Ive also found this agency to be honest and reliable.
All in all, I had a good time. It would have been better, if I didnt get conjunctivitis. However, I felt that this was an extremely long distance to travel for less than exceptional diving.
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