My elder son Varun and I stayed for 5 nights (from May 6th till 11th) at the Living colors dive resort. Pick up and drop off service from Manado airport was good. Visa on arrival at Manado was easy.
Living colors has 3 levels.
There is a small beach hidden behind mangroves; dive centre and “safety stop”, the bar, is on level 1.
After climbing 70 odd slippery steps one reaches level 2, where restaurant is located.
Individual bungalows are a few meters up on level 3.
It rained on most days in the evening, and restaurant & rooms were full of lizards and bugs sitting on beams and ceiling. Bugs used to drop on table from time to time. Probably nothing much can be done about them, as it is a rain forest and effectively their territory. But it was uncomfortable. Rooms were made of wood and there were dark corners. Big water bottle was provided in every room and there were plenty of charging points. 24 hrs electricity was generated by resort’s Diesel generators. It must be expensive to provide such a facility in a jungle.
Dive centre was well stocked, there were 3 power boats to take customers to various dive sites. Jr. staff carried equipment from boat to dive centre and back, and we got exactly same equipment, BCD, wet suite, fins, every day. It was a nice. 2 German make Bauer kompressoren were there. Air tanks and quality of air was very good. On many occasions I found my tank with 260 bar pressure!! Ali, our dive instructor is a lovey human being. It is a pleasure to spend time with him. He makes quality bread which was served every day for breakfast. It was really delicious. I think it is his hobby.
We visited 8 sites in 4 days. Most dive sites are 8-10 min away by speed boat. . The most memorable were Sachiko’s point, Lekuan I and molas whip wreck near manado (30 min away). Bunaken walls were magnificent, sheer vertical drops with infinite varieties of corals and fish. Mild currents used to take us away allowing us to view the beauty of nature. We saw a huge turtle at Lekuan I; it had taken shelter in wall cave. Visibility was excellent, 30+ water was clean. Sea was calm. Diving in Bunaken is AMAZING !! There is a coral reef around this tiny island and drop starts about 100+ meter from shore. Good for snorkelling too.
Resort charges everything in Euros. Bunaken village is 45 min away, and the walk is thru jungle and small road. Most residents of Bunaken are Christians and Beer and Pork was available. There is a nice church there. Living colors is totally isolated in jungle and it gets boring in the evening. Owners, Mia and Jackko are nice individuals. Internet is Euro 15 per bungalow irrespective of number of devices. And it worked well most of the time. Restaurant offered buffet and it was good. Beer was Euro 3.
If diving is your objective to visit Bunaken, I will recommend Living Colors. I am told 2 fish dive resport is also good, a bit nearer to the village.
- Also Known As:
- Living Colours Dive Hotel Bunaken Island
- Living Colours Dive Bunaken