I stayed at Two Fish Bunaken the same week as adw b from Australia. I remember him complaining about the toasters in the morning. But I also remember him clapping when the entire group gave the cooks a standing ovation for their meal one night! But this review is about Two Fish, not about adw b.
The resort was comfortable, our room was budget, very basic but clean. We were hardly in our room anyway - with the awesome diving and lovely pool environment to hang out by.
The local employees were very open and approachable, always smiling or singing. I think Two Fish has done a really great job hiring. No dodgy characters, or unfriendly local staff - even the gardener is smiley. (I'd say this is a very safe spot and would recommend it for the solo diving gal traveling alone.) The local employees made us feel very welcome. The dive guides are incredible - how they can spot so many tiny creatures is beyond me! The boats were well organized, every customer had their own gear crate and the guides were very good about getting each divers personal items back in their correct spot. I felt there was plenty of room to slip into my wetsuit without hitting anyone. :)
I understood that there was no boat dock because Two Fish and the other resorts on Bunaken are in a protected marine park, and it is not legal to kill the corrals and disrupt the ecosystem in front of the resort to put in a dock. I was fine with walking through the mangroves to the boat, it was a ways when the tide was out, but it was an adventure. With the right attitude, it is even a fun venture. I know the dive guides would assist or even carry anyone who asked, happily, (probably even singing) out to the boat. :)
The food was traditional Indonesian fare, with a few Western dishes. We didn't have fish for every meal. It was a mix of fish, pork, tofu. tempeh, and chicken served buffet style with fresh salad, soup, rice, vegetables fresh fruit and dessert with every meal. I found it wholesome, handmade and flavorful, even the homemade garlic salad dressing. I especially liked the DECADENT chocolate mouse!
Breakfast options I felt were good. You could wait for the toaster and have toast, yes, but you could also order eggs any style, pancakes, French toast, Indonesian noodle soup or fried rice with eggs and cucumbers. And there was always fresh fruit to go with breakfast. The kitchen staff were sweet and accommodating, even helping me learn some new Indonesian words! :)
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay. I was very impressed with how dedicated Two Fish is to the environment. They are very aware and act as responsible custodians of the beautiful marine park of Bunaken. During our stay, we saw Other Bunaken groups and dive companies that were harming aquatic life or allowing their customers to be disrespectful, and their boat hands were not nearly as kind and compassionate. I was very happy with our choice to go with Two Fish instead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small and cosy resort based on Bunaken Island, characterised by:• Beach-side accommodation - wooden cottages with cooling fan, HOT water showers and large balconies with hammocks.• Other resort amenities include 18m swimming pool; 24 hour electricity; relaxing area; beach café; FREE wifi internet; book swap facility.• Small &Personal with really friendly staff.• European management – owned and managed by Tina and Nigel, who have been living & diving on Bunaken for more than 10 years.• No crowds - maximum 20-22 divers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Two Fish Divers Bunaken Hotel Bunaken Island
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