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“The rudest people I've met in Indonesia!”

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Daniel's Resort aka Daniel's Homestay
Reviewed 13 August 2012

The place, location and rooms are okay (only the bathroom smells very bad and the water is not working always!), but the people are VERY unfriendly! If you exactly hold on to their plan and you dive with them, you may have a good time there, but my experience was very bad. We went diving with another diveshop instead of their own diveshop. When they found out they wanted us to leave our room! The dive-instructor Stephen was already ignoring us from the first day because we did not want to go diving with him (just because we wanted to go to different spots). Very rude and unfriendly!
When we were checked out and waiting for the boat to Manado, the manager came to get us. He brought a police-officer and another guy from the homestay. They were really aggressively telling us that we on purpose demolished the room (can you believe that?!?!). When we tried to explain that the rickety bedlamp came of the wall when we tried to hang our own musqitonet, they told us that we were definitely lying and we had to go to the police with them. After screwing the lamp into the wall ourselves (!!) we still had to pay for te electrician and almost missed our boat.
If you go to Bunaken, don't take the risk that they will spoil your holiday and don't stay here! (The neighbour Ferdinand can offer you nice and friendly accommodation and staff + good diving!)

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Daniels is simply the best value on bunaken. Bungalows are basic but clean and comfy. Food is good and the staff tries to vary as much ad possible. The dive guides have good knowledge and really good eyes to spot the smallest creatures down the sites. Enjoyed it a lot

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank vagabondZep
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

In October we returned from our two weeks trip to Bunaken and it was a memorable experience. Unfortunately I have to say this was not due to the services of Daniel's Homestay but in spite of.

To plan our trip we had contacted a German called Papa Klaus who runs a very helpful website about Bunaken (www.bunaken-klaus.com). Following Klaus’ suggestions we asked Daniel's Homestay for accommodation and for our diving trips we contacted Ferdinand Nuij (ferdinand.nuij@gmail.com), a Dutch freelance diving instructor who lives on the island. Ferdinand lends his diving boat “Kurnia” (together with its captain Feki and a diving guide) to groups of divers. Since we were four quite experienced divers and one snorkeler we saw this as a great opportunity for us to explore the Bunaken islands on our own and to save some bucks on the dives. After some delay due to the uncertain internet connection on Bunaken we arranged with Ferdinand about the boat, crew and diving tanks and Priscilla from Daniel’s Homestay sent us the voucher for board and lodging at the homestay. In her e-mail Priscilla stated explicitly that we would pay the normal price instead of the promotion price for divers since we wanted to arrange the dives on our own. This was in July, about three months before our trip started.

When we arrived in Manado at the end of September everything seemed fine. Some guys from Daniel’s picked us up from the airport and brought us by boat to the island. Once we were there we found the accommodations a bit Spartan and the concentration of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge, and other debris in the sea in front of the resort reminded us that civilization is never far away but of course you can’t expect too much from what is one of the cheapest resorts of the island.

The real problems started the next morning when Daniel the owner of the homestay asked us to his office. Here he told us in a quite rude way that we only could stay if we decided to do our dives with the diving of his resort. We were quite surprised to discover that Daniel had not been informed by his daughter Priscilla about the terms of our booking (at least that’s what he told us). It seems that Priscilla stays in Japan from where she coordinates the online bookings for the homestay (or tries to). Even after we had shown the printout of Priscilla’s confirmation e-mail to Daniel he stuck to his decision: “Dive with us or leave the homestay within the next day”. As we intended not to break our agreement with Ferdinand Nuij to rent his diving boat we had practically been kicked out.

We were a bit worried to find ourselves without a place to stay on a small island far away from home but thanks to the precious help of Ferdinand we soon found accommodation at the nearby Kuskus Resort (http://bunakenkuskusresort.com/), slightly more expensive but way more comfortable. Ferdinand hired Son, the head of Kuskus’ diving center, as our diving guide and this turned out to be a great choice. Son is a wonderful person, extremely reliable as a guide (which unfortunately is not to take for granted on Bunaken) and absolutely incredible in finding and pointing out all the bizarre and often hardly visible wonders the sea around Bunaken has to offer. If you are keen to meet families of seahorses, ghostpipefish, neon luminescent cuttlefish (http://tinyurl.com/77ox877) or the mimic octopus then ask Son to take you to the recently discovered diving sites Aba and Wori Point. If you are more into big encounters then you should ask Feki, the captain of the “Kurnia” for a dolphin tour and with some luck and the hints from local fishermen waiting for thunas out on the sea on their selfmade catamaran canoes you could even meet a family of spermwhales! (http://tinyurl.com/86s9tft).

A special thank you to Ferdinand, Feki, Son and Papa Klaus who made our trip to Bunaken such a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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12  Thank Georg B
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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Basic cottage poorly mantained, sheet not So clean, bathroom door was not closing properly, food was okish, the staff is quite friendly.
My overall impression about the place is that is collapsing and they are not doing anything about it.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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3  Thank Julot79
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Reviewed 22 December 2011

Very good, but be careful to the manager: it's a little trap to leave, cos the day of your departure, there smiles fall and the scam begins - be very careful!
They take you in hostage to leave, they ask you so many expencive money if you want to leave, they doesn't matter!
Diving club = Price dives & Equitment: very correct.
The staff: the worst of all my life diver!! (15 years dives) they are very bad for the supervision and compliance with safety the most basic!

Room Tip: in front of the beach, to the other side the restaurant
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

I've just returned to Manado after a week at Daniel's Homestay and will be returning to spend another month there whilst I complete my PADI Divemaster qualification. We had a wonderful stay at Daniels. The rooms (which all come with full board) are very competitively priced compared with others on the island and the standard was very good even of the basic bungalows. The bungalows are set in very pretty tropical gardens and the beach is extremely well cared for. Unfortunately every tide brings a new wave of trash from Manado but the staff will be seen hard at work early every morning to clean it all up. This makes such a difference! :)

The food was good and plentiful and you also get cold mineral water, tea and coffee included throughout the day.

Did 6 dives during my stay and thoroughly enjoyed every one. The gear is very well cared for and you'll always get a nice full tank from these guys. It's also a very relaxing way to dive with the staff taking care of preparing all the equipment and you only having to waddle a few steps from your beach bungalow to the boat! Dive masters at Daniels are great at finding the more camouflaged reef residents and you'll always get a nice long ( 1 hour) dive. This is the perfect place for more experienced divers as the guides are quite relaxed about letting you set your own agenda for the dive. For the less experienced courses are available with a nearby school, just ask the staff to point you in the right direction.

The snorkeling on the reef outside Daniel's is awesome but be careful especially if you're not experienced as at certain states of the tide the current can be very strong. It's generally best to go at high tide because at low tide you'll have to wade out a way and every footstep does damage to the reef and it's residents. Try to start swimming as soon as possible also to avoid standing on anything poisonous!

Also enjoyed very much the musical entertainment on the beach with many of the staff often meeting for a jam session in the evenings.

Staff were very understanding about our lack of cash. We wanted to stay longer than we originally planned and there is no cash machine on the island so one of the staff came with us to Manado to collect the rest of the cash we owed them. Great service, can't wait to return! :)

Room Tip: I loved my beach front bungalow but bear in mind that the sound of the waves at high tide (only a co...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Tamlyn A
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Reviewed 28 July 2011

We stayed at Daniel's for 4 days, and absolutely loved it. Ok, the cottages are quite basic (no hot shower, no electricity during the day), but you're on a gorgeous sunny island: who needs hot showers and electricity anyway? The rooms are very clean and the beds are comfortable.

The food was great and there was plenty of it, eventhough a group of Chinese people always tried to grab as much food as fast as possible :-). The staff is sooooo friendly! They know your names before you even know theirs. We spent lovely evenings chatting, singing and playing music with them. The whole atmosphere at the homestay was just amazing.

The dive shop is very professional: the equipment is brand new, the dive masters are really experienced, and the price is very reasonable. Diving in Bunaken was of course great. You see so much stuff! If you don't dive, you can join the divers to go snorkeling (free of charge), or go snorkeling at the coral wall just off the beach. The coral and the fish are simply stunning.

I would recommend Daniel's homestay to anyone looking for fun, good diving, and general island-bliss :-)

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: G 18 Jln. Arie Lasut, Bunaken Island 95233, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bunaken Island
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Ranked #13 of 16 Speciality Lodging in Bunaken Island
Number of rooms: 17
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