After looking on the trip advisor and lonely planet I was a bit confused as to where to stay. it is mostly cheaper to take packages when diving on bunaken. I don't normally like packages as I am a bit tight and normally like to hunt out the best prices. Staying with bunaken beach resort was awesome. Having walked all around the island and checking out other resorts, it is definetly the best value for money and the location is great. Transfers were included in the package and they were really smooth, no waiting around wasting time.
All staff members were fantastic, nothing was ever a problem. The food was perfect also, always plenty. all tea, coffee and water were free, which is a bonus when you consider other places like the togian islands sting you for 10000 a bottle.
The diving was also great and very flexible.
The only thing negative I can say is, and its not related to bunaken beach resort, that the marine park fee of 150000 is the biggest load of crap ever, I have never dived in such crap, plastic bags floating ever where, plastic cups etc..
I know everyone think the money goes to cleaning it up and so the locals don't fish in the area, but I was there for 6 days and saw locals fishing and no-one cleaning up anything. I asked a few locals where the money went and appartently 15000 goes to the local library and the rest to some government official, classic Indonesian corruption!!! If I ever return I will refuse to ever pay the park fee and if no-one lets me dives, I wont dive
Thanks everyone at bunaken beach resort, Maxi, Bram, Victor and Fitli especially.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bunaken Beach Resort is located on Pangalisang Beach on the Eastern side of Bunaken island in the middle of the famous Bunaken National Park, off the coast of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Bunaken National Park is a popular destination for divers from all over the world due to its unique coral reefs and numerous different species of marine life which make it very well suitable for snorkeling also.Bunaken Beach Resort is a comfortable and friendly resort with its own private beach and a beautiful sea view with mountainous mainland in the background where amazing sunrises can be enjoyed every morning.Our restaurant serves a choice of different delicious local dishes and on request we can make special arrangements for our guests while hot and cold drinks are available around the clock.The resort has its own professional dive center which is well equipped with good quality dive sets. In addition we have our own comfortable and large dive boat and we work with experienced dive masters and instructors.Electricity and running water are available 24 hrs and we offer comfortable accommodations varying from luxury bungalows to more basic rooms, all with a private terrace and a hammock to spend a lazy afternoon in the tropics ... more less
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