We stayed 4 nights and personally like this hidden gem. The room/bathroom is spacious with balcony to relax and enjoy the sea view from up hill. Each bungalows are located far from each other to ensure privacy and surrounded by beautiful garden. Lunch and dinner are great with fresh fish and fruit (however breakfast needs improvement). The backyard is huge and you can see rooster and domestic pig passing around.
The main compound is the restaurant a.k.a hang-out place which is basically a large verandah overlooking mangrove beach. You can see the owner, bu Wileke, usually sitting at the back of bar table eager to answer guests question there. There are only 5 bungalows, while you have 3 kitchen staffs, 2 lovely owners, 2 dive guides with dedicated boat (and a dog), so you can be sure the guests are well taken care here. The dive is simply amazing, well.. this is Bunaken!
PS: This place is not for luxury-seeker as it doesn't have aircon (only fan) and the electricity went off on day time. They said they use solar power to generate electricity. You also have to be kind to many insects (and gecko) coming near you. Those looking for modern comfort can check the hotels downtown in Manado.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small and cosy dive resort with only six spacious wooden bungalows on a hillside. Great sea views from your private balcony. Breezy seaside restaurant, with great food and cold drinks. Dive center on the premises with good diving at competitive prices. The owner, Jerry, was born and raised on the island and together with his Dutch wife he welcomes you to come and dive Bunaken. ... more less
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