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Bahowo Lodge
Ranked #23 of 45 Hotels in Manado
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“great holiday at bahowo”
Reviewed 20 December 2013

We spent 4 nights at Bahowo Lodge, and wished we had twice as many! Phil and Paula are lovely hosts and spent lots of time with us. The staff .... lovely, no complaints. The Lodge itself is lovely, we used the family suite..which slept 4 of us very comfortable. The rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. The balcony is lovely and overlooks the mangrove forest, which has lots of birds to watch. Our kids loved the Lodge and especially the 2 dogs on the grounds..
We loved the trips, both over-land as well as the boat trips the lodge arranged for us...they did a great job, we didn't have to think of a thing as all our needs were looked after. Would we return YES YES YES!!! Thank you Paula,, Phil and Lodge staff for a lovely holiday

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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English first
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

I have just returned from my sixth stay at Bahowo Lodge. Over the last three years I have been a regular visitor both alone and with groups of up to 6 friends.
In all aspects, this is one of Asia's many well kept secrets. From airport pickup, accommodation, service, catering and friendly laid back atmosphere, Bahowo Lodge is fantastic.
This is not a 5 star resort with associated price and extravagance. It does however maintain a high standard of customer alignment and focus on simple, homely and quality accommodation.
Of special note are;
- Customer focus and friendly / straightforward approach of owners, Phil & Paula.
- Excellent staff.
- The breakfast and local BBQ dinner
- Alignment with local dive centers, (specifically the Lulley Dive Resort)
- Eco tourism approach and local / Indonesian community engagement
I would highly recommend Bahowo Lodge to anyone planning a dive trip to Manado / Bunaken as well as to individuals, groups or families looking for a unique locally tailored experience.
Look forward to my next visit.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2013

We spent 3 nights at Bahowo lodge in the two bedroom suite, which was very spacious indeed. we very much enjoyed the company of lovely Phil and Paula who run the lodge and are very much involved in the village life. The food was abundant and delicious, and very much a high point. Phil and Paula were incredibly helpful in organising trips etc. Nice pool.

However, the downside is that it is overpriced for the facilities they have. The rooms and some of the communal areas were dirty and not cleaned regularly enough (dead insects and dirt about). The bathroom was very basic indeed. for the price you pay it needs to be refurbished.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Bridport, UK
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Reviewed 18 February 2013

I have stayed at Bahowo Lodge several times both with my husband and after he died. I have always been made extremely welcome by Phil and Paula. It is an ideal place for someone on their own, no eating in isolation in the evening, so much better than a lonely table on your own! The scuba diving in Bunaken National Park is world class and most of the dive guides are world class too Transfers to the dive centres are included if you get a package as is the transfer from the airport. The food is very good, whether or not you like it spicy. It is basically Indonesian in style but with some western influence. The other guests are international, anything from Russian to Dutch and other European have been staying there when I have been there. The trips into the hinterland are also interesting, competitively priced and well run.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Southampton, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2012

We travelled to North Sulawesi on our Medical Elective and enlisted the help of the lovely Phil & Paula from Bahowo Lodge in planning our experience whilst there, following a recommendation from a friend. Their warm welcome and generosity made us feel immediately welcome and relaxed. During our time there, we got to know them and their staff very well and you couldn't hope for a friendlier group of people to stay with. They also own two lovely golden retrievers called Poppy and George who are really great fun and lend the place a unique home-from-home vibe. The local village was full of friendly faces and we quickly felt like part of the community, being encouraged to join in the weekly hotly-contested football match and celebrations such as Independence Day.

Whilst there, we undertook our PADI qualifications and even though we were complete novices beforehand, it was an incredible place to learn. Our dive instructor was really helpful and enthusiastic, ensuring that learning to dive was a fun experience. We also had time to go on a couple of the tours that Bahowo Lodge offer. The Minahasa Highland tour was a highlight and visiting Tangkoko National Park is a must-see, with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the local wildlife up close.

Overall, we would whole heartedly recommend staying at Bahowo Lodge for anyone wanting to dive in the world famous Bunaken coral reef, or just hoping to see the 'real Indonesia'. We can't wait to return soon, safe in the knowledge that Mr Phil will have a cold bottle of Bintang waiting for us.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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2 Thank Harry385
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2012

We booked at Bahowo Lodge because of the good ratings here, but we did not like the place at all. The hotel is not well maintained and dirty. But the worst thing is probably that you have to pay a high price for it. They charge 4 times the price a taxi would cost for the airport shuttle and after our stay at several other places in the neighborhood (on Bunaken Island and in Tomohon), we also realized how overpriced the rooms are.

We must admit the owners are very friendly people and they were very helpful in getting us to Bunaken island the next day. They could make a lot more out of the Lodge. We would recommend anybody to take a boat to Bunaken Island and find yourself a really nice resort there for half the price and at a way more beautiful spot.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bahowo, Owner at Bahowo Lodge, responded to this review, 28 November 2012
We are sorry that this guest did not enjoy their one - night stay at Bahowo Lodge. Clearly there was on this occasion a mis - match between the Lodge and the type of accomodation that the guest was seeking. We are not a back - packers lodge and our rates are clearly advertised. Our airport transfers are comparable to the airport taxis, and other resorts in the area, but are obviously more expensive than public transport.
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Balikpapan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2012

Bahowo Lodge is great! You know you're going to have a wonderful stay when you arrive at midnight from the airport and the owners offer you beer upon taking your luggage! Phil and Paula are incredible hosts. They provide culturally relevant experiences, but with western amenities and service. They organized tours for us (cheaper than the tour groups in town) and everything was on time, in order, and well done. The food at the lodge was spot-on - from the Western breakfast and made to order eggs to the FABULOUS Indonesian dinners (and desserts)! Oh, and the "tour lunches"? OH MY! Fantastic!! You'll feel at home upon entering Bahowo Village, and particularly Bahowo Lodge. I will be back!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Wendy G
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Property: Bahowo Lodge
Address: Bahowo Village | Bunaken Park, Manado, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Manado
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Ranked #23 of 45 Hotels in Manado
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bahowo Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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