For the second part of our diving holidays, we spent a week in this really beautiful resort on the mainland of Sulawesi. Leaving the dirty and loud mainroad, you enter a paradise garden. On the partly steep slopes are trees, many sorts of orchids and tropical shrubs composed together with small ponds and footpathes, everything is well thought-out. A real gem is the infinity pool.
The garden alone would make already a wonderful holiday, but not enough of the paradise: The food is extremely good. The bungalows with a marvellous view over the garden to the sea are spacious, extremely clean and very comfortable. The staff knows reasonably well English, is very friendly and helpful, met all our needs.
Diving with the well equipped dive boat is just great. The diving equipment is very well maintained and in good shape. Diving with a difference, indeed! Yet, the long ride to the divesites near Bunaken Island is one of the only disadvantages here. Also the fact, that there is no beach can be easily accepted with all the other advantages. We felt everywhere, that the owners love this place and put all their energy into it.
In short, a place, we can wholeheartedly recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Lumbalumba Diving" is an informal, small and comfortable dive resort in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. With no more than 6 luxurious chalets, (9 rooms), we offer a familiar and flexible atmosphere with the personalized attention you are looking for. "Lumbalumba Diving" is a complete dive resort with own accommodation, excellent cuisine, bar, tropical pool, limited spa facilities, dive center, Private jetty and spacious dive catamaran. Located on a 3.5 hectare, mountain slope, in a lush botanical garden and overlooking the famous Bunaken Marine Park, we also have one of the most spectacular views you can find in Manado. "For us, you are not just another tourist. For you we are not just another dive resort" ... more less
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