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Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Ranked #7 of 46 Hotels in Manado
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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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“Great diving vacation and so much more!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

From the minute we arrived in Manado we were taken into complete care by the Tasik staff. Andrew from the office had exchanged several emails with our group before hand and was at the airport with a comfortable air conditioned bus. Once we cleared customs our bags including dive gear were whisked away and next seen in our rooms. Andrew taught us some local language on the way and arranged to stop at a grocery and ATM at the request of some of our party.
When we arrive at the resort we were met on the front steps by the ultimate host Dan Green. In seconds we had a cool drink in our hands and were seated together to complete our introduction to the resort. We were escorted to our rooms by a member of the staff and our luggage was already there. We had been instructed to take our dive gear to the shop but they did it for us. Our gear was tagged and transferred to bins that kept it organized and ready to go. They took it to the boat after getting our weights sorted out. Registration was smooth and Monica the dive shop manager is awesome ! We met with her as a group for a sundown general dive operation briefing on the Jetty Bar with cocktails.
The cottages are quaint and comfortable with nice beds and purified water in a dispenser and a stocked mini-bar. It is 2 minutes stroll to the restaurant or to the dive boat with a nice veranda to watch sunsets. Housekeeping was great.
Restauant was wonderful. Dining style is casual with excellent local dishes and favorites from home if you miss them. Breakfast was available early til late for divers or for those that were not. Dave the restaurant manager was extraordinary. The breakfast Croissants are unbelievably good! Dinners were a delightful, casually paced affair with mix of buffet or ala carte. We arranged dinner at the jetty restauant with our dive staff one night which was a ball.
Pool bar was great and so was the jetty bar. Local beer ice cold is great!
Dive operation is top shelf. Attention to detail and comfort as well as safety were refreshing. Boats were very comfortable hour long rides out to Bukanan with two or if you request 3 dives there. Operation is efficient and on time but the staff is very flexible and will work out whatever plan for the boat. We had a group of 10 divers and a few extra folks and the extras were thrilled with the adjustments our group made giving them an even better dive experience. Lunch on the boat was local food and very good with plenty of water cocoa coffee tea fresh fruit.
We all dove Nitrox and divemasters on the spot for analysis on all three tanks recorded on log and all divers imes and profile recorded. Verbal rollcall on every dive exit before moving including Captain! Good attention to safety - in fact several memebers of our group wished to do an inland trip to an orphage and village. We were going to go in the afternoon but when Dan and Monica coordinated Monica immediately saw the potential DCS risk from the altitude gain and the two of them reversed our day -sending us to the mountains first and diving later - top shelf safety and resort/dive team coordination. Our group included one instructor and 3 divemasters and the crew integrated us and had us participate in giving dive briefings with alot of humor. They took better care of our dive gear than we sometimes do ourselves. They also knew everyones name in one handshake.
For us the highlight of the trip however was Dan Green. We had contacted the resort ahead of time and told them we like to visit a local school and bring school supplies and see local markets and culture as well as dive. Dan went way beyond any expecation in that regard. He arranged the trip to the school and made us part of the class! They sang and performed for us and actually also came to the resort Friday night and did traditional dance which they do on a regular basis. We noticed they did not have a basketball hoop on their backboard and we asked about getting one. He arranged a driver and helped us get several pieces of sporting eqipmenmt and a basket ball hoop for the school - he arranged for his engineer to go install it. He also took us to the local markets and to a wonderful local restaurant for a special soup that was out of this world.
He arranged the trip to the orphanage where they put on a special short percussion concert for us and we were able to interact with the kids and staff an give them some gifts. Even though he is from the UK Dan shows an uncommon pride in the local people and strong desire to give back the community. If you go to Tasik Ria the 60 kids at the orphanage can always use any extra items (clothes toys educational personal) you can fit in your baggage. We can guarantee you anything you would take there for these kids Dan would get to them. The absolute delight in seeing them with some sport jerseys we brought was a lifelong memory.
We have traveled a great deal and have never been shown such hospitality. By the end of the trip Dan was a friend not just a resort manager. We hope very much to return for a longer stay someday. Thanks!!!!

Mike and Jenny Quinn Onalaska WI USA

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Holmen, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with warm smiles and our names were all learned very quickly. The manager, Dan could not have been more helpful, more attentive or more welcoming than any other resort we have visited. Not only did he make sure we had everything we needed at all times, and for a group of 12 friends, that was a big order to fill. He catered to us in a way a good friend would, and didn't make you feel it was because it was his job. He took some of us to market, to the local school and to an orphanage so we could distribute supplies we as a group brought with from the states for the children. Along the way we was a great tour guide as well, filling us in on the local traditions and sights. Even Dave, the kitchen "boss" was always smiling, always attentive, and always there it seemed! The food was very good, with a good variety and prepared to our liking. They were willing to meet our needs for sure. They even made an awesome birthday cake for one of our friends and all came out to sing for him.The diving was pretty good too. Monica made sure we got what we paid for, from the attentive staff, making sure we didn't carry anything. The dive briefings were creative and not boring and thorough. And, we know what it takes as had an instructor and 3 divemasters with our group, not to mention world travelers. The diving itself was very good, from Bunaken Marine Park to the local sites. A couple dives were a little challenging for some along the wall when there was a current, but nothing we couldn't handle. The walls were beautiful, the marine life abundant, and even the local dives offered things we have never seen before. The schedule of 3 boat dives a day was a little wearing, but we had the luxury in a group to change up the schedule so some could do just two and then we could finish with a local dive. The only issue we would have is the amount a debris in the water. This might be able to be maintained at the resort waterfront more. Indonesia has a lot of people though and we understand is difficult to maintain. Overall, we definitely would return to Tasik Ria Resort. The rooms were spacious, comfortable. and private along the beach. The pool area was amazing as was the spa, and the resort grounds were gorgeous! Thanks to all of you at Tasik Ria. We will miss the friendships we found in you.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2012

First of all, having travelled in Asia for a good couple of years, it is one of the few times that I found a Western guy managing a local staff with a hands-on approach. I felt Daniel making very sure that whatever it is I needed would be taken care off. This in contrast to a region whereby a full-hearted yes the moment you ask for something, doesnt mean its taken care of the next day. So this is the first big plus.

I went there for diving, my first time, so I have no real way of comparing. However, everything didnt feel any less professional than the diving pool of my padi-instructor in Belgium. Moreover, I found the staff not just to be very friendly, but also very helpful and practical. The atmosphere at the resort somehow easily feels quite homely, I felt quite at ease. The diving trips themselves were of course beautiful, there is no doubt about it, and I felt the guides were competent. It takes about one hour to get to the Bunaken national park, but I didnt find that a problem. The boats are large and have a nice upper deck.

The food is on overall good, from sometimes being not so great (mostly foreign food) to incredibly delicious (mostly local food). I am a vegetarian and this didnt pose a problem, although of course it severy limited the amount of dishes I could order. Some small notes, I really enjoyed the peanut sauce there, absolutely hated the bun for the vegetarian burger (very stale), but I was more happy with the bread they brought on board for lunch during diving; the quality was such that even in Singapore I would consciously have to look for this type of quality. Quite a nice treat after an hour or two of diving.

Some small things at last, the rooms were very spacious and to me they looked great. Maybe I am not so picky, but I thought the rooms were quite new (note, I didnt go to the pool, maybe that looks a bit more worn out), until I found out the resort was more than 15 years old. Anyway, nothing to complain there. Yes, unfortunately, no wifi in the rooms, but there was wifi in the lobby. I understand that the internet travels some islands before it gets there and that that is what causes the unreliability. Anyway, would be nice to have full-time internet access, but didnt mind so much.

All in all, a top experience and I am definitely coming back.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2012

True to other reviews, the service level at TR was very good. Staff were attentive and keen to fulfill every request. The GM was ever present to ensure that everything was in order. He was exceptionally friendly and chatty too.
Here are a few observations not mentioned or elaborated in TA reviews:
TR is a popular choice, so expect that the pick up service from the airport to the resort will have other guests from your flight as well. Some nationalities do not require visas, but should any TR guest traveling with you require one, expect that it could take up to an hour for all of you to clear immigration. Including the 75 minute travel time, you can expect to get to TR only about 2.5 hours after your flight lands in Manado. Take advantage of the waiting time after clearing customs to buy some snacks at the airport if you like any; the souvenir store at TR does not sell any - ice cream being an exception.
TR must have been a great resort when it first opened. But the place is in need of a major upgrade now. The rooms are very clean and functional but it could do with new paint and decor and minor other touch ups. The pool area however really shows its age. The pool furniture are very old and are rotting in some places. The area around the pool even has weeds growing freely. The pool is however cleaned frequently and generally clean. 
There is no wifi in the room, and whilst TR would claim to have free wifi in the lobby area, it was not working during our week-long stay. To be fair, the GM did offer guest the use of his USB modem - iPad users are out of luck.
For such a class of resort and in developing Asia, food and drinks was expensive. There are no alternatives nearby. TR offers a bed & breakfast option or a full board option. Given there are no real alternatives, full board represents the best option for guests from a cost perspective. But stay too long and the food does get boring. The food is generally okay but really nothing to shout about.
The highlight at TR is of course the diving. Having dived several other places before, i can say it is generally well run. It helps that guests are likely to be certified and experienced divers too and thus the dive boat with its hive of activities in a tight space does not end up resembling a fish market. Everything was well organized. Rental gear were of good quality and well maintained. The guides are very experienced but be warned that you should always take care of yourself, ie do your buddy checks and ensure everything is in order for your dive. The guides are guides largely, not instructors at a beginners dive course who will go all out to look after your well being, though they will rectify the obvious if they notice it. Lunch catered is very simple; rice and 2~3 local dishes. There are numerous dive sites and they are amazing. It takes about an hour to get to Bunaken Island where the first dive site is usually located. If you are visiting Manado just for the diving, staying in Bunaken Island itself may make sense and save you the 2 hours of boat ride everyday. TR was a spa as well. Prices are again on the high side for such a venue. Not having tried the services at the spa, I have nothing to add here. All in, I had a wonderful stay at TR. Clearly there is room for improvement. But the overall experience has been positive. My thanks to the GM and all at TR.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

Tasik Ria and Tasik Dice camp is a great little hideaway. This resort is about 1 hour drive from the city of Mandao. Its a 3 star hotel at best. The rooms are quite large and well appointed. For the ladies, you might need to bring your hair dryer as there wasn't one on my room. It could do with a upgrade in the rooms and the lobby area. Its very dated and tired by today standards. Wifi is only available in the lobby and not in the rooms. The rsort is quite large with 3 swimming pools. You better bring your own entertainment as there is none at the hotel. and the TV reception is not very clear as well. Daniel Green who is the GM of the hotel is very friendly and approachable and he will make your still stay feel very at home. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Around the hotel area, there are no little restaurants or shops at all and hence, you have to take all your meals at the hotel. Food menu is simple and the quality ot not bad but do not expect fantastic gourmet meals.

Room Tip: Do ask for the rooms around the pool which gives easy access to everywhere. The beach front chalets...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled on business
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Langgoens
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2012

9 days of diving in October 2011:
The hotel is located in a huge tropical garden with an extraordinary large pool. The food in the hotel is not haute cuisine, but it´s okay and local specialties are offered regularly. The bathrooms in the pool-side bungalows are a bit old, but the rooms as such are very spacious, clean and comfortable.
But if you come here, it´s for the diving: The staff at the dive shop provides great service. And the diving is fanastic. Boat trips to the Bunaken with 2 or 3 dives, day trips to Lembeh Strait, house reef diving. Night diving is offered even if there is just one diver. thanks to Nadine and the whole staff to making my stay so enjoyable. The underwater world is fantastic: dolphins, huge turtles, eagle rays, baby sharks, octopus, and all sorts of critters ...
Corals in great diversity and very colorful ... just amazing!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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london
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2012

Definetely worst dive centre we've ever experienced. We booked early morning dive, went to jetty before 5am as requested, not a single light on the way to the jetty you would need a torch. Captain showed up 15 min after 5, dive guide never showed up. We missed dawn but finally went out to house reef without the guide, captain de died to do both himself.
Upon our return, we have made complaint to an English Manager but he did nothing but only mentioned that we don't have to pay which we had no doubt. Dive centre did not come explain until late night only after we enquired the reason to this manager. Dive guide came day later to tell us that he was not feeing well.
Dives are good but there are many other places you can approach the same sites.

They also forgot to pick us up at the airport, after an hour of wait and repeated call, we gave up and took taxi ourselves. We still don't know why they did not arrange pickup as agreed, nor why they did not call us back as promised (I will call you back in a few min was repeated a few times).

It might be because we were in low season but clearly shows the quality they accept.
Manager, I don't want to hear your story of your investment in new resort and how you hold your share on this rundown resort.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Address: Jalan Raya Trans Sulawesi Mokupa, Manado 95351, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Manado
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Manado
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Manado
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Tasik Ria Resort Manado 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tasik Ria Resort is one of the most established resorts in Manado. Boutique resort offering friendly services. Tasik Divers is our PADI 5 Star dive centre. They will take you to see Bunaken, Bangka, Lembeh and Buyat. Come and experience our friendly people. ... more   less 
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