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Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Ranked #9 of 45 Hotels in Manado
Certificate of Excellence
Zurich, Switzerland
1 review
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“Highly recommend Tasik Ria”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Just returned from a 5 day stay and it was great. Nice facilities, well run, and great staff. The massages are indeed wonderful after a full day of diving as are the beers at the jetty bar to wind down the day. Dan does a great job of running the resort and he's very welcoming and accomodating.

The dive operations are super and very well managed by Thomas. It's well organized and they take care of setting up your gear and rinsing everything off at the end of the day. The groups are generally nice and small (4 divers per guide). Since it had been a few years since I last dove, I did a refresher course with Thomas who helped make sure I was ready and comfortable for diving. He's a patient teacher.

Thanks Dan and Thomas for a great trip

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 21 April 2014 via mobile

We had a fantastic stay. Five nights with four days of diving. The dive staff was friendly and helpful. The food was delicious. The best of all was Dan Green the manager. He was welcoming and supporting to all my needs... Don't miss the massage! 90 minutes of bliss! It's a little out of the way... But worth it.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

We were with a party of six divers and snorkellers who travel the tropics to explore exquisite dive sites. Some of the party had visited Manado back in the 90's so were keen to see the changes. The Tasik Ria Resort provided excellent service throughout our 10 night stay. The staff are well managed by Daniel Green, extremely friendly and co-operative. The buffet meals provided excellent choice however the a la carte was somewhat restricted. We enjoyed eating at the Sunset Restaurant on the jetty and appreciated the quiet atmosphere of the resort in total. The only draw back was the distance into Manado which can take up to 1 hour at peak times. Diving can best be described as excellent and by far the best experience we have had in all of Asia. Our dive guide Maki was a perfect leader and became a friend with his gentle manner and vast knowledge of the Bunaken park area and Lembeh where he showed excellent skills at finding critters for us to photograph. Facilities on board were again very good in terms of diver safety, organisation, meals and drinks. In particular we were vastly impressed with the respect all the crew showed towards the older divers, even referring to us as Oma and Opa. Clearly people of mature years are respected and cared for throughout all trips. We were amazed at the efficiency each morning when boarding to find our box with our individual name tags set up ready for the day's diving. We dived for six days and a total 17 dives without a single problem besetting us. Do we recommend Tasik Ria Divers - yes without hesitation.
The resort also organised two day tours to the Highland region and the Tangkoko rainforest reserve where we were to witness the world's smallest primate, tarsier.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We had a two night layover in Manado before heading to Sarong for a live-aboard so we chose Tasik Ria to be near water and have easy relaxation. The resort was incredibly quiet so during the day we were just about the only guests around since we were holding off on diving until the live-aboard. It has to be hard to figure out staff for so few guests so at times we had to find someone for what we needed, but everyone was willing to find the right person or do what they could themselves. The pool was also beautifully maintained and a great place to relax. The rooms were comfortable, but a bit dated. Our understanding is work is being done to update the rooms, starting with the beach front cabins, but we were in a pool side room. The highlight of our stay at Tasik was when Dave, the hotel manager, took us to a local spot for breakfast. He was excited to share the local fare with us and it was delicious food and the people were welcoming. The grounds were very pleasant, the beers were cold and the food tasty. Dave goes out of his way to make people comfortable and to help them do anything local they may be interested in. The drive to the hotel is an hour or more from the airport, but Tasik is a great option if you have the time.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Penrith, Australia
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Myself and a group of dive buddies stayed here for a number of days in September 2013.

The resort is out of the main township of Manado, meaning that the area is very quiet and peaceful.

The large swimming pool was incredibly warm and we all enjoyed the swim up bar, a nice way to spend the afternoon after diving.

All meals were taken down at the waterside, food is all served from a buffet menu - breakfast and dinner - you can order pancakes and omelettes that are made to order for breakfast.

The dive staff were very helpful and made sure that we encountered multiple types of fish - baby cuttlefish hatching out of eggs, broadclub cuttlefish laying eggs in the coral, one of the largest turtles that I have every seen at Bunaken. The last dive of the day is usually around the front of the resort, lots of macro life - we saw a huge school of squid in a mating display one afternoon.

Diving at Bunaken is the order of the day, you leave on a large boat and spend about an hour travelling to Bunaken, 2 dives with a surface interval in between and then lunch on the way back to the resort.

The rooms in the resort are a little run down - they are clean and comfortable but need painting and a bit of a face lift.

The staff were very friendly and helpful, the management went out of their way to assist us in any way they could.

I would stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

wanted to put excellent but decided on very good, roomes are always clean but bathrooms look tired, not the best beach but thats the geography of the place, well kept gardens and brilliant dive company at the hotel, all the staff really friendly.
not liking spicey food there's always a none spicey option, good quality and hot.
the big question is would i come here if i wasn't a diver and would i bring a non diver, is there enough to do....... don't think so but if ya just wanna relax and read by the pool it's great, in house sauna and massage is brilliant.... i love the place but i love this part of the world anyway.... if i was coming for the first time with an open mind ....... can't put my finger on it but may feel i could have got more for my money...... would i come back... hell yeah !!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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Northampton
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

We were part of a large organised group of divers along with a couple of none divers who staid here for 10 days in November. Somewhat tired after the 24 hours of travelling, our gardener!! took our luggage to our nice spacious room and where we were happy to have full site of the pool.

Our first breakfast was down at the jetty bar, and here we encountered the special friendly staff that make this such a great place to stay. OK, the hotel needs updating, the paths need some work, the decor is somewhat tired, the gardens over grown and the lighting needs, well it needs some brighter bulbs putting in the lamps, but the staff are adorable. Not one was not prepared to make the effort, not one ever came to work without a smile, a Hello, a Goodbye and nothing was ever too much trouble.

On to the diving. Thomas, the new dive centre manager is a diamond. A few of us were not wanting to do the 'usual' tours and he briskly sorted us out a small boat for a few days, where were guided by the fantastic Yanex. Life underwater here is fantastic and as underwater photographers, there was something to see every few metres and none of the dives were disappointing. OK, you do have to keep abreast yourself of what is going on, especially in large groups where some want to do something different, but Thomas and the rest of the dive staff try their hardest to accommodate every whim. Rental kit is top notch and not one of the dive guides did not know his stuff.

My partner was one of the none divers and Dan, the hotel manager was accommodating with day trips, making sure that there was plenty of towels and that the party by the pool did not get board. Dan did everything he could if not more which again, made up for the lack of maintenance, something you soon forget.

Food wise, I certainly never went hungry. I am the one tourist who likes great food, well presented and tasted good and there was certainly a good selection of cuisine there. But, the chocolate mouse and the lemon mouse are to die for... the sweets are very nice indeed, as my waist line as I never lost an inch while there.

Our rooms were cleaned daily and fresh towels as we needed. Our room had a few issues but as the place is undergoing a room by room upgrade, there was no point in making a fuss, plus, we did realise that it was a 3* and not a 5* so made the best as we could. There was always plenty of ht water, the fridge worked, the satellite TV had a reasonable choice of English speaking channels and there were plenty of plugs. All in all, I was happy in here.

Asking myself if I'd go back, the answer would have to be yes. I am not one for 3*, I like my A la Carte and I like my well maintained hotels, but If not for the diving but for the beautiful people that work there. You can not help but want to stay once you get to know them.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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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
#5 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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