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Tasik Ria Resort Manado
Ranked #7 of 44 Hotels in Manado
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

Just came back from Tasik Ria, and the resort was great. My friends and I were there for 8 days. We were given a package of 4 days diving and a highland tour. I must comment our highland tour guide, Cliff. His hospitality during the tour was out of the world, patiently explaining the queries that was put forth to him by us. He even helped to run an errand for us during his non-working day and ensured that we got what we wanted and giving us calls to keep us updated on the outcomes. The hotel staffs are all very friendly and helpful it, drivers who drove us out to town made sure language was never a barrier... ordering food for us, translating and explaining things to us... Everyone there wore a smile and it felt good to be there. On our departure day, the staffs gathered in front of our bus and sang a folk song which left us with an unbearable feeling to leave the place.

Some improvements are needed for the cooking there. Other than that, we had a wonderful time there.

The diving was awesome, our dive gears were surrendered and were found on the dive boat rigged up ready for action every single day. All we needed to do was to check the gears, put them on and leap into the waters. Their dive boat is great, everything is convenient on board. With experienced dive guides from Tasik Divers, especially with Nordy, we get to see everything at every corner of the walls, corals, sand... Lots of macros to take, abundant sightings of mantis shrimps, nudibranches and lion fishes, a giant resident Frogfish, turtles, the fire clam at Lembeh, octopus and many more... I had my most memoriable dives at the house reefs which is just 2 min boat ride from the Tasik Ria Sunset Jetty...

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 13 June 2009

This is the first review i've written for TripAdvisor and whenever i've read previous reviews I've always wondered how much to trust other people's opinions when I have no idea if they're the kind of person whose opinions I would pay much attention to if I met them in real life. So for what it's worth, I am a 35 year old Guardian-reading Londoner who works in advertising. I'm a pretty well travelled, relatively experienced diver and have dived in places like Zanzibar, Borneo, Similan Islands, Tobago, Oman and Djibouti. That will either taint your views of my review positively or negatively but there you have it.

So anyway, I stayed at Tasik Ria for 5 nights in Apr 09 where I undertook my Rescue Diver course. Very friendly & helpful e-mail correspondence prior to going with the owner Daniel Gondowidjojo and the Dive Instructor Camilo Zuluaga already made me feel good about the place and indeed, both of these guys were superbly friendly and helpful throughout my stay. I should also mention the other Dan, the English guy whose focus seems to be primarily on looking after the guests and making sure they're having a good time - not in some overbearing, formal way but in a nice, laid back, informal manner that characterises this place.

The place itself is like a lush idyll, surrounded as it is in swathes of tropical forest. There are palms and amazing tropical trees, plants and flowers everywhere and they hide and shade many of the buildings and create lots of interesting windy little paths that connect the sea-facing villas, the dive centre, the swimming pool and the main building which houses the restaurant.

I had a sea-view room though the plam trees that line the front mean no view is completely uninterrupted. The room itself was great - very roomy and nicely done with the very welcome air-conditioning (it's very humid in that part of the world). The bathroom was the one down-note; pretty drab and a little cheap - but perfectly functional and didn't bother me at all - I wasn't there to spend hours in the bathroom after all.

The pool's pretty nice and has one of those bars at the edge which you can sit up at whilst still being in the pool, a la Wham's Club Tropicana video. The restaurant is ok - there's a pretty good choice of Indonesian, Asian and Western food. I didn't try the latter and stuck mainly to the two former which was always good though never amazing. The dining room is a nice setting, overlooking a very large tropical pond though is almost a little too big if you like a more friendly, buzzy atmosphere or jusr right if you like to be able to get a table away from others (it was never more than half full whilst i was there).

Of course, the main reason for going is the diving and on that front, you can't really fault the place. My Rescue Diver course with Camillo was spot-on (Camillo is a great guy and a great Instructor) and the Dive operation was generally run to a very high standard. The boats are pretty good, one tiny gripe aside about how hot the floor of the upper deck gets (it's bare-foot only on the boat and the floor actually burnt your feet - there is a shaded area though or you can walk on a towel like I did). Best of all was the Dive Operation itself (which the resort itself had just taken over on the day i arrived from a previous outside operator). This meant everything was brand spanking new - i had a brand new BCD and wetsuit (and regs too i think) - something i've never enjoyed anywhere and the dive centre itself was being completely redecorated whilst i was there - i imagine it now looks great.

The Dive Guides were all friendly and had amazing eyes for spotting the macro stuff. I had mixed feelings about the diving around Bunaken itself (which of course, is not something the dive operation can really control). First of all, it's worth saying that inexperienced divers may find it a little nerve-wracking - big drop offs and some pretty strong currents were the norm. The diving itself was great but given its repuation as one of the top sites in the world, I was a little disappointed. I know, I know - it's not an aquariam, nothing is guaranteed but we didn't see any big stuff as I'd hoped and that was a little disappointing. I couldn't help but compare Bunaken with Borneo's Sipidan Island which is the best place by far I've dived - i was expecting Bunaken to be its equal and it probably is and I was probably just unlucky but there you go - I certainly wouldn't advise people not to dive Bunaken because of my experience - it doesn't have its reputation for nothing.

One other thing worth saying that is less well known is that there is great muck diving on the mainland near Manado - we did a couple of dives there and the stuff we saw was almost as good as the stuff I saw in the Lembeh Straits (my destination after Bunaken). As Tasik Ria also organise trips to Lembeh Strait as well (it's a 2hr drive across to the other side of the peninsula), you might even consider not staying at Lembeh at all (though i had some fantastic diving there whilst staying at KungKungan). Which reminds me, Daniel even very helpfully got me a better rate at KungKungan through a travel agent friend of his - how many people would bother to do that? - just further testament to the brilliant customer service of this place.

So all in all, if you're into diving, this place is hard to beat. If you're not, then errr....why the hell are you going to Northern Sulawesi in the first place?

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 June 2009

We are a group of 6 divers that book the resort online and stay in the restort from 6 to 13 June 09. The staffs of the restort are always helpful and really go all the way out to ensure our stay in the resort is a excellent one. One of the staff (Ciff) specailly go and buy local tibits for us during his off day when we ask him where can we buy it from when we have tasted it and like it so much on the 1st day land tour and did not get enough for our friends and family back home.

The restort boss (Daniel) and manager (Dan), they will always there to ensure that you are enjoying the stay during meal time and give u good advice where to eat local dishes and good resturant if you choose not do dine in the restort. The restort also have difference themes for the dinner so that you will din in difference enviromen (sunset bar, pool side or din in area).

The Tasik Dive Centre which part of the resort is in excellent, they have good service staff and excellent dive guide (Nino and Yati, dive guide of us). They will always look out for our safety in the water to ensure that you are ok and look out for stuff for you if you are a photograher so that you will have good shot of the day. The dive site is full of small creatures especailly in main land. The Dive boat is big and comfortable to house all divers. If you choose to dive in lembel strait on certain day, it's can be arrange but just prepare to travel abt 1hr 30 mins on land to reach the place and another 30mins boat ride,

The slight dislike about the restort may be is the foods, altought they have difference theme and wide range but it is not very tasty which I believe it can better improves. Another disadvantage is it is far away from main city or town (1hrs, land travel), which you need to cater a bus if you want to travel to other seafood resturants or eating place.

Overall Tasik Ria Restort is a excellent and nice place for a divers to enjoy the stay and dive.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank wklow
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

Really friendly staff, always ready to extend a helping hand. Their experience helped us a lot during our trip. Thanks Tasik Divers!

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank frostyfrostysnowman
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Reviewed 10 May 2009

We were a big group of divers, including one disabled diver and we all had a lovely time. The diving was great - no big stuff but lots of little critters.
The resort is beautiful, the spa is lovely, rooms are spacious and clean. Most importantly, the staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good time. Would definitely recommend Tasik Ria to any diver.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Reviewed 12 March 2009

If you're a scuba diver looking for a wonderfully unique trip - this could be it! The lush tropical surroundings, amazing sunsets, coolest pool I've ever seen and diving at famous Bunakan Marine Park are just starters. Dan, the manager, saw to our every need. He even arranged local tours in the early am before our diving. We bought fish at the local market, and the chef specailly prepared for us that night. It was amazing, the freshest seafood feast ever! The entire staff was so polite and provided the best service I've ever had. And at the end of the day, the spa was a blessing to tired muscles. What a unique treat - I would highly recommend if travelling to Indonesia for diving.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 22 October 2008

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Address: Jl. 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: £55 - £62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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