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“A truely unique experience one must try”
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Coral Eye
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“A truely unique experience one must try”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

Sure we loved the white sand, the turquoise water, the tropical breeze but there are a few extras that made Coral Eye stood out in our view.

Mainly it is the unique balance between being a resort AND a marine research outpost which one does not come across everyday. We found it refreshingly interesting to be able to hangout with both established and budding marine biologists who obviously have passion for marine environment/life. Each day there are plenty of opportunities over meals or while lounging around to discuss anything and everything marine related in an informed way (freediving, nudibranches, coral bleeching and filimng dugongs to name a few). It made us rediscover the joys of learning! It was also quite interesting to see how Marco and Clara turned their passion and thoughts into initiatives and hardwork then finally a beautiful and functional reality.

Architecturally, Coral Eye is also a unique and interesting. When we sit under its vast roof, right in the centre table looking out to the sea, we can’t help but to admire the elegant yet functional design behind it. Again it feels more than a resort – it has a collegial and social charm about it. It's a very good example as a result of modern design combined with local craftsmanship.

The private Jetty is also a very nice place to lounge by the day and star gazing by night. As parts of it are being lit at night, lots of fish (including small groups of trumpet fish) are attracted to the area and you can see them from the jetty. Coral Eye also has a nice long beach with white sand and no single other person in view for most of the day. This is also something you can’t get in Bunaken.

The Bangka’s underwater scene from snorkellers’ perspective is also great - lots of interesting critters (lion fish, box fish, puffer fish, lobster etc.) from the limited locations we visited, Bunaken’s underwater landscape is more dramatic with its vertical walls but Bangka (off Gangga and mostly from the jetty) seems to have more variety of hard and soft corals. To snorkeller, I find Bangka is just as interesting in search for critters.

Some personal tips:
Wet season is between Nov –March so try to avoid late Jan/Feb if possible
It takes about the same time to go to Bangka as Bunaken (less than 2 hours from airport door to door)
Room 2 is 1.5 times larger than room 3 (both double rooms). But room 3 is breezier
Jetty is great for night dive/snorkel as you don't even need a boat. It seems different type of fish come out at night.
Bonnie the house dog and her friend love to take walks with guests. Be sure to give them a yell when you want to take a stroll!

Stayed July 2014
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claserra79, Proprietario at Coral Eye, responded to this review, 16 July 2014
Dear user,
when we realized that our dream has become real, our passion is so tangible and that we can convey so clearly the things we believe, we can only be happy about the choices we have made.
As much as possible, we  try to make Coral Eye a precious place, warm and welcoming. A place of peace, in which you can get in real touch with all that is life.
Our pourpose is to create a pleasant and harmonious atmosphere.
But all this, isn’t just about our work: Bangka is a magical island, leaves its mark and entering in the heart. Hardly you can hate it.
When you're in a place like this, and you're highly motivated, everything happens in an extremely natural way..
Bangka and our costomers makes Coral Eye.
So, thank you for everything, it was great to meet you, to know about you, to compare us culturally, to spending time together.
 
See you one day again, maybe!
 
Clara
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We have spent few nights in this beautiful relaxing resort.
Everything is perfectly organised and managed.
Nice rooms, great food and beautiful location.
We will for sure come back to spend some more nights in the future.
Highly recommended!

Stayed July 2014
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claserra79, Proprietario at Coral Eye, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear user,

thank you for you compliments,
We are happy you stay with us and we hope you will spend more time here, at Coral Eye, feeling at home with friends.
See you soon,

Clara
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

We literally fell in love with Coral Eye. And the idea behind it.
If you are a nature lover you will enjoy hearing the story of Marco and Clara.
Two brave Italians that make a dream comes true, every single day.
Coral eye was born just few years ago, as a place where students and researchers could find everything needed to develop their projects. In a spot where to exchange ideas. From a simple lab, It turned into a centre for study of marine environment. Nowadays, international students, divers and researchers go there to get real experience.

The idea of sharing is reflected in the architectural structure. A massive square table is the place where you have chats, meals and drinks with the other guests. There is plenty of common areas where relax and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
I really appreciate to share meals with the managers, owners and the others. It's a nice way to get engaged. Meals are included. No buffet, but there is plenty of food. A really good mix between Indonesian and Italian food. So yummy! Drinking water is free. You can buy beer, wine and soft drinks, the prices are affordable.Gluten free meals available.
The design of the rooms is impressive. They know how details make the difference. Comfy beds, huge wardrobe and warm lights. Fan depends on the electricity. Ensuite bathroom available in few rooms, if not there's one per every room on the same floor. Hot water and towels provided.
Electricity runs from 9am to 12pm, 5pm to 12am. So the WIFI connection.

The white beach looks like paradise. Peaceful and colourful. Snorkelling just few meters away from the shore and diving (main activity of the day) is only 20 mins by boat. AMAZING! The team is pro and they take you to the best spots ever.

The nightlife is about being at the resort, enjoying the music and chilling in the common areas.
Or just going to the beach and enjoy the ocean breeze under the moonlight.

Check out the forecast in advanced. No shops on the island. So get all what you need before.
For any inquiries (how to get there and more) contact them through website.

The authenticity of the smiley staff, the different pace of the life on Bangka Island and the feeling of being far away from the routine, have made my experience unforgettable.

I liked how they say "Arrivederci, I'll see you soon" to us. By waving their arms from the pier.
We will definitely go back there.

Valentina & Kevin.

Room Tip: All the rooms are quiet and nice.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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claserra79, Proprietario at Coral Eye, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear user,

we really appreciate your review and it has been a pleasure meet you, too.
We always try to do our best to make guest's stay in Coral Eye a unique experience. Our desire is make feel all people that visit our place like home and as marine biologists we work hard to preserve and value Bangka island despite the daily complicatios.
We hope to see you again.

Kind regards,

Clara
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

Me and my girlfriend decided to stay again for some days on this lovely little island called Bangka. Coral Eye Resort and its people are really some of the nicest people we ever met. Staying in Coral Eye feels like being in heaven. Snorkelling ist marvellous, meals served delicious and all of the time you feel like being with good friends. If you make it to the North of Sulawesi be sure to spend some of your days at that place, it´s paradise!
Thank you Clara & Marco for having us and see you soon ;-)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Frankfurt, Germany
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Reviewed 3 August 2013

I stumbled across this place accidentically.
Loved it. Basic rooms with bathroom on other side of the house. Limited power due to generators. No cars. No roads. No restaurants, No bars. Just coral eye, where you get full board. I dived with them as well which was very nice. The owners are very nice and take care well of their guests. If you like tranquility, peace, and do not need luxury this is the place for you. Wonderful surroundings, sunset, beach, water crystal clear. Snorkelling right outside.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Venice, Italy
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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We travelled for 3 weeks in Indonesia, our final days at Coral Eye have been the perfect conclusion of a wonderful trip. The location is magnificent, the beach is exceptional and the food (Asian with Italian influences) is the best ever. The staff is smiley and efficient, very professional for diving experiences. The place is also a marine biology research center. You will find biologists doing research on coral reefs and scuba diving passionate always willing to tell you about the sea and their diving adventures. The surrounding environment is stunning. The forest is just few steps from the lodge, the reef is dramatic and full of marine life. A mangrove forest is a canoe ride away. Definitely an excellent value for money. If you could, you would never want to leave!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manado, Indonesia
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

Coral Eye is SUPERB. Very cozy and quiet.
The beach is very private, white sandy beach, clear blue water. You can swim and snorkel, they have a nice coral garden in their house reef.
Awesome architectural design, in my opinion, the coolest beach resort in North Sulawesi. All rooms are on the second floor. Becarefull with the stairs, there're no handles, not suitable for children. All rooms have no AC, but there's a fan on the ceiling and one of the window is widely open with mosquito nets. No TV. Electricity only available couple of hours in the morning, noon and 4-5 hours at night.
Owners & team are very warm. They let us to bring our beloved dog to stay w/ us. There are several villager's dogs and a 9 years old doberman (own by Marco, the manager) wonders around the resort. Don't worry the dogs won't bother you, they're nice dogs.
Food are delicious and many variation, not like other places that serve fish or spicy manadonese dishes all the time. Coral Eye can serve you pork, pasta, pizza, pumpkin soup, focaccia bread, or many other italian/european/international dishes. All the guest and team eat together at one big square table. Cold beer is available, 1 big bottle of Bintang cost 35IDR + 21% tax.
I love this place so much. Can't wait till my next visit there :)

How to get there:
From Manado airport, drive to Pantai Surabaya, Likupang (45-60 minutes drive). The coral eye's boat will pick you there, and continue travel by boat to the resort (20-30minutes). We park our car at one of the villager's house for two nights, and it was quite safe.

  • Stayed October 2012
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Property: Coral Eye
Address: Bangka Island 95375, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bangka Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Bangka Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Coral Eye is a dive resort and an outpost for marine biology divulgation, located on west side of Bangka Island, North Sulawesi. The Center is open to researchers, students and professionals, which can use our facilities for their research project focused on coral reefs; but it is open also to divers and all travelers moved by a passion for the sea. Coral Eye overlooks on long white sandy beach, divided in two by a volcanic cape. The home reef is not deep and slopes to a sandy bottom. Bangka Island offers a great variety of dive spots, from volcanic pinnacles to muck dives and wonderful walls of North Sulawesi. ... more   less 
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