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Nomad Divers Bangka
Certificate of Excellence
Darwin, Australia
1 review
“Django”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Dear Soph and Simon

Longfoot and I had a truly excellent time at your splendid and simple dive retreat.

The diving i cannot speak highly enough about. I have already convinced a friend to come and stay with you - he is british and likes tea. Sorry, back to the diving. The night dive at Batu Tiga was easily the best night dive i have done and was my equal favourite dive on the trip with the Batu Sahu (spelling?) dive. An abundance of reef fish, healthy coral and all manner of underwater oddities made it a spectacular place to dive. We basically couldn't get enough.

I'm glad we found Django - he was a delicious treat.

Hopefully Longfoot and I will sneak another trip in to Banka sometime.

Cheers.

Weightbelt (Dave)

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Cannington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

This small resort on the Island of Banka is well worth a visit. It is nestled between the mangroves and the Jungle and feels like you are a million miles from anywhere. The facilities are limited there with limited electric and no hot water but Sophie and Simon are upgrading things all the time.
The diving is fantastic and all the staff work very hard to make sure your diving is as good as it can possibly be.

Room Tip: The rooms can be noisy because of insects (you are in the Jungle) there is a room on the beach that...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our stay at Nomad, a small resort tucked into the mangroves. We stayed in one of the forest bungalows, which was secluded, clean, and comfortable. We had a comfy bed (which is not always the case in SE Asia) complete with mosquito netting, enough shelves and hooks to stay organized, and a big garden bathroom. The cold shower was a bit unpleasant after the night dive, but we had expected that. Power isn't on all the time, but there was a battery-powered lantern in our room in case we had to get up in the night. Meals were flavorful and delicious, and they even roasted a pig our last evening on the island.

I can't say enough great things about the owners, Simon and Sophie. We had such a great time diving and hanging out with them. They're so much fun and sincerely care about their guests. Air China delayed my husband's bag for nine days when we first arrived in Manado, which had all his dive gear and most of his clothes. Simon and Sophie went out of their way to try to make sure he had all the essentials. Normally, being disconnected for a week would be nice, but it was a little tough not having phone or Internet so we could keep pestering the airline. Bring a Mi-Fi card if you want to stay connected.

Diving was fantastic. Nomad's boat was large and had plenty of storage space for guests. Their captain was knowledgable and the boat crew was friendly and helpful - and always quick to deliver a steaming cup of tea to you after a dive! Dive sites were healthy, and the pinnacles were especially spectacular. Simon had great eyes for spotting the macro critters and we rarely saw another dive boat.

We were going to Lembeh after Bangka, and Nomad made the transfer beyond easy. We dove on the way there and they delivered us right to our next resort's doorstep. We never even had to pack our gear.

The only thing that was a little tough for us was cleaning and managing our cameras. The rinse water seemed to have a lot of sediment in it and the rooms are not well lit. We appreciated that the owners started kicking on the generators before breakfast each morning after we mentioned that, which helped a great deal with assembling our cameras.

The resort is still a bit rustic, so if you're looking for something like Sandals this isn't for you. But if you like simple accommodation with fantastic diving, service, and company, you'll love it here. It sounded like the owners had some big plans for improvements over the next few years. We'll be excited to return and see what they do next!

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Sophie240, Owner at Nomad Divers Bangka, responded to this review, 26 January 2014
Hello!
Thanks for the review, we had a really fun time with you guys! I'm glad you liked the rooms and resort and we look forward to seeing you next year hopefully! Thank you for the notes on the rinse tanks, we will make sure that they are kept sediment-free. Part of our future development plans include a camera room with lockable booths for photographers.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

It was time to return to Nomad Divers, to sample more of the fantastic diving they have at their doorstep on the southeast edge of Bangka Island. We were taken to some new and unexplored dive sites that we had not been to before, so were were very happy. We enjoyed all of the upgrades to the resort since our trip in April, 2013. I felt like it was easy to fall back into the routine of 3-4 dives a day within 10-15 minutes of the resort, delicious food, white sand beach, and all of the benefits of a remote dive resort. We had the waves lapping at our door for 7 nights. Expect warm nights with no power, a need for strong bug repellent and a headlamp.

We liked sitting in our deck chairs on our cottage porch to chill our before afternoon and night dives. My adult son took his PADI Advanced Open Water Class with Nomad divers, and Sophie was a fun but thorough instructor.

Nomad is an awesome Dive Resort, with people that are passionate about the local critters, local people from which they hire their dive personnel. We had a blast doing a face painting party, which was an amazing cultural exchange with the locals. Sophie helped us arrange for the kids and adults to come to the resort for our party. If you love diving in the heart of the Coral Triangle this place should be on your list.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Sophie F, Owner at Nomad Divers Bangka, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Hi! Thank you for reviewing us and thank you so much for coming back, we had a great time with you and the kids from the village are still talking about the face painting party! Hope to see you again next year!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

The recently set up resort is the perfect place for adventurous travellers looking to do some amazing diving whilst staying in a cosy and impeccably clean resort.

Sophie and Simon are great and so is their staff and while there is very litle to do besides diving during the day they

The bungalows are spacious and the beds comfortable.

All the diving sites we visited in the 6 days I spent there were different from one another and we saw a lot more sealife than we were expecting (no dugong unfortunately :(

Tips: ask Sophie and Simon to make a roasted piglet one night, it's delicious; go on a night dive, go for a walk on top of the island where you will get an incredible view.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sophie F, Owner at Nomad Divers Bangka, responded to this review, 7 November 2013
Hello! Thanks for writing a review, we really enjoyed having you guys here and hope that you get to come back so we can show you the dugong!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2013

Nomad Divers completely exceeded our expectations. This is a small and cozy resort run by Sophie and Simon from the UK. It is almost a year old, with 4 lovely cottages set by a small stretch of beach. My boyfriend and I stayed here for 3 nights in the beach cottage which was a bonus - the space is ample, with a double bed, shelves, an outdoor shower / toilet and even an extra single bed right by the entrance! We had a little terrace with space to dry our towels and swimsuits.. also 2 chairs to sit on. There was also drinking water available in the room. A lot of thought was definitely put into the design of the cottage and we were very comfortable throughout our stay. There were hammocks on the beach in front of our cottage for relaxing in between dives. Sophie and Simon are also currently building some comfy lounge chairs to add to the little luxuries on the beach.

The diving in Bangka was amazing. Dolfi, our dive guide spoke very good English and made us feel comfortable underwater given we had only obtained our Open Water just a few days ago. He had a good eye for spotting the tiniest of creatures and was always in a good mood. The staff at the resort from the captain of the boat to the cook were all very friendly and pleasant. Food here was EXCELLENT! We did not have any expectations as we had moved from a resort on Pulau Bunaken that served us tuna and rice for lunch and dinner every single day we were there - but Nomad really makes an effort. We even had a roast pig on our first night which was a treat! We had fruits after each meal and were lucky to get some chocolate donuts with rainbow sprinkles (yum!).

Finally what set this place apart was the company. Sophie and Simon were wonderful hosts. They were always available when we needed them and their passion for diving shines through in everything they do. They put their guests first and their positive energy was what made our stay so enjoyable.

This is the perfect getaway if you love diving and really just want to chill with great company. We can't wait to be back here. Highly recommended!

Room Tip: Get the beach cottage if you can - it's the only one by the beach at the moment and it's jus...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sophie F, Owner at Nomad Divers Bangka, responded to this review, 8 November 2013
Hi guys, we had a really good time with you, lots of fun! It's also such a pleasure to dive with brand new divers discovering the reefs and marine species for the first time, we hope to see you back here for your Advanced course! And we may come for a few drinks in Hong Kong soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2013

My husband and I came to Bangka with the express of idea of him doing as many dives as he could and me doing absolutely nothing. That's exactly what we got. Pete had a fantastic time, managing to get 29 dives in in the 10 days we were there. I saw photos and videos and at the end of our holiday thought it might be a good idea to try diving myself, the diving looked so good. Watch this space. Simon and Sophie were wonderful hosts, it felt like we were staying with good friends not at a resort. The accommodation was perfect, the food wonderful, and the staff very gracious. It was very difficult to leave such a place. Well done Sophie and Simon, hope to see you again.

Room Tip: Beach front is neat!
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sophie F, Owner at Nomad Divers Bangka, responded to this review, 10 December 2013
Hello! We're glad you had a good time with us, you were great company and we had a lot of fun with you! We really look forward to seeing you next summer with the rest of the family!
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Property: Nomad Divers Bangka
Address: Bangka Island, Bangka Island 95000, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bangka Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant
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Ranked #4 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Bangka Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small friendly scuba diving resort on Bangka Island, North Sulawesi. With daily trips to Lembeh and Bunaken you can enjoy a huge variety of diving with us. We have four bungalows with en-suite bathrooms and balcony and a beachside restaurant, bar and dive centre. ... more   less 

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