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paradise, one more in Indonesia. But one more that really is a
paradise. Bunaken island is one of many islands that you can reach
through Manado airport, but for divers it is the most interesting
one, as it is best equipped and developed for their passion. There
are many different resorts on the islands for all budgets.
spent four days on Bunaken, in the Cicak Senang Resort, that provided
us with airport transport (car and speed boat for 30 EUR), a cute
cottage including three basic local meals per day (22 EUR) and
snorkeling equipment (snorkel, goggles and fins for 5 EUR/d). The
owner couple is Dutch/Indonesian, who lives in the resort. A lovely
family who likes to talk to their guests, and provides boardgames and
books for entertainment in the evening. Europeans who want to get a
feeling for simple life in Indonesia, who want to taste authentic
Indonesian food and spend some time in a relaxed setting are in the
right place here.
Senang provides diving tours and full equipment, just as probably
every resort does. Fabian payed 50 EUR for two dives from a boat,
Florian who was there with us and Lisa payed 5 EUR each to join the
boat for snorkeling. As a surprise, after the first dive we drove
back to the resort to pick up four Chinese divers and two guides, the
boat was suddenly full. But the crew took care of all of us, picked
up the divers and the snorkelers after they were done. Tea and
crackers were provided on the boat during the break.
|Corals around Bunaken|
you would like to travel to Bunaken on an even lower budget, you can
reach the island by public ferries that go early in the morning and
stay in a cheap homestay that you can organize locally. But the
ferries will just bring you to the main village of Bunaken, from
where you will have to take an ojek to the homestay, which will cost
you some additional money. The neighboring Palau Siladen we heard has
some upmarket resorts with expensive diving, but you can find also
some homestays there. We did not check that out further, so we can
hardly provide you with information about that. But if you're
interested, our local friends might have some additional information.
|Boat ride to Bunaken|
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