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#2 of 2 hotels in Kadidiri Island
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Beautiful Dive Resort at the heart of the Togians with easy access to all the best divesites (including Una Una and B24 wreck) using the best equipment, boats and most experienced DMs and instructors. Relaxed atmosphere, good facilities, helpful friendly staff, clean rooms, excellent value. All bungalows right on the beach with spring beds, full mosquito nets, fans, western ensuite bathrooms, hammock on your terrace with stunning views.
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Free breakfast
Beach
Canoeing
Babysitting
Books, DVDs, music for children
Massage
Convenience store
Outdoor furniture
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Diving
Game room
Snorkelling
Billiards
Darts
Board games / puzzles
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Laundry service
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Private beach
Private balcony
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Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Indonesian

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AnnekindVDL wrote a review Jan 2020
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We are insanely happy that we were in the black marlin. The service was excellent. Every one of employees is unique. Friendly, helpful and extremely lovable. They cared for us like a family. Perfect. If we ever come to Sulawesi again, it'll be the black marlin. Love to all, Klaus and Anne
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tjaž wrote a review Dec 2019
Koper, Slovenia13 contributions
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When I saw the reviews about the resort I was a little bit worried how it will be. I can tell you that the bad reviews were written by spoiled rich people who don’t know how traveling looks like. You are in Indonesia. If you don’t want an experience just stay at home. We had the best holiday ever in Black Marlin. You have just a couple of meters till the sea and a beautiful reef just in front of the resort. You can also experience one of the best sunsets on the jetty. The food prepared by Sity was amazing. From breakfast pancakes till the delicious dinners. She also accepted us in the kitchen and showed how she cooks this delicious meals. The staff took really good care of us. They accepted us as family! We were hanging every day and night, singing, dancing, talking about life haha :D. Dives there were amazing (I must add that Una Una has the best dive sites in the world). There are also animals in the bedrooms, but you need to accept that, you are on the edge of the rainforest. And it is the same evereywhere in the tropics (except in the 10star resorts on Bali<-disgusting). They also have cute dogs who love to play and cuddle! I would really highly recommend this resort to everyone (except to the spoiled western people, stay at home!). In the end I would like to thank again to the staff, especially to Sity, Jeffrey and Mus. I hope we will meet again sometime! Kind regards Petra and Tjaž
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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carlos z wrote a review Oct 2019
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Black Marlin We are so happy with Black Marlin! The place is lovely, we had some nice dives and had a laugh with the friendly staff. The transfer to and from Wakai is very handy. The best thing for us about Black Marlin was the 'after sales care' if you could call it that. We had a while to wait in Wakai after our transfer before getting the ferry to Gorontalo at 4pm. We were taken to The Cottages (owned by the same crowd) and given food there and coffee. While there, we found out the ferry wasn't running so a group of travellers organised a private speedboat to get us to Gorontalo otherwise some of us would have missed flights. It turned into a nightmare and we had to turn back midway because of the bad weather. We went back to the cottages (which was starting to feel like our refuge) and lots of us were put up for the night at short notice. The following morning, Crispin, the owner of Black Marlin showed up, heard our stressful story and as soon as he found out we were headed back to Ampana to get a flight from Luwuk, he organised for a guy to pick us up in Ampana. His guy was great, picked us up at the port so we didn't get hassled, got two cars organised which brought us to Luwuk airport in time to catch the evening flight to Manado. We were travelling with a French familiy who had two young kids and we all just really needed to be looked after like that. We can't compare Black Marlin with other resorts on the island or nearby, because we stayed our four nights there, but we can say that you can count on them to look after you when the going gets tough and sometimes on the Togean islands the going can get a little tough! Thanks Black Marlin and especially Crispin Rachel and Carlos
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Annie W wrote a review Sep 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands24 contributions5 helpful votes
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Black Marlin staff was great- Ronal will greet you when you arrive and take care of all of your requests such as booking dives, arranging day tours around the Togean Islands, booking your ferry, and is even the resort masseuse! "Mama" the cook is delightful and even welcomed us Western travelers into her kitchen to make Spanish Tortillas and Bananas with Dulce de Leche for the staff one night. Diving and Scuba in Togean is beautiful, matched only by Bunaken. We were even lucky enough to swim with Pilot Whales (don't count on it though)! Rooms are very beautiful but get used to limited fresh water (it has to be brought in by boat) and zero WiFi. Enjoy the detox from your electronics for a few days and bask in the sun and water.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Room Tip: Go for the Standard Bungalow or if you want a small splurge the Delux Bungalow.
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Ana Paula T wrote a review May 2019
London, United Kingdom30 contributions18 helpful votes
I just finished a 3 night stay at Black Marlin and had a great time. The staff were particularly very welcoming, treating me very well during the entire time and being very helpful with everything. Siti (the cook) in particular was amazing, providing a fantastic service that went way beyond cooking some delicious homemade food. She is the sweetest person and made me feel at home, and even taught me some Indonesian words. I stayed in a standard room which was nice, but the bathrooms could use an upgrade as someone has previously mentioned. The only reason why I’m not giving a 5 star review is that the room, and specially the bathroom, could be better cleaned. The resort was empty as this is low season and I was the only guest there during those 3 nights, so I wonder if this happened because the room had been unoccupied for a long time. The bed and bedsheets were clean and nice though. Other than this, I really enjoyed the diving, although I didn’t go to Una Una to be able to compare.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dsilvali wrote a review Feb 2019
London, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
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We spent four nights on Malenge and last four here, which was a nice mix. Rooms are modern and comfy. Bathrooms could do with an upgrade. Does get hot at night without electricity and we didn’t want to sleep with door open because of critters. Nice location for diving, nice corals, more nudibranch than around Malenge. Many crown of thorns around Togians which is a shame to the corals. Easy walk through jungle where you can hear and see beautiful birds! Thank you black marlin for our stay.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Jess T wrote a review Jan 2019
Taipei, Taiwan5 contributions1 helpful vote
I did my Advanced Open Water through Black Marlin and had an excellent experience. The instructors were lovely and they had great equipment. The setting was idyllic and I would gladly return for diving in the future! Ali - one of the local DMs is an absolute gem!
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Date of stay: February 2018
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528wolfgangm wrote a review Sep 2018
Nagyatad, Hungary2 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed for 1 week in the Black Marlin Dive Resort for our diving vacation. The rooms were dirty, the bedsheets were used, the pillows were black because of moldiness. It rained into the bathroom. We complained about the defects severel times, after 3 days the Manager ordered the staff to clean - we think a little bit late... the excuse was, that the Lady who normaly cleans the room Is not here at the moment... i think this should not be told to guests... Food was ok, but some times a bit less. For drinking water we had to pay! One day i asked for some water, them a stuff guy told me, that the bar is closed, because some stuff is sleeping. As i told them again, that i want some water right now he laughed and after a third time asking for water with a bit anger he filled my bottle. A definite no go that guests have to beg for water. We did not feel to be welcome, because we had to ask for everything we wanted; the staff was unmotivated; Therefor we prefered to visit the beachbar at the resort next to Black Marlin, the Kadidiri Paradise. Diving was bad organized! There had been no briefings, long diving against strong current, even down current without any reaction of our guide - he never checked for current, even not after our announce that he should look for current. the staff smoked everywhere (we had headache after every dive!) The corals were nice at some places, but sadly less fish! Una Una was very nice! We would not go back to Black Marlin, better go to Kadidiri Paradise or Bunaken! Much better for diving!
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BMdive, Owner at Black Marlin Dive Resort
Responded 15 Oct 2018
Hi Wolfgang, many thanks for the review and feedback but I am alittle surprised as doesn't really match up with what happened at the resort as I was there the whole period of your stay and we spoke specifically about the problems you had had with the room, sheets etc that were change on demand and pillows also until satisfied with what you had as we try to do with all our guests if they have any problems with any element of the resort. Drinking water is available during all meals and guests are free to refill their water bottles at this time for free during meal times. I apologise if you needed bottled water when that staff member was on a break and perhaps the cafe closed so the member of staff asked would not have had the keys or been sure if ok to allow someone in. I am most surprised by your problems with the diving as never mentioned it to me, even on our dive trip together to Una Una was not mentioned. Unfortunately at certain times of certain months the current can be rather unpredictable and strong. I have been diving the Togeans for over 20 years and can still be surprised even if check for current on entry, but naturally apologise if this effected your diving experience with us.and hope you have an opportunity to return so we have the opportunity to rectify your impressions. Hopefully you will communicate clearly any problems you encounter so they can be dealt in a timely manner and before you leave and ask for a discount, that not being given may lead to a negative review. Best regards and we hope to see you again
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Backpackertje wrote a review Sep 2018
The Netherlands290 contributions103 helpful votes
Beautifull place. Liked the view, the sea. Enough to do. This place is really good organised. The owners are friendly and helpfull. You van snorkel right from the beach. Or hire a kayak and go to one of the deserted beaches. Loved the cottages. Nice and quiet.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from BMdive, Owner at Black Marlin Dive Resort
Responded 15 Oct 2018
Many thanks for your review and is so gratifying when our guests see how hard we work behind the scenes. Hope you can revisit us again soon
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Remi S wrote a review Aug 2018
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All what is written here we can agree with. It's not easy to provide water and electricity in this beautiful place, also there's no internet, but that's no problem at all. We loved to stay there. The highlight for us was to take a dive course with Crispin. Scared in the beginning, he gave us the opportunity just to try, but step by step, with amazing patience, he introduced us in the wonderful underwater world. He took us on 5 dives, we had the exam and received our Open Water License! Never would have thought to reach this. Staying one week in Black Marlin, taking the dive course, go snorkeling on the beautiful sports in the area, swimming amongst the jelly fish and so on is one of the most amazing things you will ever do. Thanks to everyone in Black Marliln! Take care for your beautiful place.
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Date of stay: July 2018
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: All rooms have seaview
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Response from BMdive, Owner at Black Marlin Dive Resort
Responded 15 Oct 2018
Hi Remi, Lovely to hear from you and was a pleasure to introduce you to the underwater world and evn mre to have such understanding and appreciative guests. You are now part of the extended Black Marlin family and hope you will revisit us again soon or on the new resort on Una Una. Best wishes, Crispin
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PRICE RANGE
US$33 - US$46 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
black marlin dive hotel togian islands
LOCATION
IndonesiaSulawesiCentral SulawesiTogian IslandsKadidiri Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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Frequently Asked Questions about Black Marlin Dive Resort
What are some of the property amenities at Black Marlin Dive Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Black Marlin Dive Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is Black Marlin Dive Resort located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 km away from the centre of Kadidiri Island.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Black Marlin Dive Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Indonesian.
Does Black Marlin Dive Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.