My wife and I stayed 28 nights in this dive resort, which has questioned many of the other guests. However, we did not feel bored at all; never a dull moment.
The car transfer from our overnight address to the port and the boat trip to Pulau Bunaken proceeded smoothly. Due to the low tide we did not arrive at the resort ashore but through the jetty in the village of Bunaken and a ten minutes per tuk tuk. It saved us some wet feet and pants.
The reception by Danny the manager was friendly and efficient. The owners Jochem and Angelina met us a few days later.
Although the resort is small, it has a sophisticated layout and is planted with many varying green alternatives. This makes the privacy per bungalow big.
We had chosen a beach bungalow (these do not know airco, fan is sufficient) and were assigned bungalow 3 for four weeks. This bungalow has an unobstructed view of the sea and is situated slightly beside the other estates.
The spacious bungalow was cleaned every morning and made up the beds. Sheets and towels were replaced in time. The mattresses are good. The water in the bath is broken. Air minum ergo drinking water is always available in the restaurant.
The only downside: hot water is not available in the shower room until 9:30 in the shower room (until the evening), which meant taking a shower at 06:00 with cold water. No disaster but not really pleasant.
The housekeeper as well as the dive staff (total about 25 people) is friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, their knowledge of the English language is limited.
The diet of my wife was not a problem for the kitchen, and was therefore closely monitored. All praise for it is in place.
The meals (buffet style) are of good quality and of sufficient variety. The layout of the table arrangement is made by the resort. The dive stick takes care of boarding, returning it on return, followed by thorough washing of the (own) diving equipment. Due to the fluctuating tide, it is sometimes necessary to walk along the beach and through the seawater to reach the boat.
During the four weeks of our stay, my wife dived 54 times without bothering her. In addition, she has canoeingand we walked (no cars on the island) several times.
The massage was a revelation because the masseuse knew every muscle. A benefit.
In conclusion, we had a great time at the resort the Village of Bunaken and would like to thank again all those concerned for the good care and nice contacts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Small scale Resort, Diving center and Spa on Bunaken with attention to detail and a touch of authentic indonesian styling. A place to relax and enjoy the underwater wonders of Bunaken right at your doorstep. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Village Bunaken Hotel Bunaken Island