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Reviewed 15 June 2016

The positive aspects of Panorama:
-The food (especially the vegetarian food) is excellent
-Easy access to great snorkeling and dive sites
-The staff are friendly and helpful. They were flexible about helping me practice diving and organized fun activities.

The negative aspects of Panorama:
-Poor communication, especially regarding pick-up from Manado...many of my texts to Ester went unanswered, and while they said they'd pick me up, at the last minute they changed it to the public boat. That was fine, but there was a lot of confusion leading up to it.
-The owner keeps a pet Sulawesi black macaque and cockatoo. It is shameful that a dive resort, which should care about conservation, illegally keeps endangered wildlife. Sulawesi black macaques are protected, it is completely illegal to own them, and this one is psychotic from being kept on a chain all the time. I can't support a place that makes its living off of the environment but doesn't respect it.

Note: keep in mind that if you want to pay by credit card, you'll need to do that several days before your stay ends. Otherwise you need to pay in cash, and there's no ATM on the island.

Stayed: May 2016, travelled solo
4  Thank TravelerL5234ZA
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SvenPanorama, Owner at Panorama Diving Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2016

Dear L5234ZA!
Panorama Dive Resort does not keep any endangered wild life!!!
It's not fair if you lie about our place!!!
Panorama 1 has different owners and we in Panorama 2 have not always influence on what they are doing.
The owner from Panorama 1 rescued this animal from the market were local people wanted to sell it to some crazy people who eat monkeys. Also just recently he confirmed that they will bring the poor monkey in a place from were he can come back into the wild.
I also spoke with Simon from Tasikoki Rescue Center, who said he wanna pick him up but it was'nt happen yet. We are not in the position here to start a big fight because of this, I'm German and not in the position here to handle things always the way i want. Even i often go over my limits when it comes down to protecting this area, but you don't know that.
Instead of being just such a coward and not talking to the owner yourself and put a bit more pressure on him yourself, you just trying to make our place down as well and not even telling your name here.
This is not fair, we always try to do our best here and we got family here and make a living out of this.

For credit card payment it's not always that easy here. We are here on Bunaken Island,
North Sulawesi and sometimes we do not have connection here. That's why we give people also the possibility to pay in Manado on the Atm on the day they leave.

Concerning the transport, we do not pay the transport, this is not including your stay
and a charter boat is more expensive as one night staying in our standard room incl. 3 meals. It's 300.000.Rp per boat by up to two person and by more people the charge a bit more. We offer all people to pick them up from the public boat in Bunaken Village or bring them there the day the leave for free. If they do not have the money for a charter
boat.

Sven,

Panorama 2 Dive Resort Bunaken

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Reviewed 4 June 2016

My friends and I stayed here for 1 week to complete our Open Water Diver, and we had the BEST time!!
The bungalows we had were basic, but absolutely sufficient and clean. The food, omg, we all loved it - especially me, since they prepared extra food for me (being a vegetarian). The whole crew is just so lovely and really cares about everyone.
The underwater world is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. The reef is intact, and we saw so many huge turtles, fish, seahorses, crabs, nudibranches and even sharks! Sven was the best dive master one can imagine, we felt safe and well taken care of at all times.
On our last night they even made a bonfire for us on the beach... Perfect. We'd definitely go back!

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank JulezOfMew
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Reviewed 3 June 2016

We were a group of friends who had a five days Open Water Course at Panorama Diving Resort. The course, led by Sven, was simply perfect. Our safety was very important to him and we took as much time as necessary to learn one skill after the other without rushing though. Gear was checked constantly and we received constant advice.
Sven was also very felxible as one of us fell sick for one day and this changed the schedule of the course. Besides practical dive course, he and the other dive masters who shared a lot of past experiences and stories. This made the theory lessons of the course very intersting.
The Open water dives in the second part of the course were amazing. With help from Sven and his guides we saw so many different types of sealife (really small animals as well as "big" stuff like sharks, Napoleons and turtles).
All of us can fully recommend the Open Water Course at Panorama Diving Resort!

Besides the course, the resort itself was awesome too. Food was extraordinary (heaps of local and fresh food for lunch & dinner). The staff was extremely freindly as well. The dive guides always joked around, staff in the restaurant was very welcoming and open to every demand.

As we were on a budget the basic bungalows were not an issue for us as you do not spend a lot of time in them anyways. Keep in mind that the price includes the extraorinary meals which turns makes the prices very reasonable in my opinion.

A big THANK YOU to Sven and the staff who made this an unforgettable week for all of us,

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
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1  Thank DavidM255106
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Reviewed 11 May 2016 via mobile

I spend a couple of days at Panorama to do the Padi open water course and i enjoyd every minute of my stay! Our vieuw was absolutely beautifull, the food was great and the staff are all very kind and always willing to help you!
I would absolutely recommend Panorama!

Stayed: May 2016, travelled with friends
1  Thank FlipFlapFlop86
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Reviewed 7 May 2016

We were really, really disappointed with our stay at Panorama Diving Resort. We wanted to spend some nice days on the Bunaken, but checked out after the first night because we had a horrible experience with the owner, Esther.

To make a long story short: the arranged pick up from Manado to the island (where her reosrt is) did not quite work out to our satisfation - the time she told us to be at the harbour was three (!) hours before the boat went back to the island - and we told her on the phone that we are not happy. We arranged a boat ourselves with 4 other guests who also didn't want to wait for so long.
At dinnertime we got to meet Esther when she came up to our table and started shouting at us in front of all her other guests. She accused us of being rude and unthankful. She also told us, that she therefore gave us her worst rooms because we were her worst guests ever.

That was an unbelievable rude and untolerable reaction from a host- we were so schocked!

ALSO: 50% of her rooms are really old and shabby.

aang Bunaken Resort on the next day- there we had a great week with a wonderful host, good food and nice rooms!

Stayed: September 2015
4  Thank Ro S
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