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Panorama Diving Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 21 September 2016

where to begin?
The food, so delicious, breakfast, lunch and dinner all included with lots of choices of western food and local food. Everybody eats together.
The accommodation. There are the cheapies, a bit run down (a bit like me), the mid-range, and the fancy places next door but still run by the same people. So pick your budget. They all have in common wonderful views and are clean and comfortable.
The sunsets. the best I have seen. Come and see for yourself/yourselves.
The diving. Sven is the best instructor. If you have never dived before it is the best place to learn. He really cares about your safety. Nothing dodgy about this operation.
If you are already experienced the drop-off is amazing.
Snorkelling. You are welcome to go out on the dive boat usually free of charge. If they are going a long way there is a small charge.Then jump off the boat and .... there are no words to descibe. Look at the photos. Or swim straight out from the beach and .... again wow.
Ultimate fantasy tropical beach getaway. Laze on the sand, cook some food on the beach, hang out with the locals, play some music, watch the sunset.
This is a local family run resort and you will become part of the family.
Remember this is an island and internet and phone connections are not the best. And sometimes the weather is not the best so be prepared if it takes a while to get to the island. The resort has their own boat so they drop people off, do the shopping and then pick you up. all done on island time. or there is a public boat. Or you can hire your own boat.
The rubbish from Manado is a problem.

Room Tip: have a look at the different rooms..there are lots of choices.
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  • Stayed: October 2015, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

During 3 weeks in Sulawesi, this was the best accommodation we stayed in! Amazing food: super delicious, big portions and fresh, really really good! We stayed in a standard cottage (simple, a bit old, but charming) and in a deluxe cottage (extremely nicely renovated with high quality furniture and bali style bathroom and balcony with amazing panorama sea view). Sven is the German owner and dive master and overly nice and helpful. 2-3 dives per day are offered, snorkeling possible on the dive boat for just 25.000, so a great deal! Beachfront is ok but needs some more beds as they are just 3 and they are quickly taken. Swimming only possible in high tide. All in all, highly recommended and I will defiantly come back anytime again!

Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank zebra2330
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

This resort offers both diving and snorkeling. As snorkelers you are spoilt for areas to go. We went to the otherside of the island which we found quieter with less litter. The litter comes from Manado so much more needs to be done to keep Bunaken a beautiful National Park. The resort offers panaromic views in wooden cottages with open courtyard bathroom. Only a fan assists to keep you cool during the night. Meals are taken together at one sitting as a group. It is good value.

Stayed: September 2016
Thank Jennie S
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Sven and Ester are doing an amazing job on Bunaken Island. Sven runs a very reliable dive school and is friendly and helpful. The reef is spectacular. The corals almost undamaged, so if you like diving or snorkling you must go here. Also the bungalows are nice furnitured and we had seaview. We slept in a newer bungalow which was luxury! The cold shower is a welcomming refresher. Last but not least, the food is tasty and all staff very friendly. We had a great time!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Thijs v
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Reviewed 25 June 2016

To avoid any confusion there are two “Panorama” establishments on Bunaken Island. One is the Panorama Cottages and the other the Panorama Diving Resort. Located between them is the Bunaken Island Resort. Bunaken is a car free island, there are tracks and a little 'official' road which is concrete covered and about 1.5 meters wide. The only transport methods available are your feet, motorbikes, cow drawn carts and boats.

The journey starts at Manado airport. A driver greets you and takes you to the ferry terminal - you would not want to drive yourself! Either a chartered boat or one of the Panorama dive boats, laden with shopping, conveys you to your tropical island. Welcome, this is Indonesia.

Panorama Diving Resort is a hidden gem. This was our third trip to Bunaken. We stayed for 10 nights in the middle of May. We dived every day and enjoyed every minute of it. Our room was one of the Deluxe Minahassa bungalows which had a superb view of the sea and the extinct volcano Manado Tua. The balcony was equipped with a hammock, chairs and tables. Sitting watching the sun go down after a days diving was great. The room had a very comfortable king size+ four poster bed enclosed with mosquito nets. There was no air con, but a rotating fan on a stand kept the air circulating, especially when the windows to the balcony were open. Complete with a spacious Balinese style bathroom and western toilet what more can you want. Electricity was available overnight but there is usually no electrical power during the day. As short power cuts do occur a torch is recommended. We use wind up torches, that way you do not run out of batteries.

The resort spreads up the hill from the beach and there is a level garden area at the top. The steps are steep and irregular and there are no handrails. This is more or less standard for the resorts on Bunaken. WIFI is free, the signal is good, subject to the occasional power cut, but it is best accessed from the top of the resort.

As is common in most places on Bunaken, meals are taken on large tables on the dining deck. This only became an issue for us when a group decided that it would be great to smoke! The food was good and plentiful. Beer and other drinks are provided via an honesty sheet. Beer is very reasonably priced at 50,000 IDR, about £2.50 Sterling for a 620ml bottle of the local beer Bintang.

The diving on Bunaken is superb. There is no other word for it. The dive guides at this resort are excellent and able to find the 'invisible' pygmy sea horses, ghost pipe fish, boxer crabs that we all dream of seeing. Big thank you to our guide Victor. The dive briefings were good, the air was high quality and the dive team set up, dismantle and wash your equipment ready for the next dive. They are a great crew. Sven, the boss, is an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable diver. If you want to learn to dive then I would strongly recommend Sven and his team.

Will we go to Bunaken again? – yes. Will we stay at Panorama II Diving Resort again – most definitely yes.

Room Tip: The sea view bungelows are superb.
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  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: Pantai Liang, Liang Beach | Bunaken Island, Bunaken Island 95000, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bunaken Island
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Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Bunaken Island
Number of rooms: 11

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