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Tante Martha Homestay
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

Tired collapsing bungalows with holes in the walls, holes in the mosquito nets, broken bed, tired mattress, sand in the linen (have they been changed?), big cockroaches all around the room (some were hidden under our broken bed and we discovered them at night in our bed, it was creepy), no shower, dirty bathroom with used stuff from previous people on the shelf (like a razor, hair epingles, toilet paper), water or electricity available just a few hours in the evening.
Neither her nor her family seem to speak even some basic english, despite running that business for around half a decade.
The food (special award to the breakfast based on dry green weird chemical toasts) and the beach in front of the home stay is just average, nothing else but beer is sold there.

And you'll be asked 300,000 Rp/pax/day for that?! Is that a joke?! There are only much nicer and more expensive places around, then Tante Martha is still the cheapest place to stay on the island. Anyway she overprices as much as she can so it's really a poor value for the price (which raises around 50.000 Rp/pax/day each year).

Siladen itself is not that charming island we were described. Okay, snorkeling is good in front of the beach, but it's the same in Bunaken. The village is not charming at all and seems really dead, the beaches show much junk on the sand... We only stayed one night and were happy to leave.

A few days before we stayed in a small resort in Bunaken and that place was cheaper and much better in every aspect. The only thing you would go to Siladen is to stay at the fancy Siladen resort and spa, but for everything else, better go to Bunaken.

Stayed: July 2015, travelled solo
3  Thank Pokpokbimbam
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

I highly recommend staying with Martha if you have the chance. Her bungalows are by far the cheapest on the island, and she cooks some delicious meals. The accommodations are rustic but if you are good with a nice mattress, clean sheets and a mosquito net than this homestay will do you well. Her personality is also an added plus.

I saw in some reviews that people had trouble with booking and then there not being a place available. I was lucky and just showed up and all of her bungalows were free. I think it is this type of place, since I can hardly imagine Martha looking online for bookings (I could be wrong on this though). So my advice is just to go, if there is availability then you are lucky, and if not there are other options.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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1  Thank Santenello
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Reviewed 9 December 2013

it's better to book this place before you go there. Nice place to stay, really peaceful at night because they only use the generator for the electricity from 18:00-22:00 and the people are nice as well. we stayed for 6 days in this place. Most our time we spent for snorkeling. just in front of the homestay. But if you want a better place to snorkel, ask Tante Martha's husband to take you to Bunaken. Go in the morning and come back at lunch time or in the afternoon. It's nice to go on the small boat as well. We paid Rp.200.000 per day for the boat.

They provide 3 times meal, drinking water and coffee and tea.

The beach is dirty because the rubbish from Manado but if you want to go to a quiet place and enjoying the night, this is the place.

Bring snorkel equipment or you can rent it per day in this place. Bring toilet paper and hand soap. There are a few small shop in the village if you need snack, drink etc.

Hope it helps. Contact me if you need information about the transportation to get there: orangutanandwildlife@gmail.com

Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
2  Thank Dedy B
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We were really excited to stay at Tante Martha, but didn't have the best experience. We called a few times before arriving to confirm our reservation. When we arrived they didn't remember that we booked. They were overbooked so we stayed in their house, which was not a very nice experience. We then did get a bungalow the next night, but only stayed one night due to very loud children staying in the bungalow next door. Nice island, good snorkeling, but could have a better experience staying somewhere else.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank BlueToesTravel
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We ended up not staying here so I can't say anything about the place itself. I just want to warn people that also here overbooking does occur. We booked and agreed with them by phone 3 weeks before coming and were told it wasn't a problem. The day before coming we called them to ask about the ferry (it was Idul Fitri that day and we told by several people there wouldn't be a ferry). Luckily we did this since they told us they had no space for us even though they did have our booking. Good thing we checked the night before since once you're on the island you can't take a ferry back the same day so we would have had to take an expensive charter boat back. So just call in advance.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Merlin K
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