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Tasik Ria Resort & Spa



TASIK RIA RESORT




Tasik Ria Resort & Spa - Tanawangko Bay, North Sulawesi, Indonesia


About 30 minutes drive from the hustle & bustle of Manado is Tasik Ria Resort & Spa. Here with its peaceful and scenic palm fringed backdrop is a family owned and run resort that offers not only luxury and comfort but also a level of warmth and hospitality which in today's frantic world is such a rarity.

With the Bunaken National Park only a 45 min boat ride away, you can be assured of some of the best diving in the world. At Tasik Divers we can say we truly look after divers and non-divers alike!

Superbly situated near to the numerous reefs of Bunaken National Park, this is an intimate resort where comfort is paramount. The resort's 34 rooms are in 2 categories, all have full air conditioning, mini bar, safety deposit boxes, en-suite bathrooms, cable tv, IDD phone and coffee/tea making facilities.





LOCATION




Between Bunaken's underwater paradise and the Minahasa Highland's smouldering volcanoes.

Tasik Ria Resort (1) is located on Tanawangko Bay, on the north west coast of North Sulawesi, only 20 kilometers from Bunaken National Park (3, 6). The resort is 33 kilometers (45 minutes) from Sam Ratulangi International Airport (5).




RESORT & FACILITIES

Comfortable rooms, exquisite dining and entertainment




With its peaceful and scenic palm fringed backdrop the family owned and run Tasik Ria Resort & Spa offers not only luxury and comfort but also a level of warmth and hospitality which in today's frantic world is a rarity.

Pool View Rooms :





Sea View Cottages :





The resort's 34 rooms are in 2 categories, all have full air conditioning, mini bar, safety deposit boxes, en-suite bathrooms, cable tv, IDD phone and coffee/tea making facilities.

Twenty standard Pool View Rooms are conveniently situated around the large free form freshwater swimming pool. Some have inter-connecting doors, ideal for families.



For those looking for a more romantic hideaway, the premier Sea View Cottages offer more privacy and look out onto the beachfront, affording a beautiful view across the jetty into the horizon, in the early evening the sunsets can be spectacular, offering the chance for either a romantic stroll hand in hand, sipping champagne or maybe a cocktail either in the comfort of your private veranda or in the cool atmosphere of the jetty bar.




PUBLISH RATES 2016

Published Price for Accommodation

ROOM TYPE PRICE
Poolview Room Single USD 110
Double USD 135
Seaview Cottage Single USD 145
Double USD 160

 

Grand Seaview (60 sq m2) Single/double
USD 220/pax
Seaview Suite (80sq m2) Single/double USD 250
Additional single bed
USD 30

Includes : Breakfast, Govt. tax & service 21%

Round-trip airport transfer
USD 20/pax
 
Lunch USD 15 (main restaurant/pool-bar)
Dinner meal plan USD 25 (main restaurant)

Includes : soups/salads/starters (buffet), main course (a la Carte), dessert (selection), Govt. tax & service 21%


Wednesday Italian Pasta night dinner
Friday Beach BBQ with traditional performance (weather permit)
Indonesian Experience buffet every Sunday




All-inclusive Dive Package
Rates only apply if pre-booked


Including :

  • Accommodation in Pool-View Room
  • Up to 3 guided day-dives per day by boat, with cylinders and weights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (lunch served on-board dive boat)
  • Govt. tax & service 21%, Diving – Govt. tax 11%

Exclusions :

Airport transfers, Tips, extras (drinks, national park entrance fee, equipment rentals, night-dives, land-excursions, massage service, telephone calls, laundry service)

Nights

Double/Twin

Triple

Single

3 (2 days of diving) $ 465
$ 425
$ 560
4 (3 days of diving) $ 650
$ 595
$ 775
5 (4 days of diving) $ 835
$ 765
$ 990
6 (5 days of diving) $ 1020
$ 935
$ 1205
7 (6 days of diving) $ 1205
$ 1105
$ 1420
8 (7 days of diving) $ 1390
$ 1275
$ 1635
9 (8 days of diving) $ 1575
$ 1445
$ 1850
10 (9 days of diving) $ 1760
$ 1615
$ 2065
11 (10 days of diving) $ 1945
$ 1785
$ 2280
12 (11 days of diving) $ 2130
$ 1955
$ 2495
13 (12 days of diving) $ 2315
$ 2125
$ 2710
14 (13 days of diving) $ 2500
$ 2295
$ 2925

NITROX :
Please add the requirements to the all inclusive dive package

IMPORTANT NOTE : THE MAXIMUM DEPTH LIMIT ON ALL NITROX DIVES IS 30metres (100 Feet).
We offer a maximum of 32% Mix.

USD 7/Tank
USD 15
/three tanks
USD 70
/week


Packages – upgrade to Sea-View Cottage ( per night )
Double/Twin = USD 12.50/person, Triple = USD 8/person, Single = USD 25

Packages – additional night Poolview Room with full board 
Double/Twin = USD 90/person, Triple = USD 75/person, Single = USD 120


Packages – upgrade to GRAND Sea-View Cottage (per night) only 3 rooms available
Double/Twin = USD 40/person, Triple = USD 25/person, Single = USD 80/person

Packages – upgrade to Sea-View SUITE (per night) only 1 rooms available
Double/Twin = USD 55/person, Triple = USD 35/person, Single = USD 100/person

Additional day’s diving after any package : USD 95/person




All Inclusive Non-diver packages

Including :
  • Accommodation in Pool-View Room
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner (lunch served in main restaurant or at pool-bar)
  • Govt. tax & service 21%

Exclusions :

Airport transfers, Diving, Tips, extras (drinks, land-excursions, massage service, telephone calls, laundry service)

Nights

Double/Twin

Triple

Single

3
$ 280
$ 240
$ 375
4
$ 375
$ 320
$ 500
5
$ 470
$ 400
$ 625
6
$ 565
$ 480
$ 750
7
$ 660
$ 560
$ 875
8
$ 755
$ 640
$ 1000
9
$ 850
$ 720
$ 1125
10
$ 945
$ 800
$ 1250
11
$ 1040
$ 880
$ 1375
12
$ 1135
$ 960
$ 1500
13
$ 1230
$ 1040
$ 1625
14
$ 1325
$ 1120
$ 1750



Child Policy
( Accommodation ) :

0-2      Free of charge
3-11    Free of charge if sharing bed with parents or USD 15 BB for extra bed
12+     Book extra bed (USD 30)


Family Plus Program : NEW FROM TASIK RIA

At Tasik Ria Resort, we give extra value for Family travelling with kids. Extra 15% discount for each kid up to 15 years of age (taking either the All Inclusive Diver package or All Inclusive non Diver package. NOTE THAT Junior diver (10-12yrs old) will have to be accompanied by parents and dive master to max depth of 12m. Junior divers (13-15years old) will have to be accompanied up to the max depth of 15m.




Publish Price For Diving



Dive Trips

1 - 3 days’ diving (up to 3 guided day-dives/day) USD 119/day
4+ days’ diving (up to 3 guided day-dives/day) USD 109/day
Includes lunch, cylinders, weights, Govt. tax 11%
Full day boat trip for non-diver/snorkeller USD 39
Includes lunch, Govt. tax 11%
House-reef dive USD 39 *Subject to availability
*Subject to availability Includes guide, cylinder, weights, Govt. tax 11%
Night dive USD 45
Includes guide, cylinder, weights, Govt. tax 11%
Special Trip to Lembeh Strait USD 150^
^ If diving is pre-booked, the special trips can be taken on one of the pre-booked days by paying an additional fee of USD 45 Includes up to 3 guided day-dives, lunch, cylinders, weights, Govt. tax 11%
Snorkelling package USD 45
Includes guide, towel, lunch, snorkelling set and Govt Tax 11%

Child Policy (boat trips)

Aged 0-2 - not permitted on boat 3-11 = USD 20 11+ = full price
(Children on board the boat must be supervised in order to consider the comfort of other guests. We reserve the right to refuse access. Children are the sole responsibility of the parents and we take no responsibility for their safety.)


Diving Equipment Rentals

Full Set FULL DAY (regulator, octopus, BCD, wetsuit, mask, fins) $ 30
Full Set for one dive $ 12
Regulator with octopus $ 10
BCD $ 8
Wetsuit $ 6
Mask $ 5
Fins (+ booties as required) $ 5
Torch $ 8
Computer $ 5


Diver Training

Introductory Dives
Discover Scuba Diving (pool / pool + reef)^ $ 36/72

Certification Courses (ASK FOR ONLINE COURSES)
Scuba Diver^ $ 320
Open Water Diver (ask for Online Theory Course)
$ 495
Open Water Referral Dives (2 dives/4 dives)^ $ 200/300

Continuing Education Courses
Adventure Open Water Diver^ $ 399
Rescue Diver $ 465
CPR/EFR (with AED and Oxygen)** $ 145

Specialty Courses
Nitrox** $ 250
Night Diver Please Ask
Deep Diver Please Ask
Wreck Diver Please Ask
Naturalist Please Ask
Navigation Please Ask
Drift Diver Please Ask
Underwater Photography Please Ask
Peak Performance Buoyancy Please Ask
Oxygen Administrator** Please Ask
Master Scuba Diver (any 5 specialties) Please Ask

Professional-Level Training
Divemaster* $ 850

All prices include dive equipment, dives, course manual (CD-ROM on ‘Start Today’), instructor, certification fee

^    Course manual not included
*    Equipment and PADI Registration/Membership Fee not included

** Dives, diving equipment not included


Payment terms, Group offers, How to book, Bank account details, Cancellations policy
All price are in $

Payment terms :

  • USD 100 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm booking.
  • Balance must be received 30 days before date of arrival.
  • For bookings made within 30 days of arrival, full payment is required for confirmation.
  • Once booking is confirmed, additional places are subject to availability.
  • Refunds are not available on ‘no-show’.

Group Offers (On bookings of minimum 4 nights / 3 days’ diving) :

1-free-in-8

2-free-in-16

3-free-in -18 ( New Extra Value For Big Group )


Booking Conditions :
Cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offers, nor back-dated onto existing bookings. Validity: Arrival on or after 01/04/2011, departure on or before 31/03/2012. Free accommodation is on twin/double/triple basis (single supplement applies).


How to book :

To confirm a booking a non-refundable deposit of USD 100/person must be paid. Balance of payment must be received at least 30 days prior to arrival in-resort. If booking is made within 30 days of arrival date, full payment is required in advance to confirm booking.


Cancellations policy :

More than 30+ days from date of arrival deposit forfeited
30 - 16 days from date of arrival 25% penalty
15 – 08 days from date of arrival 50% penalty
08-01 days from date of arrival 75% penalty
‘No-show’ 100% penalty



MATANA SPA


Enjoy an authentic traditional Indonesian spa treatment




During your stay let us tempt you with our luxurious spa treatments. With love and romance in mind, why not let our professional therapists rejuvenate and relax you with our "honeymoon" package in the tranquil oasis that is the Matana Spa. Leaving you to indulge yourselves in either a bubbling Jacuzzi or hot tub scented with sensual essential oils in the privacy of one of our traditional wooden gazebos.

Tasik Ria Resort & Spa can cater for all your romantic needs, from arranging a wedding, honeymoon, or simply a special treat for the one you love. With personal attention from all the staff, let us prepare dishes for you from our award winning chefs. Let us look after you as only we can.





Immerse yourself in some pure indulgence and relaxation. Matana Spa is a perfect haven for enjoying an authentic traditional Indonesian spa. All treatments take place in the privacy of your private cabana and include :

  • Indonesian deep-muscle massage to soothe tired muscles and encourage well-being
  • Reflexology to re-charge your energy channels using aromatic essential oils
  • Rejuvenating beauty treatments using an essential array of oils and herbs, each with amazing properties.




After your treatment, sip a healthy herb infusion or fresh juice as you relax in a petal bath, steam room or jacuzzi. Be assured that every detail you encounter has been carefully designed to deliver an experience you will never forget. Your spa experience is created by trained, professional and friendly therapists. Whether you are looking for total relaxation or a little pampering, Matana Spa is the perfect place, set within a beautifully landscaped courtyard and overlooking a lily pond.





DINING



European-trained chef and Resident Manager, Daniel Green, combines his talents with Executive chef, Suwanta, to infuse the best flavours from European and Indonesaian cuisine. Along with their dedicated team of chefs, their repertoire includes a delicious choice from freshly made croissants to classic beef rendang - and all tastes in between. Savour a choice of mouthwatering menus that embrace both East and West, served in the relaxed atmosphere of the Bunaken Restaurant.



Or, why not enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner for two either on the beach, around one of our two pools or undercover and away from prying eyes in our intimate wooden hideaway. Anywhere you choose, you can be assured of dedicated staff on hand for your attention.



Whether at the resorts weekly BBQ, seafood night, Indonesian style buffet or a la carte evenings, the chefs are happy to discuss and advise on favourite menus and personal dishes for events such as birthdays, honeymoons or simply a private romantic dinner!

The Pool Bar serves tropical drinks and snacks all day long whilst the Sunset Jetty Bar overlooks Manado Tua Island and offers panoramic sunset views; simply the perfect place to relax at the end of the day.




CONFERENCE ROOMS



The Montehage Room measures 18 x 12 meters and accommodates up to 150 people.

Facilities :

  • Full air-conditioning
  • Overhead projector
  • Slide projector & screen
  • White board
  • Sound system

The Lembeh Room measures 6 x 4 meters and accommodates up to 12 people. It has the same equipment and facilities as the Montehage Room.




DIVING & SNORKELING




Our highly trained and experienced team lives for the diving so each one is the ideal buddy for your Tasik diving experience.

When you have the right buddy, the right equipment, the most comfortable boat, pristine warm water, a variety of options, tasteful food and an amazing place to discover…what else do you need? The answer to that question is that it's what we do every day. We are especially attentive to all but also know that some divers need a specific care. Whatever your need, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.



Passionate about photography? Our wall of fame photographs is enhanced with photos from our visitors who give us their best shots. Our photography clinic is a good way to learn or to improve your skills. Our Camera Room is equipped to give you the best so you can care for and maintain your equipment.

We keep learning from each one of the disabled divers who has visited and we continue to work to make the scuba-diving accessible for all and to assure that people with impairments are given the same opportunity to enjoy dive adventures as the next person. If you have impairments and would like us to make adjustments to meet your needs as a disabled person, please ask and we will do our best for you.


Diving in North Sulawesi



Sooner or later every serious diver learns to take underwater pictures; "I swear it was a blah shark" and no-one believes you! Get the proof! Bring your camera! We know when the right moment is to take the best shot so let us share our experience with you.

Scuba diving is a safe sport but it needs proper training, equipment and preparation. That's the reason why our technical divers are there to help you!

We are also a dive destination for beginners. All divers were new once; as good buddies we will help you to get through your jitters, giving you tips and techniques. The big smile on the face of your dive guide and the support of our team will do the rest. We dive with small groups of 4 divers to 1 guide, so all you need to do is relax and enjoy.



If you want to explore one of the most amazing marine places on earth you don't need to be a diver to explore it. Snorkel and discover a world that will not disappoint you. You are most welcome either onboard or to snorkel from our shore. We prepare everything that you need and give you a Tasik Experience from the surface.


PADI Project AWARE Go ECO operator

Tasik Divers Manado is a PADI Project AWARE "Go ECO" operator. We are committed to environmentally responsible business practices and to providing our customers with dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness of our local aquatic environment.


Service & facilities



At Tasik Divers, we do everything we can to help you discover the best of North Sulawesi's diving. We have the experience to treat you to the best of Bunaken National Park (our play ground), the Lembeh Strait and also Bangka Archipelago.

Diving the Tasik Experience starts from our house reef…at least 5 house reefs and 2 amazing mangroves, 30 seconds from the shore; a new great experience for snorkelers or divers. Of course, you've got many more options (with more than 26 dive sites quickly reachable with our speed boats, plus our full comfort boats taking 16 people to visit the 50+ sites of Bunaken. Not enough? If you want to explore the amazing Lembeh and the beautiful Bangka, we can take you with our own fleet of ground transportation to give you the best service.



From 2 dives to 6 dives per day because every day we want you do as few or as many dives as you want. We offer Early bird dives, Mandarin dives (at sunset) and Night dives.

Dive boat in front of Manado Tua Island

WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A SERVICE THAT GOES BEYOND YOUR EXPECTATIONS! Since we know that each diver has different requirements, needs and interests, we listen to our guests and truly look after their every.



Along with the existing facilities, we aim to add a larger more user friendly camera room complete with computer station that will enable photographers to relax and share fish stories. We will have new Scubapro regulators and equipment along with an updated compressor room, with two new 320Lpm compressors along with the addition of our own membrane Nitrox system. Combine this with the option to rent quality cameras with housings to match and start snapping those shots.

Start from our jetty stairs to discover lion fish, anemone fish, sea horses, pygmy seahorses, octopus, nudibranchs and colorful corals.

Dive options :

  • 3 dives West Bunaken
  • Individuals dive East Bunaken
  • Mandarin Dive (dusk dive) picture of mandarin fish
  • Night Dive
  • Early Bird Dive
  • Lembeh Straits
  • Bangka Island

Safety is our policy. All our dives have the high specification for safety (we follow the standards of US Coast Guard for our boats and we follow international regulations) and we carry first aid kit, first dive aid kit, oxygen, location devices, DSMB (if you don't have you can ask one borrow to us), spare equipment, radios and cell phones, lights, air horns, life vest, flares and all the devices necessary to give to you a safe, comfortable and enjoyable dive.

North Sulawesi is divided in three main areas: Bunaken National Park where the west side of the park is full of diversity, colors and vibrant life. East side gives you an amazing view of walls that fall to the abyss. To explore this area we have two different options depending on your requirements. Fast speed boats that cover the local area and allow to you explore the best of the west side of the park and for the east side of the park we offer our large purpose built dive boats. Fully fitted with reef (and diver!) friendly storage type toilets, seated dive deck, large sundeck and dry salon. oxygen, radio and first aid, along with personal spaces for those "bits and pieces" we all bring along.



With the future firmly in mind, Tasik Divers is planning to add a newly commissioned vessel Voyager to the existing fleet, which will add versatility and speed to what will continue to be a professional and dedicated service. » See Boat design (PDF).

Starting with 3 dives a day, there are options to include shore, mandarin and night dives. Simply relax and let our highly trained, experienced team of dive professionals take care of your every need. With small groups of 4 divers to 1 guide we go that bit further.

There will also be the option to dive in smaller groups and to shore dive from the jetty following our soon to be installed steps and dive for fun "roped underwater safari map", where you can find lots of information taking you on a safe underwater adventure of discovery. Tasik Divers' office stays open until late and the dive center manager will be around in the evenings for dinner to answer questions and just chat if that suits you.

Want to get to Bangka? That's back on the menu with Tasik Divers. We will drive overland to Likupang (taking you to the northern end of the Island) then boat across to Bangka.

Whatever you need we have it all.




DIVE SITES




With many wonderful sites to choose from, the Bunaken Marine Park stretches over 75,000 hectares in the deep waters of the Sulawesi Sea. There are five islands that make up the park, Siladen, Montehage, Nain and of course Bunaken. The fifth one Manado Tua stands out quite literally as it is a magnificent extinct volcano which dominates the four others and the skyline from the panoramic view from our jetty.



The beautiful corals here are to be found surrounding the islands and with a depth from 3 meters to 1300 are home to the many species or sea life to be found here, definitely making this a unique diving experience.

With drift diving being the order of the day, we let you "go with the flow" (we do try to avoid up & down currents where possible!) Let your highly specialized dive guide find you the wonders that so many guests will drift pass. Keep an eye on the "Blue" for larger pelagic.

With the water temperature an all year round 26-29°C it is a destination for all seasons, with March to October being the dry season, and the rainy season starting around November through to March/April. The hottest/sunniest time tends to be June to September, but whatever the Month, don't forget your sun cream!



Although primarily a dive destination, the shallow reefs are also a haven for many different fish, starfish and corals, possibly even turtles, thus making it a wonderful experience for snorkelers also. With the coral disappearing into the deep, that's where you will discover so much more! Due to the depths here, we recommend a maximum dive depth of around 25-30 meters, depending on certification.

Here is an idea of some of the dive sites; we do also have a fantastic "house reef" situated a few minutes off the jetty, as well as some other nearby sites that are well worth visiting such as Walet point, Coconut Cove & BMJ.

  • Critter Circus & House Reef including Reef Balls
  • Popo Betlehem
  • Popo Malcolm
  • Lekuan 1
  • Lekuan 2
  • Lekuan 3
  • Barracuda point
  • Siladen 1 & 2
  • Panggulingan
  • Batu Hitam (Black Rock)
  • Celah - Celah (Cracks)
  • Mandolin
  • Bunaken Timur 1 & 2
  • Mike's Point
  • Muka Gereja (Church Front)
  • Negeri (Country)
  • Muka Kampung
  • Aluang Banua
  • Manado Tua Island
  • Nain Island, Batu Kapal
  • Manado Coast and Manado Bay
  • Fukui Point
  • Pygmy Point
  • Raymond's Point
  • Ron's Point
  • Sachiko's Point
  • Tanjung Kopi (Coffee's Edge)


Critter Circus & House Reef including Reef Balls

Located right in front of Tasik Ria Resort & Tasik Divers, these two sites run into one another. Critter Circus is a gently sloping continuous reef with interesting critters to be found whereas Reef balls got its name from those artificial concrete Igloo shaped structures, which have been dropped on the sandy slope and have become a perfect habitat for a wide range of interesting critters, including different types of pipefish, leaf scorpion fish and flatheads. The most amazing part of this area though, is the extensive sea grass beds in the very shallows. Literally hundreds of pipefish can be found here, fingered dragonets, clown and warty frogfish, elephant trunk sea snakes, and nudibranchs.

Also just a short distance from out Jetty :

Popo Betlehem

A wordplay coming from "Better than Lembeh", describes this site perfectly well. A true "muck" dive like found in the Lembeh Straits, except with warmer water and better visibility. In the shallows extensive beds of Sea grass are found, where you can find different kinds of moray eels, pipe fishes, sea snakes, nudibranchs as well as seahorses and Frogfish. The black sandy slope has hardly any patches of reef but is full of concrete and sand filled bags with ropes attached, which hold the Oyster farm in place, which floats above water. Those offer excellent hideouts for an amazing array of critters and the ropes are used by big schools of long finned squid to attach their eggs. The whole range of "special" critters can be found on this site and photographers can easily dive here for days and days.

Popo Malcolm


To the west of Bethlehem, the black muck goes over into a patch reef on a cream coloured sandy bottom, which eventually ends up in a continuing reef with a short wall and some sand gullies. Beautifully covered in big soft coral bushes, black coral bushes, sponges and hydroids this reef has as much to offer as its "mucky" neighbour. Here too, animals like leaf scorpion fish, crocodile flatheads, Long nose Hawk fish, sail fin gobies and such can be seen but unlike Bethlehem, occasional sightings of Napoleon Wrasse and even Spotted Eagle Rays can happen.




Arguably the best sites around Bunaken are Lekuan 1, 2 and 3. These are really the same site, but with so much to see are separated. With more shelter here and lots of large nooks & crannies to explore, you are more likely to find larger fish like Napoleon wrasse, bumphead parrot fish along with sea fans, giant sponges and turtles.

Lekuan 1

Another long beautifully covered reef, located in front of Bunaken Island, which seems impossible to be done in one dive. With visibility often 30 to 40 meters, sightings of larger species such at sharks, turtles, and schools of trevally and Napoleon wrasse are very common. Start on the sandy slopes which slowly get into the wall part of the site. Bannerfish and Napoleon Wrasse are resident in this famous diving spot including school of Pyramid Butterflyfish. Small whitetip reef sharks can be found here sleeping in crevices.

Lekuan 2

Continuing the first part of the famous long reef located in front of Bunaken Island is Lekuan 2. It is a vertical wall covered with different types of hard and soft corals which have beautifully decorated this site and welcome a wide array of marine live. Great overhangs and small caves covered with soft corals combined with it's crystal clear water are one of the main reason for wide-angle photographer's to visit this site. Napoleon Wrasse and big Green Turtles often visit this area. It is also a good place to find Purple Dart and Sailfin Gobies.

Lekuan 3

One of Bunaken Best dive sites, as it starts with a nice sandy slope with underwater pinnacles and continues to a wall, which drops to over 200m. Groups of Jacks and Barracudas are often found. Not to miss the small creatures who are resident to this site too, like cleaner shrimps, a nice variety of Nudibranchs and Flat worms to name a few. Gorgonians and big sponges decorate the wall in a magnificent way and complete it with a huge range of colorful fishes.

Barracuda point

...is as its name suggests a great place to see schooling giant Barracuda alongside jacks & tuna, this is one of the sites on Montehage Island. You can expect to see a huge school of up to 200 great barracudas, and large schools of giant and big-eye trevally, and bumphead parrotfishes with up to 30m visibility its a delight. The large sand slope is also a favourite of dogtooth tuna and eagle rays. Currents can be unpredictable here so it is only advisable for the experienced diver.

Siladen 1 & 2

Siladen Island is a small island surrounded by a beautiful white sandy beach. The southern side of Siladen Island, Siladen 1 has a vertical wall in large steps. The reef top is spectacular with a huge variety of hard & soft corals, and it is therefore an excellent spot for snorkeling. The colours of the corals here are just amazing - it is always amazing to find up to 10 different-coloured feather stars attached to a single large sponge. the sandy bottom offers lots of tiny creatures to be observed. White tip Reef Sharks are regular visitors as current is often present on this site. Siladen 2, on the northeast side, is a white sandy slope with big boulders, soft corals, and table corals. Larger pelagics frequent the area, including sharks, Napoleon wrasse, and bumphead parrotfish. Due to its strong current, this is a site for advanced divers only.

Panggulingan

This site starts off with a slope going down to 30m and then continues to a vertical wall with a large reef flat rising to about 5m. Large Schools of big sized Barracudas, Bat fish Napoleon Wrasse, schooling Banner fish and Butterfly fish can easily be found in this area. There are quite strong prevailing currents on this site, which make it a good place to see Sharks and Spotted Eagle Rays.



There is also a diveable wreck, The Molas, which from what we can discern, takes its name from the village of Molas, on the more Northern side of Manado. The history books are not too clear about its fate, but we again have good reason to believe it was torpedoed around 1942. Sitting upright starting around 10m the propeller sits at 40m. Although not safe for penetration, remember to bring your dive light. You can opt to "sit out" the wreck and explore a reef close by instead.

Batu Hitam (Black Rock)

This site is the continuation of the Molas wreck reef slope in an easterly direction. It is a gentle dive with hardly any currents and great for macro lovers. The reef consists of a sandy slope with coral patches and finishes off as a little wall. Great for critters like ribbon eels, rare nudibranchs, leaf fish and frogfish, crocodile flatheads and such. It is a perfect dive to do in combination with the Molas wreck.
Celah - Celah (Cracks)

This site offers a deep wall with large cracks everywhere. A great site especially with a bright sunlight passing through and brightens up the blue water. It is one of the favorite areas for photographers.

Mandolin

...tops out near the surface, with a wall that is alive with fishes such as fusiliers, surgeon fish, unicorn fish and bannerfish. Mandolin is named after the same traditional musical instrument due to its shape from a birds eye view. Small schools of Reef Fish, Angelfish, Bumphead Parrotfish and Gobies are there for your enjoyment. Not to forget the groups of large sized Barracudas, together with different colours and types of sea fans. In the deeper part, there is possibility to see Blacktip Reef Sharks.

Bunaken Timur 1 & 2

Located on the north west of Bunaken Island, this site was named after well-known underwater photographer, Mike Severns. A wall covered with a great variety of different, colourful corals is a home for a huge range of tropical reef fish, which makes it perfect for fish portrait photography. Big fishes are common guests to this site too, as it often has a strong current which is affected by the tides. The reef floor is covered in different types of Sponges which make it a great area for deeper diving.

Mike's Point

This site offers a deep wall with large cracks everywhere. A great site especially with a bright sunlight passing through and brightens up the blue water. It is one of the favorite areas for photographers.

Muka Gereja (Church Front)

The site is exactly in front of a Bunaken Church. The waters around Muka Gereja are generally calm and offer excellent visibility with moderate to strong currents. It features an interesting, beautifully covered wall, with big barrel sponges, some of them almost 1 meter in diameter. The fascinating thing about this dive site is not only about what it has to offer underwater; the great volcano is an amazing sight when you surface. Another "fish Dive" - a real aquarium!

Negeri (Country)

The site is situated towards the east of Muka Gereja. Currents are very much depending on the direction and strength of the wind. With the same great visibility, there is the possibility to see Silvertip Sharks, on its sandy slopes around the 30 m mark. Around the wall, which is decorated with a huge variety of beautiful soft corals, resident habitants like the Banded Pipe Fish, Angelfish and other Schooling fish are almost certain to be seen.
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Muka Kampung

It is located exactly in front of the village of Bunaken. Strong current are prevailing in the area caused mostly by the location of the site. However, it is an interesting drift dive to cover a lot of area. Numbers of large Sea Turtles are common residents here. The site itself is well-decorated with hard and soft corals along the wall with some overhangs and crevices where the small critters will draw your attention. School of Jacks and Barracudas can easily to be found as well as humphead parrotfish, napoleon wrasse and big Dogtooth tunas patrolling along the reef. The top of the reef is a perfect place for the safety stop, with depth around 4-5 meters.

Aluang Banua

Has excellent macro objects to offer. One thing for sure is that you have to pay attention on the disguised creatures. Leaf fish, Ghost pipefish and Frogfish to name a few creatures which have been seen here. The wall also offers beautiful caves which often became a sleeping place for white tip reef shark. Sea Turtles and Eagle Rays are something that you may also see.

Manado Tua Island

The dive sites around Manado Tua have steep vertical winding walls with many cracks, canyons and small caves. You can enjoy beautiful hard and soft corals, reef fishes, turtles and reef sharks.

Nain Island, Batu Kapal

An extreme dive for experts only! A natural canyon formation which starts at 40m and goes down to about 70m, and is therefore only for technical divers. Hammerheads have been spotted here. Its main attraction is a swim-through cave-like structure, which you enter at 40 meters, often to find a sleeping white tip reef shark, and then exit at 72 meters.

Manado Coast and Manado Bay

The dive site on the coast of the mainland which is called Tanjung Pisok has a reef flat sloping to 15-20 meters depth, and is very rich with large tabular sponges, reef fishes, nudibranchs, ribbon eels and unusual green tree corals. We have recently found a colony of pygmy sea-horses which are a favourite for macro-photographers.

Fukui Point

Located on the southwest side of Bunaken. Named after a Japansese dive instructor who first described the site in the 1980's, Sandy slopes leading to patches of hard and soft corals. One Napoleon Wrasse is a resident in this site, often found on the shallower parts of the reef. The site is also home to Pontohi pygmy seahorses, nudibranchs, crabs, and shrimp. This is one of the dive spots around Bunaken Island with no deep wall reef. Going down to around 15 meters only, there are 5 Giant Clams which are placed in a row, always surrounded by loads of Butterflyfish which are not shy to clean divers from parasites.

Pygmy Point


Quite some distance out from Tasik Ria Resort, there is this fairly steep sloping patch reef with sand rubble areas in between. Named after the elusive Pygmy seahorse, there are huge coral bommies, covered primarily in sponges and hydroids, with some rather large sea fans, in which one can easily find whole families of these critters. Apart from this it is an excellent place to find ribbon eels, commensals like emperor shrimps, squat lobsters and nudibranchs too.

Raymond's Point

South from Mike's Point lays a beautiful wall covered in sponges, with hard and soft corals. The rich environment of the wall has its own charm. This site also has a large cave with Lobsters to offer. Emperor Angelfish and Spotted Eagle Rays make this spot even more charming.

Ron's Point

A sandy slope site with occasional visitors such as Tuna, Jacks, Barracudas and not to forget Whitetip Reef Sharks and even occasional sightings of Gray Reef Sharks occur. The coral covered reef is not to be missed and observed as you can find Ghost Pipe Fish, Leaf Fish and also different type of anemone and Clown Fishes.

Sachiko's Point

A very steep Reef decorated with amazing soft and hard corals in the shallower areas of the reef. vertical wall on the north east side of Bunaken, with visibility frequently in the 30 to 40-meter range. It has become a home of Stonefish and certain types of Moray eels, especially the white-mouth moray. In midwater, away from the reef, there are literally thousands and thousands of schooling red tooth Triggerfish. Large Gorgonians can also be found in the area. The slight current here means larger pelagics such as sharks, turtles, barracuda, and Napoleon wrasse, frequent the area Other critters typically found here include moray eels, sea snakes, leaf scorpionfish, nudibranchs, crabs and shrimp.

Tanjung Kopi (Coffee's Edge)

This site is known for its fairly stiff currents which do not at all affect the generally superb visibility. Tanjung Kopi's wall is adorned with lots of beautiful corals. Dendronephtya soft corals, gorgonian sea fans and whip and wire corals just to name a few. Triggerfish, Angelfish, Surgeonfish, Parrotfish and others. If its Nudibranchs your looking for, you cant go far wrong here in Tanjung Kopi! With plenty of sweetlips, barracuda, and others, it's a "fish dive"!




NORTH SULAWESI ADVANTURE ( Volcanoes, Lakes, Nature Reserves, Rafting, Golf and more )

Minahasa Highland Tour
(Duration: approximately 7 hours)



We depart Tasik Ria Resort heading for the small village of Woloan where you can see the Minahasan traditional houses being built, 'knock down style', ready for delivery or shipping. Then it's off to see the traditional food and flower market in Tomohon - with a few 'cool' surprises in store for you! Lunch is taken on the serene Lake Tondano, close to the goldfish farm before we travel to Pulutan Village where pottery is their cottage industry. On our return journey to Manado, the WWII Japanese Caves are a must to explore. These are a cavernous hillside area along the road between Kiawa and Kawangkoan and were used as storage for supplies.



Last stop is Lake Linow (the changing color lake); a beautiful but strange lake, which can change its color from red to green to blue.
Linow Lake, Minahasa


Volcano Trekking Tour
(Duration: approximately 6 hours. Departure: suggested 8:30)



This is soft adventure at its best! From Tasik Ria Resort, we go straight through Tomohon. Arriving at the base of Mount Mahawu, we begin the one-hour trek to the crater's edge. From that vantage point we can see Bunaken & Manado Tua Islands, as well as the Bay of Manado. At the bottom of the crater, you can see a steaming lake and experience, if that's the right word, the smell of sulphur from the pools. After this magnificent hike we stop for lunch at a shore-side restaurant on Lake Tondano, 600m above sea level.



Tangkoko Nature Reserve Tour
(Duration: approximately 10 hours. Departure 12:30 PM)

Tarsier (tarsius specktrum) at Tangkoko Nature Reserve

From Tasik Ria Resort, we drive for about 2.5 hours to the 9000 hectare National Park on the slopes of Mount 'Dua Saudara'. Here we hike in search of the Black Crested Macaque, Black Monkey indigenous to North Sulawesi, as well as the Tarsier Monkey, at about 10 cm short, this is the world's smallest primate! This is an exciting trip for nature lovers, trekkers and anyone who likes the outdoors. Cameras, long pants and a flashlight are the order of the day.



Water Sports

A variety of water toys and activities await you at Tasik Ria Resort. Choose from one or two person kayaks, covered paddle boats and snorkeling for a fun-filled, relaxing holiday. We also have traditional style boats, which can be hired for short periods or for sailing into deeper water.


Golf

The 9-hole Wenang Golf Course is a 40-minute ride from Tasik Ria Resort. Tee-off times vary and rental equipment can be arranged.


  White Water Rafting

This is an optional adventure tour with a local operator, organised by Tasik Ria Resort. Thrills and fun are guaranteed as you race down through rainforests, experiencing a serious adrenaline-rush and maybe even taking in some wildlife along the way.






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