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Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa

Bunaken Islands, Manado, North Sulawesi

Set amongst tranquil gardens in the picturesque location of Liang Beach, the Bunaken Oasis is a boutique dive resort providing a 5-star luxury experience whilst being a committed ethical ECO-resort and priding themselves on keeping their ecological footprint to a minimum.  With only 12 traditionally-built rooms, the Bunaken Oasis has an exclusive and intimate atmosphere, whilst offering incredible service and facilities.

Bunaken offers a variety of incredible diving from dramatic walls and stunning reefs to the weird and wonderful critters found whilst muck diving.  The Bunaken Oasis is within easy reach of over 90 of these superb sites and offers a completely tailored diving service with brand-new, purpose-built dive boats providing space and comfort for every diver.

To find out more about this area, visit our Manado page.

Getting there
Flight time to Manado from the UK is approximately 18hrs, via a transit through Singapore. From Manado, the transfer time to the resort is approximately 30 minutes by car followed by 30 minutes by boat.

Guide price: 7nts / 17 dives from £3065pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Singapore Airlines and Silk Air from London to Manado, transfers, 7nts full board accommodation in a twin/double luxury cottage with breakfast, lunch, snacks and a-la-carte dinner, unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water, 12 guided boat dives (2-tank morning) with free nitrox, tank/weights and on-site laundry.

Twin Centre
Bunaken Oasis is perfectly suited for a twin centre holiday in this part of the world. Combine it with a stay at Dive Into Lembeh or Lembeh Resort to discover the rare and unusual marine life of Lembeh Strait.

*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.

Quick Guide: Bunaken Oasis

  • Location: Liang Beach, Bunaken Island
  • Transfer: 30 minute drive from Manado Airport followed by a 30 minute transfer by boat
  • Size: Small
  • No. of rooms: 12 – 11 luxury cottages and 1 two-storey luxury cottage
  • House reef: Yes
  • Full board meal plan

Accommodation

Get some rest
Bunaken Oasis Resort has ten 70sqm luxury cottages, one 90sqm double luxury cottage and one 2-storey luxury cottage which is ideal for families with older children, or friends travelling together.  One of the luxury cottages is located near the Long House for any guests who may have difficulty walking.

All rooms offer air-conditioning, modern indoor bathroom, organic toiletries, coffee maker, hot and cold water dispenser, Bluetooth speaker, Samsung tablet, mini-fridge, safe, robes and slippers, custom-made furniture by Bunaken carpenters using sustainably-sourced Indonesian hardwood, and large balcony with stunning mainland and sea views.  The majority of the villas have king double beds, with twin beds available on request.

Facilities

Enjoy your stay
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the large, relaxed and comfortable restaurant which has incredible views over the pool, Long House and out to sea, which you can enjoy whilst tucking into delicious gourmet Asian and western cuisine. Next to the restaurant is the multi-level chill-out cocktail bar, which serves a huge range of fine wines, spirits and local beer. The perfect place to unwind beneath the stars after a fabulous days diving!

For a spot of pampering there is a fantastic two-room spa offering a full range of relaxing treatments and massages, the resort also has a stunning fresh-water infinity pool overlooking the ocean and a ‘Long House’ reception and lounge area which has complimentary tea, coffee and snacks, the on-site water-makers ensure all water within the resort is drinkable, eliminating the need for plastic bottles.

Oasis can provide a variety of trips to encourage guests to explore the region beyond Bunaken. Whether they are visiting the rainforest, a local market or the towns and villages on nearby islands or the mainland, we encourage guests to learn more about the wonderful and colourful local environment.

Diving

Go diving
The large fully equipped and professional on-site dive centre offers 3 boat dives per day or 2 morning boat dives with the afternoon spent exploring the house reef which is accessible from the private jetty.  Nitrox is offered free of charge to certified guests, and there is also a full range of dive courses available.

Diving is from one of the six brand-new, purpose-built dive boats which offer freshwater deck showers, catering facilities, flushing WCs and excellent facilities for photographers.  Diving groups are small groups of 4 with 1 dive guide.

With over 90 accessible dive sites from the resort, there is an incredible variety of diving available, from dramatic vertical walls covered in colourful hard corals with passing sharks, turtles and rays to fascinating muck diving sites with weird and wonderful critters hidden in the sea bed.

 Explore

Tangkoko National Park
Tangkoko National Park is home to the world’s smallest nocturnal primate –the Tarsius Spectrum- which is endemic to Sulawesi. This tiny little creature measures around 15cm from head to tail. With a bit of luck, you may also stumble across black tailless macaques, cuscus and the large hornbill bird, amongst other flora and fauna.

This trip is a nice way to end your stay at Dive Into Lembeh, allowing you time to off-gas before flying the next day. The tour starts after lunch, so you can still dive in the morning, and you will be back at the resort around 19:00pm, in time for dinner. We strongly advise people to wear long trousers with socks and trainers, as you will go into the rainforest where there are mosquitoes, ants and other insects.

The guide cost per person for this trip is US $75 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run the trip.

Minahasa Highland Tour
Full day tour commencing after breakfast at around 08:00AM and you will be back in the resort in time for dinner. We take you to visit a variety of sights around the highlands of North Sulawesi, including:-

  • “Sawangan”, an ancient cemetery with beautifully decorated graves called “Waruga”, that each tell their own story.
  • The small village of Woloan, where you can see the Minahasan traditional houses being built, ready for delivery or shipping.
  • The traditional food and flower market in Tomohon.
  • The high hill of “Rurukan”, with views that stretch as far as the Lembeh Strait in the distance.
  • The beautiful “Lake Tondano”, where the mountain air is cool (600 m above sea level) and where you have a beautiful view of the lake and can see the hot spring.
  • “Lake Linau” –also known as the three coloured lake- because of the volcanic gas around the shores. 

The guide cost per person for this trip is US $90 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run this trip.

Please note that at some of the above mentioned sights, it is greatly appreciated to leave a small donation for the local communities, which are not included in the cost of the tour. Please also note: you are in the Minahasa highlands and they do sell local “delicacies” (think bats, jungle-rats and dogs), so please let your guide know if you do not want to see these and we will avoid this section of the market.

Ready for your next adventure?

Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
Combs
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888
Email: info@greatescapesdiving.com

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