Siladen Resort & SpaBunaken Islands, Manado, North Sulawesi
Set on western side of the beautiful island of Pulau Siladen and located on a 300 meters long stretch of fine white coral reef beach, the Siladen Resort and Spa is a small boutique dive resort in the heart of Bunaken National Marine Park.
Located in the centre of the Coral Triangle, Bunaken National Marine Park offers an incredibly diverse variety of marine life, and the resort places high emphasis on the protection of the Marine Park and local environment, including removing all single use plastics, recycling water, continuously looking at ways to reduce their environmental footprint, running programmes to educate the local school children, working with both the local community and conservation organisations and managing their own Turtle Conservation project.
With over 50 dive sites rich in macro life and wall dives covered in stunning hard and soft corals within easy reach of the resort, and visibility of approximately 25m, this is an excellent destination for underwater photographers and naturalists alike.
Voted the ‘World’s Best Dive Resort’ 2017 by UK’s Dive Magazine, Siladen is a hidden gem, offering attractive and secluded accommodation in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere with 5 star diving.
To find out more about this area, visit our Manado page.
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 60 minutes by car followed by 30 minutes by boat.
Guide price: 7nts with 10 dives from £2100pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Singapore Airlines and Silk Air from London to Manado, transfers, 7nts full board accommodation in a twin/double garden view villa with breakfast, lunch and dinner, drinking water, 10 guided dives on air and tank/weights.
*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.
Siladen Resort & Spa is perfectly suited for a twin centre holiday in this part of the world. Combine it with a stay at Dive Into Lembeh, Kungkungan Bay Resort or Lembeh Resort to discover the rare and unusual marine life of Lembeh Strait.
Get some rest
Siladen has just 20 villas in a choice of 4 room categories. All rooms offer air-conditioning, ensuite bathrooms, 100% cotton sheets, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities, flatscreen TV & DVD player, safety deposit box and complimentary water.
The 10 Garden View Villas are located amongst the tropical and peaceful gardens, just metres from the beach and are constructed in wood and natural stone. Each villa has a large open air bathroom and private terrace.
The 6 Beach View Villas overlook the beach and offer incredible sunset views which can be enjoyed from the large private sundeck. The rooms feature wooden floors, a king size 4-poster bed and outdoor bathroom.
The 3 spacious Luxury Villas are located directly on the beach and feature a living room and bedroom area, beautiful wooden floors, king size 4-poster bed and large sun terrace with loungers and a salt water jacuzzi.
The single Nusa Indah Villa is located in the peaceful and tropical garden area, just metres from the beach. It features 2 bedrooms, 2 outdoor bathrooms, a spacious living area and 2 balconies with separate entrance doors, making it ideal for families or a group of friends.
Enjoy your stay
The resort’s restaurant, lounge, bar and reception area are all built around the stunning swimming pool with beautiful views across the beach towards the dramatic Manado Tua Volcano.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served at the relaxed and comfortable restaurant and serves a wide variety of local Indonesian & Asian dishes in combination with European and International cuisine. There are also regular seafood beach barbecue evenings and private dinners are available on request.
For a spot of pampering, the onsite spa provides a wide range of Indonesian treatments and aromatherapy therapies. For those feeling more active, the resort also offers cooking classes, paddle boards, beach volleyball and kayaks, and can arrange day trips including dolphin tours, manado sightseeing, nature based experiences, white water rafting, volcano trekking and romantic sunset boat cruises.
Siladen Resort is perfectly positioned to explore over 50 dive sites both within the Bunaken Marine Park, as well as the fascinating muck diving locations along the coast of the mainland. The dive centre also runs day trips to Bangka and Gangga to the north.
The majority of dive sites are between 15 to 30 minutes distance from the Resort and diving is from 1 of 5 spacious traditional style wooden boats which have all the necessary amenities including marine toilets, shaded seating, towels, dry storage areas for cameras and personal belongings, drinking water and hot drinks, together with fresh fruit and snacks.
Each day the resort runs two morning dives, an afternoon dive, sunset and night dives. The local guides have incredible knowledge and experience of the local surroundings and diving is in small groups of 4:1 diver/guide ratio, giving excellent opportunities for every diver to witness the colourful and sometimes bizarre marine life found here.
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
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888