North Sulawesi’s unique resort for divers, families and adventure seekers, Tasik Ria offers all the conveniences of an international resort and spectacular diving in Bunaken marine park.
A family owned and run dive resort that offers great value for money and a level of warmth and hospitality which in today’s frantic world is such a rarity. The resort is a half hour drive away from the hustle and bustle of Manado, nestled along the coast amongst tropical landscaped gardens.
The resort features 34 rooms in two categories; 20 of which are located around the large freeform swimming pool, and the sea view cottages look out onto the beach front affording spectacular views and more privacy. All rooms have air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom, and are equipped with modern amenities.
Facilities include the Bunaken restaurant serving both European and local dishes as well as having theme nights throughout the week. The Pool Bar is open throughout the day and the Sunset Jetty Bar is a great location to sit back and watch the sun set over Manado Tua. The resort also features two conference rooms and diving and snorkelling activities are operated by the on-site centre, Tasik Divers, who pride themselves on their facilities and service. WiFi internet access is available in hotspot areas.
A PADI 5*Gold Palm IDC and a PADI Project Aware ‘Go ECO’ operator, Tasik Divers is committed to providing guests with dive experiences that enhance visitor awareness of the local aquatic environment. Diving is available throughout the year.
Divers of all abilities and snorkellers are well catered for here. Daily diving options include the house reef, local sites and Bunaken Marine Park offering a choice of over 50 sites to explore during your stay. Early bird, mandarin and night dives are available for those who enjoy spending more time in the water. The small fleet of speed boats and fully equipped, purpose built boats transport divers each morning. The centre includes a camera room and equipment is available to rent.
Underwater highlights amongst the colourful hard and soft corals include an amazing and vibrant marine life and along the walls, Napolean wrasse, bumphead parrot fish, turtles, huge fans and barrel sponges, schools of trevally and jacks, eagle rays and reef sharks. For photographers, you'll mainly need a wide-angle lens but there are plenty of critters to be found amongst the nooks and crannies on the walls as well as on small number of wrecks found here. Famous dive sites include Lekuan 1, 2 and 3 as well as the Molas wreck along the Manado coastline.
Water temperature is 27C on average throughout the year and visibility around 30 metres. Photography clinics and Nitrox are available.
is featured in the following itineraries:
Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait together offer a fantastic variety of enchanting dive sites right in the heart of the best marine biodiversity in the world – a fabulous combination!
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 17 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,875 pp
Tailor-made trip idea
Join Jane Morgan and friends in northern Sulawesi, diving Bunaken, Lembeh and more. Aimed at underwater photographers of all levels, this exclusive trip includes personal tuition and informal workshops.
When to go: Sep
Duration inc. flights: 14 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,595 pp
Trip type: Group
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North Sulawesi is home to the beautiful steep coral reef walls of Bunaken National Marine Park, attracting divers of all levels to its warm waters, clear visibility and pristine walls covered in soft corals and sponges, surrounded by barracuda, moray eels and turtles.
Ideal for viewing: green turtle, spotted eagle ray, white-tip reef shark, dugong, common cuttlefish
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Group diving, Learn to dive, Muck diving, Underwater photography