Indonesia's Leading Dive Resort

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa

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Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken.  Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, the aim is to provide a 5-star luxury diving experience whilst keeping our ecological footprint to a minimum.

The resort offers 12 large, traditionally-built villas, including one family villa with two bedrooms, and one villa near the Long House for those who may have difficulty walking.

A major focal point of the resort is a free form infinity pool, with sun-loungers and easy access to the bar, for those who want to spend time above, rather than below, the water.

Overview

The Bunaken Marine National Park in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, is a protected, though fragile, environment, and the resort is committed to taking their eco-responsibilities very seriously. Using their own bore holes, or even sea-water, with water makers and ultraviolet treatment, they have ensured that all the water in the resort is fully drinkable, and can avoid the need for one of the greatest pollutants of our time – plastic bottles. In addition, all waste water will be processed through a water-treatment plant.

In addition to a chill-out cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant serving Indonesian and international cuisine, guest amenities also include an air-conditioned library, a fully-equipped classroom in the Dive Centre with 4k flat-screen TV, especially useful for photographic groups, and a spacious camera room with more charging points than you will ever need.

Wherever possible, they hire Indonesian staff for all positions; when this is not possible, it will be part of the job description of the foreign incumbent to develop his or her local successor.

RESORT DETAILS

Bunaken is not a white-sand, ‘paradise’ island: it is a working island of nearly 3,000 inhabitants, most of whom work in farming, fishing or tourism. It is, however, an example of ‘real’ Indonesia, and gives visitors a genuine insight into vibrant, colourful island life.

  • Ten 70 sqm luxury cottages
  • One 90 sqm double luxury cottage
  • One two-storey luxury cottage, with separate access, ideal for families with older children, or friends travelling together.
  • 5 hectare site, with private seafront, mangrove area and 140m private jetty.
  • All cottages have air-conditioning, modern indoor bathroom, organic toiletries, coffee maker, hot and cold water dispenser, Bluetooth speaker, Samsung tablet, mini-fridge, safe, robes and slippers, and large balcony with stunning mainland and sea views.

Two options are offered: a standard package, i.e. 3 dives/full day, and a reduced diving package for guests looking for fewer dives during their stay (only available for stays longer than 5 nights).
Additional diving ($85) or guided snorkelling from the dive boats ($45/snorkel) may be arranged at the resort and settled upon checkout.

The resort is built on a steep hillside overlooking the mangroves on Liang Beach (don’t worry, there are gently meandering paths everywhere, so getting around the resort is easy!).

Your transfer boat from the mainland will moor at our private jetty, and you’ll enter Bunaken Oasis through our beautiful Long House. Above the Long House is a spectacular free form infinity pool, ideal for who might choose to relax and catch some sun rather than dive.

Moving past the pool, you come to the chill-out cocktail bar, where you can enjoy a range of fine wines and spirits (and Bintang!) while you unwind beneath the stars. To the side of the bar is our restaurant, and because you’ll be spending quite a lot of time here, we’ve really made it something special: with fantastic views over the pool, Long House and out to sea, you’ll enjoy gourmet Asian and western cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Towards the rear of the resort is our tranquil Spa; wind down after a day’s diving by choosing a massage from our extensive menu of treatments, and leave yourself in the hands of one of our fully-trained therapists.

THERE IS ONLY ONE STANDARD OF ACCOMMODATION AT BUNAKEN OASIS – LUXURY

Whether you opt for a king-sized or twin-bed configuration, your 70sqm, traditionally-built villa contains everything to make your stay with us exceptional: air conditioning, spacious and luxurious indoor bathroom with local produced and organic products, sumptuous furniture in keeping with the traditional styles, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, free easy to access Wi-Fi, a Samsung tablet loaded with fish guides and more, a Bluetooth speaker and a beautiful large balcony with stunning views from each of our villas.

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Cost includes

  • Transfers to/from Sam Ratulangi International Airport, Manado.
  • 3 meals a day
  • Snacks
  • Unlimited tea and coffee in the cottages, and on the dive boats
  • Free laundry service
  • High-speed wi-fi
  • Free Nitrox, for Nitrox-qualified divers
  • Full dedicated technical diving facility with specialist staff and equipment for every need
  • Transfers from/to Sam Ratulangi International Airport
  • Full board accommodation in a luxury cottage with breakfast, lunch, snacks and a la carte dinner.
  • Unlimited tea, coffee and drinking water.
  • Guided boat dives with free NITROX for all NITROX qualified divers.
  • Free on-site laundry service - excluding dry cleaning or items requiring specialist cleaning.
  • PADI diving courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Dive Master are available at our on-site 5* PADI dive centre.
  • A full range of diving equipment from is available for hire.

Extras

  • Flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Spa treatments
  • Off-site excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Bangka, Gangga, night-dives and mandarin dives are subject to additional charges, to be settled by guests at checkout
  • Credit card payments incur a surcharge of 1.85%
HEALTH & SAFETY

Despite the location in an equatorial jungle, Bunaken is relatively untroubled by mosquitoes and other biting insects. Nevertheless, to ensure guest comfort, we undertake a programme of fogging to reduce any problems to a minimum.

As a precaution, you may wish to apply mosquito repellent at dawn and at dusk, when the insects are at their most active.

In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, we have several emergency first responders on our staff, together with a well-equipped medical room. However, there is no doctor on Bunaken, so for serious emergencies we will immediately evacuate the patient to Siloam Hospital in Manado. Siloam is a private hospital which offers an excellent standard of medical care.

CURRENCY

They accept IDR, GBP. USD and SGD for any cash payments and gratuities. They use the daily middle kurs from the Bank of Indonesia as the exchange rate.

For local purchases or market visits, please bring IDR. There are no ATMs on Bunaken, so please obtain IDR before arrival, although small-value exchanges can be made at reception.

A 1.85% administration fee will be charged to every Visa and Master Card transaction.

DRESS CODE

There isn’t one! Casual beach wear is best for the day (don’t forget sunglasses, hat and suncream).

In the evening, laid-back casual chic is fine, although it’s absolutely your choice. Shorts for men or women can be worn at all times.

Please note that because Oasis is built on a steep hill, it’s not a barefoot resort: flip-flops or light sandals are recommended.

PHILANTHROPY

Bunaken pride themselves on the beautiful island they call home, and undertake many initiatives to actively support the island and its people, such as:

• Providing the nearby village with fresh drinking water

• Providing villagers with medical assistance, including emergency medical evacuation to hospital on the mainland

• Offering work placements and training to the local school

• Supporting all activities of BunakenCare, a local NGO dedicated to preserving the land and marine environment of Bunaken

HOW TO GET HERE

Flights: Sam Ratalungi International Airport Manado (MDC) only has one international flight, Silk Air MI274 from Changi International Airport (SIN).

Transfers: You will be met at the airport by our staff, and the transfer from the airport to the harbour in a private car takes approximately 30-40 minutes. The journey from the harbour to Bunaken Oasis in one of our boats takes a further 30 minutes.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa