The trip was great- probably the best dive trip ever!
We loved Siladen, Sulawesi- people, room, resort, food, dive guides and diving were wonderful- It was our favorite resort of the trip- certainly the best food of the trip- by far! 3 of the dives there- 2 day dives and the one night dive are probably the best dives I have ever done in my 21 years of diving. Coral was very healthy. Zig zag dive site was awesome- and the house reef- which we did because the owner was on our boat for the first dive and wanted to be dropped off before the second dive- was so beautiful that I would have dove it again in a second. The night dive was a non stop all star dive of every creature you would ever want to see. Finally we had great massages at the spa.
Lembeh, Sulawesi- Kungkungan Bay was wonderful- room was lovely, resort beautiful, very clean and the people- especially the manager Berry couldn’t have been nicer. We previously thought we did not like muck diving-we were wrong! We loved it at Lembeh and wish we had another day there-especially to try a night dive
Raja Ampat dive lodge was very nice- I know we picked the resort for the air conditioning- which was kind of underpowered. We adapted and enjoyed our time there- after the more luxurious 2 resorts it took a day or so to adapt- but we basically had the resort to ourselves, and it was very relaxing and beautiful. Food was only ok- especially the dinners. The lunches were better- they usually cooked just for the 6 of us as the other large group was out for lunch each day. The diving was very good- it’s probably the fishiest place I have ever been. The visibility was only ok- but by the end of each dive when we hit about 40 foot – the reef was glorious. But the fish were the real stars. The staff were wonderful- did not see many- very different from Siladen- but all were great, especially the Dive staff. Our dive guide was just awesome.
The people at Minahasa Highland Resort were incredible. Mario was our guide- we also had a driver (a great driver), a photographer (we were given a flash drive with pictures from our 24 hours at their resort) and a second car and driver that carried luggage from the airport and then followed us to the crater lake for what reason we don’t know. They were all so nice, the rooms were beautiful and the food was fine- they kept giving us food and by that time we were kind of done with rice and noodles- haha.
Everyone from beginning to end was nice, helpful, welcoming and friendly. We loved our trip in every way!