We visit Tasik Ria Resort at least once a year as part of our group trip Trans Indonesia Tour which takes place in November, it makes for the ideal base to explore the local dive sites of the Bunaken Marine Park and the northern shores of Sulawesi island. There’s a number of reasons why we like returning but none more so than the excellent service on offer, we think this is one of the best run land based dive operations in Asia and this is largely down to the local crew. You can tell they like their work, from the boat captains to the dive guides and those that are just being trained up for the first time there’s plenty of friendly banter on the dive deck and it only take a day to get on first name terms. As for the diving, the Bunaken region is made up of 5 different islands all with plunging reef walls, rich reefs and plenty of cruising turtles, take your time and your dive guide will surely be able to point out lots of critters including pygmy seahorses, orangutan crabs and frogfish. The northern shores of Sulawesi also offer excellent macro/photography opportunities with white sand bays and shallow fringing reefs, Tasik Ria offer 3 dives per day, 2 of which are carried out on the reefs around Bunaken and an afternoon dive on the local shores of Sulawesi itself. We think this offers a great mix of diving, it’s also possible to dive the Lembeh Straits from Tasik Ria which is one of the world’s premier locations for critters and offers very different topography to Bunaken, the drive back and forth can be rather time consuming so if you would like to dive this area more than one day we suggest spending some time in this area independently in a different resort.
It’s possible to dive in North Sulawesi year round, regular flights depart from Manchester and London connecting in Singapore for Manado. It’s then 45 minutes by car to Tasik Ria. Packages for 10 nights start from £1990.00 per person. Visit Tasik Ria for more information.