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Long Journey…..North to South Celebes ( Day 2 )

DAY 2

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Wake early in the morning around 06.00 am. Take a round for some photos in Sedona. After breakfast quicked start to Tasik Ria for an inspection. Located at Tanawangko Bay, on the north west coast of North Sulawesi Ten Minutes drive from Sedona Manado. It takes 1 hour driver from Manado Apt  and About 40 minutes drive from the hustle & bustle of Manado is Tasik Ria Resort & Spa. Here with its peaceful and scenic palm fringed backdrop is a family owned and run resort that offers not only luxury and comfort but also a level of warmth and hospitality which in today’s frantic world is such a rarity.Image

The resort’s 34 rooms are in 2 categories; Twenty standard Pool View Rooms are conveniently situated around the large free form freshwater swimming pool. For those looking for a more romantic hideaway, the premier Sea View Cottages offer more privacy and look out onto the beachfront. They also have Spa and Very Nice restaurant. I also met the Resident Manager, Daniel Green. Very nice guy and very welcome.Image

The time is almost  09.00am. We hurry jumped in the Car went to Harbor to catch the boat to Bunaken Island. Liwayne adventure did arranged boat for one day. It costed Rp 650,000. From Manado Harbor to Bunaken Island it took around 45 minutes crossing. The Bunaken National Marine Park enclose an area of 75,265 hectares comprising five islands: Bunaken, Manado Tua, Siladen, Mantehage and Nain.  Then first we visited Easten part of Bunaken NP known as Pangalisan Beach ;

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Bunaken Village; Owned by Dutch-Indonesian Couple, Mr. Jochem and Mrs. Angelina. The resort has only 8 cottages and 2 rooms, which makes it very small scale and this allows us to add that little personal service and attention that bigger resorts lack. ImageThe cottages are also well spaced with enough distance between them in order to create enough privacy. In the restaurant area and in the cottages there is a free Wifi internet connection available and for guests without a laptop computer there is an oppurtunity to rent one by the hour. Small swimming pool located in front of the Bar/ Restaurant.

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Bunaken Sea Breeze; Owned by Mr. Terry ( Australian ) and Mrs. Diana. Bunaken Sea Breeze Dive Resort, with comfortable wooden bungalows, beachfront bar & restaurant. situated on the beach side with wonderful view over the ocean, beach, garden and many of the finest reefs within reach just around the corner. The bungalows have a traditional designed with beautiful garden. All bungalows have their own bathroom facilities, western toilets, fans and a terrace with view over the reef.

Then we continued to the western part of Bunaken Island known as Liang Beach, visited;

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Bunaken Island; Owned by the Dutch man Mr. Frank Feyns  . The Bungalows  taken from Minahasan traditional house built to European standards of comfort and safety, artfully blending with natural materials…All located on top of a hill. So, you can see the beautiful Sunset with the beautiful view of Mt. Manado Tua. Site Manager Mr. Jan is very calm and friendly. He offered us Lunch on that day.Image

At 15.00 hours we get in the boat and back to Manado and visited some hotels;

Swissbel Maleosan Manado. Unfortunately the hotel was fullybooked, so we can’t see any rooms.

Aston Manado; just able to see the Deluxe Room due the other rooms are fullybooked.

Sintesa Peninsula; Located next to Aston Manado. Very big building hotel with 200 rooms. Normally full with domestic and business tourist.

Minahasa Hotel; Simple hotel with nice rooms but very old fashion hotel.

In the afternoon we depart to Cocotinos: It is a boutique dive resort located within Wori Bay in the heart of Kima Bajo, a fishing village overlooking the Bunaken National Marine Park. Cocotinos was designed to be simple and 22-rooms property comprising of, 8 Garden Rooms with garden view, 4 Garden Rooms with full pool and ocean view, 8 Water’s Edge Rooms and 2 Suites (Kano-Kano and Posi-Posi). We spent the night at Cocotinos. Pak Martinus, the GM of Cocotinos is very  nice guy, polite and down to earth GM I ever knew.

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Long Journey…..North to South Celebes ( Day 1 )

Day 1    

Flew by Lion Air from Makassar etd 12h05 eta Manado 14h00.

From Manado Apt directly visit Tangkoko National Park. The distance is about 65 km and It takes almost 2 hours from Apt to Tangkoko, Batu Putih Village.  Inspection at:

Tangkoko Dove Villas; Consist of 10 villas with Wooden Villa. Nice rooms with open shower. Also they have simple restaurant in the middle ( Recommended ).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Mama Roos; Very simple local homestay about 10 rooms with Indonesian standard bathroom.

Tangkoko Lodge; New brand homestay about 5 rooms very simple and basic standard bathroom.

Then we visit Tangkoko NP. Entrance fee is Rp 3,000 per person for local tourist and Rp 30,000 per person for foreigner. But also we have to pay for Local Guide cost around Rp 170,000 per 3 hours. Also other cost for Camera Fee.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Spend around one hour at Batu Putih, Tangkoko the drive back to City of Manado. From Manado Apt to Manado Center is about 30 minutes drive. Bit traffic because of narrow and small roads. Also many new cars. Then we went to Raja Sate Manado for our Dinner. Located on busy street of Manado Boulevard make  this restaurant so famous and the reasonable price for their menus.

Drop Mas bayu at Grand Leluy Manado ( former Santika Manado).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA It located in then North part of Apt. Big Hotel with International standard. Room is good , the Garden is beautiful with seaview. It offers a wide range of accommodation options from deluxe rooms to cottages and suites, all overlooking the sea. This beautiful four-star hotel with 101 rooms including 48 Superior Room,  24 Deluxe Rooms, 28 Cottages, and one special designed presidential Suite. It is situated on the mainland facing Bunaken Island. It is located only 30 minutes from the city center and 40 minutes from the airport.DSC01316 Hotel Santika Premiere Seaside Resort Manado is a prime destination for divers, and offers the best accommodation in Manado. 5* PADI IDC Dive Center Thalassa was founded in 1996 and since that time is managed by Simone Gerritsen, originally from Holland.Simone being a PADI Course Director, made it possible for the company to get the official PADI IDC center status, where the instructors on site teach most PADI programs from snorkeler to Instructor.

After that we went to our hotel Sedona Manado.DSC01341 Arrive midnight and check in directly. Hotel Sedona Manado is located 45 minutes from the international airport, 30 minutes from the city and 30 minutes boat ride from breathtaking diving sites off the Bunaken and Siladen Islands. Consist of 247 rooms and suites have a private balcony overlooking expansive views of the spectacular Sulawesi Sea or the swimming pool. Amenities expected of world class hotels are provided in each rooms.DSC01353