Really enjoyed the wonderful hospitality and service at the Tasik Ria Resort, Manado and the diving was exceptional !
We had an ideal sea view bungalow with a beautiful view. The restaurant, pool and spa all rated highly for me and my wife but the best for us was the service at the Dive Centre, Tasik Ria Divers. They have a large boat that accommodated us comfortably and their dive guides are very helpful, friendly and knowledeable about the local marine live. Around the Bunken islands this is bountiful and really made the holiday with really good visibility and rare species including a sighting of the rare sun fish.
Thanks to our host, Dan and all the staff at the resort and the dive centre for making our trip a memorable one and we would very much like to return.
John and Joy
Highly recommend as your first stop in Sulawesi! I decided to take my Open Water PADI diving course at Tasik Ria while enjoying the cozy (Air Conditioned!) bungalows on the beach, 3 pools and delicious buffet-styled Indonesian meals cooked at the resort. Dan Green, the personable General Manager and his smiling, eager staff took excellent care of us and even arranged a day trip to a local orphanage the resort supports in Manado. Tasik Ria will arrange airport pick-ups and transport to the beautiful, nearby island of Bunaken as well.
Three things that made this place so special, the staff, the food and of course the diving.
We had a great experience with all the staff, they met every request and went out of the way to call us by our name and make sure we had a great time. The owner Dan is alway there with story, a karaoke song or a game of pool.
All meals were tailored around the diving trips, often buffet style or share-platters on the table when our group got back at odd times. Food was varied and mostly delicious with plenty of chilli available. BBQ night was a particular highlight and I need the recipe for that delicious eggplant dish. Staff made sure all requests were available.A cheff is always on hand for freshly cooked eggs or pasta.
Bunarkin National Park has some of the most spectacular wall-dives I have ever seen. We also did a wreck, saw a whale carcass and took a day trip to Lambeh Island (3hrs each way by bus - but well worth the trip for black sand muck diving). Our dive guides Decka and Clauss were fantastic and showed us all the microscopic little critters you can imagine. Decka is very experienced, providing great dive briefings and sharing personal stories. The boat crew made sure we were set up and ready to go for every dive, very professional and efficient.
The resort has a swim up bar (open until 6pm daily) and offers great vale spa treatments.
All in all it was a great place for an all inclusive package.
I stayed here with my wife recently for five nights, I am a diver so I was well catered for with three dives a day we usually did two dives at Bunaken Island which is about an hours boat trip away, the third dive was usually at Critter Circus just off the Tasik Ria Resort.
My wife isn't a diver so there wasn't a lot for her to do, she did enjoy a few days relaxing by the pool and was pampered in the Matana Spa
Meals were included in the price, the a la carte menu was varied and were of very good standard and servings were plentiful
We stayed in a Seaview Cottage which was very comfortable, I would definitely stay here again
As a non-diver at what is primarily a dive resort, my main interests were being comfortable while the divers were out, and snorkeling. Despite assurances, there was NO snorkeling from shore. We did snorkel around the pier, and I actually saw 4 lion fish, but the broken concrete made me fear getting bashed into it. The swim out to an area touted to be good was too far for me, and going out on a very basic boat with the divers in the hope that the spot they went to would be good for snorkeling did NOT appeal. Besides, the dive trips took close to two hours each way, which did NOT please the group of 16 divers.
The resort itself looked like it had once been somewhat luxurious. However, it is in serious need of renovation. The rooms were basic, and generally clean. Bottled water was provided. However, power was intermittent, and the internet access was a bad joke. One night at 2am, after 7 power failures, after each of which the a/c had to be manually restarted, we just gave up and decided to try to sleep in the heat. And the manager actually told me the next day they had a generator! Maybe, but seems like it did NOT work
The pool was nice, and although the backs of the lounge chairs could not be adjusted, I was able to roll and stack towels in order to get comfortable and read. The spa was great, inexpensive, good range of services, with a very good therapist.
Food was a different story. The person in the morning making omelettes did very well, but dinners were buffet style, the dishes luke-warm, and mediocre. A couple of nights we did have specialties cooked on a grill. I have no idea where the European-trained chef mentioned in the advertising was. There was a dining room we never used in the main building; we ate out at the end of the dock. If you like wine, bring your own. I hear that lunches on the dive boat were less than mediocre; mine at the beach bar were limited. The satay and nasi goreng were good, as were the French fries.
Dining staff tried very hard to be accommodating, doing the best they could. They did not have much to work with.