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Bunaken SeaGarden Resort

Pangalisang Beach, Manado, Bunaken Island Indonesia
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#10 of 21 Speciality lodging in Bunaken Island
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dorota r wrote a review Feb 2020
Warsaw, Poland23 contributions5 helpful votes
This hotel is fantastic! I checked many others to make a booking and finally I decided to go on with Bunaken Sea Garden Resort. It was a perfect choice. Owner Sonya and staff was very helpful and profesional. We had a beautiful two storey house in minahasa style, very clean, with two fans. In front of the resort there is a small beach with mangrove forest. Swimming 200meters further there is a beautifull coral reefs with a lot of fish, turtles, snakes etc. It is amazing underwater paradise. Food is excellent: different kind of fish, sometimes chicken, beef and variety of salads. Popi and owner Sonya are very nice, helpful. Sonya helped us and supported us while beeing in troubles with a flight delay.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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John K wrote a review Nov 2019
Ao Nang, Thailand18 contributions9 helpful votes
Great resort with super friendly and helpful staff. The island Bunaken is small but beautiful. I enjoyed snorkeling so much that I decided to stay at Bunaken Sea Garden Dive Resort, and let go of my plan to explore North Sulawesi. The resort owner really made me feel at home and went snorkeling with me. The accommodation is very good, I got a free upgrade to the superior room. Don't forget to take enough cash as there is no ATM on Bunaken. Also no supermarket, just small shops selling basic needs. Don't worry about food: the resort is providing 3 good meals per day. Fresh, healthy and veried. Free coffee and tea. All inclusive, I only had to pay extra for beer. You will not regret staying here for sure. Snorkeling right from the resort, within a few minutes you'll be surrounded by an amazing underwater world. Diving is possible too, all equipment is available.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
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Connector463107 wrote a review Jul 2019
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Bunaken SeaGarden Resort is a wonderful place to stay if you want to explore one of the worlds best coral reefs. The reef consists of an enormous variation of corals and is populated by an innumerable amount of fish and other species. I have to mention the turtles. Bunaken SeaGarden Resort consists of nice and clean bungalows on a beautiful and well maintained area. The food is good, it is also easy if you are a vegetarian. You can get cold sodas and beer at all times. The best of all, the coral reef is just a short swim away... The friendly hosts Harrie and Sonya are always around and very helpful. Lunch and dinner is served at a fixed time and Harrie and all the guests eat together around a large table. We made great friends and had great conversations. I got my PADI Open Water diverslicense at SeaGarden. They had a very experienced instructor who was easy to learn from. I felt very safe. After I got my license I was diving with Harrie. Also with him I felt very safe. Bunaken is a gem. A beautiful little island with very few tourists and still off the beaten track even though it is easy to get there. The airport is in nearby Manado. Sonya and Harrie arranged that we were picked up by a driver who got us on the boat to Bunaken SeaGarden Resort. They also arranged our transport to the airport when we left. One thing is sure, we will be back!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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C K wrote a review Jul 2019
Norway22 contributions3 helpful votes
Short story: Bunaken’s best coral reef is only 120 meters from the Bunaken Sea Garden Resort. The bungalows at the resort are spacious and clean, the food is good, the drinks are cold, and the hosts, Sonia and Harrie, are very friendly and helpful. I can think of no better place to spend a vacation if you want to experience the marine life of a healthy coral reef. Long story: My wife and I visited the Bunaken island 22 years ago and found the coral reefs bursting with life in all shapes and colours. We had never seen anything remotely like it, and we told ourselves that if we one day had children, we would bring them there. This summer we finally came back with our two daughters, now aged 19 and 17. Before going, we were concerned about the health of the coral reefs. We were also afraid that the marine park and the island would be overloaded with tourists. After all, Bunaken is easily accessible from the Manado international airport. Fortunately our fears were ungrounded. The coral reef was as we remembered it 22 years ago, and the island has not been ruined by mass tourism. We chose Bunaken Sea Garden Resort because we wanted a small resort with easy snorkelling access to the coral reefs. The Resort is located on the east side of the island, where the best preserved reefs are. The coral wall is just 120 meters off the shore from the resort, within easy swimming distance. Making up the wall is a variety of corals of different structures and colours. Swimming along, or about the wall are turtles, angel fish, butterfly fish, anemone fish, box fish, puffer fish, moorish idols, damsels, cleaner fish, humpback unicorn fish, surgeon fish, trumpet fish, triggerfish, lion fish, sea snakes, and tuna, just to mention a few species, of which most are represented with a number of subspecies. When not snorkelling or diving we would while away the hours in hammocks outside our bungalows, or chatting with other guests, comparing notes about what species of marine life we had just seen. Our hosts, Harrie and/or Sonia, were always available, and very helpful. We spent nine days at the resort, and could easily have spent nine more. We will definitely return to the Bunaken island, and to Bunaken Sea Garden Resort. Next time we will not wait 22 years.
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
1 Helpful vote
Compass23256009799 wrote a review Jul 2019
2 contributions
We have visited Seagarden 5 times in the last year, and cannot recommend it highly enough! We kept returning because it is a perfect mixture of friendly service, good price, and the amazing location for epic snorkelling! All of the resorts have access to the stunning coral reef that surrounds the island, but most have to get there by boat. Seagarden however, has a 'house reef' that you can swim to from the resort. This makes it perfect for snorkellers like us! We saw lots of turtles, a dugong, and so much coral and fish When you add this to the 3 great meals a day (simple but fresh, well-prepared, and generous), and the hospitable personalities of the owners and staff, the place is unbeatable for people that want to enjoy Bunaken without the expense of the high-end boutique resorts. In summary, we love it, and would recommend it to everyone.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
USD 40 - USD 61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IndonesiaSulawesiNorth SulawesiManadoBunaken Island
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bunaken SeaGarden Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Bunaken SeaGarden Resort?
Nearby attractions include Bunaken National Marine Park (1.8 km), Deco Stop Cafe N Bar (0.6 km), and Mahoro Island (1.8 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Bunaken SeaGarden Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Bunaken SeaGarden Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Bunaken SeaGarden Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Bunaken SeaGarden Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Bunaken SeaGarden Resort?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.