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All reviews a small swimming pool low tide garden cottage great dive spots other guests buffet style small resort fish hot water wi fi coral reef stayed nights dietary requirements prices are very reasonable beach bungalow western food every meal
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Reviewed 1 February 2018

Although the term “House Reef” is widely used, it is not well defined. In my opinion, in comparison with other resorts we’ve been to where the coral is 10-20 meters off the mid-tide line (eg Bokissa Island in Vanuatu, Onong on nearby Siladen Island, Murex Bangka, Angel Island in The Flores and the Raja Ampat Eco Biodiversity Resort), The Village doesn’t have a “House Reef”.

The barrier coral reef that runs along that part of Bunaken Island's shore line is 200 meters from The Village’s beach. The first 100 metres is over seagrass and the second 100 metres over sand and dead coral rubble. Whether you wade out (you'll need to wear reef shoes) as far as you can (damaging the seagrass ecology in the process) or swim, you still have to travel 200 meters to get to the coral. When you get to the barrier reef the quality of the coral is great, but you are a long way offshore and exposed to the sometimes challenging currents of the Bunaken National Park and local boat traffic. Remember, after spending time (we usually spend an hour plus) snorkelling, you still have to get back to the beach. Also if you have a friend or kids on the reef it’s difficult to keep an eye on them because the view is obscured by mangroves that screen The Village from a wide view of the reef. Given the currents and boat traffic, I regard the fact that you can’t keep track of snorkelers from the beach to be a safety risk.

The Village doesn’t have much of a beach either as most of the waterfrontage is mangrove and not like the white sandy beaches you find at the other resorts I mentioned previously above.

Manado Safari Tours had booked my wife and I into The Village for 10 nights of a 25 night Manado snorkelling holiday. We left after one night feeling more than a little mislead and, having savoured the owner’s customer relationship management skills, I can think of no reason to ever return.

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room.
  • Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank OctoHex
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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful little resort, very quiet, excellent food and great dive spots. The huts are spacious and clean, just the salt water showers is something one needs to get used to. Service is great and people are friendly. Not much more to say...

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Tribune978
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

My wife and I stayed 28 nights in this dive resort, which has questioned many of the other guests. However, we did not feel bored at all; never a dull moment.

The car transfer from our overnight address to the port and the boat trip to Pulau Bunaken proceeded smoothly. Due to the low tide we did not arrive at the resort ashore but through the jetty in the village of Bunaken and a ten minutes per tuk tuk. It saved us some wet feet and pants.
The reception by Danny the manager was friendly and efficient. The owners Jochem and Angelina met us a few days later.

Although the resort is small, it has a sophisticated layout and is planted with many varying green alternatives. This makes the privacy per bungalow big.
We had chosen a beach bungalow (these do not know airco, fan is sufficient) and were assigned bungalow 3 for four weeks. This bungalow has an unobstructed view of the sea and is situated slightly beside the other estates.
The spacious bungalow was cleaned every morning and made up the beds. Sheets and towels were replaced in time. The mattresses are good. The water in the bath is broken. Air minum ergo drinking water is always available in the restaurant.
The only downside: hot water is not available in the shower room until 9:30 in the shower room (until the evening), which meant taking a shower at 06:00 with cold water. No disaster but not really pleasant.

The housekeeper as well as the dive staff (total about 25 people) is friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, their knowledge of the English language is limited.

The diet of my wife was not a problem for the kitchen, and was therefore closely monitored. All praise for it is in place.
The meals (buffet style) are of good quality and of sufficient variety. The layout of the table arrangement is made by the resort. The dive stick takes care of boarding, returning it on return, followed by thorough washing of the (own) diving equipment. Due to the fluctuating tide, it is sometimes necessary to walk along the beach and through the seawater to reach the boat.

During the four weeks of our stay, my wife dived 54 times without bothering her. In addition, she has canoeingand we walked (no cars on the island) several times.
The massage was a revelation because the masseuse knew every muscle. A benefit.

In conclusion, we had a great time at the resort the Village of Bunaken and would like to thank again all those concerned for the good care and nice contacts.

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Dennenheuvel
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Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed three nights at the Village Bunaken. It's a small resort so not many guests were there, which was good as there are ample space to relax at the pool and benches. Our cottage is right in front of the beach so we can fall asleep with the sea breeze! The room is spacious. It's also cool at night so no air conditioning is required.

The house reef is less than 400m from the beach, so you can swim there during high tide and go snorkeling. Despite the short distance, there are still abundant coral reef lives you can see!!

The staff are very friendly and helpful. The food at the resort are delicious, plus they have some cakes in the afternoon in case you are hungry. The coffee, which is available throughout the day, tastes great.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
Thank annietsang23
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Cosy and small resort where relaxing and diving or snorkelling is key! Staff is really friendly and helpful. The resort has an own dive school and equipment. Breakfast, lunch and diner are served for all guests together and the quality is very good.

I was lucky to have a really nice group of fellow guests that could get along very well!

Stayed: September 2017, travelled solo
Thank Mark v
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