We knew that it would be a mission to get to...but it was definitely worth it!!
My husband & I celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary at Una Una and we had a fabulous time.
We also live on a South East Asian island so understand how difficult it can be to get supplies etc. Considering how remote Una Una is, Andri & his team are doing a great job.
We took a nice bottle of wine with us to celebrate, knowing they wouldn't have any! They made a heart shaped cake for us on the day & evryone was always really helpful, friendly & smiley :)
We came via Gorontalo....so a 12hr ferry to Wakai & then a 3 hr boat ride to get to Una Una - it's a shame the public boats don't coincide with the days the ferry arrives as a charter boat to the island is quite expensive!!
Once there, we were made to feel very welcome, bags were carried from the boat for us & Andri gave us a warm welcome (he was a fantastic host the whole week), lunch was ready, so we got our first taste of simple, but fresh & delicious island food. Yes, rice & fish (many different varieties) featured on the menu regularly throughout the week, but we also enjoyed noodles, chicken, pumpkin, green veg, aubergine, fresh coconut juice, homemade cakes, breakfasts of rice, pancakes, fruit, homemade bread (more like corn bread than western style) & pineapple jam (delicious)...we never went hungry...even fried chicken, coleslaw & mashed potato one night as a treat!!
We stayed in a superior room that had an amazing view, was very spacious, had an amazing mattress (best on any island we've slept on!!) & was simply, but beautifully decorated/designed...we particularly loved the 'walk in closet' so we could unpack properly AND the fact that the tap water was drinkable as the water comes direct from the Volcano....amazing! As we were out diving every day, we barely used the room & for an Eco resort, were quite happy that the room was NOT cleaned/sheets/towels changed while we were there....we knew that IF we'd wanted these things seen to, we could have just asked & it would have been no problem. Also, the issue of loo roll... ANYone travelling in Asia should be aware that the plumbing & systems they have don't support loo roll, so embrace the water jet/water scoop....it's much cleaner & more environmentally friendly!
The diving...equipment all seemed very new & well kept (we had our own with us, so only an observation) the guides/instructors (Allie, Lucas & Andri) were fabulous. We felt that our trip was tailor made....always asked what we wanted to see the next day & suggestions made for dive spots that would be suitable. We even did 2 trips with Andri to some further dive spots that he enjoys & the boat was equipped with tea, coffee, water & snacks to enjoy on a nearby beach for our surface interval! The coral reefs were in great condition, with only a bit of bleaching at the top of some dive sites due to El Nino....water temp on the surface between 29 & 31C! The sponges & fans were of EPIC size & the giant schools of jacks & barracudas were fabulous!
We weren't expecting to see much macro....but were pleasantly surprised. Wonderpus octopus & shawn the sheep nudibranch amongst the highlights! but also a fab pair of harlequin shrimp, ornate ghost pipefish, leafy scorpion fish, frogfish, cuttlefish, orangutan crabs, bumpheads, eagle rays,
What was really great was how professional, yet relaxed the guides were, so they pointed out some amazing things, but also allowed us to search for things ourselves...it was like going diving with friends!
We truly enjoyed our remote island escape, a big thank you to all the team there, we definitely recommend Sanctum Una Una....don't expect 5* western standards....go with an open mind & enjoy 5* Asian hospitality & experience a bit of local flavour ;)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All PADI dive courses, Trekking, snorkeling, spa (book in advance), 3 meals, food is 100 % eco all products are from Sulawesi. All our staff speaks good English and we have been trained in customer service. , We offer all on one island, We offer descent rooms, safe diving, interesting trekking, amazing local villages, tasty menu, bubble drinks and Indonesian culture for all travellers. WiFi, Hot shower, visa master card available ... more less
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