We conceived Bunaken Oasis with one overriding aim in mind: to create a dive resort whose every aspect meets our own exacting requirements for quality and service, both on land and on the sea. Distilling our experiences from luxury (and not-so-luxury) resorts around the world, our refusal to compromise means that every guest - whether scuba diving, rebreather diving, snorkelling, taking underwater photography, or simply relaxing by the pool - can enjoy the treasures of Bunaken from a resort which anticipates and meets just about their every need.
Bunaken Oasis redefines diving in Bunaken. Positioned very much at the luxury end of the spectrum, our aim is to provide a 5-star experience whilst keeping our ecological footprint to a minimum.
The resort offers 12 large, traditionally-built villas, including one family villa with two bedrooms, and one villa near the Long House for those who may have difficulty walking.
A major focal point of the resort is a free form infinity pool, with sun-loungers and easy access to the bar, for those who want to spend time above, rather than below, the water.
In addition to a chill-out cocktail bar and a full-service restaurant serving Indonesian and international cuisine, guest amenities also include an air conditioned library, a fully-equipped classroom in the Dive Centre with 4k flat-screen TV, especially useful for photographic groups, and a spacious camera room with more charging points than you will ever need.
The Bunaken Marine National Park in North Sulawesi is a protected, though fragile, environment, and we are committed to taking our eco-responsibilities very seriously. Using our own bore holes, or even sea-water, with water makers and ultraviolet treatment, we have ensured that all the water in the resort is fully drinkable, and we can avoid the need for one of the greatest pollutants of our time - plastic bottles. In addition, all waste water will be processed through a water-treatment plant.
Wherever possible, we will hire Indonesian staff for all positions; when this is not possible, it will be part of the job description of the foreign incumbent to develop his or her local successor.
The resort is built on a steep hillside overlooking the mangroves on Liang Beach (don’t worry, there are gently meandering paths everywhere, so getting around the resort is easy!).
Your transfer boat from the mainland will moor at our private jetty, and you’ll enter Bunaken Oasis through our beautiful Long House. Above the Long House is a spectacular free form infinity pool, ideal for who might choose to relax and catch some sun rather than dive.
Moving past the pool, you come to the chill-out cocktail bar, where you can enjoy a range of fine wines and spirits (and Bintang!) while you unwind beneath the stars. To the side of the bar is our restaurant, and because you’ll be spending quite a lot of time here, we’ve really made it something special: with fantastic views over the pool, Long House and out to sea, you’ll enjoy gourmet Asian and western cuisine at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Towards the rear of the resort is our tranquil Spa; wind down after a day’s diving by choosing a massage from our extensive menu of treatments, and leave yourself in the hands of one of our fully-trained therapists.
Whether you opt for a king-sized or twin-bed configuration, your 70sqm, traditionally-built villa contains everything to make your stay with us exceptional: air conditioning, spacious and luxurious indoor bathroom with local produced and organic products, sumptuous furniture in keeping with the traditional styles, Dolce Gusto coffee machine, free easy to access Wi-Fi, a Samsung tablet loaded with fish guides and more, a Bluetooth speaker and a beautiful large balcony with stunning views from each of our villas.
Bunaken is not a white-sand, ‘paradise’ island: it is a working island of nearly 3,000 inhabitants, most of whom work in farming, fishing or tourism. It is, however, an example of ‘real’ Indonesia, and gives visitors a genuine insight into vibrant, colourful island life.
Ten 70 sqm luxury cottages
One 90 sqm double luxury cottage
One two-storey luxury cottage, with separate access, ideal for families with older children, or friends travelling together.
5 hectare site, with private seafront, mangrove area and 140m private jetty.
All cottages have air-conditioning, modern indoor bathroom, organic toiletries, coffee maker, hot and cold water dispenser, Bluetooth speaker, Samsung tablet, mini-fridge, safe, robes and slippers, and large balcony with stunning mainland and sea views.
3 meals a day
Unlimited tea and coffee in the cottages, and on the dive boats
Free laundry service
Free Nitrox, for Nitrox-qualified divers
Transfers from/to Sam Ratulangi International Airport
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Despite our location in an equatorial jungle, Bunaken is relatively untroubled by mosquitoes and other biting insects. Nevertheless, to ensure guest comfort, we undertake a programme of fogging to reduce any problems to a minimum.
As a precaution, you may wish to apply mosquito repellent at dawn and at dusk, when the insects are at their most active.
In the unlikely event of a medical emergency, we have a trained nurse and several emergency first responders on our staff, together with a well-equipped medical room. However, there is no doctor on Bunaken, so for serious emergencies we will immediately evacuate the patient to Siloam Hospital in Manado. Siloam is a private hospital which offers an excellent standard of medical care.
We accept IDR, GBP. USD and SGD for any cash payments and gratuities. We will use the daily middle kurs from the Bank of Indonesia as the exchange rate.
For local purchases or market visits, please bring IDR. There are no ATMs on Bunaken, so please obtain IDR before arrival, although small-value exchanges can be made at reception.
A 1.85% administration fee will be charged to every Visa and Master Card transaction.
There isn’t one! Casual beach wear is best for the day (don’t forget sunglasses, hat and suncream).
In the evening, laid-back casual chic is fine, although it’s absolutely your choice. Shorts for men or women can be worn at all times.
Please note that because Oasis is built on a steep hill, it’s not a barefoot resort: flip-flops or light sandals are recommended.
We pride ourselves on the beautiful island we call home, and undertake many initiatives to actively support the island and its people, such as:
• Providing the nearby village with fresh drinking water
• Providing villagers with medical assistance, including emergency medical evacuation to hospital on the mainland
• Offering work placements and training to the local school
• Supporting all activities of BunakenCare, a local NGO dedicated to preserving the land and marine environment of Bunaken
Flights: Sam Ratalungi International Airport Manado (MDC) only has one international flight, Silk Air MI274 from Changi International Airport (SIN).
Transfers: You will be met at the airport by our staff, and the transfer from the airport to the harbour in a private car takes approximately 30-40 minutes. The journey from the harbour to Bunaken Oasis in one of our boats takes a further 30 minutes.
Oasis can provide a variety of trips to encourage guests to explore the region beyond Bunaken. Whether they are visiting the rainforest, a local market or the towns and villages on nearby islands or the mainland, we encourage guests to learn more about the wonderful and colourful local environment.
All guests are required to pay the Bunaken National Marine Park entrance fee of 125,000 IDR (approx £7.00). This is charged locally at the resort.
With easy access to over 90 superb dive sites, the variety of diving Bunaken offers is amazing: vertical walls with the sea bed 1500 metres beneath your fins, gentle walls with sandy bottoms, stunning reef tops, and muck diving on the mainland. Bunaken has it all. But what happens beneath the waves is only one part of the diving experience. At Bunaken Oasis we firmly believe that every aspect of the diving experience should reflect our focus on luxury.
Diving is from one of our brand-new, purpose-built dive boats (1 x 17 metre fibreglass catamaran, 3 x 14 metre and 2 x 16 metre traditional wooden boats ). All our boats provide freshwater deck showers, catering facilities, flushing WCs, and excellent facilities for photographers. However, perhaps what we’re most proud of is the space you’ll enjoy on board.
Our PADI dive centre has a large, comfortable classroom, a spacious camera room for photographers and ample freshwater rinse tanks.
For those who choose to travel light, you can hire everything you need to dive from our extensive range of equipment from leading manufacturers. All you need to bring is your logbook and proof of certification.
The simplest way is to fly to Singapore, then Singapore to Manado; Silk Air operate flights to Manado several times a week. You will be met at Manado by an Oasis representative. After a 30 minute drive to a port in Manado, the journey to Bunaken Oasis is about 30 minutes by boat.
Flights to Manado are available from other Indonesian and South East Asian cities with other airlines, for those guests on a multi-destination trip.
All transfers to/from Manado airport from Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort and Spa are free of charge to our guests.