Indonesia, Oct '10
A little bit about our trip last year: We flew into Singapore, caught a connecting flight to Manado (landing on a small island is not funny!) and then took a bus ride through a bustling stretch of jungle teaming with infrastructure and human activity. Then onto the resort, located on the beach and what a beautifully manicured destination.
Accommodation was very nice, the restaurant (serving 3 buffet meals a day), the bar and the swimming pool were all located alongside the beach, with a view as far as the eye can see, including islands scattered around, what we like to believe was an inactive volcano and a glassy flat ocean!
Things were quite different to what we're used to, starting off with a dark and in some places black beach (volcanic ash). Diving was uniquely different with the smallest of small creatures which we would never have seen had it not been for the trained eyes of the local dive leaders. What stood out . . . . . . . . get this. . . . . . a blue ringed octopus, electric clam, pygmy seahorses, orangutang crabs, a monster-sized frog fish, a collection of nudis, shrimps & crabs, wall diving, muck diving and the list goes on.
I must mention, that I have never in my life come across such pleasant, friendly, helpful & happy people. The staff at the resort went way beyond what one would expect to make our stay comfortable and entertained! And for families with young children, if you thought you can't travel & dive because you would'nt know what to do with the kids, this is the destination that you should then consider. Parents swopped out dives and togehter with the staff, the kids were doted over, entertained, fed & sun-creamed 24/7! I suppose it also helps that we travelled as a super-nice group of people!
Highly recommended is a one or two night Singapore stopover.
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