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Mar 14, 2016 - Ferry to Bunaken

3/14 Got up and out by 7:45 a.m. because we were told the Lion Air office opens at 8! NOT! So we had a buffet breakfast at the hotel. I pigged out (all you can eat for $8 US - you bet!). Omelette, pancakes, fruit, sweets.... We were able to book most flights up until we fly to Greece on the 30th. Very satisfying given the troubles we've had until now trying to book flights on line. Ticket 2 SUCKS as well as Nusa ticket! ___ Lion Air went easy - ATM cash to pay. Back to our hotel, walk to ferry by 1 p.m. - it didn't depart the dock until 2...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Bunaken Bust

Bunaken Island & Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia - March 23-26 By the time we got to Bunaken, we were both miserable. We were at the point of just sitting in our room, staring at each other with pain-induced glazes over our eyes, banging our heads against the wall, and popping Advil like they were skittles. We knew we'd need to sit out the dives that first day, but we really thought that the pain in our ears would subside enough to go the next day. We were wrong. Even though the Two Fish Resort on Bunaken is bigger and more developed than the...

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Apr 25, 2010 - INDONESIA, Bunaken, Sulawesi

Arrived in Manado via Singapore and a short drive and 30 minute boat trip took us to our resort. Spent 5 nights and 4 days scuba diving here. Really good diving with amazing coral reefs and walls, fish and some turtles. Also, lots of little critters (nudibranches, shrimp, etc.) and dolphins (above water only). The villagers in this part of Indonesia are mostly Christian (missionaries were very successful here), though Islam is still present. We learned that village leadership changes from Christian to Muslim every 5 years. What a great way...

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Feb 4, 2008 - Diving Bunaken Island

We arrive at 5:00 am in Gorontolo from the Togeans via an overnight, public boat. Before we set foot on the dock we are greeted by mobs of mopeds and Kijangs. It is an 8 hour drive to Manado, our next destination. It is another long, grueling day of driving through Sulawesi including the requisite road-closing land slides, butt-numbing, lumbar-jarring roads, whiny music from the tape deck and endless clouds of second-hand, clove-scented cigarette smoke. Finally, we arrive at Tasikria, a 5 star resort that caters to wealthy SCUBA divers. It...

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