300,000 IDR per night for a private room. Approximately $25 USD.
10 dive package 370,000 IDR per dive
- Very affordable
- Panorama views
- Pretty bungalows
- Nice atmosphere
- Pay with transfer wise
- Nice beach
- Internet is good
- It’s very hot!
- No AC
- Food is repetitive
- No fans in common area
- Metal roofs
- No hot water
- Ants in room
- So many stairs
- Beds are uncomfortable
- No ATMs on the island
- No Nitrox
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Things to note
Panorama had many good points but also bad points. While on one hand, I loved it and on the other, I didn’t.
My biggest issue was touching and moving of sealife. I don’t think they realize, most guests don’t want that. At least I didn’t want it. I’ll let you imagine the rest.
Next issue was the repetitive food. Lunch was always tuna for the protein, rice, something fried or noodles and hopefully a veggie. Sometimes dinner was tuna as well. We ate fried chicken once. Mostly, I had white rice in soy sauce for lunch.
The dining area is also a common area. There are no fans and you hope that a breeze flows through. I would recommend they put in fans and also a comfortable setting to relax.
The diving is spectacular and the view is outstanding! Sven was professional and courteous. The boats are in good condition, as well as the equipment. Just a few touches here and there and this could be an outstanding affordable resort!
Power cuts off at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. it only lasts for 30 minutes or so.
The internet here is very good on certain days. For some reason, I could stream Netflix but I could not get Kayak.com to work. It was difficult to buy a ticket from the island.
Bunaken is very remote. The roads are basically ruts in the road.
They drive motorbikes but again the roads are very uneven. It’s a little terrifying, especially after a hard rain. You will probably run into goats and chickens if you walk on down the lane.
This is also a very hilly island. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs no matter where you stay.
I can’t recommend this dive center. I would suggest Froggies or Two Fish. Until they fix their issues, it’s not worth the hassle.