Panorama Backpacker Resort Bunaken Indonesia

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Major Issues

December 2019

Cost

300,000 IDR per night for a private room. Approximately $25 USD.

10 dive package 370,000 IDR per dive

Panorama

Manado to Bunaken Island Indonesia Transportation


Pros

  • Very affordable
  • Panorama views
  • Pretty bungalows
  • Nice atmosphere
  • Remote
  • Pay with transfer wise
  • Nice beach
  • Internet is good

Cons

  • 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
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.

1st problem

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.

2nd problem

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.

3rd problem

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

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

Power cuts off at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. it only lasts for 30 minutes or so.

Internet

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.

It’s remote

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.

Hill climbing

This is also a very hilly island. Be prepared to climb a lot of stairs no matter where you stay.

Final Thoughts

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.

Bunaken

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