Two resort trip to Indonesia • April 7-21, 2018
It was such a great time, let's go back
We had such a fabulous time at these two Indonesia resorts in 2017, we're heading back 2018. Both Siladen Island Resort & Spa and Villa Markisa are land based, 5-Star properties with accommodations, staff and food to die for! Diving is top-notch in both locations and offer cultural activities to satisfy any non-divers. Dive staffsare attentive and will make every dive one to remember! Spa services are offered in both locations and both properties are located on beautiful beaches.
Siladen Island Resort & Spa, Manado, N. Sulawesi
We're going to start in Manado, N. Sulawesi, at Siladen Island Resort & Spa from April 7-14, 2018. Three different room categories are available. Packages there will include round-trip airport transfers, 3 full meals daily, & 15 Nitrox boat dives.
LUXURY BEACH VILLAS have a bedroom separate from a sitting area, an outdoor, partially covered bathroom with open sky shower and a full porch facing the ocean with a private Jacuzzi and a beach sunbed. Rate for a diver based on double occupancy is $2,645; non-diver rate is available.
BEACH VILLAS feature a large bedroom with sitting area, partially covered bathroom with open sky shower and a full porch facing the ocean. Rate for a diver based on double occupancy is $2,365; non-diver rate is available.
GARDEN VILLAS are the same size and the same configuration as the beach villas but are located in the gardens behind the beach villas. All garden villas have recently been updated with the same amenities as the beach villas and the bathrooms have been totally updated. Rate for a diver based on double occupancy is $2067.50; non-diver rate is available.
A full service camera facility is located within the dive center on the property and staff handles all gear concierge-style so all you have to do is carry any personal items down to the boats. Dives are done along sheer walls and gentle slopes in Bunaken Marine Park and feature the famous Bunaken turtles on every dive. The reefs are covered with corals, sponges & schools of fish. Nudibranchs and small critters can be seen on those dives as well as specific "critter dives" if preferred. There is a Bunaken Marine Park fee of 150,000 rupiah payable at the resort prior to commencing diving. Additional boat dives may be added to the package. For those non-divers, the resort offers a specific snorkeling boat for those interested.
Villa Markisa - Private Beach Bungalows & Dive Resort, Bali
After our week at Siladen, we'll fly to the magical island of Bali. It's about a 2-hour flight from Manado. We'll be returning to VILLA MARKISA - PRIVATE BEACH BUNGALOWS & DIVE RESORT from April 14-21, 2018.
This property is along the Northeast Coast of Bali facing the Bali Sea, about a 2-1/2 hour drive from the Denpasar Airport. Packages there will include accommodations, 3 meals daily, airport transfers, 15 Nitrox boat dives and one massage per person. Various cultural tours of Bali can be arranged from the Resort to visit the local temples; wood-carving, silver making, weaving villages; scenic drives through the rice paddies; waterfalls; markets and other adventures. The resort has a private English-speaking driver who handles all tours. Those can be arranged individually or as a group. The week will also include a Cultural Night featuring babi guling (roast suckling pig) and some local dancers doing a few of their traditional dances.
BUNGALOWS #1, #2 & #3 are large individual buildings featuring a king bed, sitting area, large covered porch and outdoor garden open-air bathrooms. Rate for divers based on double occupancy is $1795 per person; non-diver rate is available.
DELUXE ROOM #4 is located in the main building and faces the water with a queen bed, sitting area, open-air bathroom and covered porch. Rate for divers based on double occupancy is $1650 per person, non-diver rate is available.
ROOM #5 is the smallest room on the property and does NOT have a water view. It is also the most economical at $1405.00 per diver.
MASTER BEDROOM #6 is on the top level of the main building with a large balcony overlooking the pool and the beach. It's huge! Rate for a diver is $1890 per diver.
SONEA #8 & #9 are two large bedrooms in a separate building between the restaurant and the spa and feature a common living area. Each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. Diver rate is $1795 per person.
INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE, domestic airfare between Manado & Bali, any pre and/or post hotels required to conform to flight schedules and group trip insurance will be added as bookings are made. Our route last year was out of San Francisco on Singapore Air on one of their new A350 planes featuring Premium Economy seating, which was lovely, wider seats, much more legroom, great food and much larger personal entertainment centers, including noise-cancelling headphones! Regular Coach Class and/or Business Class rates can also be quoted.
A $1,500 per person NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required to confirm your space. An additional payment will be required when airfare is secured with final payment due by Jan. 10, 2018.
Passports with 6 months remaining validity are required for travel to Indonesia. You must also have at least THREE blank visa pages left in your passport. Singapore Air is a partner of United Airlines so if you have a UA frequent flyer number, you may accrue miles for all those flights!
For an idea of what to expect in 2018, here's two links to the images from both Siladen & Villa Markisa taken in February, 2017: https://divetravelservices.smugmug.com/Dewi-Nusantara-Siladen-Island-Resort-2017 and https://divetravelservices.smugmug.com/Bali-2017