Siladen Resort and Spa - Far East

  • Guests 44
  • Rooms 22 gorgeous villas set across 4 room grades
  • Restaurants Full-service restaurant and chill-out cocktail bar with beautiful views
  • Food and Drinks Gourmet European and Med dishes prepared freshly alongside indonesian classics
  • FacilitiesA wide range of treatments available in the professional spa
  • Diving 2 dives/snorkel in the morning, 1 dive/snorkel in the afternoon and a dusk or night dive on offer every day
  • Diving Extras PADI courses on request
  • Internet Access Free internet WiFi access throughout

About Siladen Resort and Spa

Luxury dive resorts don't need to cost the earth. The boutique Siladen resort sits on 300m of white sandy beach in the heart of Bunaken and prides itself on the 5 star diving experience at a price that you can afford. This is a hidden oasis of perfection that effortlessly combines dive escapism with serious eco friendly credentials. While away the hours underwater with over 50 dives sites in world famous Bunaken national park only a short boat ride away. And when the diving is done, soak up the breathtaking sunsets from your lounger on the picture ready beach, facing the Manado Tua volcano.

There are only 20 villas in total at Siladen resort, with the choice of 4 rooms grades. The 3 new luxury villas have proven popular and it is easy to see why! A 74sqm, the luxury villas feature a king size 4 poster bed and living room, opening up onto your own terrace with outdoor seating and private salt water spa bath. The 6 beach villas sit right on the beach front, and at 64sqm are bright and airy, with their own sundeck and private sun beds. There are a further 10 garden view villas (48sqm) are set back slightly from the beach front and have double/twin rooms and a balcony outside. All have air con, fresh water, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, safe and TV. The bathrooms are furnished with body wash, shampoo, lotion and hair dryers.

Your holiday here is full board as standard and meals are freshly prepared by the chef in the restaurant. The lounge bar is the place to go at the end of the day to enjoy a sun downer and that stunning sunset. Or just lie back and enjoy the professional spa treatments. Siladen resort takes their role in protecting the Bunaken park environment, and to this end, boasts a large salt water pool. In 2004, they launched a conservation program to protect and safeguard the many turtles that call these waters home. Plastic bottles and straws are discouraged throughout.

It is easy to enjoy both the walls of Bunaken and the critters of Lembeh in one single trip. Siladen resort is the perfect complement to a stay at Lembeh resort. At the start or end of your holiday! You can even enjoy a boat transfer with diving between the 2 locations - forget hours in the car travelling by land. the diving transfer allows you to really see how the marine ecology changes as you leave the muck diving of Lembeh and discover the drama of Bunaken.

Luxury villas

Our 3 new luxury villas are located directly on the beach. Hear the gentle sound of waves or relax in your sea water Jacuzzi. Comfortably sized at 74 sqm, feature a room and a living room each with 20 sq meters plus a 24 sqm spacious terrace, beautiful wooden floors, king size draped poster bed with 100% cotton sheets and light duvet, air conditioning, safe, mini bar, flat screen HD television with satellite connection, telephone (no IDD) and tea & coffee making facilities.

Beach view villas

Enjoy the sunset from one of our 6 Beach view villas (64 sqm). Each features wood floors and walls, a comfortable king size draped poster bed, 100% cotton sheets with light duvet, air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, 23 inch flat screen HD television, satellite TV with international channels, telephone (no IDD), tea and coffee making facilities, private outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water and a full set of amenities including a hair dryer, private sun beds and a sun deck.

Garden view villas

Enjoy one of our 10 Garden View Villas, set in elegant buildings constructed in wood and natural stone (48sqm). Located in the peaceful and tropical landscaped area just meters from the beach each features individual air conditioning, 100 cotton sheets with light duvet, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone (no IDD), tea & coffee making facilities, private open air bathrooms with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer, and a small private terrace.

Family villa ~ Nusa Indah

The Nusa Indah villa is located in the peaceful and tropical garden area of the Resort in the proximity of the central unit. Ideal for families it is comfortably sized at appx 120 square meters and features 2 bedrooms (1 with king size poster bed, 1 with 2 Twin beds), 2 indoor bathrooms and a common living area with television.

Each bedroom features individual air conditioning, 100% cotton sheets with light duvet, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone (no IDD), tea & coffee making facilities and an indoor bathroom with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer. The living area features couches, a table and a minibar.

We would be happy to put together a tailormade booking for you, please fill in your details below and one of our diving holiday experts will be in touch with you to discuss your plans.

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Your Holiday


Alison

2018-06-07 14:45:53

What an amazing place! Ana, Miguel and the entire Siladen team goes out of their way to make your stay incredible. Everyone greets you with a smile and within a day or two, many by name. The ambience is amazing, dining & relaxing ocean side, fantastic diving, you couldn't ask for anything more :)

Helpful information

Location

Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.

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Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

The Resort accepts IDR, Euro, and US Dollars only, but Visa, Mastercard, and Amex are welcomed. All charges are in IDR. All charges at the Resort are in IDR and already include 21% government and service taxes.

Phone coverage

Manado generally has good mobile coverage for phones

Plugs and electricity

The Resort is equipped with 2 round pin Europlug sockets. Voltage is 220v. Electricity converters are not available

Extras

Hire equipment

A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list

Extras

Courses and kit hire are arranged for and paid for at the dive centre

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox can be prebooked as part of your holiday package or paid for locally 6euro per dive.

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Siladen resort is £600-£1000 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

Siladen resort offer repeat customers an in resort credit to put towards your local spend. The exact amount will depend on how many times you have travelled previously and for how many nights.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Your holiday includes flights from Heathrow to Manado with Singapore airlines and airport transfers.

7 nights garden view villa (full board, 2 people sharing). Water, tea, and coffee is available free of charge, and fresh juices also free of charge during breakfast.

17 air boat dives.

Local taxes are prepaid

Excluded

To pay locally are any drinks not included in your board basis, laundry, land excursions.

Diving extras such as special trips to Bangka or Manado Bay, private guiding, kit hire, courses and nitrox will all be billed in resort.

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

One off Bunaken Marine Park entry fee of IDR 150,000 per diver / snorkeler

Eco at Siladen Resort and Spa

For us to operate as a business on Siladen Island, we believe it is our responsibility to maintain an open dialogue and have a good relationship with the inhabitants of Siladen, and do what we can to help improve the lives of those who so kindly allow us to operate here.

Siladen Island is home to roughly 300 people who once heavily relied on fishing as a source of income. Now, as commercial fishing is banned, the main employment on the island is through the tourism that Bunaken Marine Park has provided. Of those 300 people, approximately 35 are in the primary school age (6 - 11 years old), where they attend the Siladen school. Older children will attend school either on Bunaken, or in Manado.

Siladen Resort & Spa employs approximately 70 people from the local kampung (village) as full time members of staff, and we offer other villagers work when we are working on different projects in the resort and village. This means that one in three inhabitants receive a regular monthly salary, plus the benefits of social security payments; all according to Indonesian labour regulations. Employees are always given the opportunity to further their careers through on-the-job training; both work related, and other important areas, such as first aid.

We try our best to help improve the lives of the villagers by helping them with rubbish disposal, veterinary care for domestic and stray animals, as well as offering five hours a day of electricity, which is used by both private households and public use - such as the church and street lighting. Some years ago we helped an Australian/Indonesian doctor program to monitor the health conditions of the local community and building a water recovery system for the school.

Other building projects we have undertaken include helping build the local church, and helping rebuild the school. We also regularly help re-paint the school by supplying paint, materials, and staff members to help with the labour.
Other ongoing social projects:
We support children from the poorest families to help them go to school and get a proper education. Guest donations are used to buy books, uniforms, and other school supplies for the less fortunate families.
We hope to create a library/learning centre. With guest donations, we can buy books, games and materials to be put in the school for all local children to use.
We regularly host the children's choir, and each time they appear we pay a fee. These funds are used to buy different things for the children and the local community.
As well as the children's choir, we also support the ladies choir - known as the Ibu Ibu choir. We help them buy uniforms, and provide transport so they can perform on other islands.
Each year, we buy updated school workbooks and help the school with regular maintenance.
We welcome all donations to help us continue with these social commitments programs, and help us develop further projects. If you would like to donate, please contact a member of management.

Diving at Siladen Resort and Spa

The Bunaken National Marine Park (BNMP), where the Indian and Pacific Oceans meet, is composed of the islands of Siladen, Bunaken, Manado Tua, Mantehage and Nain. It covers a total area of over 890 square kilometers, hosts 390 different species of corals, is a center of marine global biodiversity and ranks among the top diving destinations in the world. It offers unforgettable diving and snorkeling.

The Marine Park is known for its rich macro life and is mostly characterized by wall dives rich in hard and soft corals. Pelagics such as reef sharks (black tip, white tip), eagle rays, barracudas, tuna, napoleon wrasses and turtles are also a common sight. There are over 50 dives sites within easy reach of the Resort. All dive sites around the 5 islands of the Marine Park are wall dives whereas dive sites alongside the coast of North Sulawesi are mostly dark sandy slopes with corals. A wreck is also available for diving in the Manado bay.

Diving Conditions
Average tide excursion is between 1.5 m and 3m. Visibility is generally good year round: low visibility approximately 20m, average 30m occasionally up to 40m. During the year the average water temperature is 28 Celsius.

As currents change in intensity according to the tides, to ensure safe and comfortable diving to all guests, all dives are drift dives.

We recommend the use of full length 3 mm suites. The use of gloves or knives is not allowed in the Bunaken National Marine Park. For safety reasons we only allow diving from boats and with a dive guide.

Snorkeling
All reefs around the islands of the Bunaken National Marine Park are suitable for snorkeling as they come up as shallow as 3m in depth. Guests can enjoy great snorkeling off the beach on Siladen, just next to the old jetty a few minutes walk from the Resort entrance. Currents vary and at times can be strong. Alternatively Resort guests can join the diving boats in the morning and snorkel in the Bunaken Marine Park with a snorkeling guide. Fins and masks can be rented at the Diving Center. (charges apply)

Dive Centre

A superb camera room is available for photographers/videographers and our dives guides are accustomed to working with them.

  • Ideal for underwater photography
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    Diving Rates & Prices

    If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Siladen Resort and Spa.

    Snorkelling at Siladen Resort and Spa

    With more than 390 species of coral living within the Bunaken park's boundaries, it is among the most bio-diverse marine parks in the world. The extraordinarily high levels of marine diversity, combined with the ease of access, put Bunaken National Marine Park high on the list of every ocean enthusiasts bucket list.


    What to Expect

    Bunaken Marine Park is famed for its rich macro life and pristine shallow reefs - with the latter being more of interest for snorkellers.
    While snorkelling over any of the twenty-plus sites within easy reach of Siladen Resort & Spa, you can expect to see healthy and seemingly endless coral reef gardens dotted with enormous sponges and anemones blowing in the current.
    Huge schools of reef fish are common in the shallows, and turtles are spotted on almost every site that we visit for snorkelling - sometimes as many as 15 in an hour. Larger species such as reef sharks, eagle rays, or napoleon wrasse are regular sighting by snorkellers too.

    Snorkelling Conditions

    The reefs surrounding the island start very shallow and slowly deepen to around 5 metres before the wall plummets into the deep. The average tidal excursion is between 1.5m and 3m, meaning you are never far from the action.
    The visibility is generally good year-round - with an average visibility of around 30 metres. The visibility over the shallow reef near mangroves can be negatively affected by the outgoing tides, although we always plan around the tide.
    Currents can be strong and unpredictable, so we always conduct a current check before entering the water, and we always follow the current during our snorkelling sessions. The boat will pick you up when you are ready to leave the water.
    The average water temperature throughout the year is 28 Celsius, although upwellings from the deepwater below can cause dramatic temperature fluctuations - sometimes varying up to four Celsius on a single site. We recommend all snorkellers either wear a full body suit or at least a long-sleeved rash guard used in combination with a reef-friendly sunscreen.

    Boat Excursions

    The best way to experience the variety of snorkelling in Bunaken Marine Park is by joining one of our twice-daily scheduled boats. Included in the boat excursion is a snorkelling guide, who will take guests at a ratio of four guests per guide (4/1). The boats are either a mixture of divers and snorkellers (with sites planned that suit the needs of everybody) or just snorkellers.
    Upon arrival at the site, you will be given a site-specific briefing explaining the site's topography and what you may expect to see, followed by important safety information. The amount of time you want to spend in the water is completely up to you. We generally brief for 70 minutes per site, but this time is much more flexible for snorkellers than it is for divers, and it is not uncommon for guests to spend much longer than this in the water.
    Besides the morning and afternoon snorkelling, you are also very welcome to join the boats at night for night snorkelling. Night snorkelling can be an amazing experience, but you need to visit the right sites to have the best experience possible. Luckily, our dive and snorkel guides know exactly where to take you so you enjoy your night snorkelling session just as much as the divers do. We depart from Siladen Resort & Spa at 17:45, and the sites are usually no more than 20 minutes away. Each snorkeller will be given a high powered torch with a focussed beam, and the guide will carry some too.

    Snorkelling Siladen

    Besides joining our scheduled boat excursions, we highly recommend heading off the beach and snorkelling around Siladen. The best way to enter the water in the village close to the main jetty - you can ask the dive centre or reception for help getting there if needed.
    The snorkelling around Siladen is world-class, and often less crowded than many of the sites around Bunaken. The corals here are very healthy, and you can find an unusually high number of anemones and anemone fish. The large seagrass meadow directly in front of the resort is a fascinating area to snorkel, and here you have the best chance of seeing some of the smaller critters up close and personal.

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