How to get to Happy Gecko Dive Resort

If you reserve in advance the resort boat can pick you up in Manado harbour for 25 euro. Or at the airport for 35 euro. These are the total prices for a transfer for a maximum of 4 persons.  For safety reasons Happy Gecko does not make night transfers to Bunaken. Make sure your flight arrives before 3.30 p.m. otherwise you will need to stay overnight in Manado.

If you decide to arrange for your own transport it is also possible to charter a boat in the harbor. Most boats for Bunaken leave Manado from behind Hotel Celebes. The transfer takes about forty-five minutes by boat and costs approximately Rp 400.000. 

 

A cheaper and more adventurous option is a transfer with the public boat. Every day (except for Sundays) around 2 pm at least three boats leave for Bunaken from the Jengki River at the Pasar Bersehati in Manado. It costs Rp 50.000 per person and takes almost one hour. You will unboard at Bunaken village and find yourself an ojek - a motorbike with a driver - who can drop you off at the resort. On Monday, Thursday and Saturday there is a public boat service that stops in front of Happy Gecko. The name of this boat is Siloam and leaves at the same time and place from the Jengki river in Manado. 

 

Manado has an international airport. Singapore Airlines owned company Silk Air flies from Singapore to Manado five times a week and vice versa. Besides the above there are many daily flights to and from Jakarta, Bali, Surabaya, Makassar and other places in Indonesia. For domestic flight information, check the websites of for example Garuda Airlines and Lion Air. Good websites to book domestic flights online and compare prices are www.tiket.com and www.nusatrip.com.

 

The center / port of Manado is about a 30 minute drive from the airport. Taxi's are plentiful and reliable and should cost you no more than Rp 100.000.

 

You need a visa to enter Indonesia. Visitors from most countries will receive a free non-extendable 30-day Visa-on-Arrival at Indonesia's international airports. Your passport must be valid for at least six more months and you may be asked to show a return ticket. Make sure you check the latest visa regulations before departure.