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. 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 thirty to forty-five minutes by speed boat and costs approximately Rp 350.000.

 

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 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. Or the resort staff can pick you up from the village if you notify the resort beforehand.

 

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 http://ticketindonesia.info.

 

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 150.000.

 

You need a visa to enter Indonesia. Most Europeans will receive a free non-extendable 30-day Visa-on-Arrival at the airports of Jakarta, Denpasar or Manado. 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.