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Located on Pulau Siladen, a lush tropical island located in the heart of the world famous Bunaken National Marine Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia – Siladen Resort and Spa is the only certified 4-star resort in North Sulawesi. The exclusive resort is a 90 minute car and boat transfer from Manando’s Sam Ratulangi Airport.
Siladen opened in January 2013 and is an eco-friendly property, built entirely of wood which emphasizes the importance of the protection of the Marine Park and the environment. The resort is located on the western side of the island along a 900 foot stretch of white coral beach facing the Manadotua resting volcano.
Siladen Resort is a true hidden gem. It proudly offers the most attractive and secluded accommodations with special attention paid to every detail – including extra large King size beds, outdoor open air showers, and sundecks overlooking the ocean. Guests are able to choose from 16 villas; Beach Villas, Garden View Villas, and the Nusah Indah Villa. Each of the 5 Beach Villas, which overlook the beach, offer approximately 210 square feet of comfortable living space for guests. Located in the beautifully landscaped area just steps away from the beach are the 10 Garden View Villas, set in 5 elegant buildings made of wood and natural stone. The Nusa Indah Villa is ideal for families as it features 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a living room.
The quality of the dining experience will delight every palette. You will find a wide selection of local Indonesian and Asian fusion dishes in combination with Italian and other International recipes at Full Board Restaurant. A highlight during summer is the seafood barbeques held on the beach. Siladen also has 2 bars, The Lounge Bar located next to the pool complete with pool tables and The Boat Bar located on the beach. Both offer stunning views of the surrounding landscapes and feature local beers and cocktails using fresh local ingredients.
For those looking for the ultimate in relaxation, the Siladen Spa offers a full range of traditional treatments that will allow you to rest you mind and pamper your body. Their uplifting and restorative therapies are based on ancient knowledge and use all natural ingredients. A large free form salt water swimming pool is located at the heart of the resort close to Full Board Restaurant. Here you will find private sun beds as well as pool towels for guests to relax and enjoy.
Diving is a must while at Siladen and the fully owned and operated PADI 5-Star Dive Center is located on site at Siladen Resort. It is here where you will explore an incredibly diverse ecosystem. The Bunaken National Marine Park is where the Indian and Pacific oceans meet. It is composed of the islands of Siladen, Bunaken, ManadoTua, Montehage and Nein. It covers a total area of over 890 square kilometers, hosts 390 different species of corals, and is a center of marine global biodiversity and ranks among the top diving destinations in the world. The Park is known for an incredibly rich macro life as well as reef sharks, eagle rays, barracuda, tuna, and turtles. The Marine Park is characterized by wall dives, rich in hard and soft corals. As currents change in intensity, all dives are drift dives, they do not offer shore dives, and all diving takes place with a guide. The Dive Center has three traditional Indonesian dive boats with a maximum occupancy of 12 guests on each boat. There are 40 dive sites close to the resort and a typical day includes up to 4 dives including daily night dives. Water temperature is on average 82 degrees Fahrenheit and it is recommended to where full length 3m suites.
Snorkeling is also a great option for guests as the reefs come up to about 9ft. Every morning, snorkeling guests can join the dive boats at 8am and venture to a variety of snorkeling spots throughout the Marine Park. Snorkeling is also available at the House Jetty, which is a short walk from the resort.
More to Explore:
Dolphin and Pilot Whale Tours – Take one of the resort’s boats for a 3-hour excursion in the Marine Park in search of some of the most famous local inhabitants; the lumba lumba (Indonesian for dolphin) and pilot whales!
Manando Sight Seeing (1/2 day) – Depart from the resort by boat and head over to Manando to the traditional market and then visit the Ban Hian Kiong Temple, it’s the oldest Buddhist temple in eastern part of Indonesia. It was built in the early of 19th century. After some shopping, the boat will take you back to Siladen.
Tangkoko Rainforest Tour (full day) - The island of Sulawesi, Indonesia’s third largest, is characterized by large tropical forests and dense jungle home to many endemic species, insects, birds, plants, beautiful waterfalls and wild rivers. Flora and Fauna is the order of the day. If jungle walk is your forte, why not try this adventure? From the Resort, you will proceed in a comfortable coach for a 3 hour journey on the road towards the national park where you will trek and hike in search of the Black Crested Macaque (Makaka Nigra, indigenous to North Sulawesi) and the Tarsius Spectrum (the world’s smallest primate). There are plenty of birds – look out for the Hornbill Bird (Rhyticeros Casidix). Upon finishing your tour of the park, you will proceed towards Manado and stop by a local restaurant for dinner before returning to the resort.
Mt. Mahawu Volcano trekking (full day) - The Minahasa region is formed by montains, hills, green valley and volcanoes (active and non-active). Some of them are possible to be explored during your stay at the Resort. All the guides follow the safety standard set by UIAA (United International Alpine Association) and have more than 15 years experience in trekking on volcanoes. Mahawu is capped by a 180-m-wide, 140-m-deep crater that sometimes contains a small crater lake, and has two pyroclastic cones on its northern flank. Less active than its neighbor, Lokon-Empung, Mahawu’s historical activity has been restricted to occasional small explosive eruptions recorded since 1789. In 1994 fumaroles, mudpots, and small geysers were observed along the shores of a greenish-colored crater lake. A surprisingly easy to climb Mt Mahawu is a must for those who love to see nature while enjoying a gentle climb towards the top.
White Water Rafting (full day) - The Minahasa region is formed by Mountains, hills, volcanoes, green valleys and rivers. Rafting gives the chance to ride deep into the forest of sulawesi. The music of the nature is surrounding all the Nimanga river which offer 9 km and 35 rapids during the 3 hours ride. Black macac monkey and beautiful birds can be seen during this adventure.