Lumbalumba (many dolphins) diving is enchanting. We booked ahead and did well as this lovely place is just for the happy few. The bungalows are nestled in the middle of a hilly garden that Juud has turned into heaven: mango trees, orchids of all sorts, nutmeg, coconut trees, timber tree, aloe vera plant (very useful if you get sunburned) flowers of all shapes and colors including the mysterious 'Lady of the night' which blossoms once a year at night and then dies. A real treat to witness! The pool is fantastic, can't get out of it, warm, clean and with a stunning view;
Juud runs the hotel part with an iron and magic hand, Roel handles all the diving part with equal success. The staff is there to care for your every needs, the cuisine is great and healthy and fresh, the bungalows are sparkling clean and offer a great view from the veranda or your bed . The diving is just great, everything is taken care of by a lovely crew and diving guides, one just has to get on the boat after a delightful breakfast and then the underworld does the magic: huge turtles, napoleons, sharks, amazing school of a variety of fishes, giant clams, orang-utang crabs, and you'll have to dive it to complete the list! It is the most relaxing spot and the only great place to be in Manado for diving or snorkeling. I was lucky to celebrate my birthday at Lumbalumba, what a treat! Best cake by the chef and his team, fantastic exotic flower arrangement and a buffet to die for. Merci! One last word about the music play list: the best of the 60's, 70's and 80's, just great when having a drink at the bar before tasting the beautiful and delicious dinner buffet. Thank you Juud and Roel for creating this piece of paradise, we will be back.
Fabienne & Dominique, Paris
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Lumbalumba Diving" is an informal, small and comfortable dive resort in Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. With no more than five luxurious chalets, we offer a familiar and flexible atmosphere with the personalized attention you are looking for. "Lumbalumba Diving" is a complete dive resort with own accommodation, excellent cuisine, bar, tropical pool, limited spa facilities, dive center, Private jetty and spacious dive catamaran. Located on a 3.5 hectare, mountain slope, in a lush botanical garden and overlooking the famous Bunaken Marine Park, we also have one of the most spectacular views you can find in Manado. "For us, you are not just another tourist. For you we are not just another dive resort" ... more less