In this ongoing series, we speak to the people who run dive centres, resorts and liveaboards from around the world about their businesses and the diving they have to offer…
What is the name of your business?
Bunaken Oasis Dive & Spa Resort
What is your role within the business?
Sales and Customer Relations Manager
How long has the business operated for?
How long have you dived for, and what qualification are you?
Dive Master, 15 years.
What is your favorite type of diving?
Reefs, walls, full of life, bright healthy corals
If you could tell people one thing about your business (or maybe more!) to make them want to visit you what would it be?
We are the first luxury, ethical dive resort in Sulawesi. We strongly believe in giving our customers space and 5 star service throughout their stay. We are also the only resort with a technical diving centre.
What is your favorite dive in your location and why?
Lekuen 1 & 2: both sites are deep wall dives, which are teaming with life. You can see tons of Hawksbill turtles, Whitetips, Nudis, and large schooling fish, not forgetting the corals which are just so vibrant.
What types of diving are available in your location?
We have over 90 dives sites in reach of the resort; they range from, Reef, Muck, Wall, Wreck and technical dive sites.
What do you find most rewarding about your current role?
Getting to see you at shows 🙂 and knowing that our customers have a five star experience from start to finish.
What is your favorite underwater creature?
Octopus, Turtles, and decorator crabs.
Are there any exciting changes / developments coming up in the near future?
We are currently building our 6th dive boat; this will be our technical diving boat. We are also working on our charity foundation.
Is your centre involved in any environmental work?
When we are quiet we clean the other end of the beach, we also pick up any rubbish on the beach. We run scholarships to educate the local schools, we bring them up to rescue diver, and then we keep the hardest working student and give them their dive master qualification and a job.
As a resort, we do a lot of environmental work such as rebuilding broken paths, putting a new roof on the church, and we also provide the local village with drinking water. We have provided the village with a sustainable way of recycling and getting rid of general waste.
What would you say to our visitors to promote the diving you have to offer?
We have the best of both words! Coming to North Sulawesi should be on every diver’s bucket list, warm water diving with so much to see.
Where can our visitors find out more about your business?