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Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa joins the Best Boutique Collection

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Bunaken Oasis

The luxurious ecological and ethical resort in North Sulawesi, Indonesia, brings a new level of upscale diving and vacation experience to Bunaken National Marine Park

Bunaken OasisWith the third member of the Best Boutique Collection, the new representation company for stylish boutique accommodations is rolling out in the second country in South-East Asia.

The Bunaken National Marine Park is a pristine, unspoilt dive paradise. Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa is situated at the end of the famous of Liang Beach on Bunaken Island. Breathtaking panoramic views  over the lush tropical vegetation and the Celebes Sea prevail throughout the premises. The resort with twelve cottages has been purpose-built to offer tranquility and relaxation before and after diving or snorkelling. Eyecatcher and center piece is the free form infinity pool with sun-loungers and easy access to the chill-out cocktail bar.

Bunaken OasisThe spacious dive boats with freshwater deck showers and ample facilities for photographers provide easy access to over 90 superb dive sites including coral-covered walls, healthy reefs and muck diving opportunities. The 5* PADI dive centre offers a spacious camera room and a separate technical diving facility invites experienced divers to join missions to explore sites completely untouched by humanity, and to discover what is lurking down in the deep.

The nearest airport to Bunaken Island is Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado (MDC) on North Sulawesi and the total transfer time from the airport by car and subsequent boat trip is 1,5 hours. International flights connect Manado with Singapore (SIN), while several domestic airlines offer flights between Manado and numerous destinations in Indonesia, among which are Jakarta, Denpasar/Bali, Sorong and Ternate, offering attractive dive vacation combinations with Raja Ampat.

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The idea to build the resort came to the British owners Elaine and Simon Wallace after having spent numerous dive vacations with too many compromises: “Either the resort was high-end and the diving was the unloved stepchild on the premises or the diving was first-class but the accommodation was not what we were expecting. So we decided to build a resort where divers and snorkelers are getting the best possible service both above and under water,” says Elaine Wallace.

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For more information on Bunaken Oasis Dive Resort & Spa, visit www.bunakenoasis.com or
www.best-boutique-collection.eu/en/bunaken-oasis-dive-resort-spa-bunaken-indonesia.

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Breaking News: Captain charged in Conception boat fire tragedy

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According to reports in the international press today, it has been announced that the Captain of the dive boat Conception, which was completely destroyed by fire last year, resulting in the tragic loss of 34 passengers and crew, has been charged with 34 counts of seaman’s manslaughter. 

The Captain Jerry Nehl Boylan was among five crew members to escape the blaze on board Conception, a dive boat operated by Truth Aquatics, which took place in the early hours of 2 September 2019 whilst the boat was moored offshore, close to Santa Cruz Island off the coast of California.

The BBC reports that Mr Boylan has not publicly commented on the charges, and is expected to surrender to the authorities at a later date. According to the BBC, each charge of seaman’s manslaughter carries up to 10 years in federal prison.

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Crossover to NAUI for FREE!

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As a boost to help the diving industry, NAUI are still offering a FREE Instructor cross-over course together with five free certifications to all Instructors. This can include Open Water, Advance, Rescue, Nitrox and various other specialities and can be mixed and matched so all five do not necessarily need to be for the same certification.

NAUI have also frozen the membership fees for 2021 for instructors crossing over or restarting.

NAUI’s Southern UK Rep Simon Lodge says: “Throughout this year, the diving industry has severely suffered so as a result, to help kickstart the diving industry NAUI will not be charging membership fees 2020/2021 to any new instructors.” 

Founded in 1960, NAUI Worldwide is one of the scuba industry’s largest not-for-profit agencies whose purpose is to enable people to enjoy underwater activities as safely as possible by providing the highest quality practical education, and to actively promote the preservation and protection of the world’s underwater environments. As a pioneer in diving education, NAUI has developed many of the programs and concepts accepted throughout the diving industry. NAUI: A Higher Standard!

For more details please contact Simon Lodge (Southern UK Rep) on simon@europe.naui.org or Craig Warner (Northern UK Rep) on cwarner@europe.naui.org.

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