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Diving with…Georgie, Bunaken Oasis Dive & Spa Resort, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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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 your name?

Georgie Bartlett

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?

2.5 years

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?

Marine Life & Conservation

Our Seas urge Scotland to bring back Inshore Limit

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Our Seas call on Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Scottish Government to follow their own policies and stop the chronic destruction of our seabed by urgently reinstating a coastal limit on bottom-trawl and dredge fishing. Sign the petition here.

Scottish coastal seas have been driven into decline due to decades of mismanagement. Destructive bottom towed fishing gear has had free access to over 95% of our inshore waters since the 1980’s, to the detriment of habitats, biodiversity, fisheries, and communities.

In 1889 a law was passed to protect fish stocks and small boats by banning trawling (except by sail) from within three nautical miles of the shore. Catastrophically the law was removed in 1984 against a backdrop of the industrialization of fishing technology, breaches of the Three Mile Limit, and declining offshore fish stocks.  Access to the inshore appeared to improve catches for a short while, but inevitably led to the rapid decline of fish stocks as seabed habitats – vital nurseries and shelter for many species – were destroyed.

See the trailer of their film The Limit below:

Our Seas are asking you to sign their petition to Bring Back the Fish and Bring Back Scotland’s Inshore Limit. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

For more information about the work of Our Seas visit their website by clicking here.

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And the winner of our AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel competition is…

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We’d like to say a big thank you to all of you who entered our competition to win an AP Diving 45M Ratcheted Pocket Reel from our good friends at AP Diving!

As usual, lots of you entered… but there can, of course, be only one winner!

And that winner is…

  • Simon Nicholls from the UK.

Congratulations Simon – your prize will be on its way to you soon!

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry – there are plenty of other competitions running on Scubaverse.com right now. To see what other awesome prizes you could be in with a chance of winning, click here!

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