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Located on a beautiful private beach overlooking the volcanoes of North Sulawesi, and with one of Bunaken’s best reefs just offshore, Onong Resort offers a taste of bare-foot paradise island living at an affordable price.
Located on the tropical island of Siladen, Onong is a laid-back and affordable resort operated by Celebes Divers. Siladen is the smallest island in the Bunaken National Park, and with no cars and roads, life is enjoyed at a more relaxed pace. The resort itself lies on a beautiful private beach with fantastic views of North Sulawesi and one of Bunaken’s best reefs just offshore, ensuring guests are guaranteed an amazing island experience.
Celebes Divers take pride in providing sustainable dive holidays and are the first certified climate-neutral company in Sulawesi. Onong Resort is committed to sustainability, working closely with the local village community and carefully considering the impacts of their operations. Combined with a stress-free valet-style diving service, private beach and relaxing spa, Onong Resort provides guests with a taste of paradise at an affordable price - while keeping their impact to a minimum.
Onong Resort’s three Standard Rooms are located on the upper floor of the main building and can be booked for either twin, double or triple occupancy. Each room is equipped with air-conditioning and has its own private bathroom just a few steps away.
The two Garden View Cottages are built in the traditional Minahasa style of North Sulawesi and are furnished to European standards. Each room includes a spacious private bathroom, double bed, minibar, air conditioning and ceiling fan, while the terrace offers relaxing views of the garden.
One of the Garden View Cottages is slightly larger and comes with one king size bed and one single bed – making it a perfect choice for families. This cottage also features a spacious ensuite bathroom, air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar, and a private terrace with garden views.
Located just a few meters from the water, Onong’s Sea View Cottages are built in traditional Minahasa style and furnished to European standards. The cottages offer a larger seating area and undisturbed views of Bunaken National Park from the terrace. Sea View Cottages also come with both air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a spacious private bathroom and a mini bar.
Onong Resort’s restaurant is located in the main building and serves buffet-style Western breakfasts with a selection of breads, fruits, jams, yogurts, cereals and juices – warm meals such as omelettes are freshly prepared and made to order. For lunch and dinner, guests can choose from the a la carte menu which changes daily. Afternoon tea and coffee is also included. The resort bar is open all day and serves a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, hot beverages and snacks. Guests can also relax, play pool or enjoy a cocktail in the large lounge area.
The resort spa is located on the upper floor of the dive centre, and provides a variety of services performed by certified and skilled therapists. Treatments include massages, exfoliation, manicures and pedicures, designed to loosen muscle contractions and soothe the skin after a day in the sun. A variety of excursions can be organised to places such as Tangkoko National Park, Minahasa volcanoes, the Kali Waterfalls and Manado, as well as romantic sunset boat tours. Onong Resort also offers dolphin tours where guests can search for dolphins, pilot whales and even whale sharks from the boat’s sundeck. Snorkeling is possible on the house reef directly from the shore and day trips to Bangka Island can also be arranged.
Guests of Onong Resort have direct access to Celebes Divers' impressive dive centre which is located just beside the resort. The dive centre boasts a large drying room, individual storage booths for guests’ personal equipment and an air-conditioned camera room for storing and preparing photography equipment. This resort’s house reef is one of the nicest in Bunaken National Park, and guests are free to explore the reef at anytime by snorkelling or on a guided dive. Regular night and sunset dives are also organised. The dive centre offers valet-style diving, ensuring equipment is ready for guests whenever they need it. Full equipment rental is available from the dive centre which uses aluminium tanks with INT and DIN connectors, and Nitrox 32% is available at an additional cost.
The dive centre’s traditional fibreglass dive boats are both spacious and comfortable, boasting a fully-covered seating area, sun deck and toilet. Boats carry fresh water for cameras as well as refreshments such as fresh fruit, cookies, drinking water, coffee and tea. Oxygen and first aid kits are also stored onboard each boat. Groups are kept to four divers per guide and all dives are organised as if there is current, meaning divers must carry a safety buoy. SSI training from beginner to instructor are offered by the dive centre as well as a range of speciality courses. Day trips to Lembeh, Nain Island and Manado Bay can also be arranged.
Celebes Divers is in partnership with Climatepartner – a renowned organisation which helps companies offset their carbon footprint – who worked with the resort to assess the climate impact of the companies entire operation. Celebes Divers now participates in supported offset projects, and as of summer 2019, is a certified CO2-neutral company. As a member of SSI’s Blue Oceans initiative, they also follow the Blue Oceans Responsible Diver Code by providing eco-friendly soap and shampoo, selling reef-safe sunscreen, discontinuing the use of single-use plastics and regularly organising beach and reef clean-ups.