Siladen Resort and Spa is Sulawesi’s premier dive resort and can rightly claim to be one of South East Asia’s - or even the world’s - best dive resorts. Carefully designed to compliment the stunning island environment, the resort combines sophistication, luxury and fantastic service, with a commitment to conservation and social development. The result? A perfect dive experience at the heart of the world-renowned Bunaken Marine Park.

SILADEN RESORT & SPA HIGHLIGHTS
  • Voted the ‘World’s Best Dive Resort’ 2017, by UK’s Dive Magazine
  • Perfectly positioned to explore the incredible diving of the Bunaken Marine Park
  • A luxury boutique resort, with conservation and sustainability at its heart
  • Spectacular sunset views of the volcanic Manado Tua
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Overview

Siladen Resort and Spa is located on the western side of Siladen Island along a 300m long stretch of white coral reef beach facing Manado Tua volcano. Although just 30 minutes from Manado and an hour from the airport, the resort feels like a world away from Manado’s busy port and is perfectly located right at the heart of the Bunaken Marine Park. Siladen was envisaged as an exclusive boutique dive resort offering its guests ‘the most attractive, exquisite and secluded comfort in Sulawesi’, and having been voted in 2017 the ‘Best Dive Resort in the World’ by the UK’s Dive Magazine, it is safe to say that Siladen Resort has achieved its aim.

From its inception, protection of the environment and sustainability have been at the heart of the resort’s ethos. Siladen Resort has removed all single use plastics from its business, installed water refills throughout the resort, runs programmes to educate the local school children about waste and the environment, and is very proactive in working with both the local community and conservation organisations. In the words of the resort management, ‘Our mission is to provide guests with a unique and memorable experience that will lead them to return to Siladen. We will behave in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, and we are committed to taking an active role in helping develop the local community.'

Rooms

GARDEN VIEW VILLA

The 10 Garden View Villas are set in 5 elegant buildings constructed in wood and natural stone. Located in the peaceful and tropical landscaped gardens just meters from the beach, each of the villas features air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities, private open air bathrooms with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer, and a small private terrace.

BEACH VIEW VILLA

The 6 Beach View Villas overlook the beach and and are the perfect place to watch Bunaken’s beautiful sunsets. Each features wood floors and walls, a comfortable king size draped poster bed, air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, 23 inch flat screen HD television , satellite TV with international channels, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, private outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water and a full set of amenities including a hair dryer, private sun beds and a sun deck.

LUXURY VILLA

The 3 new Luxury Villas are located directly on the beach - perfect for relaxing in after the end of a day spent exploring the Bunaken Marine Park. These new villas feature two distinct areas, a bedroom and a living room, along with a spacious terrace. Each features beautiful wooden floors, king size draped poster bed, air conditioning, safe, mini bar, flat screen HD television with satellite connection, telephone and tea & coffee making facilities and a private outdoor bathroom with hot/cold water and a full set of amenities including a hair dryer.

NUSA INDAH VILLA

The Nusa Indah villa is located in the peaceful and tropical garden area of the resort, close to the centre of the resort. Ideal for families, the villa is comfortably sized features 2 bedrooms - 1 with king size poster bed, 1 with 2 Twin beds - 2 indoor bathrooms and a common living area with television. Each bedroom features individual air conditioning, room safe, mini bar, satellite TV, telephone, tea & coffee making facilities and an indoor bathroom with hot/cold water and amenities including a hair dryer. The living area features couches, a table and a minibar.

Resort facilities

The resort buildings and villas of Siladen lie hidden amongst the palm trees and other natural vegetation in a beautiful 4 hectare plot, set back from the edge of the beach. Each is built from wood and stone, giving the resort a natural feel and helping it to to blend into the island environment. And whilst retaining a sense of luxury and understated sophistication, the resort’s staff - the vast majority of which come from Siladen or other local islands - help to give Siladen Resort a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.

The resort restaurant, lounge, bar and reception are all built around a beautiful free-form swimming pool at the heart of the resort - the perfect place to relax, order a drink from the bar and watch the perfect sunset views across the beach towards the dramatic volcanic cone of Manado Tua. Siladen’s restaurant serves a wide range of gourmet European and Mediterranean dishes and beach barbeques are a weekly event during the dry season. And after a long day spent diving or snorkeling, the resort spa offers a wide range of Indonesian treatments. Siladen Resort also has paddle boards, a beach volley ball court and kayaks, and can arrange day trips to explore the mainland.

General Airport transfers Gift shop Safe / deposit box Concierge Wifi
Food & Drink Restaurant Bar Full board Buffet Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements BBQ Special events Very good coffee
Outdoors Pool Beach loungers Sunset terrace
Health & Wellness Spa
Services Laundry services Baby sitting
Activities Water sports Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment Games Other sports Kayaks
Dive centre facilities

Siladen Resort is perfectly positioned to explore over 50 dive sites both within the Bunaken Marine Park, as well as the fascinating muck diving locations along the coast of the mainland. The dive centre also runs day trips to Bangka and Gangga to the north. Siladen Resort emphasises memorable, exclusive and above all, safe diving experiences and guarantees a low number of guests for each guide - providing a more personal service. Each day the resort runs two morning dives, an afternoon dive, sunset and night dives - all of which are included in the package price.

The dive centre has a full range of professionally-maintained rental equipment and offers nitrox 32% as standard. It also features a teaching room for courses and camera room for use by photographers. The resort’s fleet of 5 traditional-style wooden dive boats have both plenty of space, shade and protection for camera gear, and are fitted with all necessary safety equipment. Private guides and boats can also be arranged. As part of its environmental policy, Siladen Resort’s dive centre employs a strictly enforced code of conduct for its guests and staff.

Dive centre Nitrox Teaching room Teaching pool Tec diving support Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental Camera rental DIN adaptors Equipment storage Camera wash tanks Camera room

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Siladen Resort

Siladen Resort and Spa is ‘committed to preserving and protecting the environment in which the resort is located. It is only by ensuring that the environment is adequately protected that we can guarantee the long term success of not only Siladen Resort & Spa, but also Bunaken Marine Park.’

Protection of the local environment - both above and below the surface of the sea - as well as social development of the local community are right at the heart of all that Siladen Resort and Spa do. Amongst many other ongoing projects, the resort has removed all single use plastics from the resort, recycles water, continuously looks at ways to reduce its environmental footprint, employs many people from the local village, supports the local school and church, runs sterilisation programmes for stray animals on the island, and manages its own Turtle Conservation project.

Siladen Resort and Spa is at the forefront of conservation in North Sulawesi, is an active member of the North Sulawesi Watersports Association and employs sustainable practices throughout its business.

Sustinability

ENVIRONMENT

Siladen Resort and Spa pursues a policy committed to reducing waste to a minimum. They avoid all single use plastic bottles, and have installed 19 litre reusable drinking bottles in each guest villa, plus all common areas of the resort. All guests receive their own Siladen drinking bottle upon arrival, which they can refill from any water source throughout the resort. All other drinks are either served in cans or glass containers, which can be sent for recycling. Organic waste from the kitchen is either composted, or given to the villagers to feed local animals. The resort has also installed rubbish bins throughout the island, and it is regularly delivered to a location close to the resort and sent to Manado.

The resort employs villagers to regularly clean the beaches of Siladen island and helps them to send the non-organic waste to Manado. Siladen also organises regular clean ups with the help of the local school children and gives short presentations regarding the importance of looking after the environment. They are also committed to preserving the original vegetation of the island and have embarked on a long term landscaping effort aimed at continuously improving the attractiveness of the resort and its surroundings. 

Due to a shortage of water on Siladen during the dry season, Siladen Resort has installed desalination plants so that the island’s fresh water supply is not negatively impacted. They have also installed water capturing systems on most of the buildings, which capture and divert rain water to reservoirs. Drainage water from air conditioning systems is used on plants and a herb garden.

In addition, almost all bulbs throughout the resort are energy saving. Siladen Resort uses Biosolve, a bacteria-based cleaning product which eats grease and converts it into carbon dioxide. They use glass reusable straws for drinks and avoid the use of plastic bags and water bottles and are constantly working on various projects to improve the resort’s energy efficiency and reduce its environmental footprint.

SOCIAL

In the words of the resort management, ’For us to operate as a business on Siladen Island, we believe it is our responsibility to maintain an open dialogue and have a good relationship with the inhabitants of Siladen, and do what we can to help improve the lives of those who so kindly allow us to operate here.’ The resort tries its best to help improve the lives of the villagers by helping them with rubbish disposal, veterinary care for domestic and stray animals, as well as offering five hours a day of electricity, which is used by both private households and public use – such as the church and street lighting. Building projects the resort has undertaken include helping build the local church, and helping rebuild the school. They also regularly help re-paint the school by supplying paint, materials, and staff members to help with the labour.

Other ongoing social projects include supporting children from the poorest families to help them go to school and get a proper education. Guest donations are used to buy books, uniforms, and other school supplies for the less fortunate families. The resort plans to create a library/learning centre using guest donations to buy books, games and materials to be put in the school for all local children to use. The resort regularly host the children’s choir and ladies choir, paint them for their performances and using funds are used to buy different things for the children and the local community.

Each year, Siladen Resort buys updated school workbooks and help the school with regular maintenance. Like many places throughout the developing world, stray domesticated animals such as dogs and cats can pose a problem if left unchecked. The resort ha invited the local veterinary team to the island for yearly vaccinations and sterilisation of stray animals. Local residents are also welcome to have their pets vaccinated and sterilised, free of charge.

ECONOMIC

Siladen Island is home to roughly 300 people who once heavily relied on fishing as a source of income. Now, as commercial fishing is banned, the main employment on the island is through the tourism that Bunaken Marine Park has provided. Siladen Resort and Spa employs approximately 70 people from the local village as full time members of staff, and offers other villagers work when we are working on different projects in the resort and village. As a result, one in three inhabitants receive a regular monthly salary, plus the benefits of social security payments; all according to Indonesian labour regulations. Employees are always given the opportunity to further their careers through on-the-job training; both work related, and other important areas, such as first aid.

MARINE

As part of the resort’s efforts to preserve the marine environment, Siladen has installed mooring buoys to allow boats to anchor safely, without damaging the coral reef. Staff are forbidden from using boating practices that may cause damage to the coral reef, and guests diving with Siladen Resort and Spa must sign the NSWA code of practice. The resort organises regular PADI Project AWARE activities and World Ocean day activities, and they invite the local children to be part of these projects.

Siladen Resort and Spa is an active member of the North Sulawesi Water-sports Association (NSWA), regularly appearing at meetings and participating in all organised activities. These include Eco Reef and BioRock installations, Crown of Thorn clean-ups, release of illegally fished Napoleons, and most important of all, keeping an eye on others who also use the park, reporting any harmful or illegal activities.

In 2004, Siladen  Resort launched a conservation program to protect and safeguard the many turtles that call Bunaken Marine Park home. The resort staff have been trained by marine biologists to properly handle turtle eggs and manage hatching grounds. To date, 1000s of turtles have hatched and been released through this conservation program. They also support The Turtle Foundation, an international charitable organisation working in sea turtle conservation projects.

EXPERIENCES

Guests are encouraged to join in all of the conservation activities organised by the resort and support the ongoing social projects. Divers and snorkelers must also sign the NSWA code of practice to prevent damage to the coral reefs.

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

4 nights and 10 dives - the perfect short break, with 3 dives a day and 1 extra sunset or night dive spent exploring the incredible dive sites of the Bunaken Marine Park. The package includes accommodation in a Garden View Villa, all meals and transfers from Manado airport. Upgrades to Beach View Villas, Luxury Villas and the Nusa Indah Villa for families are available. High season and single supplements are applicable. Guests can prebook any desired number of dives in advance and the use of Nitrox if suitably qualified.

  • Accommodation in a twin or double Garden View Villa
  • 10 dives - 3 dives a day, plus 1 extra sunset or night dive
  • All meals, water, tea and coffee
  • Return transfers between the airport and the resort on Siladen
  • Soft drinks, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee, payable at resort

Dive Bunaken

at Siladen Resort & Spa

The perfect diving getaway exploring the Bunaken Marine Park

Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Starts At US$1300
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STANDARD PACKAGES

A week diving in paradise at the ‘World’s Best Dive Resort’

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$2350

A full week spent exploring the Bunaken Marine Park with 3 dives a day and 2 extra sunset or night dives. The package includes accommodation in a Garden View Villa, all meals and transfers from Manado airport. Upgrades to Beach View Villas, Luxury Villas and the Nusa Indah Villa for families are available. High season and single supplements are applicable. Guests can prebook any desired number of dives in advance and the use of Nitrox if suitably qualified.

  • Accommodation in a twin or double Garden View Villa
  • 20 dives - 3 dives a day, plus 2 extra sunset or night dives
  • All meals, water, tea and coffee
  • Return transfers between the airport and the resort on Siladen
  • Soft drinks, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee, payable at resort
Diving

The ultimate 2 week holiday dive experience exploring the Bunaken Marine Park

Duration
15 Days
14 Nights
Starts At US$4280

The perfect package for divers looking to maximise their dive time in paradise, staying at the the world’s best dive resort. The package includes 36 dives spent exploring some of Asia’s finest diving, accommodation in a Garden View Villa, all meals and transfers from Manado airport. Upgrades to Beach View Villas, Luxury Villas and the Nusa Indah Villa for families are available. High season and single supplements are applicable. Guests can prebook any desired number of dives in advance and the use of Nitrox if suitably qualified.

  • Accommodation in a twin or double Garden View Villa
  • 36 dives - boat trips, sunset dives or night dive
  • All meals, water, tea and coffee
  • Return transfers between the airport and the resort on Siladen
  • Soft drinks, juices and alcoholic beverages
  • Nitrox
  • Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee, payable at resort
Diving