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- Voted the ‘World’s Best Dive Resort’ in 2017, by UK’s Dive Magazine
- Perfectly positioned to explore the incredible diving of the Bunaken Marine Park
- Luxury boutique resort, with conservation and sustainability at its heart
- Spectacular facilities for scuba divers and land lovers alike
Siladen Resort and Spa is Sulawesi’s premier dive resort, carefully designed to compliment and preserve the stunning island environment, and help guests tune in to nature. This stunning property combines sophistication, luxury and fantastic service, with a commitment to conservation and social development and all the creature comforts you’d expect from a five-star boutique getaway. The result? A perfect dive and stay experience at the heart of the world-renowned Bunaken Marine Park.
About Siladen Resort and Spa
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 the busy port and is perfectly located right at the heart of the Bunaken Marine Park. Siladen was designed as an exclusive boutique dive resort offering its guests ‘the most attractive, exquisite and secluded comfort in Sulawesi’, and having been voted the ‘Best Dive Resort in the World’ in 2017 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. This same spirit of conservation carries on underwater, with small groups enjoying an expertly led zero-contact experience on each dive. Educational programmes are also available at the dive centre and turtle conservation headquarters.
Explore the resort
The resort buildings and villas of Siladen lie hidden amongst the palm trees and other natural vegetation in a beautiful four-hectare plot, set back from the edge of the beach. Traditional construction techniques using wood and stone give the resort a natural feel and help it to blend perfectly into the island environment - all whilst retaining a sense of luxury and understated sophistication. Siladen Resort’s staff is composed of local travel experts, happy to help with anything you might need, and helping to create a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant, lounge, bar and reception are all built around a beautiful free-form swimming pool at the heart of the resort, offering dramatic views of Manado Tua. Siladen’s restaurant serves a wide range of gourmet European and Mediterranean dishes alongside local favourites, and beach barbeques are a weekly event during the dry season. After a long day spent diving or snorkeling, the resort spa offers a wide range of Indonesian treatments to help soothe your weary bones. Siladen Resort also offers the use of paddle boards, a beach volleyball court and sea kayaks. And, their team is happy to arrange day trips to explore the rainforests, volcanos, and local villages of the mainland.
Diving from Siladen Resort and Spa
Siladen Resort is perfectly positioned to explore over 50 plummeting walls and sprawling hard coral gardens within the Bunaken Marine Park, as well as the fascinating muck diving locations along the coast of the mainland. The dive centre also offers seamlessly organised day trips to Bangka and Gangga to the north - home to more outstanding reef diving. 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 comfortable classroom for courses and a modern camera room for use by photographers. The resort’s fleet of five traditional-style wooden dive boats feature 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 “zero-contact” code of conduct for its guests and staff - with a focus on preserving the region’s dive sites for future generations of divers.
- Have a sundowner drink by the pool and enjoy the view of Manado Tua - one of Sulawesi’s iconic sights.
- Join one of the resort’s social or environmental programmes and help support the local community.
- Underwater photographers should pack for macro and wide-angle - Bunaken has a little bit of everything!
- Pack all the essentials from home and some extra spending money - shops and banks are scarce in this remote region.
Siladen Resort and Spa is ‘committed to preserving and protecting the environment in which the resort is located. This includes land and water-based environments as well as the local community.
Amongst many other ongoing projects, the resort has removed all single use plastics from its service both on land and at sea, now recycles grey water for gardening, runs sterilisation programmes for stray animals on the island, and manages its own Turtle Conservation project - which guests are invited to tour or volunteer at based on seasonal needs. Siladen also supports several educational initiatives in the region, providing textbooks and uniforms as well as school supplies to families in need. Every diver at this resort will also receive a detailed environmental briefing before starting their underwater adventure. Siladen Resort and Spa is a proud and active member of the North Sulawesi Watersports Association.
Diving in Bunaken and Manado
Whitetip reef sharkYear round
Schooling reef fishYear round
Clown frogfishYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
Pygmy seahorseYear round
Ghost pipefishYear round
Walls & pinnaclesYear round
Plentiful reef lifeYear round
Healthy coralsYear round
Number of rooms
Official dive center rating
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water