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Reviewed 21 June 2019 via mobile

I took the open water diver course, the advanced open water diver course and the nitrox diver course with froggies over an eleven days stay in June. My review will be oriented to others like me, who didn't have any diving experience and was looking for a place to get started. Well, look no further. Froggies in bunaken is the best place to start your diving adventures for two reasons.

1. Bunaken combines calm water (or current if you're seeking it), really warm water, good visibility and an insane amount of things to see. Bunaken is mostly wall diving. And wall diving is the best suited for beginners because you will be spending some time in the shallow and there's always things to see, whether you're deep or shallow.

2. Kamil and Claudia who will be teaching you are great teachers. They're patient and attentive. They also clearly care, as shown by the fact that they also did all the fun dives with me until they're certain I'm competent enough to do fun dives with other guests and the local guide. Perhaps the best sign that they're great teachers is that I finished all my certifications on a crunched schedule.
(Btw, doing confined water dive in a shallow part of the sea definitely beats doing it in a pool. I saw the most colorful flat worm on my very first confined water dive.)

To echo what others have said, the resort itself is well attended to, with a beautiful view of the sunset everyday. The staff and the boat crew is like a big family who joke around with the guests and sing every now and then.

In all, a truly magical experience and I cannot recommend it enough.

Date of stay: June 2019
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Froggies D, Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken, responded to this reviewResponded 28 June 2019

Dear Li,

Thank you for this amazing review! We are very grateful that you took the time to share you experience at Froggies.

Claudia and I had great fun teaching you from Open Water to Advanced+Nitrox. You have shown great dedication and passion, you fully deserve these certifications. Always remember to "Plan the dive and Dive the plan" because safety is always the main concern!

Looking forward to seeing you back at Froggies soon and happy bubbles,

Kamil - Resort Manager at Froggies Divers, Bunaken

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Reviewed 20 May 2019

Bunaken is a very special place. Diving is mostly (though not exclusively) wall diving, with plenty of great reefs. So it makes sense that most people combine a few days here with Lembeh, where the diving is completely different.

As far as Froggies goes, it's a great place. For me, the perfect balance of comfort and real local experience. I don't want to be given hamburgers and lasagna, but I do appreciate air conditioning and a fully functional bathroom.

Food was included in our stay and a great feature. All meals are very balanced, varied and delicious. Local cuisine, but nothing that might scare off conservative eaters. They were also flexible with any dietary requirements or requests, though in our case it wasn't necessary as we loved every bite!

The accommodation is lovely. Wooden cabins with all the amenities I would expect, but conserving a local charm. Anything we needed was swiftly provided by both the management and local staff who were eager to please.

Now for the diving, which for me is by far the most important part. There is no risk of overstating how good a guide Eric is if what you want is to find tiny and camouflaged critters. It's incredible how he can find a tiny transparent shrimp with no torch, but he does! As far as conditions go,we had just about no currents, great visibility, tons of varied sea life. Dives were suited to our preferences, and were never rushed,with dives averaging 60 minutes.

So in summary, can't really go wrong with these guys, when I return to Bunaken I will definitely book with Froggies.

Date of stay: May 2019
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank marksaus
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Froggies D, Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2019

Hello marksaus,

Thanks so much for your lovely and thorough review. We are thrilled to read that you appreciated the combination of comfort and authenticity here at Froggies. This is one of our main objective: feel like home far from home! No worries and flexibility. Our local staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. Everyone is so nice because we have the best guests. It was a great pleasure to share meals and nice moments on the boat with you guys.

Diving in Bunaken National Park is an amazing experience: warm aquarium, endless walls and great visibility. Imagine that a few days ago, we spotted 8 hammerhead sharks on a dive site far up North.. crazy!

Thanks for the good vibes and see you soon :)

Kamil, Resort Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken

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Reviewed 3 May 2019 via mobile

Just perfect,
Everything was on point, the staff is very nice and helpful, the bungalow are simple but very clean. The dives are amazing, very preserved reefs, lots of fish (even big one, like sharks, tuna rays...) and also beautiful small stuff like nidibranch, Pygmy seahorse...
And the diving guides know every diving site perfectly and show you all the things you would have missed.
The diving gear is in perfect condition and well maintained.
The food is great, the chef uses mainly the same ingredients but managed to never repeat himself !
We all ate together chatting about diving or anything else !
The managers Kamil and Claudia (French and German) are very friendly and helpful, always available for any question or just a good chat. They also are great teachers (passed the advanced PADI while there).
The only regret I have is that we stayed only for 5 nights, if I knew froggies was so great we would have stayed for longer !

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Froggies D, Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2019

Hello Maxime,

This review made our day! We are so glad you enjoyed every aspects of your stay at Froggies Divers. We always try to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to put you in the best "holiday" mood. It has been a pleasure to share these moments with you and Guillaume.. the coral expert :)

Thanks for your kind words regarding the staff, especially the kitchen team. We are continually trying to improve the food quality and variety to please our guests from all around the world.

Next time please try to stay a bit longer..there is still a lot to discover in the area. Cheers!

Happy bubbles

Kamil, Resort Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken

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Reviewed 16 April 2019 via mobile

Had a wonderful time. Great staff. Pretty location. Good bungalows. Food could do with a lot more variety. Food was ok just the same everyday. Quite a lot of stairs for larger bungalows.(75). Dive staff very helpful.

Date of stay: April 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank andywillett2018
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Froggies D, Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2019

Dear Andy,

Thanks for leaving us a nice review! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Froggies. I shared your kind comment to our local staff, they are super happy :)

For the past few weeks we have been working on a new menu to offer more food variety: a mix between western and local recipes. Hope you'll come again and try it out. We're also renovating the old bungalows on the beachfront. I invite you to follow us on social media for more updates!

On behalf of Froggies Divers we are greatful for your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Thank you and happy bubbles!

Kamil, Resort Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken

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Reviewed 8 April 2019 via mobile

Room ok, but stairs are dangerous when wet. Diving trips okey, but staff don't have enough money to arrange things properly. Diving equipment also needs little bit update. If you want see the villagelife, i would now choose hotel from the otherside. Staff was great, food was good and aircon and fan in the room were big plus. But you can see in the hotel that they are doing the things that are must (repairs etc), but nothing more.. Not worth the money i think.

Date of stay: March 2019
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Froggies D, Manager at Froggies Divers Bunaken, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2019

Dear Sarae111,

We are Kamil and Claudia, the new resort managers at Froggies Divers Bunaken since Mike and Dee left. From what we can read on the post you visited our resort last month so we didn't get the chance to meet you :-)

First of all thank you very much for the positive comment about our local team, we will forward it to each one of them. They are working hard to offer the best service possible! We are glad that you enjoyed the daily meals prepared with care by our lovely chefs with only local ingredients as well as your stay in the bungalow. As you mentioned we offer A/C, hot water and free WIFI with electricity 24h/7.
Indeed Froggies Divers is located on Liang Beach, about 1 hour walking distance from the village, which offers us a stunning view of Manado Tua at sunset!

However we feel sorry that you experienced some issues with the stairs. Rainy season in Indonesia can be tough and we always remind our guests to be extra careful. Be certain that we will reinforce every step of the way to make sure it is even safer.

Finally being a Dive resort means that diving is our top priority: we keep the groups as small as possible (max 4 divers per guide) and choose the dive sites according to wishes and level of experience to offer the most personalized service. We can also assure you that our rental equipment is regularly maintained to meet safety standards.

We are really grateful that you took the time to post a review and we'll take into consideration all your remarks to improve our guests' experience!

Sunny regards,
Kamil & Claudia
Resort Managers - Froggies Divers Bunaken

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