There are few accommodations of such quality more idyllically located than Kima Bajo Resort and Spa. The resort is described as "boutique" and delivers a deluxe scuba diving experience in Bunaken National Park and the surrounding area.
Kima Bajo is located on the mainland of Sulawesi in a spot as close to the marine park as possible. It is no more than 25 minutes from Manado International Airport. Holiday guests can choose from a range of well-appointed air-conditioned accommodation. The Bunga Villa's have sunken outdoor bathrooms and the Grand Villa has its own private swimming pool. The Longhouse Rooms, although smaller, still share the attention to detail as the other accommodation types with en-suite bathrooms with Western-style toilets and hot running water.
The resort facilities include an infinity-edge swimming pool with seaview, a full range of spa facilities, private beach, complimentary internet, and tour desk for local travel adventures. Kima Bajo caters to your every need, whether it be pampering, overland tours or simply diving some of Sulawesi and Indonesia's best dive sites and then unwinding with a cocktail and drinking in the spectacular sunsets.
**The resort is under renovation from 1st April 2013 until further notice.**
Bunaken National Park and Manado, North Sulawesi. No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 4 scuba divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, scuba tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 25 per day), Bunaken marine park fees (approx. US$ 11 per person per year). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Night dives (approx. US$ 50 each), diving computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx. US$ 8 per tank surcharge for non nitrox package), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, return resort transfers from Manado airport, internet access, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay in advance for a single supplement. Christmas Day dinner (approx. US$ 25 per person), New Year's Eve dinner (approx. US$ 45 per person). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Kima Bajo is located just 25 minutes from Manado airport, overlooking Wori Bay. The resort provides transfers from the airport. For more information see our Manado travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge.
For the best diving holiday experience in Manado, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts here to include one in the Manado and Bunaken Island area to dive the Bunaken Marine Park, and one in Lembeh to dive the Lembeh Strait.
There are 18 luxurious seaview Bunga Villas each with a sunken outdoor bathtub and shower, the Grand Villa - an exclusive 2-room suite with its own private swimming pool; and 12 spacious Longhouse Rooms. All structures in the resort are built with natural local materials.
A typical day at Kima Bajo involves a 2 morning dives at the Bunaken marine park and 1 afternoon dive trip with lunch in between. The boat departs at 08.00 hrs and 10.30 in the morning, with the afternoon departure at 14.00, and activities are usually finished by 17:00, although night dives can be arranged. Special trips to Lembeh Strait and PADI courses are also available.
The dive boats feature:
Built in 2008
2 boats of 4m in length with a maximum of 8 scuba divers each
Cruise speed 15 knots
2 dive crew onboard
Dive deck with steel ladders
Kit up area, toilet & shower
Shaded area with rooftop deck
Separate rinse tank for cameras
The resort's dive centre has guest equipment storage, rinse tanks, a camera table and rinse tank, emergency oxygen and first aid. The staff will carry and wash all your scuba gear.
BDive boat trips include divemasters, as well as drinking water, fruits, towels and a dive computer. Boat journey time is about 25-45 minutes.
Kima Bajo's facilities include the full range of treatments at the Mayana Spa, sea-view swimming pool, restaurant, private beach with BBQ on request, room service, laundry and more.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant & 2 bars with live entertainment - Dive Centre - Swimming pool with poolside food & beverage service, sunset views and children's play area - Private beach cove within a bay of volcanic therapeutic black sand - The Gallery (a mini library and TV lounge with board games) - Free internet - Telephone & fax - Small yoga pavilion for self meditation - Boutique shop - Manado tours & excursion assistance - Baby cots and babysitting - Laundry service - 24 hour guest assistance
Location: Wori Bay, Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
The Nibong Restaurant and Bar are located just above the pool deck and private beach, and this provides an ideal spot for private romantic candlelit meals on the beach. The chef is Japanese so food consists of a range of Japanese, Italian, international, Indonesian and local Minahasan dishes, made with the freshest local ingredients. There is also a range of fruit juices, smoothies, wines, beer and spirits.
3 course a la carte dinners, with breakfast and lunch buffets
Indonesian, Japanese and European cuisine
Japanese style noodles, tempura, rolled sushi rice
Italian pasta, sirloin steaks, and Italian-style stewed chicken with vegetables
Afternoon Hi-Tea every 4 pm, at the Bunaken Sunset Bar
Pizzas available from the Bunaken Sunset Lounge
Private romantic dinner or beach BBQ - on request
Complimentary breakfast is American, Asian or buffet style.
"We found them very professional and well organised. The only thing that let them down was variability in the local dive instructors, some of whom were too keen to mess with the marine life (we gave this feedback directly to Eco Divers [Kima Bajo's dive trip provider at the time of this review])." - Liz Wickham, New Zealand, 20 September 2011 ...