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Reviewed 12 July 2012

Stayed in Froggies for two days with my friend last march. Did two dives around the area and really enjoyed it. Your gear is ready on the boat in the morning. Only thing you have to do is wake up, have breakfast jump on the boat and in the water. Benny does a really good job in making you feel welcome at his place and explains everything into detail. The resort itself has nice traditional rooms which are good price quality. You get what you pay for at Froggies. The area itself is really nice and you can walk around on the island when you are not diving. The food is mostly local food and it is served in buffet style. No complaints at all about the food!

Overall Froggies is an affordable place to dive and stay.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank BaliReefDivers
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Reviewed 27 March 2012

My girlfriend and I stayed at Froggies for 4 nights, 8 dives in February 2012. From the first email till the drop-off at our next hotel, this was a great experience! This is definitely a place to consider when you're diving at Bunaken. My girl called it VIP-diving, as the only thing u almost literally have to do yourself here is breathe :)

Booking/Price
We had trouble contacting places by phone on Bunaken just before our arrival, due to bad weather the telephone lines were dead. So we mailed several resorts - living colors, village bunaken, cha cha etc. Of these places Froggies was the quickest to reac. We got a VERY complete mail with detailed description of everything, bungalow choices, diving, packages etc etc. We chose a 4 night 6 dive package with the premium bungalow (Barracuda or Eagle Ray) for € 305 per person (so that's € 47.50 per night for the double room and € 35 per dive per person) and one extra dive (€35 pp.) and one extra night dive (€25 pp.) . Equipment (15€ pppd.) Pickup €35 pp (from+to airport, car and boat). This included 3 meals a day plus afternoon snack.

Imo great value for money, this diving rate is fairly standard across Bunaken. We didn't bother to negotiate about the price (which we usually do - Can't help it, we're Dutch;) ). But as it was low season it was probably possible to get something of this price.

Stay
What makes this place great is firstmost the staff and especially manager Benny. Right of the bat you feel very welcome, and you notice that Benny and the crew do their utmost to make your stay pleasant and comfortable. Benny has a knack for detail, from the extra towels in the bungalow, to the umbrella's for the rain, everything is arranged to perfection. We were also very content with our bungalow (Barracuda) which is one of the two new bungalows. very comfy bed, spacious, a nice porch, a couch and a lovely Bali style bathroom. Dinner was also very nice, the chef cooks delicious & varied meals, which you eat together in the dining area (with view over the bay).

We apreciated the free WiFi and the 'magic basket' is really something else; you throw in your smelly dirty clothes in the morning, and presto! , you have nice clean, ironed clothes (with a gift wrap ribbon :) ) in the afternoon. I tried it at home, but somehow our laundry basket just doesn't get it.

Diving
And of course the diving was EXCELLENT. Our dive guide Steven must have 3 pairs of eyes, this guy notices everything, from tiny orang utang crabs to hiding leaf scorpion fishes. The amount of species and the coral walls are very spectacular.

The guys really take their time for you, my girl had some initial fears to dive again(+ hyperventilation, it had been 2 years). so we started slowly and they really made her at ease. Also all your gear is carried and set up for you, so it's just a matter of putting your gear on and dive. The gear is also in excellent condition. We ended up doing 8 dives incl 1 night dive - which included a view of mating mandarin fish (cool!). They also do PADI courses by the way. Steven took us for a walk around the island and to his village, which was really cool as well.

Conclusion
We had a great stay, definitely the highlight (together with Toraja) of our Sulawesi trip. I would recommend it to anyone who loves diving, good food and warm people!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank ThePASSenger96
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Reviewed 27 February 2012

Diving,eating and sleeping....This is what you ll do there!!!
Diving: good equipment,professional staff,small group (we were 2 divers per staff),good understanding about the dive condition (current,tides....).
Eating:very good food.
sleeping: very nice and quiet bungalows
The manager,Benny,is very helpfull and all the staff are very nice!!!
So this is a great place if you are loking for this kind of holliday!!!
Enjoy!!!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank olivier l
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

My wife and I were visiting Froggies from 20 till 27 december 2011. We were in that moment the only guests, and we were wondering about that. The Bungalow (Barracuda) had a wonderfull view over the Sea. We had no Christmas celebrations but our cook Betsy made every day Christmas lunches and dinners for us. The food was amasing.
The Manager Benny is a very nice guy but he is a man of no many words. (I am kidding). Benny knows what his job is and that is managing the people (not easy) and make his quests
feeling at home. He was bringing us to the most beautifull Undersea gardens we ever saw.
Ther eis only one blame and that is the Indonisien Gouverment who is doing nothing to all the pulosion what is comming from Manado. Our opinion is: stop throuing the dirt into the water otherwise there are no resorts anymore in that aria in the future.

Room Tip: The most beautifull view is from the Bungalows upstrears, but you have many steps to go. Only for people under 62 years old
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Michel B
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

It was our second stay. The new restaurant and bungalows are really nice, with hot water, aircom, wifi, very good local spicy cooking but the real difference is Benny, the manager, who is always ready to help and respond to your suggestions. Froggies makes you pays only the dives you have actually done, even if you had bought a package.
Dives are as long as you can make them, with good and careful dive masters. Rental equipment is ok and dive sites, mostly walls are fantastic.
Froggies is definitly a must if you are diving near Manado.

Room Tip: newer bungalows are at the top of the slope, cheaper but noisier ones near the sea.
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Jean R
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