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Bastianos Blog2018-06-28T09:19:30+00:00

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May 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that Bastianos Dive Resort, both Bunaken Island and Lembeh Island has been selected for the 2016 Certificate of Excellence, 3 (three) years continuously, reflecting the consistently of great services to our customers … a BIG thank you to the whole team Bunaken and to our customers who wrote great reviews to our trip advisor’s page.
certificate of excellence

March 2016

Our dive guide Daniel is the new Mola-Mola-Man! Just a few days ago he found not only one but two (!) of the huge and bizarre looking creatures at the dive site Fukui! Lucky man & lucky day for our divers smile emoticon

January 2016

Solar Eclipse 2016 in Indonesia!

A total solar eclipse will take place on March 9, 2016 and you can experience 100% visible solar eclipse either in Bunaken or Lembeh. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the Sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness.

Begins : 9 March 2016, 07:34
Maximum : 9 March 2016, 08:49
Ends : 9 March 2016, 10:15

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WE OFFER 1 (ONE) FREE SOLAR ECLIPSE DIVE ON 9 MARCH 2016, SO BOOK YOUR DIVING HOLIDAY NOW.

For more information, please send email to info@bastianos.com

https://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/indonesia/manado

Buy a ticket and win a dream vacation in North Sulawesi during BOOT 2016!

We would like to invite you to help an small island in North Sulawesi fight illegal mining by participate in this raffle to seek support from the tickets selling and make sure funds are available to replant mangroves along the coast and trees on land to prevent soil erosion. By buying the raffle tickets, you’ll help to save this small island.

Bastianos and several dive resorts from North Sulawesi have setup a great raffle during the show with some fantastic prizes. Tickets are available at the following booths during BOOT 2016 :

1. Murex Dive Resorts / Lembeh Resort (Halle 3 booth A16)
2. Roger Tours (Halle 3 booth F66)
3. ItsMySport (Halle 3 booth A31)
4. Sun & Fun (Halle 3 booth C70)
5. Aquaventure (Halle 3 booth B16)
6. Scuba native (Halle 3 booth E73)
7. Beluga Reisen (Halle 3 booth F93)
8. Absolute Scuba (Halle 3 booth F73)
9. Reisecenter Federsee (Halle 3 booth D36)

The drawing of the winning tickets will be done on 31 January 2016 at the Murex Dive Resort’s booth. Winners will be informed by email.

Raffle

Bangka island is located in North Sulawesi, Indonesia between Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait and offers world class coral reef diving with some of Indonesia’s most colorful soft corals and reef fish. News of illegal mining activity on Bangka island first surfaced early October, 2011. This company bribed it’s way onto the island then bullied local people to sell their land. Several dive operators and local villagers banded together as volunteers to form the Bangka Conservation Fund and have dedicated themselves to stopping this potential mine.

 

We won. All construction on the island has stopped. THE ACTUAL MINE NEVER STARTED.

 

The Supreme Court in Jakarta ruled against the mine on three separate decisions.
North Sulawesi now has a new governor and the region where Bangka resides has a new mayor both pro-tourism development and pro-environment. However, the battle is not totally over. There is still a chance the foreign mine company will appeal and counter sue.

#SAVEBANGKAISLAND

Bangka Conservation Fund

December 2015

Christmas in Bastianos, BBQ, some nice music and diving, diving and diving

 

September 2015

Indonesian-Visa-On-Arrival-Sticker-e1426478304184Visitors to Indonesia must obtain a visa from one of the Indonesian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or one of the countries eligible for visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa Free

Nationals holding passport from the following 174 countries and territories are eligible to enter and remain in Indonesia without a visa for 30 days. Passport holders from 15 countries and territories are able to enter Indonesia visa free for multiple purposes through any port of entry where as nationals from 159 countries and territories are able to enter Indonesia visa free for TOURISM ONLY and must enter through designated ports of entry. The visa free facility does not allow the change into other permits or visa extension.

15 countries which are able to enter Indonesia with visa free for multiple purposes through any port of entry are: Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

159 countries which are able to enter Indonesia with visa free for tourism only and must enter through designated ports of entry are : Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Chad, China, Comoros, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan,Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North Korea, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Eligible passengers who choose the Visa Free Visit option can ONLY ENTER Indonesia through the following Indonesian Immigration check points-

a ) Airport Immigration Check Points

1) Hang Nadim, Batam
2) Juanda, Surabaya
3) Kualanamu, Medan
4) I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Bali
5) Soekarno-Hatta, Banten

b) Seaport Immigration Check Points

1) Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi, Tanjung Uban
2) Bandar Seri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban
3) Batam Center, Batam
4) Citra Tri Tunas, Batam
5) Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam
6) Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Batam
7) Sekupang, Batam
8) Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang
9) Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tanjung Balai Karimun

Eligible passengers who choose the Visa Free Visit option can only EXIT Indonesia from the following Indonesian Immigration check points:

a) Airport Immigration Check Points

1) Hang Nadim, Batam
2) Juanda, Surabaya
3) Kualanamu, Medan
4) I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Bali
5) Soekarno-Hatta, Banten
6) Adi Sucipto, Yogyakarta
7) Adi Soemarmo, Surakarta
8) Ahmad Yani, Semarang
9) Bandara Internasional Lombok, Mataram
10) Belitung, Tanjung Pandan
11) Binaka, Sibolga
12) El Tari, Kupang
13) Frans Kaisiepo, Biak
14) Halim Perdana Kusuma, DKI Jakarta
15) Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
16) Maimun Saleh, Sabang
17) Minangkabau, Padang
18) Mopah, Merauke
19) Mozes Kilangin, Tembaga Pura
20) Pattimura, Ambon
21) Polonia, Medan
22) Sam Ratulangi, Manado
23) Sepinggan, Balikpapan
24) Sultan Hasanuddin, Makassar
25) Sultan Iskandar Muda, Banda Aceh
26) Sultan Mahmud Badarudin II, Palembang
27) Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Pekanbaru
28) Supadio, Pontianak
29) Tarakan, Tarakan

b) Seaport Immigration Check Points

1) Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi, Tanjung Uban
2) Bandar Seri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban
3) Batam Center, Batam
4) Citra Tri Tunas, Batam
5) Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam
6) Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Batam
7) Sekupang, Batam
8) Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang
9) Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tanjung Balai Karimun
10) Achmad Yani, Ternate
11) Amamapare, Tembagapura
12) Anggrek, Gorontalo
13) Bandar Sri Setia Raja, Bengkalis
14) Batu Ampar, Batam
15) Bagan Siapi-Api, Bagan Siapi-Api
16) Belawan, Belawan
17) Benete, Sumbawa Besar
18) Belakang Padang, Belakang Padang
19) Biak, Biak
20) Boom Baru, Palembang
21) Celukan Bawang, Singaraja
22) Ciwandan, Cilegon
23) Dumai, Dumai
24) Dwi Kora, Pontianak
25) Gunung Sitoli, Sibolga
26) Jambi, Jambi
27) Jayapura, Jayapura
28) Kabil, Batam
29) Kendari, Kendari
30) Kota Baru, Kota Baru
31) Kuala Enok, Tembilahan
32) Kuala Langsa, Aceh
33) Kuala Tungkal, Jambi
34) Kuala Tanjung, Tanjung Balai Asahan
35) Lauren Say, Maumere
36) Lembar, Mataram
37) Lhokseumawe, Lhokseumawe
38) Malahayati, Aceh
39) Malundung, Tarakan
40) Manado, Manado
41) Marore, Tahuna
42) Miangas, Tahuna
43) Merauke, Merauke
44) Nusantara Pare-Pare, Pare-Pare
45) Nusantara, Tahuna
46) Padang Bai, Bali
47) Panarukan, Panarukan
48) Pangkal Balam, Pangkal Pinang
49) Panjang, Bandar Lampung
50) Pantoloan, Palu
51) Pasuruan, Pasuruan
52) Pemangkat, Sambas
53) Probolinggo, Probolinggo
54) Pulau Baai, Bengkulu
55) Sabang, Aceh
56) Samarinda, Samarinda
57) Sampit, Sampit
58) Samudera, Bitung
59) Selat Lampa, Ranai
60) Semayang, Balikpapan
61) Siak Sri Indrapura, Siak
62) Sibolga, Sibolga
63) Sintete, Sambas
64) Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
65) Sorong, Sorong
66) Sri Bayintan, Tanjung Pinang
67) Sungai Guntung, Tembilahan
68) Tanjung Benoa, Denpasar
69) Tanjung Emas, Semarang
70) Tanjung Gudang, Pangkal Pinang
71) Tanjung Harapan, Selat Panjang
72) Tanjung Intan, Cilacap
73) Tanjung Kelian, Pangkal Pinang
74) Tanjung Lontar, Kupang
75) Tanjung Pandan, Bangka Belitung
76) Tanjung Perak, Surabaya
77) Tanjung Priok, DKI Jakarta
78) Tanjung Uban, Tanjung Uban
79) Tanjung Wangi, Jember
80) Tarempa, Tarempa
81) Teluk Bayur, Padang
82) Teluk Nibung, Tanjung Balai Asahan
83) Tembilahan, Tembilahan
84) Tri Sakti, Banjarmasin
85) Tual, Tual
86) Tunon Taka, Nunukan
87) Yos Sudarso, Ambon
88) Yos Sudarso, Cirebon

c) Land Immigration Check Points

1) Aruk, Sambas
2) Entikong, Entikong
3) Metamauk, Atambua
4) Mota’ain, Atambua
5) Nanga Badau, Sanggau
6) Napan, Atambau
7) Skouw, Jayapura

PS : For travelling to Manado, if tourist now enter example Bali/Jakarta on a Free Visa, they will be able to exit from Manado. However, if tourist enter into Manado, they will still need to pay for Visa on Arrival in Manado.

source : Wikipedia

June 2015

Community reaches out and helps others

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A church is a community

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My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.

 

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From many we become one

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April 2010

The Bunaken National Park Entrance Fee for 2010 has not increased from last year and is fixed as follows: Rp 50,000 per daily ticket (approx.US$ 4.00) or Rp 150,000 (approx.US$ 12.00) for an annual entrance park tag.

The tag is valid for the whole year period ( 31st of December ), the proceeds of which are used to fund the patrols, conservation activities and improvement of standars in the park. Illegal fishing activities have almost stopped, people hired to clean the beaches and the construction of a long needed jetty in Bunaken village is in progress.

WWF, WNF and other NGO’s are also helping with funds and projects for coral rehabilitation.

Tags (or tickets) must be carried at all times the guests is within park boundaries. The tags can easily be affixed to guests’ diving or snorkeling gear or on backpacks. More information about Bunaken Entrance Fee

Bastianos on Lembeh Island is located on a private beach with its own bay, with most of the dive sites only 10 minutes away. Bastianos Lembeh Diving Resort had it’s soft opening on November 2006.

The resort is now fully functional and we are offering some discounts for the months ahead for our first customers for what promises to be an excellent season.

The Dive Resort comes with :

  • Ten (10) Superior Cottages
  • Four (4) Standard Rooms
  • Dining area
  • Attached bathroom with hot shower
  • 24 hours electricity
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Wifi HotSpot

The Dive Center comes with

  • 3 wooden custom dive boats
  • Well-maintained equipment and compressors
  • Modern built Dive Center managed by Multi-lingual PADI Instructor and local experienced divemasters which know the diving area

For more information, please visit the website at http://www.bastianoslembeh.com/

June 2009

Our new feature at both resorts, you can have free wi-fi near the lobby and some part of the restaurant as long as the guests bring their own laptop.