Just like flying

Matthias Lebo from Schoener Tauchen Switzerland and his girlfriend Lela visited us last year to check out the resort. Of course he dived a lot while staying here and he shot a few nice videos.

Here is short compilation of a few of the turtles they saw around here :

Thank you Matthias & Lela for visiting us and for sharing this great video, we are looking forward to the next one.

Fish Geek Week 2013

Pseudanthias Charlenae,  beautiful fairy basslet named after Prince Albert of Monaco's bride. Previously only known from Bali and West Papua

Pseudanthias Charlenae, beautiful fairy basslet named after Prince Albert of Monaco’s bride. Previously only known from Bali and West Papua

Because of the huge success of the Fish Geek Week 2012 (report 1 report 2) we have decided to organize another Fish Geek Week this year. Last years findings were unexpectedly good, the standards are set and hopefully this years findings will even better.

Again this year Mark Erdmann will join us for a week full of diving, lectures and workshops. Sadly enough, because of personal reasons Gerald Allen is not able to join us this year.

This year the Fish Geek Week will start on 31.08.2013 and will end on 07.09.2013.

The week opens up with an introduction evening and from the second evening onwards there will be a lecture / workshop about a specific topic every evening. On the last day we will organize a treasure hunt and a special dinner for all participants.

Remember, participating in this event is completely free of charge, all you have to do is book a flight and get a room/cottage at Minahasa Lagoon – Dive & Tours Club and you will be able to join this event and learn a lot about the reef fish that inhabit the surrounding seas. So get you passports out and visit us for another great event.

Digital shoot-out price winner

The winning shot

The winning shot

Every year Minahasa Lagoon – Dive & Tours Club sponsors several underwater photography competitions. One of these was the 10th Annual Digital Shootout in Bonaire in 2011 hosted by Backscatter.

Becky Briggs won the 2nd place in the macro unrestricted category with a beautiful picture of several Squids together. With this she won a 7 night stay at our resort including a 6 days unlimited dive & tours package. Finally this month she was able to cash in her price and she visited us from 17th until 24th of May. She had a lovely stay with us and she was able to do a lot good diving around here. Luckily for her, the resort was almost empty and most of the time she had the boat for herself. Next to spending a lot of hours diving, she also spent a lot of hours pampering herself in our ocean front spa.

Becky has always been shooting a DSLR camera but just before this trip she decided to change over to a mirrorless camera. A big step for her and it needed some adjusting but she got some very nice pictures with. Below here is a gallery with some of the pictures she took while staying with us.

Becky would like to thank Jim Decker and Rusty Sanoian from Backscatter for all their advice and help, for putting this camera together and Berkeley White and Dan Baldocchi for organizing the Digital Shoot Out. And of course a big thanks to Minahasa Lagoon – Dive & Tours Club who sponsored her price.

Last minute Spring offer

Here is your chance to enjoy Minahasa Lagoon – Dive & Tours Club to the fullest in our beautiful Sea View Cottages. But you have to be quick.

From 15 May until 31 July 2013 we have a very special offer for travels within this time frame. Book now a Sea View cottage and pay only €99 per person per night. Usually the price of a Sea View cottages for this period is €290 per Sea View cottage per night, a discount of €92 per night.

Take this chance and enjoy our beautiful Sea View cottages, equipped everything you need to enjoy your holiday. A large king sized bed, a large verandah to relax and enjoy the stunning view over the ocean and a half open shower which makes you feel you are showering outside.

So don’t hesitate and write us an email immediately to get you booking fixed asap. Write to : resort@minahasalagoon.com

The whole Minahasa Lagoon team is looking forward to meet you here and to be of your service.

Minahasa Lagoon Resort, North Sulawesi

Minahasa Lagoon Resort, North Sulawesi

We have a winner!!!

turtle foundationLast weekend during the Fespo travel exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland the annual Turtle-Foundation lottery took place and Minahasa Lagoon sponsored, as always, 1 of the prizes.

The Turtle Foundation is an international charitable organization with offices in the United States, Germany, Switzerland and Indonesia. The foundation is a dedicated volunteer effort. The Turtle Foundation currently operates its own important protection projects in Cape Verde and in Indonesia.

Each year at the Fespo travel exhibition in Zurich they organize a lottery. They sell 200 tickets, each ticket costs CHF 100,- and the whole income from this lottery goes to their two sea turtle conservation projects in Indonesia and in Boavista, Cape Verde Islands.

We would like to gratulate Marcus Engel for winning a 7 nights stay at Minahasa Lagoon including 10 dives. We are looking forward to having him as a guest.

Volcanic activity

Since July 2011 the volcanoes in North-Sulawesi have been very active but he last few months there has been much more activity. Almost every week mount Lokon spits out its sand, dust and smoke. Lava streams are rarely seen but the volcanic dust is everywhere. All these eruptions pose no real danger to the surrounding area, only everything gets covered in sand and dust from time to time. We have been lucky until now, the wind is blowing most of it in the other direction and the resort stays clean.

Four days ago our guests went diving in Bunaken. In the afternoon they came back from the islands when Lokon erupted again. It was not very clear day but you could clearly see the ash cloud being spat out and growing slowly larger and being blown away by the wind. Below are 2 pictures which they took from the boat.

Lokon EruptionLokon Eruption
 
 
So next to diving, rain forests and the beautiful highlands, you can also watch erupting volcanoes. Another reason to visit North-Sulawesi

Thank you Roberto and Francesca for sharing the pictures.

Exhibition time

As every year Minahasa Lagoon will be present at the upcoming European dive shows :

BOOT Show – Duesseldorf, Germany
From January 19th until January 27th. You can find us in Hall 3 at the Indonesien Pavillion.

FESPO Ferienmesse – Zurich, Switzerland
From January 31st until February 3rd. You can find us in Hall 6 in the Booth of Schoener Tauchen Switzerland.

We are looking forward to meet you there. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send us an email : resort@minahasalagoon.com

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Minahasa Lagoon Free Upgrade and Super Deal

Luxury is part of the accommodation at Minahasa. With 22 luxury private cottages, you are guaranteed the best room in the lagoon. There are also 2 cottages that are connected by a covered terrace to enable one communal cottage for group stays or families.

Free Upgrade

For New Booking , Free upgrade from Garden View room to Hill view cottage for stay period on January till 28th February 2013 and minimum 2 nights stay.

Super Deal

Enjoy 20% off for all Type rooms, valid for booking stay period January till 28th February 2013

Note : All promotions cannot be combined

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First timers

Last month Regina and Dominique Nuessli from Switserland came for the first time to North-Sulawesi, actually it was their first time ever in Indonesia. After spending several days in Lembeh they came over to Minahasa Lagoon to spend a week of diving here. And they loved it. They are real macro lovers and they dove all the local dive sites. But it would have been a shame to come all this way and not dive the walls around Bunaken island. So they went twice to Bunaken and Dominique changed his macro lens with his fish eye lens to capture some wide angle subjects. Below is a gallery of some of the pictures Dominique took while diving with us. Have a look in particular at the shot of the hatching cuttlefish. Next to the diving they enjoyed our spa and relaxed in the resort. They enjoyed their stay here very much and they will be back next year.

Minahasa Lagoon Early bird Booking off 10% for all Category Room

Started as a personal dream by a diver and European industrialist, Minahasa lagoon opened its gates to the public in early 2004. The lagoon is situated on the mainland coast of North Sulawesi, surrounded by the tropical rain forest and faces the ocean with an expansive private beach. It is 30 km South-West of Manado, and encompasses over 13 hectares of land, crossed by a picturesque mountain river fed by a stunning waterfall.

Luxury is part of the accommodation at Minahasa. With 22 luxury private cottages, you are guaranteed the best room in the lagoon. There are also 2 cottages that are connected by a covered terrace to enable one communal cottage for group stays or families. Feeling restricted by your wheelchair? Don’t! We are happy to provide 2 additional cottages that are wheel chair accessible, as are most of the Resort facilities.

Accommodation

Privacy is granted in the 15 cottages, all with same layout and standard, approx. 70 sqm each. 2 cottages are
connected through a covered terrace, to enable one communal cottage for group stays or families, 2 more
cottages, as well as almost all Resort facilities, are wheelchair accessible.

Room Facilities

Each cottage comprises of a spacious bedroom, an adjoining room with a bunk bed, an airy open bathroom and
a large wooden terrace with ocean view. All cottages are equipped with AC, ceiling fan, mini bar, tea and coffee
facilities, hot water, IDD phone, possibility for internet connection, safe, hairdryer and toiletries.

Minahasa Lagoon Early bird Booking off 10% for all Category Room

Get 10 % off Discount and Saving your travel expense for booking minimum 21 days prior to arrival

Rate Inclusive:

  • Daily Fullboard ( Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner )
  • Welcome Drink
  • Daily 2 Bottles Mineral Water

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