Raja Laut in indonesian language means "The Sea King". In this case we refer to a fish, a special one, indeeed. The Coelacanth were believed to have been extinct since the end of the Cretaceous period.

There are two different coelacanth species: latimeria chalumnae and latimeria menadoensis.

Latimeria chalumnae was discovered in South Africa in 1938, when Mayore Courtenay Latimer working for East London Museum, found a coelacanth between some fishes that were caught from a fishing boat on the river Chalumna.

Latimeria menadoensis, was discovered more recently, in 1997 in Indonesia, when two tourists, spouses Erdmann, discovered in a market on the island of Manado Tua what seemed a Gombessa fish, a species they called "The Sea King". Then with some research on DNA, was discovered that the species is also different from Latimeria chalumnae and was called Latimeria menadoensis.

The coelacanth is now living in the Indian Ocean, including the Comores and Madascar, South Africa and Indonesia. It 'a big fish and can be up to two meters long and 80 kg in weight. Live on average 60 years, prefers to swim deep and hunt at night. It feeds on eels, stingrays, small sharks and squid. Swimming is particular, as the fins move in pairs, or the two in front, pectoral fins or the rear ones, pelvis.

We decided to call our Resort RAJA LAUT to don't forget the great privilege we enjoy to dive daily in this SPECIAL sea.

REASONS TO CHOOSE RAJA LAUT

OUR LOCATION

The island of Bunaken apart rare exceptions is surrounded by mangroves, which for good reason, can not be cut. We are one of the few stretches of coast where the green tape stops naturally. From a ground raised our eyes can range from Manado at the northern tip of Sulawesi.

We have easy access to the reef (Timur) in front of Raja Laut: This reef is an excellent spot for snorkeling and scuba diving. We are just a few hundred meters from the village of Bunaken, this means being able to easily immerse in local culture and easy access with the public boat service that landed just at the beach in the village.

 

OUR SIZE

We are a 5 Star boutique resort. We have 4 bungalows, 3 Superior and 1 Standard. All enjoy seaview and a big wooden terrace with hammocks. The Superior has a stunning 40 square meters surface. In the Resort, there will never be more than 08/10 guests simultaneously and this results in a personalized service with great attention to your needs. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and decisions about the next day program are taken by mutual agreement during dinner.

 

OUR DIVING PHILOSOPHY

Diving is always in small groups with 1 guide for 3/4 divers. The courses are almost always 1:1 ratio with the instructor, snorkelling is accompanied by a snorkeling guide. For EXTRA safety we can provide NITROX 32 at an extra cost. If Specialty Training is completed in Raja Laut, the use of NITROX will be FREE of charge during your staying. We are characterized by the flexibility and willingness to please our customers because we are divers like you, we will dive with you every day and we want to have fun exactly like you.

 

OUR KITCHEN

Our restaurant is on the sea front, sometimes during a meal we get to see dolphins or sailfish jumping and playing a few meters from the reef. Our cuisine is authentic from North Sulawesi with fresh fish every day, we have only "limited" the use of chili peppers. Obviously at times there will also be Italian pasta, Roberto can not do without.

 

OUR HOUSING AND OUR ECOLOGICAL SOUL

our bungalows were built by local craftsmen with coconut palm wood and are perfectly integrated into the surrounding countryside. They are generous in size and even with unnecessary frills allow a stay in a spacious, clean and fresh environment The beds are comfortable and fitted with mosquito nets as are all windows.

The Resort's electricity comes from a photovoltaic power plant, we refill your plastic bottles or we offer water dispensers (20-liter bottles). The black water is not dispersed in the sea but reach proper wells, the toilet water (WC) is brackish and is pumped from a well. Fresh water (shower and sink), is provided by the desalination plant of the village and taken by boat to the Resort. This resource is a valuable asset in Bunaken (for decades, water scarcity slowed the development of tourism on the island) and need to be used without waste. The dive equipment is rinsed with rainwater that is collected and funneled into special tanks.

 

LAST BUT NOT THE LEAST, THE COST

35 euro per person/day for accomodation, meals, bevareges (25 euro for Standard bungalow), 60 euro for 2 morning dives with all the scuba equipment provided (55 euro if you will bring yours), boat passage, tanks/weights, one of the best divemaster avaiable on the Island every 3/4 customers. Overall a STEAL.

How to Reach Us

To reach the International Airport of Manado the shortest and more comfortable way is to flight with Singapore Airlines (Barcelona-Milan-Singapore), connection in Singapore with Silkair flight with final destiantion Manado. Checked baggage will be collected in Manado (up to 30kg for diving equipment provided). Total flight time:15/16 hours. Cost: from 800 € to 1400€. From 'the Airport of Manado to the harbour, about 30/45 minutes by taxi. Boat to Bunaken: crossing time about 45 minutes. If you wish, Raja Laut will handle the transfer from Airport.

Other possibilities (longer travel time): flights from Milan or Rome or ohers european cities to Jakarta with various carriers: Emirates via Dubai, Qatar by DHOA, TURKISH via Istanbul, Lufhansa via FRANKFURT, KLM via Amsterdam.

Manado is then reached with domestic flights (LION AIR or GARUDA) from Jakarta. The online purchase of domestic flights by local companies is NOT possible (unless you use an Indonesian or Malaysian credit card ). Is possible instead to use a Travel Agent like www.ticketindonesia.info tp purchase your tickets for a small fee.

Another possibility is to reach Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and continue to Manado. Unfortunately, Air Asia has removed the connection KUALA-Manado but is still availble the Kuala-Makassar option.
 

Best Period to visit Bunaken

Bunaken National Marine Park is 1° Latitude North from the equator. The days are characterized by 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. The seasonality gives way to a dry season (late March to October) and a rainy one (November to February). Even in the rainy season are rare prolonged periods of bad weather and the air temperature never drops below 25/26 °C. The waters of the park are generally very clear (from 20 to 40m), allowing the underwater photographer to capture subjects very different from each other: from macro of to colorful sea slugs and pygmy seahorses until amazing ambient on the vertical walls decorated by huge sponges and sea fans.

The water temperature varies from 30 ° to 26 ° and a 3mm wet suit is normally used on every occasion.