Monday, December 11, 2006

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort Xmas Special

Xmas and New Year Promotion
Valid from 15 Dec 06 - 10 Jan 07
Limited Availability

Superior Cottage
4 Days/ 3 nights
Airport Transfers incl.
Full Board (3 meals)
Non Diver US$ 350.00
Diver US$ 550.00

Standard Cottage
4 Days / 3 nights
Airport Transfers incl.
Full Board (3meals)
Non Diver US$ 225.00
Diver US$ 450.00

Prices based on double sharing incl of taxes
Diving Package incl. 2 boat dives per day (6 dives)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Even though almost mid December, it seems that the weather is still holding up well. The "rainy season" this year has still to show its face, it seems that we are in the middle of an El Nino, so maybe this answers the question..why?
The last "real" rain we had was in the begining of August and since then it has been only a matter of eveing showers, just barely enough to help the Cha Cha garden not die altogether, luckily these small showers have lowered the possibility of fires on bunaken and thus we are no longer on "red alert" like last month, but dont worry our "red alert" system works well and our staff is always on the look out for any smoke as a sign of a possible problem.
The dry weather has made life difficult for the villagers on the islands, especially Bunaken, with its limited natural water supply, both humans and live-stock suffer even though a government grant did fund a water project, but what a mess, US$25k to dig a hole in the ground, find water and within 1 month the water was contaminated with salt water, the contractor made a tidy profit by giving the villagers something they could have got directly from the beach......salt water !!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Manado/ Bunaken -- "Cha Cha Frog Fish"

We have been away for a few weeks, but here is some exciting news...a Cha Cha colour Frog Fish, yes all will know that Cha Cha's colours are orange and blue, where did we find it...well thats a secret but I will let you into a clever thing I picked up some weeks ago.....use google earth and use the different colour variations of the sea in the image to tell you how deep the area is.
Ouch maybe I have said toooo much here, but it works, we have found underwater pinnacle with it and other info that has helped us in our quest for new dive sites.
Anyway back to "Froggy", found him/her at about 7mt deep, in rubble area, perched on this small sponge, never moved for more than 3 consecutive days....whats he/she waiting for?? who knows maybe a partner? but hey, who cares.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Cumi Cumi(Squid) Spawnning News.

Squid  Spawnning Day

Today, we spent a wonderful under water time to watch their spawnning sean at a a dive site in Manado,Bunaken National Marine Park.

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Manado Tua Island

Manado Tua Isalnd

Just few days ago, I saw this fish in Tanjung Kopi point. The fish called "Ikekatsuo" in Japanese. We do not see this fish so often around this ara. It's got sharp body line and very small face. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Manado,Bunaken cute sea star

While we are diving, sometimes we find this type of cute pink sea star.
The size is less than 5 cm, but when I use frash for the picture, it's came out like this beautiful color. It looks like they try to resemble part of coral and mixed in a coral wall.

Maybe for many divers, not so interesting, but I like also this type of sea creature.

by Reiko Posted by Picasa

Monday, June 19, 2006

Beautiful Tropical Diving

Montehage Island is a one of tropical Island in Bunaken National Marine Park.

As you can see, white sandy bottom at shallow water is just like a peacefull dream world. Posted by Picasa

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Limited Special Offer!!

In conjunction and to celebrate the opening of
Singapore Airlines new routes

Milan/ Singapore and Barcelona/ Singapore

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort offers the following promotion price to

Italian and Spanish Nationals using the new route.

7 nights accommodation and full board in Superior Cottage
with 5 days of diving, two boat dives per day
for a total of 10 dives per person

Published price US$ 920.00 per person

Promotion price US$ 685.00 per person (Min. two guests)

Offer validity

For new bookings made between 10th June 2006 - 31st July 2006

Travel must be completed before 30th September 2006 Offer is
based on twin or double sharing

Extra day’s extensions available pls contact.

Min of one Italian or Spanish national must be in the travelling group.
Only valid for those using the New Route.
Full payment required within 7 days of booking confirmation

Subject to availability.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Singapore Airlines flies from Milan and Barcelona to Manado via Singapore

Singapore Airlines flies to Milan and Barcelona

From 19 July 2006,

Singapore Airlines will be the first and only airline to fly from
Milan and Barcelona to Manado via Singapore.
For information on schedules and rates pls click below.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Diving Tanjung Kopi point

The dive today was compleated. Nice sun, sea, and soround at atomospire.

Tanjung kopi, gentle current, 25mt visibility, lots of fishes, I like it.

Barrakudas, tunas, Jack fishes, wonderfull creatures.

I wish you were here!!

by Nyoman at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive log 14May06

It was beautiful day today.
We went dive to "Tiwoho" which is on the main land Sulawesi Island.

This dive site is popular diving point as a macro fish, and endless beautiful coral reef on the shallow part.

We saw many different kind of nudybranches, and found a couple of anemone fish protecting their eggs. Wonderful!

All of sudden at 3 meter depth, a group of the Buffalo fish passed in front of us.

message and photo by Reiko (Owner of Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive log Raymond 10May06

Whip corals were amazing at Raymond on west side of Bunaken Island, and also unseen bottom was great, slow current, perfect weather all in one.

we had lot of fun today to see lot's of kind of fish in 1 dive, amazing planet!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Today 8May06

There were not so many boats and divers today around the island, which means a good time for diving.

There is no doubt I will say, the rainy season just over, it might be windy in next few days but I guess it's only for a temporary.

Fukui was exellent today, and also Lekuan.

so pls come to bunaken and you will be a witness of the words "Best under water".

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Montehage Great healing dive!!

Montehage northeast from the resort, another island which is also a part of Bunaken National Marine Park.

We dived here today, the site called Barracuda point. It was wall and slope dive,
but we were un lucky, there were no barracuda today, but instead we saw small school of Buffalo Fish. They swam passed just in front of us, that's was amazing!

Some part of the coral reef was damaged cause of COTS, so we collect those bad guys.
but here on the shallow reef got such a beautiful white sandy bottom, it looks just paradise! Our Japanese guest called "Great healing Diving"......

by Nyoman and Reiko

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive The Ship Wreck point

The Wreck was a lot better than few weeks ago.

cause, all about the visibility and nice weather, it layed just between 23-40m, it's a quite deep, so you must watch your limit depth otherwise you will exeed the no decompression limit.

The 2nd dive was sloping area, exellent for small stuff.

by Nyoman(Instructor guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Paradaise!

I was not dive today, but I can feel it, it will be great to be down the water.

The weather was very good so far, also for the next days.

Calm water, perfect visibility, it's PARADISE, and Dancing Dolphins just infront house reef of Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort, that was amazing! So wellcome to Bunaken.

by Nyoman (Instructor Guide in Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive log Fukui and Mandolin point

I like the weather so far and hopely will stay the same for the next days.

We were dive in two different places, but one and another was close, Fukui and Mandolin.

Surface was calm, and the visibility also great.

Mandolin was lot of fun, curresnt.

It was strong current, but controlable. I felt like flaying and kissing the sky.
very good.

by Nyoman (Instructor Guide in Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Manado,Bunaken 29April End of the rainy season days.

I can not see the sun today, I thought the weather will be good in next few days, or in the beginning of May the rainy season will over.

I wasn't dive today, only watched the water movement infront of the resort.
Rain, wind were made me confused, unpredikable weather, but soon the sun will come,
no worry.......

by Nyoman (Instructor guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Friday, April 28, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive log 28April06

Today generaly the dive was fine and good, but the other side of the Resort, west coast wasn't good on surface, cause today wind blow from west to east whichmean all along coast was fine.

Cela Cela was good but on surface it was bit rough.

The third dive was Cha Cha point which is just in front of our resort, that's was a super, we saw sharks, turtles, and nice beautifull corals were best.

by Nyoman (Instructor guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Manado,Bunaken Cha Cha from sky

Manado, Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort from sky.

Manado /Bunaken Mandarin Fish by Bunaken Cha Cha

We were dive in several places today. North west of the island, Raymond and Sachiko point.

Generally the weather was fine today, the water visibility and surface was fair.

The most interesting dive today was the third dive at mandarin point.

To meet this "Mandarin Fish", we need to determine the time cause they only will come out and play just after sun set.

Today was great and lot's of fun.

by Nyoman(New instructor guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Manado/Bunaken, Dolphin in front of Cha Cha Resort

Perfect..... today the weather was perfect, nice sun shine, no wind, calm water and nice visibility.

We were dive in west side of the island Alungbanua, and last dive were in Siladen island.
It was very calm dive, we could see the beautiful coral wall slowly and relaxed.

And another great things happened today was a school of grey dolphins just playing around in front of the resort all day.
Great creatures!!(*^ ▽^*) 

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

STARBUCKS COFFEE and Bunaken Cha Cha at Manado,Sulawesi

STARBUCKS COFFEE in Japan, they pur a story about Indonesia especially about Jawa, and Sulawesi in their free paper called


The story made by a Japanese writer who virtually travelled in Sulawesi, and stayed at Our resort Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort on Bunaken Island in Bunaken National Mrine Park.

Reiko(Owner of Cha Cha) helped them to give many infomation as much as possible about local cultuer & music around this area, so we as Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort got thanks from STARBUCKS who put our name and web site address on credit line in this free papaer.

You can get this free paper "STARBUCKS PRESS" April2006 in the STARBUCKS Coffee shop all over JAPAN, right now.

Feel Good, isn't it??

If you are living in Japan, just go to STARBUCKS COFFEE and get this STARBUCKS PRESS.
Sulawesi travell story is waiting for you!

Rainy day on Manado/Bunaken

We were upset today related to the weather, the sun was sleeping all day long, it started from early morning, the sky was covered by dark cloud.
We started to dive at the same time rain started.Surface was cold but under water was so warm and calm.

After lunch the wind blow from west coast to east. It made most of diver from another resort dive in east coast of the island, liketimor, sachiko, cha-cha point.

by Nyoman(New instructor dive guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Manado /Bunaken Dive log at Fukui point 23April06

Today we choosed Fukui as our first dive spot and lekuanⅢ was the second, cause Fukui has nice sandy bottom, which is good to doncuct the courses.

The weather was not bad. but the sky was cloudy all day long, and current was almost non.
The surface was flat as pancake.
Wather temp. 26℃ was a bit chilly in lekuan.

we imagined if the sun smile today, we will had a perfect visability.

by Nyoman (New instructor dive guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Natrue Resort)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Walking to the village

It's a bit tired today.
After being walked arround this island, the wather was still like the day
before unprodictable, I thought, cause maybe this month gonna be the
last month of the rainy season in Indonesia.
After having a lunch and few hour rest, we tried to get close to the peoples
around the island, it was nice village, we been the toher side of the beach and
walked back to the resort by the beach side.
It was lot of fun, but tired.

by Nyoman(New instructor dive guide at Buanaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Monday, April 17, 2006

Manado/Bunaken Open Water Cource in Indonesian?!

Today big group of guest went home, so we are not diving today.

It's nice to having out of the water after being in water and diving for so many days.

But I started to teach to some local staff "PADI Open Water Cource", and they were quite good,

though they still have a problem with the language. (No Text in Indonesian!!)

But I can see they are enjyoing it.

by Nyoman (Instructor Guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Manado /Bunaken Dive log Bango 16April06

The weather today wasn't good. I mean a bit cloudy.

When we did first dive, and it was so really strong currents, this site we went called BANGO point one of the dive site around Montehage I.S.. Water temp. was good 28℃, and surface was quite calrm. we found nice yellow nudybranc.(see the pic)

After a hour surface interval we moved to the east coast of the island, this dive was enjoyable cause of nice carals, sky is getting bright and also not too much current.
I like this site.

by Nyoman(Instructor guide at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Friday, April 14, 2006

Manado Dive Log Ship wreck 14April06

Today the weather was fine, we were dive in the wreck, the water was very calm and this midium size wreck lies down just between 26-40m depth.

Unfortunatly the visibility was poor (+-)8m, it maybe because of the rain yesterday, Water temp. on the bottom was 27℃, luckily no current.

This ship wreck is quite far away from the resort compair to other dive sites, it's in very near Manado(main land), about 40mnt by boat from Bunaken Island.
The ghostpipe fish and being inside of the wreck was the most I like.

Dive Log by Nyoman (Instructor Guide Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Manado Tua Dive log 13Apr06

The Dive today was a bit hard in the beginning because of current.
But the weather was fine, calm sea, nice sun shine, 28 of water temp, around 20mt visibility, and not so windy.

The currents was swept us away from the reef, but only for a moment, in the end of the dive the current was completly stop, and followed by a school of big eyes travally fish just before we surfacing......

coment by Nyoman (Instructor Guide)
Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Manado /Bunaken Dive log 12April06

I was Dived today in two several places Lekuan I, nd Timur I which is near by the resort.

The weather was a bit cloudy today, but not so much windy, and the water temp. was fine 28.
Visibility was fair as well in between 15-20mtr.

Nooon dive was great for me, I was dive here before(Timor), but the dive today was so special.
White spoted egle ray was swam away in 30mtr bilow, Great!!

Coment by Nyoman (Instructor Guide)
Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Welcome to our new Instructor "Nyoman"

Warm welcome to Cha Cha to our new instructor Nyoman.

My name is Nyoman.
This is my first time to be here in Bunaken.I started to work in Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort since last week.

I've been diving here for few days all around the island, and all was just great!!Specially the wall.

The water temp. and visibility and all the marine creaturesthat live here was fine and good variety, Lekuan Ⅲ is my favorite site so far.

There are still lot of place that I need to dive in, so why don't you come here and let's explore Bunaken together.

Manado/Bunaken 11April06