A few Arty Underwater Photos from Bunaken, I particularly like the last one, seems that something bit of one of the sea stars arms (see bottom of photo) and then spat it out and left it there, or you can forget about the arm and the sea star looks like running away...hehe
Most people that have stayed on Bunaken have had some sort of encounter with the various bugs that live on the Island...yes we have spiders, not the man eating type, scorpions...yes but again not the type that ambush you. Ants, now I never knew till I arrived on Bunaken that there could be so many ants in one area....and of so many different types, I often wonder what the total population of ants could be in the world at any one time??...the mind boggles. After 9 years, you would think that we, at Cha Cha, would have seen all that are available on Bunaken....but no, we still see new ones, every time the same story....... new bug, you think of "new species" and " can we call it the Cha Cha bug" but then we find that its actually quite common.......
Here is the latest that created quite a stir at Cha Cha the other morning, its actually a "Tortoise Beetle" about 15mm long and gold...have a look.
It was with great sadness that we said goodbye to, most probably our most important collaborator " Junko san" in February 2008. Junko started working at Cha Cha in April 2006 together with her boyfriend (Nyoman), she had just recently acquired her Instructor license and had approx.. 200 dives total, so still rather "green" to the world of Diving, Teaching and Diving Resort Management. Things did not work out with Nyoman and within a couple of months he left to return to Bali, luckily for us Junko decided to remain at Cha Cha and so began our two year work relationship with her. Up to that moment I had been very protective of all my diving guests, rarely would I allow them to be guided by any body else other than me, but slowly Junko proved that I could trust her, I often explained that guiding is guiding and teaching is teaching you can have good guides and good Instructors, but the key to success was to be good at both. Over time Junko did become that person both attentive and sharp eyed at guiding and a patient and methodical Instructor, in this way she gained respect from us at Cha Cha and also from her "Fans"...our guests. Now that she has left, there is definitely an empty feeling in Cha Cha from time to time, though I can joke with almost anybody, the "connection" we had with Junko was very special.....a friend that we could totally trust, joke and laugh with.
So we wish Junko all the best for her future, we miss her and I hope she knows and understand that Reiko & I are always here should she ever need anything and that our "small paradise" is always her home too.
Here is a little tribute to her....our good friend.