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.