Thursday, July 26, 2007

Manado Earthquake Today click to view epicenter

The " Ring of Fire" rocks again

From the coordinates below, we can see that the epicenter was north
of Molucca Sea far more north than previous tremors, a Tsunami Warning
was issued and then cancelled 30 minutes later, no damage has been
reported and life goes on as usual in Manado.

Magnitude 6.7
Date-Time Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 05:40:18 (UTC)
Coordinated Universal Time
Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 1:40:18 PM local time at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 2.800°N, 127.493°E
Depth 44.6 km (27.7 miles)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Coelacanth Autopsy reveals pregnant fish

The Autopsy of the Coelacanth that was caught last month around Bunaken National Marine Park, surprisingly showed that in fact the fish was pregnant, hopefully the teams from Indonesia, France and Japan will be able to use the data gained, to better understand this amazing creature.
17th July Update

I have been informed by Manado University that I cannot publish any information regarding this species of fish it seems
that somebody from Japan has complained about us showing this video footage, and they have cited that they own all
the rights to it !!!

Of course we appologies profusely if we have infringed any copyrites, though we belive we have not, it is such a pitty
that those (Japanese) involved with the Coelacanth cannot work together with those that are and live on location like
us and that instead they wish to show force of strength so as to keep exclusivity to themselves.
Surely not a positive way forward, though time will tell.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Diving with Bump Head Parrot Fish

The last few days are proving to be quite something around Bunaken
Yesterdays sighting of this school of 30 Bump Head Parrit Fish is not
excepetional but the fact to film them at 18mt depth and in such clear
viz. is really a treat.
Enjoy the show.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Living Fossil "The Coelacanth" The Video

The Coelacanth commonly known as the Living Fossil Fish or in Indonesia as " Raja Laut " King of the Sea has been around since the dinosaur period, some say at least 7 milion years, not a fish that you can see diving or snorkeling but one that every now and again is caught by fishermen around Manado and Bunaken National Marine Park.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Manado - North Sulawesi Earthquake

So how about we get "real" about the earthquake that happened here last night.
Yes it was strong, yes we all shook about a fair deal and some folk got a bit
worried, but this worry stems from the ridiculous information that we recieve
from incompetent media or shall we just call it "gossip" that is then printed and
broadcast by people that have absolutely no clue to what they are talking about
at the very least or just need to make a "headline" at any cost.
More than one media broadcast last night the imminent arrival of a Tsunami to
Manado!!! on what bassis did they divulge this information ? what information
did they have to make such a statement? what right do they have to scare
monger people into a frenzy and panic ? to the point that the Governor
of North Sulawesi had to make a public statement this morning that there
was no danger of a Tsunami, based on information received from Japanese
Tsunami warning system.
Lets stay a moment with the Tsunami scenario and the logic that should go
with it and lets ask the question, where was the epicenter of the earthquake?
North East Sulawesi, now Im not sure what maps the local media uses,
but on all the maps I have looked at Manado is on the oposite side of Sulawesi
Island from the Earthquake, so for a destructive Tsunami to arrive to Manado
it would have to do one of two things
1) Travel North, then at Bitung it would have to take a sharp left and then
travel South, then around Bunaken Island it would have to turn a sharp left
again to enter Manado bay......why do I think this is a little far fetched.
2) Travel West from its epicenter and hit Bitung, travel inland over many
mountain ranges to then arrive at Manado.....from the mountains!!!! again far fetched.
Yes ok, I will admit we did get a bit more wave action for about an hour last
night but nothing more than we would get at this time of the year and month
with a High tide of 2.47 and some strong NE winds, nothing more or less than normal.
So to those that have the honor and responsability of divulging information,
please get your facts right, we live in an age "information" pls look this up in a
dictionary and I think that you will see that " bullshit" is not one of its meanings.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Scuba Diving Holiday Promotion

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort

Early 2007 Promotion -25%

Valid until 28th February 2007

• Valid for all “Diving Package” bookings, confirmed and paid for by 28th Feb. 2007.
• Valid for bookings made throughout 2007 as long as booking is confirmed and paid for in full by 28th Feb.2007
• No Refund available on this promotion, in case of cancellation up to 7 days before date of arrival, booking may be rescheduled to other date within 2007, though Seasonal adjustment to price may be necessary.
• Only 2 Superior cottages and 1 Standard cottage are included in this promotion for any one period, and thus “first come, first served” policy applies.
• Promotion is valid for Accommodation/Full Board - Diving
• Promotion is NOT valid for Transfers - Equipment rental - Drinks or any other amenity used at the Resort and not included in the booking and/or paid for at the Resort.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Manado/ Bunaken - Eagle Ray

Even though the weather has not been so good the last few days
with rain and waves, it seems that it hasn't effected what we can see underswater while scuba diving.
Eagle Ray at 20 mts depth in front of Cha Cha

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Manado/ Bunaken - Happy New Year 2007

Its been a busy time at Cha Cha with Xmas and New Year celebrations.
A big thanks to all our guests for making 2006 memorable and giving us theconviction to
make 2007 even better.
And cos good things come to great people, our friendly Dugong paid us a visit outside Cha Cha
for 5 straight days and many of our guests had the luck to seehim/her, this photo taken by Reiko.