Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!! from Bunaken Cha Cha

We also having white Christmas?? 
Because we had rain so hard for a while and it's became so white around Bunaken Island until we see no more main land.... 
Merry Christmas!! 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Guests Pictures arrived!!

We had Family Guests from France. They sent us beautiful pictures like these.
Their son Nils enjoying snorkeling on World Best Coral Reef
Diving with family in Bunaken area
Family Rafting in Minahasa

Jeff & his wife Nathalie are the professional mountain guides and Photographer in France. 
Please have a look their wonderful web site!!!
You will see amazing altitude world pictures.
We ordered his book in and it's just arrived after two weeks.
So Happy!!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dugong at House Reef Snorkeling.

Lucky encounter with Dugong (Sea Cow) with baby on her back. Some guests already have seen them at Cha Cha House Reef while snorkeling, seems that they can be seen all year round.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Skeleton Shrimp or The Worms from MIB 2 ?

Some great days Scuba Diving around Manado/ Bunaken Marine Park the last few weeks with heaps and heaps of macro life and also a few unusual encounters.
The Skeleton Shrimp is one of the unusual encounters of recent weeks, these are Crustaceans of the infraorder Caprellida, the name denotes their threadlike slender body which allows them to virtually disappear amongst the fine filaments of seaweed, hydroids and bryozoans.
The Skeleton Worm moves much the same way as an inchworm as it extends its forearms and retracts its legs, not unsimilar the the movement of a caterpillar; the male is slightly larger than the female and darker in color, measuring about 12 mm in length.
It could be that they are around Bunaken at this time of the year for breeding as many of the ones photographed seemed to have unusually large brood pouches (see photo), this is where they keep their eggs till they hatch, research shows that the female will kill the male once the eggs have been fertilized....nice one girls!!!
Another unusual fact is the similarity between The Worms in MIB 2 and the Skeleton Shrimp, though to be honest I haven't seen any of these Shrimps drink Coffee yet !!!
Skeleton Shrimp
The Worms from MIB 2

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

We met small group of Dolphins yesterday between Cha Cha to Manado Tura island, they were jumping so high!!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Golden Trevally orphan?

Maybe he thought he had found " Big Brother"....Two !!!

Jealous ???

The amazing Golden Juvenile Trevally (12 cm), as he get older he will loose some of his yellowness but instead can grow to 120 cm in length, the juveniles are famous for "hanging out" with other fish that are bigger than themselves and on some occasions can be seen accompanying Dugongs.......amazing.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Book Bound Bunaken Team arrived!!

Book Bound Bunaken Team has arrived!!

The first "Book Buddy" up with children of Tanjung Parigi village on Bunaken Island, supported by Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort.

Book Bound Indonesia run in Jakarta with two mobile Libraries serving about 600 children, and they also operating in Pakistan, too.

Briefing session.

Look for your "Book Buddy" with Treasure Hunting game style in the jungle...?

This activity caused great excitement for the local children and village people.
In near future, the idea is the Tanjung Parigi village will donate a building to BBB, an empty small school building that needs renovation, if they do then BBB will donate the money for restoration and put books in there, they will hire a person in there and open the BBB Library to children to come and read books there, once a week the person will go, by bike to other villages and stay there at the Heads house and children can come and read the books and discuss.

Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort will be honor to be a supporter of this BBB project.