So, I seem to have the honour giving the 100th review on cha cha.
In short, the nature there is unbeatable. The house reef is so good, that during days some 4-5 other resort's boats show up and sent their divers down the same place where you only need to walk into the water from the beach belonging to the resort. I was there for snorkeling only.
Raf and reiko are wonderful hosts, and everybody is integrated in the community of the resort right away. Food is decent, seems to be always one western and one indonesian dish served, that go well with rice, so you have a choice.
Nature however takes its toll in the night, after 11pm, when the aircon gets shut down by resorts eco policy, it seems every animal around gets its hour to make incredible noise, adding to the humidity and stickyness of the tropical night (keeipng the aircon running at night would have been the better joice! Personally sacrificing the hot shower would have suited my needs better). The fan is of little use as it adds much to the noise. So plan for some sleep during day, when the tranqulity and slight sea breeze allows for it. As the resort is built in the hill, there are some very steep stairs around. Also the jetties at manado to get to the boat require some climbing. The resort itself has no jetty, but you can jump from the boat into the shallow water
Overall i can recommand the place, the reef is all worth it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel/Resort situated on the clean and tranquil side of Bunaken Island comprising 3 Villas, 2 Superior Cottages and 3 Standard Cottages tastefully decorated, all with hot fresh water showers & A/C, exceptional views over the surrounding islands and mountains of the mainland. Cha Cha boasts its own quaint private beach, house reef and in-house Padi Diving Center. The Sea Top restaurant offers a variety of Indonesian, Japanese and fusion dishes with emphasis on healthy eating. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Hotel Bunaken Island