We recently spent 5 nights at Bunaken Cha cha, and our only complaint is that we did not want to leave! The area is spectacular and the snorkeling is sublime – definitely the best we’ve ever experienced in the world – crystal clear waters, beautiful coral, loads of fish – we saw many turtles, squids, water snakes. There are many dive and snorkel sites, you could spend weeks here and not get bored.
The owners Raf and Reiko are wonderful – very warm and welcoming and we felt at home with them right away. It’s a small resort and they go out of their way to take care of all the guests. It was my birthday one day, and to my surprise, they had a very special dinner for us, opening 2 great bottles of Italian wine and a delicious chocolate cake! By then, we had already spent several days with them, so the birthday celebration was very warm and special, like being with long time friends.
The food was wonderful, and we are very picky eaters! There was enough variety and everything was really delicious. When we first arrived, Raf asked if we had any dietary restrictions and they do their best to accommodate you. We stayed in the new ocean villa, built just last year, and it was very beautiful – stark, clean, modern, spacious and comfortable with lovely views of the water. We chose this room because the resort is built on a hill, and this is the lowest one with the least amount of stairs. There are some rooms with steep stairs up the hill, so if stairs are a concern, you should communicate this with Raf and book the right room for you.
We went to this resort because of the great reviews we read about the house reef – we are always looking for places with great snorkeling right off the beach. The house reef here was good, but we ended up going out on the snorkel boat excursions for several reasons – mainly because the house reef has quite a strong current, and if you drift dive with the current, it’s difficult to swim back against the current – if you go out on a boat, then you just drift with the current and the boat comes and picks you up. Also, as good as the house reef was, we found out that there are even better reefs within 10-15 minute boat rides away.
We are looking forward to being back! A very big thank you to Raf and Reiko!
- 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