Extremely well-run, comfortable, intimate resort with a vibrant house reef (saw a turtle on first day’s snorkelling), slim strip of beach and lush landscaping up a hillside. Loved the bright, spacious Ocean Beach Villa with its floor-to-ceiling windows framing 180-degree sea view. Always-smiling, well-trained staff. “Fusion” menu catering to Western palates, with beer, cider, wines for purchase. Wifi worked fine; hot showers; no aircon at night but fans sufficed.
We did a half-day boat excursion with 2 fellow guests, saw a huge pod of spinner dolphins, another gorgeous turtle, banded sea krait, multi-hued corals, many varieties of fish and much else. Snorkelling guide Mul was great, pointing things out, making sure us old fogies were ok. Also walked to a nearby village, local folks very friendly.
The beach may be bigger on Siladen and prices lower on the mainland, but the main reason I’d recommend Cha Cha are Raf & Reiko, its helpful & gregarious owners, who built it from scratch 18 years ago and regale guests with stories and humour during the convivial communal meals. We felt like we were staying with friends in their home (with 4 well-behaved dogs) rather than a hotel.
- 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