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Dive Review of cha cha nature resort in
Indonesia/Bunaken Island

cha cha nature resort: "Bunaken Island Diving", Feb, 2019,

by Manuel Campano, GA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 10866.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Wow! If you like seeing turtles, Bunaken Island is the place to go! I dove 15 tines and I saw turtles on every single dive. I also saw white tip or black tip sharks on 3 out of the 15 dives I did. Valet diving at its best! No rush to jump in the water and the boat captain and mate actually help me put my tank and bc on and helped me to take it off before getting out of the water and into the boat.

The hotel rate included three meals and tea with pastries. We even had a beach BBQ with a fully set table. Also included are two bottles of water per room which I consumed on a daily basis without incident. This hotel is more like a bed and breakfast than a mega resort. There are set times for the meals and the bar closes at 9. However, the hotel happily fed divers returning late from a 2 tank dive. After all, diving is not rushed and meant to be leisurely and enjoyed. I dove with just a lava core shirt. My favorite dive sites are Living Color, Turtle City, and Sachiko Point.

My impression on getting to Bunaken Island is that your best best is to fly to Singapore and then take a private boat to the Island.

I actually stayed at a 2nd resort for the last half of the trip and you can find my review on it when you look up Bunaken Island, Indonesia. The other resort is more budget oriented.
Websites [Cha Cha Nature resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, Bahamas, Florida Keys, West Palm Beach, Florida, Tobago, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Atlanta to Tapei to Bali to Manado and then by private boat

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 26-28°C / 79-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-90 Ft/ 15-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions DM usually said 20 or 25 meters, but allowed flexibility upon sighting special creature
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available?

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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By report author: Manuel Campano in GA, US at Jan 11, 2021 18:32 EST  
Correction in my report. Best way to Bunaken is to fly to Manado (not Singapore) and take a private boat from there.
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