After passing throughout whole Java and Bali,
we had intention to visit Cakalang for few diving days/night
and then go forward to Lembeh,
like last destination in our trip through
Indonesia Express Diving Expedition '12.
but,after arrived Bunaken island
and after first snorkeling in that
shady-mangroves-underwater-sunset awesome scene,
and after first Cakalang dinner, night dive, unplugged acoustic
beach party with great friends & ppls, and three kind of delicious jam's breakfast with lot of fruit, and at least, after first diving in the core of coral triangle at Ron's and Lekuan 1,2,3...,
we figure out that Lembeh will not be our last muck destination,
and we decide to stay at Cakalang for last 8 days
for doing more than 25 magnificent dive sites.
We were 4 friends in the group
and those two bungalows under wi-fi zone,
on the fairy-mangroves beach
was that what was supposed to be.
New, big, clean, comfy and just
few steps far from the delicious kitchen with plenty kind of food,
hammock chill-out zone,diving center and gear ,
and awesome three guitar and contrabas unpluged orchestra
during every night.
Just 15 minutes walk far from
the major willage on the island.
We had lucky to witness local
wedding ceremony with bamboo orchestra.
Everything was best ever I had.
Best Indonesian food from whole our trip,
thanks to master chief's from the Cakalang kitchen, snorkeling,
logistics (speed boat for on demand trip, motorbike, public boat),
ambient, atmosphere and vibe during whole day and night long.
On the land and underwater as well.
Best diving, best corals,
specialy after mass coral bleaching event from 2010
throughout SEA underwater,
with magnificent numbers of fishes,
sharks and larger pelagic life,
and more than 10 turtles in some dives.
We don't have lucky to see dugongs
but they are there sometimes during full moon!
Ratno & Nicholas was
great hosts and guides
of their underwater treasures and hidden secrets,
in 75' minutes dives without grumble,
Pangalingan dive site rulz.
All that will be impossible to do
without Captain of the speed boat,
patient and trustful person and best pyromaniac on the island,, ;)
Julie and Ferdinand
thank you for everything
what we get and enjoy at Cakalang,
during October 2012.
Words is not enough to describe.
not single mosquito in that period
"Don't you remember"
The Club of Passengers-Researchers
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