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Tanjung Parigi, Manado, Bunaken Island 95000 Indonesia
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#6 of 21 Specialty lodging in Bunaken Island
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4.8
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4.6
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4.8
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4.5
Hotel/Resort situated on the clean and tranquil side of Bunaken Island comprising 4 Villas, 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.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool / beach towels
Free breakfast
Beach
Diving
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Full body massage
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Hiking
Snorkeling
Fishing
Massage
Neck massage
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Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
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Ocean view
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Quaint
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Languages Spoken
English, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese
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Bella K wrote a review Jul 2022
Sydney, Australia6 contributions3 helpful votes
Having booked this holiday 2 years ago, anticipation was high when we were finally able to travel again. It was worth the wait. Raf and Reiko have created something really special here. Our room had a glorious 180 degree view of the water, including a spectacular sunrise each day. It was huge and well sized for the 3 of us. The gardens are a horticulturist dream and create a sense of peace as you wander the paths. But for us it was the staff that made this such a great place. The sensational Agnes and her kitchen staff offered up more food than we could possibly eat each day - all interesting and a combo of local Indonesian, Italian and modern European. I was so taken with one dish I asked for the recipe… Julia and Cindy were charming and anticipated every need. If you are considering Bunaken then you will already be aware of the incredible underwater world that awaits. All I can say is that it was by far the best snorkeling we have done, we saw more turtles and fish than I ever thought possible and my husband was fortunate enough to swim 5 meters from a pod of dolphins! All this was enhanced by being accompanied by Mul - Cha Chas snorkeling guide - on some of the trips we went out on. He was exceptionally talented at spotting sea life and really elevated our experience. You don’t have to take Mul with you - but it’s certainly worthwhile and highly recommended. Thank you Raf and Reiko for your hospitality and the most memorable of travels. Kath, Rob and Rafi.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Emily B wrote a review Aug 2021
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We stayed here for our honeymoon and absolutely loved it! The food was the best we had while in Indonesia - and we stayed in three different places. The views of the beach and the privacy of having the beach to yourself was amazing. The guys took us dolphin watching and were so respectful of the sea life and dolphins but the dolphins wanted us to see them because of it - it was magical! The boat guys were real pros and knew where to go to see them but not harm or disturb them. Also great for diving and seeing stunning fish. The rooms were clean, spacious, cool and luxurious overlooking the sea. We loved walking up to the neighbouring village and seeing how humbly they live - buying all the Coca Cola and sweets we could to support them. They were all so friendly. The staff were so friendly - even sharing their birthday champagne with us - it was so fun. It is a truly stunning location and we had a really special stay. Honestly wish I could be back there now, thank you so much!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Raphael Downey, Owner at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
Responded Oct 15, 2021
Hi Emily First of all thank you so much for finding the time to write this wonderful review, all at Cha Cha appreciate it so much. It was lovely to read that you enjoyed the food here, our kitchen staff try very hard to innovate not only local dishes but also lend their and to a some Italian and also Japanese dishes, during Covid we have been preparing some new ones too. So glad to read that you enjoyed your boat trips and that the dolphins and boat crews behaved themselves ;-) Lets hope that you will be able to come back in the very near future and in the meantime once again Thank you so much for your kind words See you again soon Raf, Reiko, Agnes and all the Cha Cha Team
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grouse2017 wrote a review Nov 2019
Bridgeport, Washington82 contributions20 helpful votes
We spent 9 nights at the Bunaken Cha Cha Resort. We were planning to spend time snorkeling and relaxing. Cha Cha exceeded our expectations in every way. The food was wonderful, the hosts (Raf and Reiko) were amazing, and the snorkeling was beyond belief. We have snorkeled in Hawaii, Palau, Yap, and Belize, but Bunaken is at the top of our list for a return trip and Cha Cha is the place we plan to stay. As snorkelers, we often end up on boats with divers. Bunaken National Park is one of those special places where divers and snorkelers can both get what they want on the same boat. The reason is that Bunaken is surrounded by coral walls; divers can enjoy the walls while snorkelers can enjoy the top of the wall and the shallow reefs next to the wall. If you are a couple or group with divers and snorkelers, Bunaken is the perfect destination. The best part is that on a typical trip to Hawaii we will photograph/identify 100 species of fish; in 8 days of snorkeling Bunaken we photographed/identified 290 species of fish! That includes 25 species of butterflyfish. Good luck finding better fish diversity than that. A bonus is that the fantastic house reef is a few short steps away and offers some species we could not find anywhere else. If you are looking for a place where you can spend the days in the water and the evenings socializing in a family-style setting with an international cross-section of guests, Cha Cha is the place to go.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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mj592799 wrote a review Oct 2019
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Like stumbling upon a fairly high-class French/Indonesian/Japanese/Italian/Thai restaurant. On a remote island. No idea how Agnes does it, really. I'm vegetarian and she had good options for me. We're snorkelers. Good home reef right out the front of property, boat trips easily available. Water very clear. Coral in quite good condition, huge number of fish. Raf, Raiko and staff all very helpful. Stylish rooms with good views. Resort small and secluded. Air-con not operative from 10 pm till 6 pm, but effective during the day, when needed.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Peter Harding wrote a review Sep 2019
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Had an absolutely fantastic time. Raff, Reiko and the staff all made us feel very welcome. The food under Agnes' direction was unbelievably good - varied, tasty and consistently to a really high standard. Rooms were clean and cool with a wonderful sea view and finallly, the diving/snorkelling was amongst the best I've had anywhere in the world.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from Raphael D, Owner at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
Responded Sep 14, 2019
Dear Peter Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review, we are all so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will surely pass on your compliments to Agnes and our kitchen staff who pride themselves in offering good quality and varied dishes to our guests. We hope to see you again at Cha Cha in the near future and in the meantime all the best to you and your family Thank you Raf, Reiko, Agnes and all Cha Cha Staff
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DSGP wrote a review Jul 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom10 contributions3 helpful votes
We arrived on the private boat transfer arranged by Raff ( Owner) The immediate impressions of the location were stunning as it is secluded from other resorts. We were met by a very welcoming Agnes ( GM) and Crew. We stayed in the villa at the top( very secluded with great views of the water) My wife and I aren’t divers ( Cha Cha still welcomed us warmly- many resorts on Bunaken can be put off or refuse bookings) We were in need of a chill out having already been travelling in Indonesia for 5 weeks. Cha Cha was the perfect place to do this. The environment is interactive with the other guests and owners Raff and Reiko which we thoroughly enjoyed. Raff and Reiko have managed to achieve the perfect balance here in conjunction with a high level of detail. The staff were excellent. The food was absolutely outstanding which draws on many different types of Cuisine. We stayed for 4 nights and wanted to stay longer! We plan to come back to Indonesia in the future and would 100% return to Cha Cha. Thanks again Raff and Reiko. George and Di.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Raphael D, Owner at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
Responded Jul 20, 2019
Dear George & Dianna Thank you so much for the lovely review, so glad that you both enjoyed your time with us at Cha Cha and that you managed to relax a bit after your long travels through Indonesia. Agnes has prepared some new vegetarian dishes that I am sure you can enjoy the next time you visit. We have altered slightly the terrace at the top Villa so now there is a little more shade from the sun without spoiling the views out over the sea. Hope to see you again in the near future and again a big thank you for the review from all at Cha Cha . Thank you for visiting Raf, Reiko, Agnes and all staff
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Steven T wrote a review May 2019
Brisbane Region, Australia14 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a great time at this intimate resort, the food was amazing, the staff are lovely, rooms are clean and the views great. We felt welcomed from the moment we arrived and would recommend these guys to anyone. PS. The diving is fantastic too.
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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MKuokkis wrote a review Mar 2019
Vantaa, Finland127 contributions32 helpful votes
Great place for snorkeling and diving. Home reef is having much to look. Turtles and stingrays etc. Staff was helpfull and did they best that we are having good and relaxing time on these 6-night at Ocean View Villa no: 5. Honestly rooms are little facelift. View from room and balcony was so beautiful. Boat crew was really professional. Special thanks to Agnes
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Date of stay: March 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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debmSG wrote a review Mar 2019
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We went to Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort during the CNY holidays in Feb 2019 to celebrate our 25th Marriage Anniversary. We came out after spending 4 nights and 5 days happy and contended. It was a great experience staying in the resort and while it offers all modern amenities like AC rooms and wifi, we loved the whole idea of the resort being located right on the beach and totally secluded from any commercial entities. The food was great
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Paul Taylor wrote a review Dec 2018
Birmingham, United Kingdom458 contributions172 helpful votes
Can't fault this place. We stayed for 3 nights and could have done longer. Staff are really good and food is AMAZING some of best we've had anywhere. It sometimes felt like we'd got the place to ourselves. Very easy walk to other side of island where you can watch sunset. Our only improvement point is evening meal times are VERY early. If you've been to watch the sunset you'll be lucky to squeeze a shower in. I'd shift it 30 minutes to an our later.
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Date of stay: October 2018
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Response from Raphael D, Owner at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
Responded Dec 9, 2018
Dear Paulyt1 Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review and we are all very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, our kitchen staff has prepared some new dishes with the help of Reiko and Raf to include Sushi, Gyoza (homemade Japanese dumplings), Japanese Curry, on the Italian side home made Lasagne, Risotto ai Porcini, Ravioli with water spinach and ricotta.....a few new deserts are making their appearance but still in trial stage ;-) We have also managed to add some new wines to our wine list which is great news for us. Dinner time...we used to serve dinner later but many guests asked us to prepare earlier as they did not wish to go to bed on a full stomach and thus we decided on 18:30 Hope we will see you back at Cha Cha in the near future to share some of the new dishes and maybe you can stay in the new Villa which is nearing completion in the next weeks Best regards and wishing you a great Holiday Season and an excellent 2019 Raf & all Cha Cha staff
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PRICE RANGE
$160 - $231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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bunaken cha cha nature hotel bunaken island
LOCATION
IndonesiaSulawesiNorth SulawesiManadoBunaken Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
4
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort?
Nearby attractions include Bunaken National Marine Park (0.9 miles), Deco Stop Cafe N Bar (1.4 miles), and Mahoro Island (0.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Does Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Italian, Japanese, and Indonesian.
Does Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.