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Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

We had a wonderful time at Bunaken Cha Cha... scuba diving all morning and relaxing all afternoon. The hosts are extremely welcoming, the staff friendly and helpful, the accommodation very comfortable and the food excellent. Our room was 20 m from the ocean - a wonderful spot. The only problem was we had to leave too early. We stayed 5 nights, and wish we could have stayed a few more. A great place to go as a couple, and for families as well. We enjoyed mixing with the other guests in the communal areas. The diving was so relaxing. Huge turtles, many different fish, very colourful coral and many different sites to dive. We will return.

Room Tip: Rooms with air conditioning are better. The rooms at the front near the ocean are fantastic, with the sound of waves very loud. The higher up rooms are a little more quiet (in terms of ocean noise), if you need that.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Andrea D
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

This is our fourth time at Bunaken Cha Cha. It continuous to be an outstanding place. Beautiful location, great food, diving is excellent and the equipment and guides are fantastic. The resort is very clean and well-functioning, and if you need anything the owners (Raf and Reiko) and other managers make sure you can get it. This place is great for singles, couples, and families.We wouldn't stay anywhere else. We always meet other great people there, and many, like us, are return visitors. Bunaken is a great place to stay as you are very close (minutes) from the diving, the evenings are beautiful, the island is a nice place to take an afternoon walk, and it's a beautiful location.

Room Tip: Up to you if you like A/C or not.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank dhoopstick
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Reviewed April 9, 2012

My 3rd stay at Cha Cha was just as good as the previous two: Even though the staff was new and the owners not at home, Bunaken again presented world class diving and relaxation!

After having spent a week at Raja Ampat, Indoenesia/West Papua - which is supposed to be some of the best diving in the world (and so far I agree) - I was afraid that Bunaken would let me down: But it did not! The visibility was good, the temperature around 28 degrees both above and below water. The dive guide was local and had excellent eyes, he found a lot of special stuff that I hadn't seen before even though I've dived the walls surrounding Bunaken island +40 times now. The new dive boats are spacious and the low season meant that we were only 3 divers aboard. At 2 dives we met other divers underwater, otherwise we had the waters all to ourselves for the whole week:-)

The food at the resort is good and varied as always, and the continuous improvements of the facilities means that it never looks worn out. The staff is friendly and if you fancy a break from the diving I highly recommend a full body massage - it's both good and cheap.

Hopefully I will return to Cha Cha again one day.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank piaech
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Our family loved our time at Bunaken Cha Cha. We found the accommodation lovely, the food and views stunning and the whole setting way above any of our expectations. We felt that we were part of an extended family and our hosts, Raf and Reiko, really cared for our happiness and well being. It felt as if we'd known them -- and other guests -with whom we connected at the communal dinners -- for a long time. We and our teenagers all partook of the snorkelling and diving options. Ian, the dive master, couldn't have been more patient and professional with all of our different abilities. The reef and fish were spectacular. It was so hard to leave, with the kids saying it was their 'home away from home.' They say everyone raves about Bunaken Cha Cha and now we know why. Can't wait until we can get back there!

Room Tip: There are stairs going up the hill to accommodation.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank maryags
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Reviewed February 4, 2012

If you read all the other reviews then all we can say is that they are an absolutely true reflection of the "resort". You can have privacy if you need it or equally be part of the "family". The beach and tide pools are a marvellous way to wile away the time between snorkelling and eating. Raf and Reiko manage to create that sort of atmosphere which makes you feel you have always stayed there and in fact belong there. All the team whether on the boats,in the kitchen and dining room, or housekeeping, had an easy and genuinely friendly manner and were attentive without being obtrusive. The location and the reefs almost defy description. As we were novice snorkelers the house reef was fantastic but soon the allure of a boat trip took us to more adventure. It was a professional and very safe experience.If, like us, you are a surface floater this dive resort will make you feel very safe and very inclusive with the diving community. Ian the diving instructor and trip leader was brilliant at this and enhanced our stay both on the boat and at the dinner tables, enormously. Our 11 yr son had an excellent experience on the beach, in the water, and socially. Cha Cha can be what ever you want it to be, romantic getaway, family holiday, or diving adventure. The communal eating tables allow for the sharing of lives and jokes and the tables on the balcony give privacy and time for reflection at the beauty of the place. Leaving the island on the boat with our new friends from Japan there was a definite air of melancholy, just like leaving home maybe. What more can you say.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank roger m
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Raphael D, Owner at Bunaken Cha Cha Nature Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2012

Dear Roger
Thank you very much for taking the time to review Cha Cha and we are so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday with us. As you know, there is very little opportunity for the people on Bunaken to study catering or any aspect of Resort work and so it is great pleasure for us, the owners, to hear how pleased our guests are with our staffs performance, I will most definitely let them know and pass on your compliments.
As far as my wife and I , well...... we enjoy people and to be able to see so many nationalities sitting together at dinner time and, not only enjoying the food presented, but talking and joking amongst themselves, language and nationality barriers disappear and everyone has a good time, seeing this gives us a very special feeling.....the very reason why we do what we do.
I truly hope that we will have the pleasure of meeting you all again in the near future.
Kind Regards
Raf

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