BEACH COMBING AND ISLAND WALK
Due to the marine biodiversity on Bunaken, beachcombing can be a very exciting and educational pastime while staying at Cha Cha, at low tide to wander through the shallows and explore the tidal pools will reward you with a plethora of marine life, from baby mantis shrimps to cone shells and a variety of juvenile fish, we jokingly call this area “the kindergarten” of the reef. to the left of Cha Cha you will eventually arrive to an amazing sand bank with stunning views to Montehage Island and Manado Tua , on your return to the resort look closely at the rock face and you will be able to see the remains of fossilized giant clams.
Wandering to the right of Cha Cha you will encounter our small but dynamic mangrove with its unique ecosystem from juvenile blue spotted rays, baby moray eels, mud skippers and amazing fiddler crabs, just to name a few.
We recommend the use of beach shoes and please remember to respect the ecosystem.
MEET THE FRIENDLY LOCALS
Bunaken Island is made up of three villages
Tanjung Parigi a 15-minute walk through the forest from Cha Cha
Alungbanua a 60-minute walk from Cha Cha passing through Tanjung Parigi
Bunaken Village a 60-minute walk from Cha Cha
A walk to any of these villages will introduce you to normal Bunaken Island life, with everyone going about their business, whether the children going to school, the elders going to work in their vegetable allotments and those that seem to do “Nothing all day” ……
The locals on Bunaken are extremely friendly, are always willing to chat and the children love to have their photographs taken. By now you will have noticed that North Sulawesi is predominantly Christian with many many churches, the same goes for Bunaken Island and for sure you will notice many churches during your “Island exploring”.
BUNAKEN CHA CHA NATURE RESORT
Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia