The Village Bunaken
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... is at the accommodation drinkable water is provided at your accommodation! They bring in the 15 litre bottles and use the dispensers. So nice not having to buy 4 bottles of water a day with the resulting plastic pollution! Great work islanders! Water is scarce and Ferdinand here has taught the locals they can collect fresh water from their roofs during rain. Means fresh water can be used for washing and showers now rather than the brackish water from the wells!
... our bungalows, wading across mangroves to get there as the tide was too low for the boat to pull in close. We are staying at Cakalang Resort. Many places here are called resorts, but not what you expect, generally a collection of bungalows, restaurant/kitchen area and an office / dive gear building if that is offered. Cakalang is owned and run by a Dutch gent, Ferdinand and is very welcoming friendly place. Totally laid back ...
... was a healthy reminder for us travellers. For instance, although Lion Air has a website and a booking/payment facility it doesn't work (for anyone). Instead you have to go to one of their offices and physically buy the (dot matrix) printed ticket which is duly stamped in ink and then signed by pen at separate desks! Totally old style! Running late for the Bunaken ferry and seizing the moment we grabbed our ticket and ran to the Manado dock to catch ...
... him as we walked out the hotel. He stopped a bus arranged the fair & we all jumped in. The little taxi mini buses are all pimped up with good sound systems and he was playing loud drum and bass back to the airport. Booked a flight with Lion Air at the airport to Mekasar £50 each. Got in a taxi that didn't understand English took us all over the place driving round the block a few ...
... 30 am, and it was supposed to be a 13 hour journey, but if we didn't get on it we would be stuck in Rantepao for another couple of days as all the busses were getting booked up due to high season. I decided to try do the journey and Ed went and bought some industrial strength plastic bags for emergencies. Five minutes before the bus was due I also got really bad diarrhoea but I stuffed myself full of immodium and hoped for the best.
The bus was pretty bad. The seats were tiny and ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool