Over the last 6 months we have been making some huge improvements to our resort in Bunaken. Last year it was Lembeh’s turn, now its Bunaken’s turn, and as you can see June was a really busy month for these improvements.
Whats next? For now, we want to do some more landsdcaping and update our cafe to offer extra services by end-Aug 2010, and then get on with some diving!
We have finally managed to put hot water in all the cottages & rooms! Its taken alot of effort – new generator shipped up from Jakarta, new water system and new electrical system! – but finally guests can take a warm shower after a night dive.
The summers have been getting more hot over the last few years, and since our new generator was installed in May we have been able to add some cooling fans in our restaurant. Its great that we have finally been able to buy the fans in Manado as well!
We finished two new standard cottages in June. We had some delays due to rain and shortage of wood in Manado, but they are finally finished. We are not getting bigger though – we have closed our 2 x standard rooms, one has become a classroom and the other is home to Abraham & Ella.
We bought some furnishings from Bali (you can;t get these here) and have put them in the cottages. These include mirrors, wall hangings, cushions, bed lights and wall lights.
They make our cottages even more comfortable!
Our new sun-beds finally arrived with comfortable cushions and they are an instant hit in our relaxing area.
They took 3 months from order to delivery, but thats another story!
We have reached our power limit and have been on the look-out for a new generator, but since they are now more than US$20,000 we have been looking for 2nd-hand one. We had no luck buying one in the Manado area so we found one in Jakarta and had it shipped to Manado, and it finally arrived in May. As you can see, we had some scary moments unloading it from the boat in Bunaken! Look out for more services like hot water and a/c!
Our beach wall is something we have been planning for a while, and we finally managed to get it done. Its taken over 50 boat-trips to bring over the stones, sand & cement from Manado, but it was worth it!