Manado,the noisy and crowded centre of Minahasa.
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Arriving at Sam Ratulangi airport named after the national hero,active member of the Comittee on Indonesian Independence, we were a bit disappointed by the absence of the Bunaken Cha Cha resort's driver but fortunately a local guy who spoke a perfect English and owned a car called Raf,the Cha Cha owner ,arranged the transfert and drove us in 20 minutes to the harbour.
During the drive,we had a look at this busy,crowded,noisy,sometimes neglected town of more than 400 000 people surrounded by a mountainous area.This town was heavily damaged during the WWII by the Allied bombing (against the Japanese) and in 1958 by the bombing of the Jakarta central government against the rebels of the Permasta movement.This town has also suffered from the Asian crisis in 1998.Nevertheless a new district,seafront ,was built which provides a good shopping area with 4 new malls and a highway near the harbour is on construction.
At the harbour,the Bunaken Cha Cha 's boat waited for us:Danielle was a bit astonished by boarding thanks to a long and narrow plank and 2 guys holding a piece of bamboo as a rope:but she succeeded!During the 45 minutes crossing,we had the opportunity to admire the panoramic views of the mountainous mainland and the approaching islands...