This was a very curtailed trip to a lovely destination, The Siladen Resort and Spa on
Siladen Island in the Bunaken Marine Park, North Sulawesi Indonesia. What started
as a two week trip became a one week with a very short notice "get home now" on
Friday March 20th at 5.45am local. That night we were in Singapore and heading
home, right before the international airlines pretty much shut down.
We had a wonderful time in our short stay. The resort is managed by Ana and Miguel
who are the most perfect of hosts. The accommodations and food are first class--as
are Ana and Miguel. It was a difficult time for us and others who had the same
problems getting back to Europe and the USA while flights were being cancelled on an
hourly basis. Ana and Miguel went very much beyond the call of duty to get all of us
Impressively, they "give back" to the local community of some 300 people living on
the island. Helping build a library for the school, paying for veterinary care for the
stray dogs and cats. Ray and I were very touched by what they did and made a
contribution for the animal care.
It's fair to say that Siladen Island is the Green Turtle capital of the world. Seeing
fifteen or more on a dive was the norm. The highlight was a turtle nest on their beach
hatching right after dinner. Tiny turtles digging out of the sand and scampering to
the sea. Ana and Miguel have made a difference by educating the people who live
there in the importance of conservation. Standing on the beach with newly hatched
turtles running around (and over) your bare feet is an experience! We certainly want
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