Our story is a simple one. We love NUSS. The owners were married here and generations of their family have lived and still live here.
For us to operate as a business on Siladen Island, we believe it is our responsibility to maintain an open dialogue and have a good relationship with the inhabitants of Siladen, and do what we can to help improve the lives of those who so kindly allow us to operate here.
Siladen Island is home to roughly 300 people who once heavily relied on fishing as a source of income. Now, as commercial fishing is banned, the main employment on the island is through the tourism that Bunaken Marine Park has provided. Of those 300 people, approximately 35 are in the primary school age (6 – 11 years old), where they attend the Siladen school.
Older children will attend school either on Bunaken, or in Manado. Siladen Resort & Spa employs approximately 70 people from the local kampung (village) as full time members of staff, and we offer further villagers work when we are working on specific projects in the resort and village.
This means that one in three inhabitants receive a regular monthly salary, plus the benefits of social security payments, in accordance to Indonesian labour regulations. Employees are always given the opportunity to further their careers through on-the-job training, both work related, and in other important areas, such as first aid.
Other building projects we have undertaken include helping build the local church, and helping rebuild the school. We also regularly help re-paint the school by supplying paint, materials, and staff members to help with the labour.
Other ongoing social projects: