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Dive Review of Eco Divers/Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Rod Challenger, Fl, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4441
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Komodo, Fiji, Thailand, New Guinea, Palau, Truk, Red Sea,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
A separate building housed the camera charging/working area with 110/220 
for charging. Unique system to get the cameras to the water. Divers took
their cameras from the work area, then placed them in nearby fresh water
rinse tanks. Crew would then transport the cameras down the dock and to the
boats before every dive. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
The diving from KBR in the Lembeh Strait was excellent. I am not sure why
anyone would want to stay at another resort (this was our second trip to
this resort and I have not stayed anywhere else on the Strait).
The accommodations in the traditional bungalow were great. Great bed (they
have added mosquito netting since we were there three years ago, and even
though I deployed it, I don't think we needed it.). I understand the
bungalows have all been remodeled and they were fabulous. AC works great.
Satellite TV. Huge bathrooms with stone floors. They have a buffet in the
main dinging room/hotel office for breakfast, with made to order eggs, but
you can still order other items. Other meals are ordered off the menu and
you can eat anytime you want. The menu is extensive and good with a variety
of cultures represented (alas, no hamburgers). Meals are included in the
rates but there is an extra charge for soft drinks and alcohol (they've
opened a new bar in the upstairs of the main lodge building). There's also
a small charge for great ice cream bars if you don't want one of the
regular desert offerings. When you come back from a dive before lunch,
hostesses meet you at the dock to take your order so it will be ready by
the time you rinse out your wet suit, dry off, and change clothes and walk
to the dining room.  They also meet divers before the night dive to provide
the same service. 
The diving delivers what the Lembeh Strait is all about. Though we had been
here three years ago, I still saw things this trip that I did not see last
trip (flamboyant cuttlefish (even mating); mating mandarin fish (a special
dusk dive takes you to a special spot); a pygmy,pygmy sea horse;an unusual
long, thick pipefish (I forgot the name already);a rhinopious scorpion fish
(discovered here a couple of years ago and found no where else);a decorator
crab that looked like a transformer and several other creatures which I
have forgotten but will remember when I finally review my video. And there
were the usual unusual creatures found here; all types of ghost pipefish,
wonderpus, pygmy sea horses, sea moths, dragon fish, scorpion fish, bangai
cardinal fish, etc. Others saw the mimic octopus, though I didn't.  I'll
have to come back to see that as well as the blue ring octopus which is
often seen here. 
The staff was fabulous. Steve, the dive manager, and his wife, the hotel
manager, have been here five years (which is unusual in this business) and
their experience along with the dive guides (many of whom have been here
more than 5 years)made for a fabulous experience.
Steve was even able to replace the batteries in my wife's dive computer
from stock he had on hand (unusual in a place so remote).
And he sold us some great metal dive pointers he makes, suitable for
pointing, clanging on your tank to get your buddy's attention, or for
sticking in the sand to hold you you in place (no gloves allowed here.)
This is not for everyone. You won't find a lot of pretty coral and lots of
great reef fish and great visibility. Mostly, its about the muck and the
debris where these great creatures make their homes. This resort pioneered
muck diving here and it continues to be an amazing place to dive if you
want to see the unusual and rare. 
We combined our stay here with a live aboard which explored areas outside
the strait (the resort's boats only cover the strait) and that is a great
way to see this fabulous area. 
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