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

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Levin, Virginia, United States
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Report Number 4334
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera room for charging.  Rinse tanks.  Tanks would get crowded with many
photographers with cameras piled on each other.  Rinse tanks are not
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Lembeh Straits continues to be my favorite place in the world for small and
unusual creatures.  I visit the area two to three times a year.  In the
last year I believe the very large number of resorts and liveaboards are
beginning to impact the ecosystem.  Lembeh is an area that has gone from
one resort ten years ago to 20+ and no liveaboards to 5-10 operating in the
area - many all year long.  The Lembeh diving areas are few and small and
the areas are showing the impacts of having as many as six boats diving a
single small site repeatedly every day.  The liveaboards with up to 20
divers are having an even greater impact.

Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) has changed very little due to the almost
non-existent investment by the owners and Eco-Divers management.  Some
rooms have seen some upgrades.  The resort has three dive boats and it is
not unusual for one of them to be non-operational.  Even when there are
three boats divers are often crowded into two boats.

Food remains very average with virtually no changes in five years. The
guides and staff at the resort are very good.  The same can't be said for
the resident managers.
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