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

Eco-Divers/Kungkungan Bay Resort, May, 2008,

by Steven Levin, Virginia, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 4334.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving World-Wide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35 to 65 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments Camera room for charging. Rinse tanks. Tanks would get crowded with many photographers with cameras piled on each other. Rinse tanks are not shaded.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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