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Dive Review of Eco-Divers/Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawese

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bill and Alice MIller, NC, USA
Report Number 1946
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean and the Keys.  This was our first trip to the
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were allowed to dive our own profile but asked to return to the boat
with 500 psi and/or 60 minutes. You really needed to follow the dive guide
to se some of the critters.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This is a photographers dream location for accomidations.  There is a fully
euipped camera room with charging facilities as well as two large fresh
water rinse tanks.  Your cameras ae trasported to and from the rinse tanks
by the staff in plastic baskets and ride in those baskets on the boat.
There is a darkroom for E-6 , light tables and computer facilites for the
digital shooters.

This is a macro-photographers dream location.  All the "Critters from
out of this World" are here and very cooperative.  We actually got
tired of shooting frog fish and anemone fish.  Everything that you have
ever seen in the magazines and mor is here and the guides know right where
to take you.  They will let you have all the time you need on any given
subject if you let them know that you want to stay put.

However, we were disappointed in the visibility.  This was mostly all muck
diving and the water was very cloudy.  You had to follow the dive guides
dressed in bright orange in order to find anything or to find the boat. 
Backscatter was a major issue  A
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This is a wonderful resort and dive operation.  Jim and Cary Yanny run a
superb dive operation at Eco-Divers and go out of their way to make sure
you have a great experience.  Steve and Miranda could not have done any
more to make their resort operation Five Star.  The staff were wonderful,
charming , and very service oriented. The accommodations were stellar.  Our
bungalow was large, well equipped with tables, chairs, TV for digital
viewing, covered porch, and huge bath with walk in shower.  Very clean,
daily service, and bug free. The only bugs we encountered were a few
mosquitos after sunset along the water or near the jungle.  The food was a
combination of Indonesian and American.  The Indonesian dishes were very
tasty but some tended to be pretty spicey.  However, you could ask them to
mildly season a dish at dinner when you ordered.  Breakfast and lunch were
smorgasbord with a great variety.  Eggs cooked to order, omletes, pancakes,
and lots for fruit plus bacon and sausage.  Beef was scarce and rarely
offered.  Chicken and fish were the primary meats.

For our first trip to that area of the world, it was wonderful.  There was
no concern for safety and we felt very relaxed during the entire trip. As a
side bar, Singapore Air is the only way to fly.  Their flight from Newark
NJ to Singapore (18.5 hrs) was unbelievable.

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