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Dive Review of EcoDivers/Kima Bajo in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5281
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Palau, Vanuatu, GBR, Fiji,
Socorros, Indonesia, all over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with dive guide; had several dives in excess of 1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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  
The dive operator, EcoDivers, has a nice camera room with towels,
compressed air, charging stations and plenty of room. A ceiling fan but no
A/C. The crew will handle your camera gear to and from the dive boats.
Large rinse tank on dive boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Kima Bajo is a fairly new resort on the West side of North Sulawesi facing
Bunaken Marine Park where most of the diving takes place.

 EcoDivers is the dive operator at the resort. The boat rides to the dive
sites are fairly short at no longer than 30 minutes. The dive boats are
fairly spacious with marine head and fresh water shower. Nitrox is
available. Water, fruit and cookies provided on the boat. 2-tank AM dives
and 1-tank PM dives are standard. The PM dives are usually in the Bunaken
Marine Park and the PM dive at local sites off of North Sulawesi. These
sites offer a variety of conditions including walls, coral gardens, sandy
bottom and some muck. Thus there is a variety of marine life -- schooling
reef fish, some sharks, green turtles, bumphead parrotfish, lionfish,
scorpionfish, eels, anemonefish and lots of small critters (nudibranchs,
crabs, shrimp, seahorses). The dive crew is very friendly and helpful. They
are also very good at finding critters especially for macro shots.

The most disturbing experience regarding Bunaken Marine Park is the amount
of trash in the water especially plastic bottles and bags. This was
especially the case around the southeast corner of Bunaken Island.

Kima Bajo Resort is located on a hillside overlooking the islands of the
Bunaken Marine Park. The rooms are very spacious and all have great views
facing West so the nice sunsets are in view. They also have nice outdoor
showers. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The wireless internet is
slow and  intermittent. Also, the power went off a couple of times a day
for 3-5 minutes. The food is very good with a variety of western and
Indonesian dishes. The wine is extremely expensive and very limited in

In summary, the diving and dive facilities were very good as were the
accommodations and the food. I would indeed return to Kima Bajo.
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