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Dive Review of Eco Divers/Kima Bajo Resort in

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Mona Cousens, CA, United States
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Report Number 5357
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Australia, Caribbean, South China sea, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth was restricted and time was strictly enforced at one hour max.
If the divemaster wanted to come up at 55 minutes, that was enforced as
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
There is some macro on the reefs.  Not much in the way of wide angle.  You
really needed to look for the photo subjects and it all depended on the
attitude of your personal divemaster as to whether or not you saw anything
interesting on each particular dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
It is official.  The world has discovered Manado.    The dive resort of
Kima Bajo has an onsite  franchise of Eco Divers who have recently ended
their association with  KBR in Lembeh. 
Here at Kima Bajo they are catering to those who wish to discover SCUBA. 

You may find yourself on a  boat with people who have 6 dives under their 
belt and some with 30 dives (we had both).
This is fine,  but it means that the divemasters are mostly interested in
watching you for a potential problem instead of pointing out things.  It is
mandatory that you stay with him and try to surface as a group.  The dives
were strictly limited to one hour.  We were, however,  allowed to stay the
hour even when the new divers had to surface early.
Also they have snorkelers which they put on the same boat with the divers.
They did not request them to get out of the water before the divers.  This
meant at times a 7-10 minute wait on the surface while they loaded them
first  and then went to pick up the divers. 
There are so many boats in Bunaken Marine Sanctuary that your boat could
barely locate you.  None of the dive operations used handy safety sausages
with the dive resort name conveniently printed on them so that each resort
could recognize their group.  You came up and hoped that one of the 20-30
boats within your view recognized their divemaster so that they could come
to pick you up.

The walls are nothing special.  As always, some dive sites were better than
others.  We did see areas of spectacular hard coral pans  but also we saw
some destroyed reef areas.  We found some orangutan crabs, different
nudibranchs, and some shrimp in a sponge.  The reef on top was quite
shallow around 15 feet and still very pretty. 

The resort is quite attractive with lovely bures laid out in a garden
setting.  Only about 25% of the rooms have an ocean view.   There is a spa
for relaxing massage and a nice pool area for all the people who brought
the myriad children.  There is a nice restaurant and bar area but the food
was just alright.  As it was all buffet they sometimes ran out of things. 
They would bring more if you asked but it usually required a wait.

 If you wish for a destination dive resort which caters to true divers in
Manado this is not it.  It is fine if you wish to bring the family and want
some activities for the kids.
We thought it would be a nice place to relax after our trip to Raja Ampat
on the Paradise Dancer but having all the kids around for us is just not
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