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Dive Review of Extra Divers Nabucco/Nabucco Island Resort in

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Kim Fox, AP, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1910
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Other areas in Indonesia, East Timor, Thailand, Australia, Belize, Caymans,
Bahamas, North Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The dive masters provided guidance on depth and time limits, but it was
then left primarily to the divers to be responsible.  The staff did request
that all divers record time and maximum depth on a log after each dive.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Nabucco Resort provides a fantastic experience of Indonesia's top-notch
diving.  The dive sites are widely varied, and dives are planned to provide
a variety and to fit well with the weather and divers' schedules.  The
biodiversity in this region is incredible, and you can see much of it from
this one resort, including the so-called jellyfish lake at Kakaban Island,
about an hour's boat ride from Nabucco.  This saltwater lake contains
non-stinging jellyfish in abundance, along with other creatures which have
adapted to the unusual environmental conditions.  Snorkeling in the
jellyfish lake is a must when visiting this area.  Sangalaki Island, famous
for mantas, can also be dived from Nabucco, but we only saw one manta there
on this trip.  Most diving from Nabucco is relatively easy, although a
couple of sites have strong currents.  There is no shore diving, though it
is possible to snorkel in the shallow areas around the island.  The resort
is beautiful and peaceful, an island to itself with only 15 or so
bungalows.  During our week there, the food was mostly quite good, although
the late and slowly-served dinners are taxing for families with children. 
The resort staff, including dive boat captains and other dive staff, were
very friendly, helpful and accomodating.  Getting to Nabucco is not easy or
quick, with several possible routes all of which terminate in a long and
somewhat uncomfortable boat ride from mainland Kalimantan to Nabucco, which
lies inside the U-shaped Maratua Island.  The trip is worth it, though, to
experience the excellent diving of this area and a well-run resort.  We
stopped at several other resorts during our diving day-trips, and for
prices similar to others, Nabucco clearly had superior facilities and
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