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Dive Review of Extra Divers Nabucco/Nabucco Island Resort in
Indonesia/Kalimantan

Extra Divers Nabucco/Nabucco Island Resort, Jul, 2005,

by Kim Fox, AP, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 1910.

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

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 services.
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