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Dive Review of Kingkungan Bay Resort/same in
Indonesia/Sulawesi, Manado

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Ayers, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4776
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 65    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I dove with the DM. Just the obvious OW "rules".  Most dive are
fairly shallow.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
I stayed/dove at three places in Sulawesi: Santika, Gangga Island, KBR --
my trip was arranged by Island Dreams.  Kungkungan Bay Resort is on the
famous Lembeh Straits, the "muck-diving capital of the world".  
The resort itself is very nice; my room in a duplex cottage had a separate
sitting room and huge bath.  The restaurant and the upstairs bar are
attractive and well-run.
All diving is in the strait close to KBR.  The dove boats are small and
crowded, but the rides are very short and the boat returns to KBR after
every dive.
I would have been impressed with the exotic critters at KBR if I had not
been diving at Bangka Island immediately before.  (See my Gangga Island
report.)  I did see some "exotics" like an electric clam and one
weird brittle star that I cannot find in books.  And a lot of bottom
dwellers like Pegasus Seamoths and Gunnards and Waspfish and Crocodilefish.
 And the standard Frogfish and Lionfish and Leaffish.  But I didn't see any
famous Lembeh rarities and no one on my boat did either.   
Although the DMs are effective, their English is poor -- they aren't any
help with "What was that we saw?" 
When I return to Indonesia I'll probably decide that pure "muck
diving" is not my thing and take the mixed diving at the Santika or at
Bangka Island -- which includes some muck diving and many exotics --
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