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

Kingkungan Bay Resort/same, Oct, 2008,

by Bob Ayers, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4776.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 -- instead.
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