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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort - KBR in
Indonesia/Norhern Sulawesi Lembeh Strait

Kungkungan Bay Resort - KBR, Sep, 2002,

by Jerry, NV, USA . Report 213.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific all areas, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Common sense, no drinking & diving,
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Excellent camera room, charging stations, clean and convenient. Rental gear available.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments There are not enough superlatives to describe Kungkungan Bay Resort - KBR - and the Lembeh Straits. For small critters there can be no other place like it on Earth. And the Resort is wonderful, with excellent service, large spacious cabins and a happy and helpful staff. A week there isn't enough and a month wouldn't be too much.
Getting there is a bit of a chore but the resort does everything then can to make it comfortable. You'll fly through Singapore to Manado and then by a/c SUV to the resort.
The restaurant is open 24 hours a day!! and the menu is expansive and varied. They offer Mexican, Italian, Oriental (of several different varieties) plus American. They try hard and they are most anxious to please - if it's not on the menu just ask and they'll do their best to come up with what you want - but the cooking does have an Indonesian flavor.
Diving - If you're looking for the small, rare and unusual critters then you've come to the right place. The diving is absolutely spectacular. We felt as though our brains were going to overload with the unique critters we saw on every dive. The dive guides (they're generally not divemasters) know where to find what you want. Just ask, and they'll take you to it, be it a pygmy seahorse or an ornate ghost pipefish.
We're booking again for next year.
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