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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in

February, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Roberts, Hants, GB
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Report Number 6447
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia - raja ampat, alor, komodo, wakatobi, lembeh, bali; palau,
australia - GBR & WA; mozambique, egypt, costa rica, ecuador, south
africa, thailand, cuba, belize, grenada, tobago, usa, jordan, tanzania,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
28   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 15    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No great restriction, no deco diving within recreational limits, no solo
diving. Length of dives very elastic to suit...  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
Large camera room and two dedicated rinse tanks, dive crew carry cameras in
individual baskets from rinse tanks to dive boats for short trip to site.
Many charging points & lots of space.

Mainly critter and macro photography; there are a couple of sites suitable
for wide angle but at most sites water clarity & visibility would
preculde this and it would be rare to set up for wide angle with the
subject matter generally available here.

Dive guides are expert at spotting great subject matter. Only four divers
per dive guide (Lembeh straight condition). 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is our third trip to Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) and we were not
disappointed; it's unlikely to be our last. Had 12 days this time around. 

Resort is ideally set up for diving and unlike most in the area is
waterfront meaning no hills to climb from dive to resort to restaurant etc
(except for the "hillside villa"). The bar is up one flight of
stairs and the highest point above sea level we achieved in our time here.
Roll out of bed, eat breakfast - on your balcony if staying in a beach
front villa, stroll 20m to dive centre and onto the diveboats for an
average 5-10 minute trip to site. 

The closest thing to liveaboard diving ashore; the best of both world -
multiple dives - easy to do four a day with house reef or night dive - food
at any time (yes 24 hours), with rooms far more spacious than any
liveaboard for that bit more space during deco times and attentive,
friendly staff all around. 

As implied - staff are excellent and service attentive from the very
friendly employees. Dive centre is well run with guides and boat crew eager
to help. Restaurant is wellcoming, efficient and ALWAYS a la carte no
buffets to negotiate. Welcoming bar above the restaurant, now serving a
selction of bar food plates if you prefer not to decamp to the restaurant -
which was being renovated and may now be finished). The Spa treatments are
also welcoming and well executed.

Diving:- muck diving of unrivalled varierty (in our experince - yes there
are some individual sites elsewhere are great; however there are numerous
fantastic dive sites in the Lembeh straights within 10 minutes of the
dock). Sites vary from pure muck, though sand, rubble on to coral enhancing
the variety of critters found.

Our highlights (of many, many great critters including pygmy seahorse,
mantis shrimp (with eggs on one occasion), cuttlefish etc)

Hairy Octopus
Blue Ring Octopus
Dozens of varieties of nudibranch's, flatworms etc
Frogfish - many varieties
Ambon Scorpionfish

But at number 1 for this trip - spending 5-10 minutes watching a flamboyant
cuttlefish hatch...Spectacular (which sums up diving here - so long as
you're not looking for crystal clear coral reefs!!) 

The Bad - its' 24 hours & two flights from Europe so no good for us for
a long weekend, unfortunately..

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