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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/N. Sulawesi

Kungkungan Bay Resort: "Great muck diving in a lovely location with fantastic staff", May, 2017,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9595.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Use Garuda Indonesia if you can; many other carriers have high cancellation rates. Connect from CKG or SIN

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None. In 5 diving days, we did a total of 14 dives, with an average depth of 38 feet, maximum depth of 88 feet, and average dive time of 80 minutes (longest dive 90 minutes, shortest dive 70 minutes). Only 3 of the 14 dives were deeper than 72 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera room available near dive shop/boats to simplify maintenance, loading, unloading, with pressurized air and lots of power outlets and lights. Excellent setup. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Flying to Manado is the hard part: there are direct flights from Jakarta (about 3 hours) and Singapore (also 3 hours), but airline schedules usually require making a long stopover of at least 9 hours along the way. If you have a choice, Singapore is a more pleasant option than Jakarta and we elected for several nights there just in case our luggage went somewhere else (it didn't). From Manado, KBR will pick you up and make the 90 minute ride, a bit longer in traffic or at night.

KBR has a central building, built over the water, which houses reception, an upstairs bar, a downstairs dining room, and a few pleasant tables outside. On either side of the building are beach cottages for guests along a flat path. Our cottage was typical with a shared porch, a sitting room with couch, chairs, and a work table, an air conditioned bedroom, and a bathroom with a large shower. We had two queen-size beds in our cottage and overall the room was spacious. Some cottages are built on stilts and have air conditioning in both sitting and bedroom spaces, but otherwise there is little difference between the room sizes or qualities. Resort maximum capacity is about 36 divers in the 18 cottages. Also on premises were the dive shop, with gear areas and photo room, and a small spa with swimming pool (open to all guests).

We were there for a total of 7 days (5 diving days), and our package included all meals and diving (with Nitrox). Extras include certain special dishes on the menu and any alcoholic drinks ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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