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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Krippendorf, CA, USA
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Report Number 2663
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Brac, Dominica, Cozumel, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, Hawaii, Australia
(GBR), Coral Sea, and PNG
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No gloves, 3 to 5 minute safety stop, responsible to monitor own air
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Small boats did not have any facilities for cameras. Cameras
safely handled and stored on towels in plastic basket. Shore facilities are
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
I planned a trip for 12 of us to go diving in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. We
split our diving between 2 locations, Bunaken and Lembeh Strait. I had been
to the same two resorts in 2004 with a group of 4, so the only difference
this time was I made the trip a few days longer and there were more of us
in the group.  This trip report is for the second of the 2 places we
visited, Lembeh Strait, which is southeast of the city of Manado. 

I planned the Lembeh Strait portion of our trip via telephone and e-mail
with Linda at the Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) office. Linda was very good
at answering our questions, and we booked a 6-night inclusive package. She
also arranged for our transfer from the Santika Hotel to KBR rather than
their normal airport pickup.

The KBR resort was in excellent shape and it was clear that maintenance was
being kept up and additional construction for upgrades was underway. The
restaurant had a mix of western and Asian dishes. The cottage suite rooms
were clean with lots of room to move around. The view of the Lembeh Strait
from the veranda porch was fantastic. If you go, dont overlook diving the
house reef. I dove it three times and each dive was great.

Lembeh Strait is known for its muck diving and strange critters. Lembeh
Strait is muck diving heaven. The water was smooth and most boat rides were
10-15 minutes to the dive sites. Our maximum depth was 90 feet, though we
spent most of our time between 30 and 60 feet. Most sites were sand bottoms
with scattered coral heads. Some of the sites had more bommie type coral

We split our group so that there were 6 of us in each of two boats along
with the boat captain and 2 dive guides. Our dive guides were able to find
all sorts of well-camouflaged and truly unbelievable critters. Oftentimes
wed have to look several times very carefully to see the critters, even
while being pointed at by our guides. They were very patient with us and
made sure we had seen the critters. Before each dive wed get a briefing
for the site, which listed the critters known to be in the area. The guides
made sure we saw them along with many others. The list of exotic fish we
saw goes far beyond the space limits for this review. Whatever praises you
have heard about the critters in the Lembeh Strait is true, only better.

There was really only one problem with our diving at KBR. We saw so many
different things on each dive that we couldnt begin to log it all. This
was compounded by the fact we were seeing things that we could describe,
but couldnt name. I was taking digital photographs, which was a big help,
because it provided a record of what we saw with a date and timestamp so we
could match the photos to the dive sites.

Would I go again? Im already planning a trip back in 2007.
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