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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Oslund, CA, US (2 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6104
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Palau, Maldives, Fiji, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 45    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I would strongly recommend staying close to the dive guides.  They are
simply unbelievable at finding the critters.  Due to limited visibility, it
is unwise to wander off on one's own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Cameras are placed into a rinse tank dedicated for cameras.  The staff
takes care of moving the camera between the boats and rinse tanks.  There
is a charging room for 220-110 conversion.  Power is 220V.  Bring
converters if you charge in your room. The staff are very used to UWP's,
and the dive guides are quite focused on finding the small, weird stuff
(which can be frustrating for a non-photographer). There are some critters,
like Harlequin shrimp, which don't move and are found EVERY dive at certain
sites. Used a Nikon 60mm on D300--worked great.  Never used my 105,
although on a full frame this would be more workable.  Never used my Tokina
10-17--just not enough visibility, even for "close focus, wide
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Outstanding service and attitude from ALL KBR employees.  Great, varied
food. Stayed in T1--wife, son, me; gave the adults privacy. Dives are at
8:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m. and 2:45 pm.  Night dives, 6pm: need 2 divers
minimum. Lots of strange critters on night dives (as well as day dives). 
Very few people used marker lights at night (none of the dive guides do,
and it's not req'd). Also offer a Mandarin fish dive at 4:45pm. Dive sites
are all 10 min or less from the resort.  There is muck, sand, rubble, coral
and small wall diving.  Over 50 sites to dive. On the sites with
walls/coral, the reef is in good shape.  I would strongly recommend a
"muck stick"--both for probing and for anchoring into the
muck/rubble when there is a current, especially if trying to do UWP. Boats
return to KBR between dives. Boats are showing cosmetic wear, but were
speedy and sea worthy. Nitrox and 15L over-sized tanks available.  A 3mm
suit +/- a hood is fine.  I would strongly recommend fingerless gloves to
avoid stings from hydroids/fire coral (especially in the rubble if trying
to get close to a critter).  Dove 14 days at KBR, and that was enough to
find just about all the strange critters on my list. Rained most of our
trip (June 4-18) although it was supposed to be the "dry" season.
 Pool is not heated. I didn't swim, but my wife and son thought it was a
bit cold. There is a "swim up" bar, but no one there to staff it.
My wife greatly enjoyed the spa.  There is baby-sitting available (our son
is 5 yrs old) at very reasonable rates. He really enjoyed the snorkeling on
the house reef. There was a special BBQ that was incredible with music,
dancing.  In general, a great place to go for UWP, especially if interested
in macro photography and bizarre creatures.  If looking for great
visibility, wide angle photography (I had along a Tokina 10-17 which I
never used) , beautiful sea fans, etc, then go somewhere else.  Otherwise,
KBR was terrific.
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