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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Chuck Edson , OR, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 6520
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Belize, Caribbean, Wakatobi, Solomons, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive spotters wanted groups to stay close, but groups were small and
visibility was often very limited.  Most dives were shallow but over an
hour.    
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The accommodations and food were very good.  Indonesian service was
gracious.  Dive spotters were superb at finding the very small (almost
invisible) and rare items such as a Wonderpus and Harlequin Shrimp.  In my
opinion sometimes their interest in the tiny was a fault as spotters would
ignore larger critters that we could actually see :-) and find interesting.
Some dive guides understood and spoke very little English but they were
quick to find someone to answer questions and address any concerns. 
Visitors should know that this is MUCK diving and sometimes dive sites are
unattractive ¬ such as between leaky old barges.  Also, often the
visibility is very limited and on some dives there may be long waits
between seeing anything but murk and muck.  But almost always spotters
would find intriguing species and patiently point them out or stir them up
for display.  Our four days of diving included 2 or 3 dives in clear water
with nice coral and fish.  The dive master, Kaj (pronounced Kai) Maney is
an excellent macro videographer (see website for Liquid Guru).  His show at
the resort is a must-see.  There are great shots of many, many critters all
close-up, well edited, good action and everything organized by species with
educational commentary.  My only complaint is that the speed boats at the
resort were not very reliable.  It could be that engines kept croaking
because of all the stuff (including much trash) floating up and down the
Lembeh Straight.  However, the resort found adequate, though somewhat
marginal rental boats.  This resort and dive operation is a very good
choice in my opinion for those interested in muck diving or who have never
experienced it.  
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