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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Seidman, CA, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6738
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No gloves, or fingerless gloves.  Depth and time per briefing (although
group usually ended up slightly deeper and longer than briefing) with lots
of time in the shallows.  
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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Dedicated to photographers, with a building designed completely for
photographers.  Excellent rinse basins at the dock, but (curiously) no
water basins (but dedicated dry baskets) on the boats.  In their defense,
the trips to the sites were often only 5-10 minutes maximum, and no one
complained about not having their cameras submerged at all times.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was my third visit to KBR over a decade.  I am pleased that the resort
retains its high level of comfort and service.  The accommodations are
immaculate, spacious, and traditional with plenty of contemporary updates. 
There have been some changes to the meal services, and the food (especially
the fish dishes) is delicious.  A notable upgrade is the increase in
efficiency in the dining room  meals are served quickly, a welcome change.
 There is no longer a breakfast buffet, but service from the menu is so
fast, it really doesnt matter.  You can still order lunch in advance
following your first morning dive, and it will be served to you within
moments of your arrival in the dining room after your second morning dive.

Although under different management, the dive operation is basically
unchanged, and remains very friendly and efficient.  Gear is respected and
treated well, especially camera gear.  Dive briefings are better than most,
even if the plan isnt exactly followed every time.  The dives depart at
respectable times, and there are adequate surface intervals.  There is an
option to replace an afternoon dive with the not-to-be-missed dusk Mandarin
Fish dive, at a discount.  And the House Reef is always open.  

The guides work hard to find the weird and wonderful.  But for some unknown
reason (whether luck or other issues), the number of unusual critters seems
to have declined noticeably over the years.  While a decade ago a diver
couldnt go 20 feet without seeing something amazing, on some dives ten or
fifteen minutes of searching would pass before finding a single nudibranch.
 Thats not to say that the diving isnt still unique and remarkable  just
that the sites seem to be showing decline similar to the rest of the
underwater world.  Depending on the luck of the draw, you will still see
pygmy seahorses, hairy frogfish, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish,
ghost pipefish, boxer crabs, sea dragons and more. 
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