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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia

Kungkungan Bay Resort, Apr, 2006,

by Ernie Hounshell, Fl, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2439.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Carribean, Hawaii, Fiji, Micronesia, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 foot limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Cameras are kept in laundry baskets on the dive boat, no rinse tank on boat. Dedicated camera rinse tank on shore with dedicated camera room with charging facilites.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Vans pick you up at the airport for the one and a half hour scenic ride to the resort on the other side of the island. After a briefing and completing the necessary paperwork, the dive gear is transferred to the dive operations area. They will take care of it for your entire stay and have it thoroughly rinsed when you are ready to leave. You only need to care for your wet suit and camera. Nitrox is available, with package pricing if desired. The dive guides use air, so they will be on a more conservative profile. The dive gear is always on the boat that you are assigned to so that you never have to handle it. The dive operations were very smooth, leaving on time, with fast boat rides to the dive sites. The dive operations coordinated the boats at the dive sites so that only one boat is at a dive site. The boats can be a bit cramped if they have a full boat load (8 divers and 2 dive guides), but most of the rides are very short. The dive sites are mainly muck (black sand, trashy, rubble) with some sites coral and rubble. The dive guides (4 divers per guide) are expert at finding all the weird things that everyone wants to photograph and they make sure that everyone has an opportunity to take photos before moving on. Buoyancy contol is very important, as it is very easy to stir up the fine, black silt. Hand placement is critical when taking photos, since many of the poisonous fish are buried in the black sand and will let you know if you put your hand on them. Two divers in our group got very nasty stings from devilfish and had some bad swelling for a few days. The rooms are kept very clean and fresh towels are always on hand. The restraunt had a very good selection on the buffet breakfast and lunch; as well as many choices on the menu. It usually work best for buffet at breakfast and lunch in order to get on the dive boats. Dinner from the menu had a wide range of choices, including Mexican, Italian, and Indonesian. Generally service was good, but if a large group arrives all at the same time, service can become slow. The resort is beautifully mantained and very secure with security guards. Management kept everything running smoothly and tried to keep everyone happy.
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