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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ernie Hounshell, Fl, USA
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Report Number 2439
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, Hawaii, Fiji, Micronesia, Indonesia
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 foot limit  
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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
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):
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    
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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