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Dive Review of Kungkungen Bay Resort Eco Divers/Kunkungen Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

Kungkungen Bay Resort Eco Divers/Kunkungen Bay Resort, Sep, 2005,

by Joe Puglia, FL, USA . Report 2059.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Thailand, Palau, Solomon Islands, Keys, Egypt
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions You had to dive with guide, 100' max. 60-70 minute limit
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 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 really babied with a seperate camera and charging room. Excellent camera facilities

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is truly muck diving. It is also some great diving. The bottom is mostly gray sand with sporadic coral heads. It is absolutely critter heaven! Waspfish, dragonets, frog fish, eels, ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorses, octopus (including Blue Ring and Mimic) and a collection of different critters by the dozens. Its photo heaven! As Steve said "we avoid current like the plague". That said, bouyancy control is critical as the bottom can get stirred up easy.

The boats return to the resort after every dive, the rides are short making the surface intervals very nice. The boats are comfortable, albeit a little tricky to get in and out of. The dive facilites are first rate with a camera room and breifing huts that minimize sitting time on the boats. The oustanding staff handles and stores all your gear. The dives are all guided with no more than four in a group. The guide's ability to find things is uncanny. Don't miss the house reef, its very, very nice plus do the Mandarin dive.

The resort is clean and comfortable. The food was plentiful but average. Our room was a nice size and comfortable with A/C. Not all the rooms have A/C so check before you go. The grounds were beautiful overlooking Lembeh Strait onto Lembeh Island. We really liked it. We'll go back!
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