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Dive Review of Kalimaya Dive Resort in

Kalimaya Dive Resort: "Critters, Nudis and Dragons in Exquisite Isolation", Apr, 2024,

by Laura Todd, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12977.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Sumbawa's pink beach.  Drone photo by Ron Park One for  the bucket list.  Miamira flavicostata Unusual juvenile froggy.  Apologies for photo quality
One of many Marionia nudis Bornella stellifer

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Kalimaya is located on the eastern edge of Sumbawa island just past the western edge of Komodo National Park and features the beautiful scenery, wild open spaces and great diving that area is known for without the crowds. In fact, we did not see another dive boat in our entire 10 days.
The Resort: Is small with only 8 bungalows, all but one laid out along the beach. The grounds are nicely landscaped with bougainvillea arching over many of the walkways. The rooms themselves are small, but have a large porch with glass doors and a partially covered bathroom. I found the AC and electricity very reliable. The best feature of the whole place, though was the common area, with a large beachfront pool surrounded by daybeds, hammocks and creatively lighted seating areas. Always a good vibe.

The food: This is the only area where Kalimaya struggled a bit. They relied a little too heavily on vegetarian staples such as tempeh and tofu for us meat eaters and they ran out of fruit entirely on our penultimate day. That said, the food was always tasty and there were very few repeated dishes over the 10 days we were there. Breakfast is cooked to order from six or so choices of Indonesian and western options. Lunch and dinner are set menus which are posted ahead of time. The restaurant manager is very personable and available and always open to changing or customiz ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Philippines, Indonesia, Tahiti, Malaysia, Bahamas, Galapagos
Closest Airport Bima Getting There Bali to Bima, then car transfer

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 76-85°F / 24-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be at the boat within 70 minutes. No Deco dives
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is aa air conditioned, well laid out camera room next to the gear up area. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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