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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh

Kungkungan Bay Resort, Oct, 2013,

by ann mcgrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 7406.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my second trip to KBR, and I'll definitely be back! Actually, I wish I had stayed there instead of getting on the Tambora - the service is better, the diving is better, and the resort conditions are FAR better.

KBR is a very comfortable resort. I stayed in one of the cottages, which is extremely roomy for two people. There is actually plenty of room for four, with two king sized beds and a huge stone bathroom, as well as a living room and porch. All cottages and houses are a short walk from the dining room and the dive pier.

The dining area is open at all hours, so you can get a snack anytime. The food is better than it was the last time I was there, and the selection is better as well. I took advantage of the spa, which I highly recommend. The therapists there are very good, and the prices are very reasonable.

The diving in Lembeh is excellent. I wish I had done an evening mandarin dive again, but I'll do it next time. The boats are roomy and covered. They have fresh bottled water and fruit after each dive. The divemasters are very good at spotting critters of all sizes and shapes, just ask them not to harass the critters just for the sake of a photo!

Between the first and second morning dives, there is tea, hot chocolate and a snack available by the camera room. Lunch is also ordered between the first and second dives, so it's ready after the morning dives.

The camera room is big enough to accommodate most groups. I've never seen it crowded, even when the resort was full.

There are two showers at the end of the pier, next to the large gear rinse tanks. There are plenty of hangers for wet suits as well. You can leave your gear in a mesh bag, and the crew will have your gear on the boat the next time you're ready to dive. You can take your name off the board if you're not doing any dives.

The only caution I have is about leaving some gear in the mesh bag, which is apparently just left out overnight. One of our divers had her silicone mask skirt badly chewed, probably by a rat, based on the teeth marks. The mask had just enough skirt left to be usable, which was a good thing, as it was a prescription mask, and she didn't have a backup! So, while it's OK to leave your BC, regular and fins in the mesh bags overnight, you'll want to take your mask and snorkel back to your room each night.

Overall, KBR is an excellent value for the money, and I will definitely go there again. It offers the best diving I've seen in Indonesia for small critters and mandarin fish, in a comfortable, luxurious resort.
Websites Kungkungan Bay Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Thailand, Solomons, Fiji, Yap, Truk, Cozumel, Venezuela, Indonesia and more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-30 Ft/ 3-9 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Nitrox depth limits, sometimes 60 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Each diver gets a basket for their camera equipment, which is used to soak in fresh water after each dive. This ensures that your camera doesn't crash into another in the rinse tank!
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