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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi, Lembeh Strait

Kungkungan Bay Resort: "Kungkungan Bay Resort, North Sulawesi, Indonesia", Sep, 2016,

by JOHN METCALF, SC, US ( 1 report). Report 9194.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Facilities and staff at Kungkungan Bay Resort, which, as far as I can tell is managed completely by Local Indonesians, are first rate. Diving is predominantly "muck" diving in Lembeh Strait, with a few shallow walls thrown in. Divemasters or dive guides extremely helpful and knowledgeable and skilled at finding macroscopic creatures (shrimp, squat lobsters, crabs, pygmy seahorses, etc) as well as octopuses (coconut and wunderpus), cuttlefish, and various fish species (many frogfish) including some that are restricted to the region.

Food was delicious and plentiful (especially the tuna ceviche). Alcohol is available but limited in variety.

Accommodations were very comfortable and clean, with bedroom/bath area airconditioned.

Beyond the resort--- the half day excursion to the monkey forest to see lilac kingfisher, black macaques, and tarsiers was interesting, but entailed a substantial hike through the local "jungle".

Downside- Drive from Manado to KBR was 1 1/2 hrs., but resort provided transportation for us (we arrived in Manado about 9:30 p.m. and were met by staff from the resort).

Overall- We were very impressed with this resort. If Muck diving and macrophotography are your interests this is a wonderful place to visit. We would rate it 5/5 stars.

Websites Kungkungan Bay Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia
Closest Airport Manado, North Sulawesi Getting There Hong Kong to Bali or Jakarta. Garuda Indonesia to Manado. No flight difficulties. Garuda Indonesia did not charge overweight fees for luggage containing dive gear including photo gear.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10-60 Ft/ 3-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dives were "officially" 60-70 minutes in duration, but no attempt made to limit the time.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 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 N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Nice photography room with facilities for charging batteries (220 and 110v), compressed air, and adequate lighting and ventilation. Room was secured from dusk until dawn.
Fresh water tanks for camera gear readily available on shore at base of dock. No fresh water tanks on boats for gear (transported carefully in laundry baskets by staff), but not really a problem as dive sites were <15 minutes from dock and we returned to dock between morning dives.
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