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Dive Review of Kungkungan Bay Resort in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Kungkungan Bay Resort: "Great for exotic animals", Oct, 2014,

by Marilyn Walker, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7875.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Lembeh Strait is for more advanced divers, not because the diving is difficult (it is generally shallow and relatively free of current) but because the underwater environment is so specialized. The exotic animals which live in the sand and mud are for those who already have done the ordinary fish and invertebrates in tropical coral habitats. Sometimes the fish look just exactly like leaves or algae, with eyes. The excellent wonderpus and mimic octopus are prized photo subjects.

The dive guides have excellent eyesight and refined skills for locating the lists of specialized animals. Ask for the species you want then stay close to the dive guide to see them. Unfortunately, the dive guides are in the habit of disturbing the animals. They dig up the buried fish and shrimp, unwind crinoids and brittle stars from their shelter, poke and prod and harass with impunity. For example, we have on video a dive guide who dug up an octopus, then whacked it repeatedly with his stick when it tried to swim away. We asked them to be more restrained, but it is all to give underwater photographers their images. They made mantis shrimp come out of their burrows, but did not chase them, since mantis shrimp are capable of retaliating against their tormentors.
Websites Kungkungan Bay Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving The tropical Pacific, the Caribbean and California
Closest Airport Manado Getting There An easy flight from Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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