Kungkungan Bay Resort sits on the site of an old coconut plantation in a private bay with easy access to the dive sites of Lembeh Strait, internationally renowned for its wonderful critters.
Located in a private bay with an amazing house reef, the resort has been showcasing the wonders of Lembeh Strait since 1994, a pioneer in introducing this bucket list location to the international diving market.
Affectionately known as KBR, the resort features several categories of room, the majority of which are located along the waterfront. The buildings are built with local materials using traditional architecture reflecting the local Minahasa culture. All rooms are air-conditioned with their own en-suite bathroom. Some have a shared verandah. All provide international standards of comfort, convenience, safety and privacy. For budget conscious guests, there is the option to book into a cabin room. These are slightly smaller, are limited to a maximum occupancy of two and offer a garden or sea view.
Facilities include the iconic octogan shaped over water building which includes the main dining room and Capt. Billy’s bar (upstairs), the social hub of the resort. Whilst fresh Asian cuisine is the mainstay of your dining experience, Western alternatives are also available. The infinity edged swimming pool overlooks the Strait and the Tepi Laut spa is located along the waterfront. The full service dive centre includes a purpose built camera room. The tour desk can arrange trips to local markets, cultural and wildlife land tours.
The resort is an 80 minute scenic road transfer from Manado airport and works well with a twin centre stay in Bunaken.
The on-site PADI affiliated dive centre is a full service facility with a purpose built camera room offering daily boat dives and full range of courses and speciality certifications for those looking to further their education. Visitors can explore the house reef or head off to the 50 dive sites in the Strait from the private jetty, all easily accessible within 15 minutes from resort.
The local dive crew are incredibly experienced and well trained offering outstanding service, especially when it comes to spotting elusive and tiny creatures. The Lembeh Strait is world famous for underwater macro photography attracting enthusiasts and professionals throughout the year, time and time again.
Dive sites are full of marine life, often more than meets the eye; the house reef is a fine example. Named after the guide that discovered the site, Jahir typifies a black sand site where zebra crabs are found hiding amongst purple heart urchins. Mimic octopus, cowfish and hairy frogfish are welcomed distractions. Expect innumerable nudibranch at Nudi Retreat, a gentle sloping site with more coral than others where juvenile flamboyant cuttlefish are often seen. Whilst black volcanic sand sites may seem the norm, plenty of critters can be seen at numerous patch reef and sand and rubble sites. Expect to encounter seahorse, stargazers, dragonettes, ribbon eels, shrimp, octopus, scorpion fish and plenty of weird and wonderful creatures you’re yet to discover.
Marine park regulations limit the number of divers on any site to 15, giving you plenty of space and time to explore and hone your photography skills. A full range of equipment is available to rent, including an underwater camera and strobe. Nitrox is available.
is featured in the following itinerary:
Bunaken Marine Park and Lembeh Strait together offer a fantastic variety of enchanting dive sites right in the heart of the best marine biodiversity in the world – a fabulous combination!
When to go: Jan-Dec
Duration inc. flights: 17 days
Price inc. flights: From £2,995 pp
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For divers interested in the weird and wonderful, Lembeh Strait offers the best muck diving on earth! Attracting marine experts from around the world, it is home to a huge array of rare and unusual marine life, with new species regularly being discovered.