We are expirienced travelers to South East Asia, have been to Sulawesi once before, but first time in Lembeh. We travel with children aged 4 and 6. We are both divers.
We had great expectations to Lembeh. We had heard it was the world's best macro diving. It was very good, of course. You can expect to see interesting creatures on every dive. Still though, we think Ambon bay is a better choice for macro diving, and Manado bay as good as Lembeh. When that is said, all three are of course excellent diving locations.
We choose Kungkungan Bay Resort from reviews here on Tripadvisor. This is a dive resort with good standard compared to most other dive resorts in Indonesia. But it is also expensive. But you get what you pay; service here is outstanding, food is delicious (all inclusive a la carte in a way) nd plentiful. The rooms are spacious and well cleaned. I may say the facilities are a little bit worn for being in this price class.
The dive service is headed by a Japanese instructor doing a great job. The dive guides know better english than most other places we have been to in Indonesia. The whole staff is by the way very good in English - maybe a prerequisite to work here, with American owner. The dive staff take care of absolutely everything. You just make sure you are in time to breifings, then just go with the flow. I would wish they could do better breifings after diving too, because you see alot of things only seen here, that they could tell you what is. But you havve to ask. When asking, they are very knowledgeable though.
There are two beaches, on at each side of the restaurant, for kids to play at. There is a big clean, swimmingpool. They supply with towels absolutely everywhere. They have a jetty where you can start outstanding snorkeling and diving on the house reef. Or just stand fish spotting from the jetty. Our children made a very long list of what they had seen from there. The water is often crystal clear, even though the rubble is coming in again with every tide.
It would be a pleasure to come back here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR to its friends and soon to be friends) is proud to be the resort that introduced Lembeh Strait to the world. Being the first resort in Lembeh means we got first choice on locations. Our resort is located in its own private bay which the resort is named after. KBR is the only Sea Level Luxury resort in Lembeh. KBR is a full service resort which includes The only 24hrs full menu service Restaurant in Lembeh, Capt. Billy's Bar serving American Bar Food and Great Drinks, our full service Tepi Laut Spa (Seaside Spa) does Massages, Beauty Treatments, Manicures and Pedicures, and of course our PADI Dive Center with Equipment and Camera Rentals and 32% NITROX. Come join us and we will put the Dream into you next Dive Vacation ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kungkungan Bay Hotel Bitung
- Kungkungan Bay Resort Bitung, Indonesia - Sulawesi