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Kungkungan Bay Resort (or KBR as it is known by its guests) is presently North Sulawesi’s only truly exclusive dive hotel. In harmony with the surrounding nature, the resort is built on a former coconut plantation using local materials and traditional architecture. Western style bathrooms and amenities have been added, ensuring that Kungkungan provides international standards of comfort, convenience, safety and privacy.
Kungkungan faces the renowned Lembeh Strait and guests dining in the over-the-water restaurant have an unfettered view of this unique and peaceful setting. The resort has 17 rooms in 3 categories, all built entirely from wood, with ocean views. Other resort facilities include a private jetty with camera rinse tanks and hot showers, a swimming pool with swim-up bar, lounge, internet access and lending library.
The house reef (Kungkungan Bay) can only be dived by in-house guests. Fishing has not been allowed in the bay since 1994 and as a result it is “the fishiest” dive site anywhere in the Strait – and is yours alone to enjoy when you stay at the resort.
Diving in the Lembeh Strait is simply the best place in the world for macro photography! Lembeh plays host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures that cannot be found anywhere else. Seahorses and nudibranchs are in abundance. Then there are the Inimicus devilfish, dwarf lionfish, scorpionfish, pufferfish, octopus, pegasus sea moths, frogfish, ribbon eels and flying gunnards. Truly a one-off opportunity for all photographers and anyone looking for the unusual and unseen, you’re sure to see something that you have never seen before, no matter how experienced you are.
The resort enhances your diving experience by guaranteeing a maximum group size of just 4 guests to each guide, so that there is never a crowd of other divers getting in your way. Their speedboats can reach all 40 dive sites in no more than 15 minutes from our jetty, which means that you come back to the resort between dives and have plenty of time to rest, relax, eat, sleep, swim in the pool, change lens on your camera.... whatever you decide you want to do.
Photos courtesy of Kungkungan Bay Resort