Indonesia, Asia – Kungkungan Bay Resort & Eco-Divers

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Kungkungan Bay Resort & Eco-Divers

Kungkungan Bay, Indonesia, Asia

 

An Introduction to Indonesia

 

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

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: “Indos” meaning Indian and “Nesos” which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country’s population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world’s greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver’s ‘Must do’ list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world’s best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

What to Expect in Indonesia

BANKS:

  • Normal banking hours are from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday
  • Some bank branches in hotels, however, keep longer hours. Jakarta has several international banks but money can also be changed at hotel cashiers, and authorized money changers.
  • Daily exchange rates are published in newspapers.
  • The US dollar is the most readily accepted currency.
  • Most major tourist destination areas have foreign exchange facilities, but for travel to remote areas, it is advisable to change money and travelers cheques in advance.
  • Credit cards are acceptable only at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

CURRENCY:

  • The unit of currency is Indonesia Rupiah indicated as IDR. USD1 is roughly equivalent to IDR 9,055. Foreign currency can be converted at banks and money changers.

CLIMATE:

  • Straddling the equator, Indonesia tends to have a fairly even climate year-round.
  • Rather than four seasons it has two – wet and dry – and there are no extremes of winter and summer.
  • Temperatures climb to about 88°F in coastal regions, dropping (but not by much) further inland.

DEPARTURE TAX:

  • Departure tax applies on both international and domestic flights. Departure tax from Jakarta and Denpasar (Bali) Airport is 100,000 IDR and at other international airports, 75,000 IDR.

DRINKING WATER:

  • Visitors should not drink tap water and avoid ice and fresh juices as they may have been watered down.
  • Bottled water is generally safe but check that the seal is intact at purchase.

DRIVER’S LICENSE:

  • To drive in Indonesia, you officially need an International Driving Permit (IDP) from your local automobile association.
  • This permit is rarely required as identification when hiring or driving a car but police may ask to see it.
  • You should also bring your home driving license as well as it’s supposed to be carried in conjunction with the IDP.

ELECTRICITY:

  • Power supply is usually 220 volts/250 cycles in large cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas.
  • Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded pins.
  • It is advisable to check electricity supplies before using any appliances.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • All visitors must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival and have proof of onward passage.
  • Certain nationals, including US citizens are able to obtain a “Visa on Arrival” processed at a recognized gate of entry following the payment of an official fee. Such fee is dependent upon a 30 day or a 7 day visa. The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into another class of visa.
  • Details of countries participating in the Visa on Arrival program, variations and current visa prices are available from the Consular Section of your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

TOURISM SEASON:

  • The season for scuba diving in Indonesia runs all year round.
  • However, the best dive conditions usually exist from April to October, as many provinces have a rainy season from November to March.
  • The live-aboard season – cruises all year round.

VACCINATIONS:

  • In addition to your routine vaccinations, no other inoculations are required for entry into Indonesia with the exception of: Yellow fever is required for all travelers greater than one year of age arriving from a yellow-fever-infected area in Africa or the Americas.
  • However, we always suggest that you speak to your family physician or specialized travel clinic for a personal recommendation.
  • As most vaccines don’t produce immunity until at least two weeks after they are given, allow sufficient time for consultation before departure.

WATER TEMPERATURES AND WETSUITS:

  • Water temperatures vary between 70 degrees and mid-80s Fahrenheit depending on destination and season.
  • We will be happy to advise you in more detail when arranging your trip.

 

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Email: [email protected]

Open: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm EST
Closed: Saturday & Sunday