My husband and I stayed at Kungkungan Bay Resort in November of 2011. We were with a group of friends that totaled 12. We flew in from Florida, Oklahoma, New York, and England. Several of us work in the diving industry as dive boat captains, instructors, or crew members. We chose KBR for the wonderful photographic opportunities they offer. Several of us are avid underwater photographers. Many of us have been to Indonesia before. We had several professional u/w photographer friends who specifically recommend KBR to us. One of our group brought a camera housing that developed a problem. The staff at KBR went out of their way to bring the housing to a near-by local camera expert to try to resolve the issue. This field fix proved successful enough for our friend to complete her vacation using her camera. Had this not been done, 3 weeks of around the world images would have been lost to her.
Our stay at KBR was perfect. The rooms were wonderful. The boats with our gear were always ready for us. The guides were extremely knowledgeable both in and out of the water. The dining room was beautiful and the staff was always so attentive. The food was great. It was nice to be able to choose from several items at every meal. I once was very late getting to the 'snack between dives'. The hot chocolate was finished. One of the girls went to the kitchen and made more especially for me ( and brought me some cookies). We were at KBR on Thanksgiving. The chef surprised us with turkey dinner, which was delightful.
The photography was outstanding. Our guides were extremely helpful locating allusive critters for us.Their 'house reef' is specular. I'm not sure how they got that huge frog fish to come in to the dock while we were there or how they got the Pigmy sea horse to pose head on for me but it was much appreciated.
A few years ago, several members of our group had stayed at a near-by resort in Lemba. We commented on the huge differences between KBR and the other place. We all would return to KBR but not to the other resort. Now that we have returned home, our dive boat customers and friends will hear of our stay at KBR and see our photographs. We are sure that the dive community in southern Florida will be told all sorts of positive comments from us. My only complaint is that the time you spend at KBR tends to go by too quickly. We would loved to have spent more time there in the land of the smiling people.
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- 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 Indonesia/Bitung, Sulawesi