When the owner of Kungkungan asked me "How is your room... good?"
I responded "it would be good for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie so for us its amazing"
Infact when we first stepped into the beach front cottage suite I lost count of how many times my wife said the words "amazing" and "fantastic".
So we arrive at Manado airport and are greeted by a smiling Kungkungan staff member who takes our bags to a sleek ninja black SUV, equipped with tinted windows and AC. After the two hour scenic drive we arrive at Kungkungan bay resort and already the A and F words (amazing and fantastic) starting pouring out of our mouths.
So into reception we waltz and our greeted by a damp towel and a refreshing juice by yet more smiling staff. There we have a chance to speak with Linda who is probably the most helpful manager on the planet, there is no question she cant answer and no problem she cant fix from sorting out our domestic flights to room upgrades to countless questions over email... she can do it all and... as seems to be a trend in Kungkungan smile at the same time.
Up the stairs to the restaurant and we are met by the owner Mike and yet another manager Ice. Mike is more than happy to share stories of how he started Kungkungan and the first time he observed a mimic octopus posing as a sea horse and he adds a personal touch to the resort... you feel part of a family .
The restaurant offers panoramic views of the house reef and lush green jungle that fringe the black sand beaches. Now being a veteran of liveaboards and dive resorts I must admit that I was a bit confused when I was handed a menu. Though I was comforted to see my wifes face mirrored my confusion. "What is this" I thought no buffet we crowd of hoverin divers. No infact I could actually choose exactly what I wanted to eat, from the first course all the way to dessert.
The food is fantastic and not only that you can have it in your room, room service for all!
"Yes but what about the diving" I hear you cry
So lets clear this up I work as a scuba Instructor and pretty much everything I saw at Lembeh made me feel like an open water student on their first dive in the ocean. Devil stingers, ribbon eels, 5 or 10 nudibranch per dive, anemone fish sharing anemone with porcelen crabs and all sorts of shrimps, mantis shrimp, flamboyant cuttle fish... and la piste de resistance a mimic octopus plus a wunderpus, coconut octopus, longarm octopus, veined octopus OK I will stop there.
I missed so many great things that should be added in here but all in all its a fantastic place great staff and its Lembeh strait its what every diver with a close up lens needs in their life.
Thanks again guys, and special thanks to serra are multi lingual waitress, muchas gracias amiga nos vemos pronto hasta luego
- 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