Kungkungan Bay ResortLembeh Strait, Manado, North Sulawesi
Perfectly positioned in its own private bay, with year-round calm waters and stunning house reef, Kungkungan Bay is located on the beautiful Sulawesi Coast of the Lembeh Strait allowing access to the incredible surrounding dive sites, famous for muck and critter diving, home to a host of weird and wonderful creatures, many which can not be found anywhere else in the world.
With only 17 guest rooms, KBR has a personal, intimate feel with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Meals are served in the stunning over water restaurant and you can enjoy an ice-cold beer in the fully stocked Capt. Billy’s Bar which has extensive views over the picturesque Kungkungan Bay.
To find out more about this area, visit our Manado page.
Flight time to Manado from the UK is approximately 18hrs, via a transit through Singapore. From Manado, the transfer time to the resort is approximately 80 minutes by car.
Guide price: 7nts / 6 days diving from £1790pp*
Includes: Return economy class flights on Singapore Airlines and Silk Air from London to Manado, transfers, 7nts full board accommodation in a Beachfront Cottage, up to 3 guided dives per day by boat, unlimited house reef diving, between 8am and 5pm on diving days, 3 meals per day, free Wi-Fi and return airport transfers.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Any length of stay is possible, please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
KBR is perfectly suited for a twin centre holiday in this part of the world. Combine it with a stay at Bunaken Oasis Resort to experience the incredible array of diving in Bunaken.
Quick Guide: Kungkungan Bay Resort
- Location: Kota Bitung, Sulawesi
- Transfer: 80 minute drive from Manado Airport
- Size: Small
- No. of rooms: 17 – 8 Beachfront Cottage Suites, 3 Traditional Houses, 4 Beachfront Villas, 1 Hillside Villa and 1 Owner’s Suite
- House reef: Yes
- Full board or all-inclusive meal plan
Get some rest
KBR has 17 rooms in 4 categories; 8 Beachfront Cottage Suites, 3 Traditional Houses, 4 Beachfront Villas, 1 Hillside Villa and 1 Owner’s Suite. All rooms are located on the beachfront, overlooking the ocean and offer air conditioning with ceiling fans, in-room telephones, satellite TV with movie channels, free Wi-Fi, stocked mini-bar, coffee/tea facilities, unlimited bottled water, large bathrooms with walk-in showers and hair-dryer.
The Beachfront Cottage Suites have a double or twin beds, sitting room area and large veranda with comfortable chairs which is shared with your neighbour and has beautiful views of the Bay and the Strait and beyond. Two of the cottage suites can take extra beds allowing for 3 & 4 person occupancy. The Traditional Houses are separate units in an ‘L’ shape with a sitting area and a queen-sized bed at each end of the ‘L’ making the rooms a perfect choice for non-couples. The Beachfront and Hillside Villas offer a king-size bed, open plan living area and spacious verandah where you can enjoy the in-room dining service. Finally, the Owner’s Suite is built on stilts and centrally located with 2 bedrooms, a large bedroom with a luxury King-size bed and a comfortable daybed, and a second smaller bedroom with 2 twin beds, separate living room and raised front porch which has magnificent views of the resort, bay and surrounding area.
Enjoy your stay
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the scenic over-water restaurant which has become a local landmark of the Lembeh Strait and provides stunning views of the bay. Breakfast and lunch are served as buffet-style and evening meals are chosen from an extensive a’ la carte menu, including dishes from Indonesia, Thailand, China, Japan, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and America. Food is available 24 hours a day and the restaurant also serves as a sociable and relaxing area to discuss the days diving with fellow diners.
The resort also features an air conditioned bar with an extensive drinks list including delicious and refreshing cocktails, an attractive infinity swimming pool with swim-up bar, where weekend evening barbeques are held and for the ultimate relaxation, you can visit the Tepi Laut Spa which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments and massages.
The standard holiday package to KBR includes 3 boat dives a day and unlimited house reef diving and the dive day starts with breakfast from 0600 with the first dive boat leaving at 0815. There are over 50 dive sites, most within a 15 minute boat ride from the resort jetty, with the majority of sites being muck diving, characterised by dark sand where you can find the ocean’s strangest and smallest critters. If you fancy a change from macro life, there are also fabulous coral reefs, three WWII Shipwrecks and one sunken Taiwanese fishing vessel waiting to be explored.
The resort’s house reef is a truly exclusive dive site which can only be dived by KBR’s in-house guests. No fishing has been allowed in Kungkungan Bay since the resort opened in 1994, allowing for incredible fish life, with cuttlefish, scorpionfish, crabs, superbly coloured nudibranchs, mandarin fish, shrimps, anemone fish and Pygmy Seahorses found amongst the beautiful coral formations.
Tangkoko National Park
Tangkoko National Park is home to the world’s smallest nocturnal primate –the Tarsius Spectrum- which is endemic to Sulawesi. This tiny little creature measures around 15cm from head to tail. With a bit of luck, you may also stumble across black tailless macaques, cuscus and the large hornbill bird, amongst other flora and fauna.
This trip is a nice way to end your stay at Dive Into Lembeh, allowing you time to off-gas before flying the next day. The tour starts after lunch, so you can still dive in the morning, and you will be back at the resort around 19:00pm, in time for dinner. We strongly advise people to wear long trousers with socks and trainers, as you will go into the rainforest where there are mosquitoes, ants and other insects.
The guide cost per person for this trip is US $75 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run the trip.
Minahasa Highland Tour
Full day tour commencing after breakfast at around 08:00AM and you will be back in the resort in time for dinner. We take you to visit a variety of sights around the highlands of North Sulawesi, including:-
- “Sawangan”, an ancient cemetery with beautifully decorated graves called “Waruga”, that each tell their own story.
- The small village of Woloan, where you can see the Minahasan traditional houses being built, ready for delivery or shipping.
- The traditional food and flower market in Tomohon.
- The high hill of “Rurukan”, with views that stretch as far as the Lembeh Strait in the distance.
- The beautiful “Lake Tondano”, where the mountain air is cool (600 m above sea level) and where you have a beautiful view of the lake and can see the hot spring.
- “Lake Linau” –also known as the three coloured lake- because of the volcanic gas around the shores.
The guide cost per person for this trip is US $90 and includes a local lunch, bottled water, English speaking guide and air-conditioned transportation. A minimum of two people is required to run this trip.
Please note that at some of the above mentioned sights, it is greatly appreciated to leave a small donation for the local communities, which are not included in the cost of the tour. Please also note: you are in the Minahasa highlands and they do sell local “delicacies” (think bats, jungle-rats and dogs), so please let your guide know if you do not want to see these and we will avoid this section of the market.
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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd
Office hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10.00am - 12.00pm
Tel: 01473 921888