Mike & Simon Westemeier, Germany May ’10
Hi KBR Team!
Thanks a lot to all of you for making our stay so memorable. We enjoyed eery minute of it and hope to see you again soon.
Stay as you are!!!
Anthony Holland, New York May ’10
Outstanding – Great friendly staff!
I love KBR! Love the friendly staff, love the food, & marvelously interesting diving with expert guides !
Marlon Pereira May ’10
You guys are EXCELLENT!!!
Very attentive staff in restaurant – Mega, Sera, & Beary.
Dian was excellent and attentive. I mentioned to her on the drive to KBR that I loved snakefruit and she made sure I got some.
Diving staff very knowledgeable in handling equipment and guides are great at assisting photographers in photographing critters.
Excellent bedding, very clean room.
Lesley Macpherson & Mark Evans May ’10
My third visit, and as friendly and welcoming as ever. Great muck diving.
Rudy Whitworth & Michael Kennedy May ’10
The diving is super. There are always more special critters to photograph.
The staff is wonderful & are always attentive to the guests’ needs!
The BBQ was great with the children singing. This was my fourth trip to KBR & I look forward to my next visit.
A very good dive resort. Great muck diving, with may critters. Love to come back.
Barry & Robin Mason, USA May ’10
Everything was great. Restaurant staff is fantastic. Dive staff was courteous & knowledgeable.
Really liked Kaj & Barbara. Enjoyed meeting Mark and know why he settled here.
Joachim & Karin Korntreff, Germany May ’10
Wir haben den Urlaub in vollen Zugen Genosse. Das Tauchen war wirhlih toll. Das Personal war mehr als nur bemuht. Alle waren super freundlich und nett. Wir hommen bestimmt wieder.
We enjoyed our vacation tremendously. The diving experience was amazing. The staff was more than helpful and Everyone was super friendly and nice. We will definitely come back again!
Darry Tan, Malaysia & Chooi Tan May ’10
Darry Tan – “If you’re a diver, you must dive Lembeh. And if you want an excellent trip, dive Lembeh with Kungkungan Bay Resort.”
Chooi Tan – As usual, KBR outdid itself both in service and dives. The new menu adds more adventure in culinary delights too!!!
Wendy Thurman April ’10
Excellent staff – friendliest people in the world.
The diving and photography are unequalled anywhere else in the world.
I am coming back!!!!
Banafsheh Art April ’10
Suburb diving and fantastic service. The staff & facilities made our dives very comfortable and enjoyable. Looking forwarding to coming back. I am afraid to go on other dive vacations ….. both diving & resort will be really hard to top… simply perfect…
Jonathan & Elina Huang, Australia – Dubai April ’10
Kungkungan Bay Resort has definitely exceeded our expectation by a million miles. The dive spots, the critters, the organization and most of all the people are TOP NOTCH! We would like to thank you for providing us with the best diving experience so far and we will definitely recommend our friends to come to KBR and we will always come back as well.
Meral & Sinan April ’10
We enjoyed to stay and dive at KBR. Outstanding friendly staff, great diving. Thank you very much, Terima kasih.
Ed & Marlene Torrison April ’10
Give a “star” to bacon cheese avocado omlette.
Wonderful party with music, dancing/employees.
What a beautiful emotional send-off with the staffs singing & playing traditional music. We left with tears!
Mark & Diane, USA April ’10
KBR – great, fantastic, etc – Do not do this place justice. The staff were kind and very helpful. Our only regret was not staying longer to get one more perfect fish pic. Dive guides have the eye of the eagle, and are patient while you shoot 20 shots.
Nadia Baradihi, Dubai April ’10
This has been one of my best diving experience ever, and the staff made sure to compliment my stay here with their great hospitality. I will certainly be back again.
Nadine, Germany April ’10
It was so great to stay here, even if I was only snorkeling and relaxing. Great place to be for snorkeling as well. Thanks for all your kindness!!
Thierry & Rejane, France April ’10
We have had a very good time in your hotel, so beautiful dive, everybody’s smile & professionalism. Thank you for our unforgettable stay here.
Denise Hocker April ’10
This is a great resort. The KBR family made our trip very enjoyable. The food was delicious & very plentiful. Thank you all for making us feel at home & apart of your family.
Jeff Power April ’10
I have to admit this is my favorite resort of all time. The facilities, rooms, & especially the food & people are top notch. The diving is, of course magic, more strange and wonderful critters than I had any idea. It’s a first rate place!
John & Jack April ’10
Absolutely spectacular! Diving wonderful because of all the strange critters. Rooms great. Dive staff & resort staff couldn’t be better. And the food is to die for, especially the coconut bread pudding with rum sauce. ,br />We all had a great time at KBR. The food was excellent. The rooms were perfect & the diving was world-class. Don’t miss the chance to stay at KBR – You’ll love it!
Leon & Carol, and Leon & Carol April ’10
Leon & Carol –
To all the dive staff: Thank you for your clean air , super service + turn rounds, excellent spotting abilities & friendliness & smiles !
F&B Staff: Thank you for all the delicious meals & making us fat!
Room staff: Thank you for the wonderful clean rooms & service
To all staff: Thank you for the great holiday !
John & Anita, –
Great Food. Love the hot cakes/biscuits after the 1st dive. All your staff are A BIG PLUS to this dive resort. Very friendly, helpful staff. Loads of Great Food. Lovely Rooms. Great diving & guides.
Ahmed April ’10
Great place, great service, great staff and the most important great great Diving !!! Coming back soon !
James & Nik April ’10
The most wonderful staff. The most amazing diving.
I would list every name of the staff who have been amazing but there are too many. KBR staff are the best from the ground staff and chefs who “sing like angels” to the management who make it run smoothly.
We will be back!!
Kami suka orang Indonesia indah !!
Miles & Dimitrije April ’10
Seeing such rare and unique creatures on every dive. Additing to this most incredible cooks and staff, just gave us the best vacation and memorable time.
Lai Ming, Law Yuet Ngo, Ching Han, King To, Lee Yui, Lann Chann, Vincent, Godvin, Albert, Mr. Chan, Emerson April ’10
Food is delicious, service is very good, people are very friendly, very good room service and good special BBQ party with Indonesian music and dancing.
Excellent guest welcome and I am delighted with the welcome BBQ party, having a lot of fun! I will strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is going to Manado.
Great diving experience in Lembeh & Manado. Excellent customer service from the diving center to hotel. Will come back again.
Bo & Helena – Sweden April ’10
KBR is a wonderful resort in a wonderful part of Indonesia. Fantastic diving and fatastic food.
Henry & Carol, Colorado April ’10
Thank you for a wonderful stay. Our travels have taken up to many places in the world and KBR is by far one of the best! The diving , spa, food & resort staff is some of the best we have encountered. We enjoyed everything about our stay and would love to return sometime.
Ahmad & Rabiah & Mohamed & Fatimah Vahed April ’10
I would like to thank you and your kind and polite staff at kbr for making our recent vacation an enjoyable one.we had an oppurtunity of spending a week at kbr,we were given the villa which was very comfortable and had the most beautiful views of the straits.both my children fatima and muhammad had a wonderful time with your friendly staff.we really enjoyed bbq party and the singing and dancing of the children of the island and the staff.it was a touching moment when our time to depart came to see the staff of kbr singing and bidding us bon voyage.these happy memorises will be with us for a long time.regards from ahmed and rabiya vahed.
Dan and Marion March ’10
We want to thank you all so much for such a very special stay! The magic of KBR is – the wonderful staff, beautiful rooms, expert dive staff, fantastic food, and oh yes, the diving!!! We came with an enormous checklist of critters we wanted to see and managed to check off nearly all of them! But the most memorable experience came after a passing mention that we were our 25th anniversary this year. Well, the staff planned a surprise party , complete with singing, dancing, a special cake and wonderful Indonesian treats. The kitchen “quartet” was simply amazing with beautiful harmonies and guitar. We were truly surprised and touched by the warmth & kindness all have shown us. The best memory of all will be the love of the Indonesian people.
Edward, Manuel, Matilda, Eduard, Maria, Sonia, Julia, Albert, – Spain March ’10
We know we will miss the landscape, the excellent treaatment of the hotel crew and diving center. We keep with us the best memories, great diving footage, and four typical customs made by a taylor in less than two days. We hope we will comr back soon.
Laurent Brodt March ’10
Thanks again for the warmest hospitality of KBR. Once again, compliments for your welcoming and the quality of my stay including all services in my room, the restaurant, the kitchen, the dive center and the spa. Hope to see you near future.
Peter Martin March ’10
KBR is a fantastic little resort with great food, friendly attentive staff, and plenty of interesting critters to search for in the muck.
Susan & Blaire March ’10
We had an excellent time at KBR. The staff is very attentive and provide excellent service. The diving was fantastic and the guides pointed out all the critters. We will definately recommend KBR to our friends and hope to return one day. Thank you.
Joyce and Dave Kay March ’10
Joyce and I enjoyed KBR. We loved the Spa, very professional!
But the best was the food and the staff at the restaurant.
We will miss all the men and ladies that made us feel like family.
Scott Martin March March ’10
First time in Indonesia. Friendly staff throughout the resort. Many little critters never seen before. Very good food with great service. The chef had very good meals, thank you.
If you haven’t done this part of the world, you should consider it.
Bruce, Paula, Peter, & Celia March ’10
Very hard to improve on present service and quality. Even though we do not dive, the snorkeling was brilliant. All the staff so friendly and helpful.
Plotr, Ewa, Marek, Anna, Henryk, Katarzyna, Ewa, Krzysztof March ’10
Dear Fellow Diver,
There are many great diving spots in the world. There are much less where the local staff of the dive resort make it unforgettable for you.
We travelled all that long way from Poland to dive the Lembeh Strait. We saw what we expected.
We stayed at Kungkungan Bay Resort – we recieved BY FAR MORE THAN WHAT WE EXPECTED.
The combination of both made our visit to Lembeh a special trip.
Many thanks to the whole Kungkungan Bay Resort staff and Management. Keep doing the fantastic job. Your hospitality is only more than any diver can expect.
Excellent service, and all staffs are very friendly. The most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. – Rica & ORg van Zyl
Thank you very much for an enjoyable, pleasant stay. The staff, the food, the diving was all very professional and very enjoyable. Thank you once again. We will surely be back! – Hilda McIntosh
Wonderful as always. Friendly staff, hard working excellent dive guides and postcard perfect location.
Es ist wie im paradies. Die Angestellten sind alle sehr freundlich & liebenswert.
“It’s like paradise. The staff are all very friendly and lovely.”
Mary Hamilton (with Pat & Pam) March ’10
Jeffrey, Ednan, Ade, Captain Fraykles, Captain Alfred are especially good. Also Liberty is excellent. This is my idea of Heaven, it feels like my second home. It is the yardstick I use to measure other dive destination against.
Diana Green September ’09
I did want you to know how much I enjoyed the resort and diving with your operation. Everything about the entire stay was first class. Your dive guides were fanstastic and so enthusiastic when they found something or when we found something. Thank you for making our stay such fun.
Glen Cowans, Underwater Photographer Western Australia September ’09
You have to think small subjects but I have never seen so many wondrous and bizarre creatures in my life and I have never taken so many photographs on each dive before. Kungkungan is well worth a visit and if you have never muck dived before, think about trying it.
Leolin Gqcontainer rower August ’09
You guys run a fantastic resort, and one that both Twill and myself are itching to get back to. The resort is fantastic, the rooms, the service the location all top notch, the dive side is seamless, the attention to detail was spot on, the guides were friendly and superb, with incredible spotting abilities. In all honesty it is possibly the finest dive resort i’ve had the pleasure of staying at.
Gail Pierangeli and Ron Lee March ’09
Thank you wonderful staff for such a pleasant stay at KBR! We enjoyed the diving, the friendly atmosphere, the FOOD, the snacks after diving, the wonderful room service provided! You really made us feel welcome. It was especially thoughtful to sing upon our departure – thanks for the special touch! We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend KBR to our friends! Wish we were back there! We were there from end of March (?28th) until approx. Apr 3, 2009! Thanks again!
Warren Baverstock, posted December 2008 March ’09
“I loved it so much that I cried when I left….” (how bad is that…). KBR has provided me with my best diving experience to date – without a doubt.
Claude Covo, Italy June ’08
The best diving center of the world for the photographer and fantastic dive guides.
Martin Donelly, Jakarta May ’08
All Staff, not just the dive staff, are very good, friendly and helpful. Keep up the good work.
Gaby Kemmer, Germany May ’08
I do not know how you can do better. It was all wonderful.
Steve & Shirley Taylor, UK January ’08
Great to see the room improvements. The usual very high standards.
Kelly Rockwood October ’07
Hi Jim –
It was very nice to make your acquaintance, albeit briefly, on the flight from Manado to Singapore on October 5.I enjoyed my stay at both Tasik Ria and KBR. In particular, the diving operation and resort at KBR were a remarkable experience. The professionalism of the dive guides and the dive staff in organising and taking care of the diving guests was excellent. I found the customer service at KBR to be as good as any resort I have ever been, including the many live-a-boards I have experienced in my travels.
You could tell that Steve was well respected by the dive staff and Miranda had the resort management well under control.
Kudos to you and Cary for your good guidance and management. Having owned two dive shops for 10 years, I can appreciate how difficult an undertaking it is. The new furniture at KBR was very comfortable and fit the existing room decor well. Be sure to give Cary my regards.
I am looking forward to working with Tony White in the coming year to help fill his September 2008 Workshop so I have an excuse to spend time at KBR again.
If you are going to be at DEMA with Steve and Miranda, I look forward to chatting with you again. If not, perhaps I’ll see you next September.
Mr & Mrs Tisdale, UK August ’07
Everything far exceeded our expectations. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Dining, staff, accommodation were all excellent. We only had the one dive guide called Ednan. He provided us with unfailing attention and guidance. Highly commendable!
Ant Collins, WestCliffe on Sea, England June ’07
Thank you so very much for a fantastic two weeks at Tasik Ria and KBR. My diving travels have taken me all over the world in the last 20 years and I think that you guys have ended up in a very special place indeed.
Certainly there are few dive operations I’ve ever visited that have been so efficient and well managed. The personal service we received from your guides in both operations was amazing. After the fabulous week we enjoyed at Tasik Ria, Ray, Sarah and I headed off to KBR thinking it would take something incredible to top our experience.
And then of course KBR just blew us away! There’s something infectious about the place that seems to call you back – I understand why you have so many repeat visitors! Once again thank you so much for making us feel so welcome. You and your teams truly are the warm heart of Indonesia!
Sarah Corrigan & Ray Clark, UK www.adventuredivers.co.uk June ’07
Well, we are back home in London again and just recovering from the jet lag. We just wanted to say a very big thank you for a fantastic week and for looking after us so well.
We all absolutely loved KBR. The staff made us feel like royalty, the food was superb and the diving was incredible. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who made our stay so comfortable and memorable and in particular to Iwan and Robbie who were just the most fantastic dive guides.
We are really going to miss waking up in our bungalows with that amazing view of the Lembeh Strait outside!
Thanks to both of you for making us so welcome and for your great company. Also to Steve for the sudafed and the help with the camera…I would have missed some seriously good shots without either of these!! I still owe you a beer….. I won’t forget!
We have all agreed that it is the best dive trip any of us have ever been on and we will definitely all be back. Ant is already planning his next trip, to include his family, and Ray and I hope to bring a bigger group along next time. Once they see the photo’s and the video footage I think they will find it hard to resist!
Thanks once again. We will really miss KBR.
Kei, USA April ’07
Hope you’re doing well. I just wanted to email and let you know I had a fabulous time at KBR! Even my mom had a great time. Steve was a GREAT and very accommodating dive manager, and he did a Discover Scuba session with my mom. She might even be interested in getting certified.
All the dive masters were great and I LOVED Lembeh!
Anyway, thank you very much for helping me plan this trip. Look forward to working with you again in the future.
Galen, Judy & Nick December ’06
A Dive Trip to Paradise at Kungkungan Bay Resort
I have just returned from Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) at Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. We spent (10) days doing (3) dives per day and I can’t say enough about how great the resort and the diving were. Indonesia is a country of thousands of islands and the North Sulawesi Province is far removed from the political unrest of Jakarta and Bali. This Province is about 85% Christian, 5-10% Buddhist, and 5-10% Muslim and the local population lives in harmony. Visitors should not be concerned about acts of hostility as North Sulawesi is very peaceful and the locals are friendly.
Flying there takes some time and we flew from Los Angeles International Airport to Narita Airport, Japan (11 hours). After a (2) hour layover, we flew to Changi International Airport, Singapore, (8 hours) and had a (12) hour layover so we got day rooms to get a shower and nap. We then had a (3) hour flight to the Airport in Manado, N. Sulawesi and a 1 ½ hour drive to KBR in Lembeh Strait. While the traveling requirements might seem somewhat difficult flying Northwest and Singapore Airlines was relatively simple and we checked our bags through from LAX to Manado. I suggest you confirm baggage weight requirements as coach and business/first class are different.
As for KBR, the resort is in a beautiful very well maintained setting about 4-5 miles from the Port of Bitung. Steve and Miranda Coverdale are the managers of KBR with Steve running the dive operations and Miranda operating the Resort. Both of them are extremely hospitable and spent time with us each morning prior to the first dive. The typical (3) dive daily routine was a thorough dive briefing five minutes before each dive. KBR has (4) 26’ dive boats that leave at 8:15 AM, 11:15 AM and 2:45 PM each day with each dive lasting about one hour. Night dives are also offered every day in place of the 2:45 PM dive, you need only a minimum of (2) dive guests for the boat to go out. Tank fills were to about 3,000 lbs. and Nitrox is also available. Each boat typically takes 2-3 dive guides and usually six divers. The dive guides know all 35 dive sites extremely well and can point out various indigenous creatures like: scorpion fish, wasp fish, frog fish, dragonets, devil fish, a variety of ghost pipe fish, pigmy sea horses, blue ring octopus, sea snakes, snake eels, cuttlefish and at times a wonder puss. There is also a huge variety of nudibranchs, bristle worms, and hard coral (check out any reference book on the Lembeh Strait, the variety is amazing). At the conclusion of each dive, the boat returned to the Resort (rides took about 5-10 minutes at the most). On the ride back, we were served fresh fruit and water. The main island offers “muck” diving at depths up to 100’ but most of the unusual and indigenous underwater life can be found from 15’-50’. The smaller islands across from the main island offer beautiful hard corals similar to diving in the Cayman Islands with much of the same sea life. Water temperature while we were diving Nov. 4-14 was a consistent 84 F but at times cold currents would show up so we used three mil wetsuits and were warm. Daytime weather was typically in the mid 80’s and most afternoons a rain shower would come through. Evenings would cool down to the mid 70’s.
Our deluxe cottages were air conditioned, had a king size bed with an overhead fan, refrigerator/bar, TV, full sized bathtub as well as a shower and plenty of hot water. One caution, don’t drink the tap water, drink the bottled water that is provided in each room and at each meal. Although I took malaria preventative while I was there I was told this area did not experience any cases malaria. Each Sunday afternoon, while divers are out, the Resort does spray under each cottage and around the common grounds as part of an insect abatement program, which I found to be very effective.
The Resort has a main dining area and the meals were very well prepared. A buffet was usually available as well as a full menu that contained not only local dishes but also offered dishes you would see in the southern states and Mexico. KBR also offered room service and would prepare a meal 24/7 for its guests and they would fulfill special meal requests as well.
KBR offered several day trips and I did visit the local markets one morning before the first dive. Beary, my market guide took me to the public fish market, then to a local open market, a Buddhist temple, and a visit to a high school. The next time I am there I am going to do the Highlands Tour.
The dive guides are all exceptionally knowledgeable of the dive sites. My personal thanks to Ben, Liberty, Jeffrey, Robert, Ade and Johan for their friendly and accommodating nature; you made our diving incredible.
To the resort staff, especially Merlyn, Beary, Ita, Rusna, Grace, Patricia, and Hadriak, thank you, you were all so friendly and hospitable.</p>
Michael December ’06
Just a quick word to say your arrangements for my stay in KBR was perfect – flights by Singapore airlines and Air France could not have been better.
KBR was of course just what I expected – the very best dive guides, superb organization &meals all run with great skill and kindness by Steve and Miranda.
Lou & Steve, Wales December ’06
Happy New Year! Just wanted to say a big thank you to you and all the staff at KBR who made sure we had an unforgettable trip. The diving was amazing and we saw so many weird and wonderful things thanks to Liberty and his x-ray eyes! We loved every minute and I’m sure we’ll be coming back. Please do pass on our thanks to everyone there..
Andy Barlow & Susie Young, England November ’06
Hi Steve, Miranda & KBR staff
We came to stay with you for 5 days in October, and just wanted to say thanks.
As novice divers and it being our 1st diving holiday we were a bit nervous, and weren’t sure whether we would hold everyone else up. From the moment we arrived we felt relaxed and welcome. The resort is stunning and the houses very comfortable.
As it was our first diving holiday we couldn’t compare to anywhere else, but we were amazed by the things we saw. The dive team was brilliant; they looked after us, and were very patient. Please thank them for us, especially Jeff and Robbie who were great fun.
Thanks to you and the rest of the staff who made our stay so amazing. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your resort to friends. We hope we can come back and spend some more time with you soon and enjoy some more brilliant diving.
Thanks again. Hope you all have a great Xmas and New Year.