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Kungkungan Bay Resort

KBR is the ideal spot for macro diving.

Kungkungan Bay Resort is nestled on the site of an old coconut plantation in its own private bay, with year round calm waters and a fully protected and stunning house reef you really have arrived in paradise. This tropical gem is located on the unobtrusive Sulawesi Coast of the Lembeh Strait allowing you access to around fifty dive sites all within fifteen minutes of the private jetty. Famous for critter and muck diving, sites include Angel’s Window where you can spot pygmy seahorses, devilfish and leaf fish and critter hunt a sandy rubble area with hidden treats such as seahorses, decorator crabs, squat lobsters and nudibranches this intimate and exclusive resort is a must for any divers ‘bucket list’.

Kungkungan Bay Resort or KBR as it is known features 17 luxurious rooms including seven beachfront terraced cottage suites, four traditional houses, four beachfront villas, one hillside villa and one beachfront owner’s suite, with a choice of full board or all-inclusive diver options. In line with the local Minahasan culture the resort has been designed and built to offer a beautiful hotel with minimum impact on the environment. Achieved by using local materials and traditional architecture and by adding western style bathrooms and facilities the resort exudes culture while providing universal standards of comfort, convenience, safety and privacy.

The resort is world renown for critter and muck diving and has its own on-site dive centre that offers a variety of dive courses with plenty of dive sites available to suit all levels of divers. Divers will be blessed with seeing some weird and wonderful creature’s specific to the area, sea horses and nudibranches are in abundance as well as devilfish, dwarf lionfish, scorpion fish, puffer fish, octopus, frog fish and ribbon eels to name but a few. Not to forget there are fabulous coral reefs, three WWII shipwrecks and one sunken Taiwanese fishing vessel. All wrecks are easily dived and beautifully overgrown with plentiful reef life.

At the end of a hard day’s diving you can enjoy a relaxing meal in the attractive restaurant, open 24 hours a day with a full menu service offering local and international cuisines all freshly prepared and cooked at your request or spend an idyllic evening at Capt. Billy’s bar which is built over the water with beautiful views along the Lembeh Coast. At least once a week a poolside BBQ is arranged presenting wonderful freshly barbeque food and tropical refreshments served in a coconut shell you will be entertained by music and singing and encouraged to join in!

Board Basis

  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, guided boat dives with thanks and weights. Unlimited house reef dives between 8am and 5pm. Airport transfers.
Beachfront Cottage

Beachfront Cottage Suite

These stunning rooms have been built out of local coconut wood, fresh and beautifully furnished the duplex has a large and spacious fan cooled living room and separate air conditioned bedroom. With a huge shared waterfront veranda with chairs you can sit back and enjoy the views out over the Lembeh Strait and beyond.

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Living Room
Beachfront Traditional House

Beachfront Traditional House

The traditional house is a detached wooden hut on stilts, it is L shaped and consists of queen sized bed at each end of the room with the living area located in the middle making it ideal for divers. Each room has air conditioning and a wood and stone en suite bathroom with a walk in shower.

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Living Room
  • Satellite Channels
  • T.V.
  • Double or Twin beds
Beachfront Villa

Beachfront Villa

The beachfront villas were designed as the resorts luxury rooms, detached wooden villas with an open planned sitting area, a separate work area with a desk and chair and bedroom space. The separate bathroom consist of bath tub and walk in stone shower and the enormous veranda outside has a dining table and comfortable chairs where you can enjoy the breath taking scenery whilst enjoying diner.

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Living Room
  • Satellite Channels
  • T.V.
  • Double or Twin beds
Hillside Villa

Hillside Villa

The hillside villa is KBR’s version of a tree-house, a romantic two storey wooden villa with air-conditioning. Located on the 1st floor is the spacious sitting room, on the 2nd floor the en suite bathroom with bath tub and walk in stone shower and the bedroom with French doors that open onto a small balcony that is tree top level with a magnificent view of the bay and surrounding area.

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Living Room
  • Satellite Channels
  • T.V.
  • Balcony
  • Double or Twin beds
Owners Suite Bed

Owners Suite

The owners suite is the VIP room, it consists of two bedrooms, a master bedroom which is a large airy space entailing a king size bed, a day bed and a huge window with breath-taking views out over the strait. The second smaller room has twin beds, a luxurious bathroom which has a vanity unit and basin, walk in shower and bidet toilet. The spacious lounge is furnished with classic Ratten furniture

  • Mini Bar
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Room Service
  • Living Room
  • Satellite Channels
  • T.V.
  • Veranda
  • Bathroom
  • King bed
  • Single beds

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Lembeh Strait

Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) is an amazing diving destination, though not testing technically the diving is different and the things that can be seen are almost unbelievable. The accommodation is first rate, spacious comfortable and private, the food is excellent though the menu choices are a little limited; the dive centre is also a little basic so go well prepared. the dive guides are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble for them from setting up your Gear when you first arrive, changing your tanks after each dive, to washing everything after the final dive ready for packing. Having visited to celebrate a special birthday we envisaged that this would be a once in a lifetime trip, but we will certainly be returning at some point in the future.

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Kungkungan Bay Resort

The Kungkungan Bay Resort offers a 5* PADI certified dive centre on the grounds of the hotel, ideally located in the heart of Lembeh Strait giving you access to around fifty dive sites, all within fifteen minutes of the resort’s private jetty. The dive centre operates the highest international standards of diving safety along with excellent customer service.

With good visibility, minimal currents and clear water, the KBR and the Lembeh Straits are an excellent place to learn to dive or enhance your scuba skills. Why not add to the fun of your holiday with a PADI course run by international instructors, fully qualified dive masters and guides who pride themselves in offering a personalised diving and service to suit divers of all levels and experience. The dive centre runs everything from complete beginner courses, through the full range of PADI scuba diving courses as well as a wide range of specialty courses. Nitrox is available at a surcharge.

Kungkungan Bay Resort is known for the World's BEST Critter Diving! But we also have fabulous coral reefs, three WWII Shipwrecks and one sunken Taiwanese fishing vessel. All wrecks are easily dived and beautifully overgrown with reef life.

Kungkungan Bay Resort is nestled on the site of an old coconut plantation on the Sulawesi coast of Lembeh strait. Located on the sunrise side of the peninsula, the view from the guest accommodations encompasses rugged Lembeh Island and the smaller Sarena Island. North Sulawesi enjoys a mild tropical climate with gentle breezes year-round.

Kungkungan Bay resort was specifically designed to achieve a pleasing aesthetic effect with minimum impact on the environment. By using local materials and traditional architecture and adding western style bathrooms and amenities the resort reflects the local Minahasan culture, while providing international standards of comfort, convenience, safety, and privacy. The diving staff are extremely keen on their underwater photography and will be very happy to help you get the best shots or answer any questions you might have. They are always delighted to talk about lenses, housings, strobes, cameras and software.

The centre has a full range of Aqualung dive equipment for rent. They also have a wide range of Scubapro full length wetsuits in various sizes in 3mm and 5mm thickness. If you have your own dive gear, the centre has space, with a separate drying area for wetsuits for you to store your equipment during your stay.

Daily diving does not include equipment.


All divers in the Lembeh Strait must pay a one-time entrance fee USD5.35.



Diving Courses:


All courses include dive equipment, dives as required, course manual (excludes Scuba Diver and Open Water Referral) , instructor and certification fee.



Equipment Rental: The equipment rental prices listed below are per person per day and will be paid directly by you at the dive counter.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Diver course. If you're short on time but really want to become a diver, the PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Scuba Diver

This course is a subset of the PADI Open Water Dive Course. If you’re short on time but really want to become a diver, The PADI Scuba Diver rating might be right for you.

The PADI Scuba Diver course consists of three main phases:

PADI Open Water Diver

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development ( online, independent study or in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving
Confined Water Dives to learn basic scuba skills
Open Water Dives to use your skills and explore!

PADI Open Water Referral

This is the most popular dive program in the world! And can be your chance to have a lifetime of intense adventures.

From the beginning to end of the course, you will learn the fundamentals of scuba diving, including areas such as dive equipment and techniques that will give you the confidence and skill to become a responsible diver.

You attain this rating by completing five pool dives and a number of knowledge development sessions with a final exam (which is not rocket science its just diving) and by completing four open water dives.

PADI Adventure Diver

Complete three Adventure Divers (underwater photography, fish identification, etc.) and earn the Adventure Diver certification, a subgroup of the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course.

You can choose what you’re most interested in learning. Need to work on your buoyancy skills? Try the Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure Dive. Want to know what you’re looking at down there? Try the AWARE - Fish Identification or Underwater Naturalist Adventure Dives. You’ll plan your path with your instructor, go over what you need to know and dive in quickly.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver

The Advanced Open Water Diver program gives you the opportunity to take your diving skill to the next level through three new areas of diving.
You complete your Deep Dive, Underwater Navigation Dive, Night Dive and two other dives for a total of five to attain your Advanced Open Water Diver certification.

This certification includes five dives, including the Deep Diver, the Underwater Navigation Diver and three of the following: You’ll plan your learning path with your instructor by choosing from a long list of Adventure Dives. There are two required dives – Deep and Underwater Navigation – and you choose the other three, for a total of five dives. During the Deep Adventure Dive, you learn how to plan dives to deal with the physiological effects and challenges of deeper scuba diving. The Underwater Navigation Adventure Dive refines your compass navigation skills and helps you better navigate using kick-cycles, visual landmarks and time.

The other knowledge and skills you get vary with your interest and the adventures you have – photography, buoyancy control, fish identification, exploring wrecks and many more.

Medic First Aid (EFR)

First Aid course - To be completed with Rescue Diver Course unless you already hold a first certificate (please bring this to the dive centre if you wish to complete the course).

This course is to teach you how to administer First Aid to a person. Various skills will be learnt such as CPR, types of injury and bandaging.

PADI Enriched Air Diver

The most popular PADI specialty course. Scuba diving with enriched air nitrox gives you more no decompression time, especially on repetitive scuba dives.

You’ll learn why diving with air that has higher oxygen and lower nitrogen content gives you more bottom time, along with enriched air equipment considerations. During a practical session, and two optional (or required) scuba dives, you’ll:

PADI Night Diver

The underwater world changes as day creatures retire & nocturnal organisms emerge. If you've wondered what happens underwater after the sun goes down, enrol in the PADI Night Diver Specialty course.

Scuba diving at night teaches you to focus on what you can see in your light’s beam, on controlling your buoyancy by feel, on staying with your buddy and on paying attention to details you may overlook during the day. During three night dives, you’ll practice:

PADI Deep Diver

Explore deeper dive sites with confidence at depths down to 40 metres/130ft. Learn to manage your gas supply, go over buddy contact procedures, and buoyancy control.

Your training starts by reviewing reasons for deep diving and how important it is to know your personal limits. During four deep dives with your instructor, you’ll go over:

PADI Underwater Naturalist

Get a better understanding about the local ecosystem and the differences between terrestrial and aquatic worlds. See new things, even in the most familiar dive sites.

Through class discussions and on two scuba dives, you’ll learn:

PADI Underwater Navigator

Fine-tune your underwater observation skills and learn to use your compass more accurately. This course may count towards college credit, ask your instructor.

You’ll learn the tools of the trade, including navigation using natural clues and by following compass headings. During three scuba dives, you’ll practice:

PADI Drift Diver

Drift diving can be relaxing and exhilarating. The course teaches you how to enjoy going with the flow as you scuba dive down rivers and use ocean currents to glide along.

Along with drift diving techniques and procedures, you’ll:

PADI Digital Underwater Photographer

The most popular diving specialties course. It’s easy and fun to capture images of your underwater scuba adventures.

Through hands-on training during two scuba dives and guidance from your PADI Professional, you’ll discover:

PADI Multilevel Diver

Extend your underwater time, learn what multilevel diving is and how to calculate for multilevel dives. Plan and execute a two-level and three-level scuba dive using the eRDPML.

You'll review decompression theory as it relates to multilevel diving and dive computer models, and plan multilevel dives using the eRDPML. During the first of your two multilevel dives, you’ll plan and execute a two-level dive, and on the second dive, you’ll complete a three-level scuba dive.

PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy

Observe aquatic life without disturbing their surroundings. Improve the buoyancy skills you learned as a new diver and elevate them to the next level.

During two scuba dives, you’ll learn how to: