Kungkungan Bay Resort -- Lembeh Strait
"Octopus?" Yes, would you like Blue Ring, Mimic or Wonderpus?
"Pygmy Sea Horse?" Sure, a pink, yellow or white one?
Since we've started diving there in 1997, Kungkungan Bay Resort has undergone many beneficial changes and improvements. All rooms are now fully air-conditioned, with up graded interiors. There is a beautiful new swimming pool, a great health spa, and particularly close to all divers' hearts is the cool new second-floor bar and restaurant. This fall, we'll be heading back to KBR for our sixth visit. When you arrive, all of the staff members remember you and greet you by name. It's almost better than going home!
Kima Bajo Resort & Spa -- Bunaken Marine Park
Located just over a one-hour drive from KBR, Kima Bajo Resort and Spa sits on the western edge of lush rolling hills overlooking the azure-blue Pacific. After a week of shooting macro at KBR, we change our cameras over for some easy going, wide angle photography as we move to Kima Bajo to dive the protected waters of Bunaken National Marine Park.
Getting from one resort to other is a snap. Our dive gear is loaded into baskets and we just set our camera systems on top for the short trip.
Kima has just introduced three new dive boats for the short 10-minute trip to the dive sites. These wooden boats, with traditional Sulawesi lines, have plenty of storage area, an environmental head, and camera rinse tanks. We do two morning dives and then head back to the resort for lunch and a quick nap before the afternoon dive.
The dining area is open sided and looks west over the water with the striking Manado Tua volcano in the back ground. As the tropical sun sets over the water at day's end, this is as good as it gets!
North Sulawesi is easy to get to. We fly award-winning Singapore Airlines and check our bags from Los Angeles straight through to Manado. It's jet service all the way. Combining a week at Kungkungan Bay Resort with a visit to Kima Bajo Resort gives you the best of both worlds of underwater photography (macro and wide-angle) without even the hassle of repacking your gear between these two great locations!
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