Kungkungan Bay Resort, Bitung

After the Minahasa Highland Tour we ended up in Bitung, Indonesia on the Lembeh Strait.  We stayed at Kungkungan Bay Resort.  The resort was very accessible except for a few areas.  They made a ramp up to the lobby/eating area that was easily accessible.  The doors out to the deck eating area were narrow, my chair is 24 inches wide, I fit through but it was tight.  A small ramp was placed down to the deck eating area that made it a bit easier.  It was great eating meals on the deck after diving overlooking the Lembeh Strait.  There was a lounge area in the lobby that had a collection of books to read and a computer that was down 2 steps.  Two ways to get down to the lounge area are backing down the steps, with help if needed or transfer out of your chair to the floor and back your chair down the steps then transfer back in your chair.  I used both of these methods to access the lounge.  The resort does have Wi-Fi so if you have a tablet or computer you may not need to get to the lounge area.

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The room at the resort was exceptional.  The maintenance staff built a ramp to my room, a shower chair with rails and rails around the toilet.  The ramp was a little steep but I was able to wheel up it.  If the ramp was extended about 4 more feet it would have much easier to wheel up.  The other issue with the ramp was when it was damp it was not very safe.  My tires would slip going up the ramp and going down the ramp I would slide even when my tires were not moving.  Some kind of traction strip would make it much safer.

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The dive shop was conveniently located in the middle of the resort.  The dock was easily accessible except getting down to the boats.  There was a ramp but it was elevated slightly and had rungs across making very difficult to wheel down.  This is so when the wood is wet the divers do not slip.  I was carried down to the boat by two of the resort divers or the guys on the trip with me(Bruce, Gene or Rick), only about 30 feet, and felt very safe having them carry me.  Getting off the boat into the water was very easy just a front roll off the front.  To get back in the boat, I take my gear off in the water and turn my back to the boat.  Two people in the boat each grab one of my arms and lift me out of the water and sit me on the side of the boat.  One person in the water sometimes helps lifts from my waist and to keep my back from banging against the side of the boat.  The dive crew were great and more than willing to help when needed.  Diving in the Lembeh Strait is call muck diving, very different than anywhere I’ve been diving before.

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The pool is very accessible.  There is a walkway up to the pool area with a slight slope.  The are around the pool was flat.  It was also a great place to start the evening off with a beer or two after diving all day.

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On our last night there was going away party where the staff played traditional Indonesian music with dancing.  After the great performances by the staff  we headed up to the bar.  This is the only area not accessible by wheelchair.  I was able to get to the bar by being carried up the steps.  It is up about 20 steps with a landing area in between.  Not the best or safest way to get up steps but the party was moving to the bar and I had to show off my dancing moves.  The only fix to reach the bar area safely would be an elevator or stair lift.

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The Kungkungan Bay Resort was very accessible with the addition of the ramp to my room, the shower chair with rails and rails around the toilet.

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