Kalimaya Dive Resort

Kalimaya Dive Resort is the first dedicated dive resort in East Sumbawa Island and the only dive operator offering diving day trips to West Komodo Island, Gili Banta, and Sangeang Volcano. You may spend your days underwater enjoying beautiful diving and your evenings with new friends in the convivial restaurant and lounge. Here, you may also find your own piece of paradise while walking the long stretch sandy beach along the resort’s private bay.

All of the spacious waterfront bungalows are over 30 square meters with large queen sized beds, air conditioning, private bathrooms including an open outdoor shower, plenty of storage space, a work desk and chair perfect for photo editing, and a beautiful private covered terrace to relax after an amazing day of diving. If you are solo-travelling or looking to share accommodation with a friend, the bungalows can be modified to provide twin accommodations as well.

The accommodations have been designed to offer comfort while fitting into the natural surrounding’s local flora and fauna. The bungalows have been traditionally constructed by Sumbaya teams using a combination of teak and mahogany sourced from local farms. You will rise to the sun over Komodo as all the bungalows are situated facing east with direct ocean views. The Kalimaya restaurant and lounge is a beautiful open space where you can relax in comfort enjoying a drink by the pool or relaxing on the sofas reading a book or socializing.

The Kalimaya restaurant and lounge is a beautiful open space where guests can relax in comfort enjoying a drink by the pool, relaxing on the sofas reading a book, or socializing. As a small resort, all meals are served family style on our giant communal table. We offer a variety of dishes influenced by Indonesian, Asian, and international cuisines to keep your taste buds entertained.

Located between two small villages which primarily rely on fishing and farming to survive, the resort tries to locally source as many ingredients as possible. By developing connections with these villages it not only provides the opportunity to support the local community, but it also provides the freshest ingredients available to make the most delicious food. All fish is sourced by traditional practices, usually via outrigger boat using a small net, or a canoe with a single line and hook. At least once a week, they offer a barbeque night giving you the chance to enjoy local grilled chicken, fish, and vegetables.

 



Step out from your lovely beachfront bungalow into some of the best dive sites in the world. Located in the heart of the coral triangle, Indonesia has some of the greatest marine biodiversity in the world. For this, Kalimaya Dive Resort is perfectly located on the doorstep of the Komodo National Park to provide amazing diving all year-round. You can enjoy three distinct types of diving: muck diving, current diving, and coral diving. Plus, you will most likely have these new frontier, world-famous dive sites all to yourself! At Kalimaya Dive Resort you can enjoy an extensive selection of activities including some of the best scuba diving in Indonesia as well as PADI scuba diving courses, trekking and a variety of watersports including stand up paddleboards.

Macro/muck diving is a style of diving where we explore a reef environment to find the weird but wonderful life forms that inhabit these sandy reefs. Our house reef has already provided the following: Bumblebee Shrimp, Paddleflap Rhinopea, Lacy Rhinopea, Candy Crabs, Starry Night Octopus and Bobtail squid among others. Sangean Volcano provides a breeding ground for every nudibranch possible (we counted 35 species on our last visit!) along with Wunderpus, Frogfish and so much more... We recommend Kalimaya House Reef, Lapponia, Pipefish City, Disco Doris and any site located on Sangean Volcano.

Current diving is what the Komodo National Park and Gili Banta are particularly famous for. This style of diving includes drift dives, where we can explore a vast expanse of the reef while letting the current push us along, and pinnacle dives where we stay in one spot to allow the currents to wash past us, bringing in nutrients and big schools of fish. These areas are bringing to us bigger, pelagic creatures including but not limited to blacktip, whitetip and grey reef sharks, oceanic and reef manta rays, mobula rays, eagle rays, schooling tuna and jack fish to name a few… but don’t take our word for it, come see it yourself! Highlights include Galley Rock, Mexican Hat, Rollercoaster, Pannetonne Wall and The Waterfalls.

Coral diving is a nice relaxed way to explore the beautiful underwater gardens and coral reef habitats. Here we take our time to explore sloping reefs, walls, pinnacles, and caverns to enjoy the flora and fauna of these underwater jungles. Get ready to be amazed by some of the healthiest corals in the world which beautiful reef fish and turtles call home. Kalimaya Canyon, Roger’s Reef, Easter Island and J’s Dream are particular sweet spots in this category.

 

Despite its somewhat remote location, Kalimaya Dive Resort is committed to employing sustainable practices and reducing waste whenever possible, particularly of plastics. The resort runs beach clean ups every day and encourages its guests to join. Guests are briefed about sustainability and the environment on arrival and are asked to help remove and recycle any waste they might see underwater. The resort recycles water, composts food waste for use in its garden and is actively involved in a number of self-run initiatives to promote more sustainable fishing practices in the local community.

Kalimaya has removed single use plastics such as straws and water bottles from the resort and recycles any other waste - including such items as cooking oil, engine oil and batteries - whenever possible. Grey and black water is used for watering after being passed through significant filtration and a bio-septic holding system. Kalimaya utilizes energy-efficient appliances and lighting throughout the resort and only the guests rooms have aircon - the restaurant and other resort buildings are all cooled naturally.

 

Located in remote East Sumbawa Island, you would need to fly into Bima where you will be met and transferred (approx 50 mins), to the resort.

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