Kalimaya Dive Resort is the first dedicated dive resort in East Sumbawa and the only dive operator offering day trip diving to West Komodo, Gili Banta and Sangeang Islands. Nestled away in a private bay on a beautiful stretch of beach, the resort provides a unique diving experience in a remote and little explored part of Indonesia - guest can enjoy the services of a professional dive centre, whilst relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of this beautifully-located, boutique resort.

KALIMAYA DIVE RESORT HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore West Komodo, Gili Banta, Sangeang and local sites along East Sumbawa’s coast
  • Dive unique sites pioneered by the resort where you are guaranteed to be the only divers in the water
  • Unlimited diving on the house reef
  • Enjoy a relaxing stay at a boutique resort located in a stunning and tranquil part of Indonesia
Ideal For
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Overview

Kalimaya Dive Resort is located in East Sumbawa, due east of Bima and overlooking the west coast of Komodo Island and Gili Banta.  The planning and development of the resort was driven forward by 6 diving professionals who wanted to deliver the ultimate diving resort in an uncharted, frontier area, free of other divers and businesses and offering both privacy and a unique, boutique-resort experience.  Kalimaya Dive Resort is the result.

Despite lying so close to Komodo and its well-developed tourism industry, East Sumbawa has been overlooked by dive travellers and the liveaboards that run from Bali to Komodo, and most of the dive sites along the coast have been pioneered by the resort. The area remains peaceful and underdeveloped and guests of Kalimaya are unlikely to see any other divers during their stay, unless visiting the popular sites on Sangeang or Gili Banta. The resort lies between two small villages, Poja Nae and Poja To’i, and many of the resort’s neighbours had never seen a tourist until the arrival of the resort  - testament to just how far off the beaten track the resort is located. As such, guests are asked to acknowledge local traditions and dress respectfully when visiting the villages.

Rooms

WATERFRONT BUNGALOW

Kalimaya Dive Resort’s 6 spacious waterfront bungalows are built along the edge of the beach. Each is over 30 square meters and equipped with queen sized beds, aircon, blackout curtains, private open air bathrooms with shower and toilet, storage space, a work desk and chair perfect for photo editing, and a beautiful private covered terrace to relax on after an amazing day of diving.

HILLSIDE BUNGALOW

The 2 new hillside bungalows add 4 more rooms to the resort and feature excellent panoramic views from the patio. The new rooms are equipped with twin beds and have all the facilities of the original rooms - aircon, blackout curtains, private open air bathrooms with shower and toilet, storage space, a work desk and chair - as well as a shared balcony. As such, they are perfect for families, friends, or small groups.

Resort facilities

The resort buildings and rooms were constructed from locally-sourced teak and mahogany and built by local teams using traditional techniques - with the aim of blending into the natural surroundings whilst still providing guests with extremely comfortable accommodation. The resort now has 6 waterfront bungalows built along the beach, and 2 hillside bungalows with a total of four rooms, catering for a maximum of 20 guests.

The Kalimaya restaurant and lounge is a beautiful open space where guests can relax in comfort, enjoy a drink by the pool or relax on the sofas. All meals are served family-style on the communal tables and the resort makes sure to offer a variety of dishes influenced by Indonesian, Asian, and international cuisines. Whenever possible, Kalimaya sources food from the neighbouring villages - ensuring the freshest ingredients possible, and strengthening ties with the local community. Unusually for Indonesia, the water supply at the resort is naturally filtered and is perfectly safe to drink straight from the tap. However, Kalimaya also supplies additional filtered water for bottle refills and ice. Wifi is currently not available at Kalimaya Dive Resort and whilst it is possible to use a local sim card, the internet is very unreliable. Kalimaya suggests guests take a visit to the resort as an opportunity for a ‘digital detox’!

At the centre of the property is one of the highlights of Kalimaya - a gorgeous salt water lap pool built along the edge of the beach, with perfect views across the ocean. And with ‘bales’ along the beach, guests have plenty of opportunities to swim, relax with a book, grab a cold drink at sunset or stroll along the resort’s 400m sandy beach - a perfect way to end another glorious day in this relatively undiscovered part of Indonesia.

General Airport transfers Gift shop Safe / deposit box Baggage storage 24-hour security
Food & Drink Restaurant Bar Full board Vegetarian options Other dietary requirements BBQ Very good coffee
Outdoors Pool Beach loungers Sunset terrace
Activities Water sports Standup paddleboards Snorkeling equipment Games
Services Laundry services
Dive centre facilities

The resort’s dive centre, camera room and equipment room opened in March 2018, completing the resort facilities and creating the perfect base from which to explore the area. Kalimaya Dive Resort runs 2 dive trips every morning, visiting sites in West Komodo and at Gili Banta, Sangeang and other locations in East Sumbawa - the exacts sites determined by the dive guides based on tidal conditions each day. Despite being reasonably close to major tourist destinations such as the Gili Islands and Komodo, the area has been little explored and remains incredibly peaceful - for much of their stay, guests are unlikely to see another boat on the same dive site! After the morning dives, the boats return to the resort in time for lunch and, after an initial orientation with a guide on their first day, guests are free to dive the house reef in the afternoon, evening and night.

The resort currently operates 2 fully-equipped speedboats for the morning dives, a small dingy for local dives, as well as a jetty and floating platform to facilitate dives on the house reef. Kalimaya also has several standup paddleboards available for use by guests. Due to the remote location, nitrox is not available.

Dive centre Teaching room Teaching pool House reef Night diving
Equipment Equipment rental Computer rental DIN adaptors Equipment storage Camera wash tanks Camera room

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES


Conservation at Kalimaya Dive Resort

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 self-run initiatives to promote more sustainable fishing practices in the local community.

Sustainability

ENVIRONMENT

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 utilises 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.

SOCIAL

95% of the resort staff are local and the resort provides training and eduction for the people that work at the resort. The resort also runs a number of self-run initiatives for education, wildlife and sustainability in the local area.

ECONOMIC

The resort purchases the majority of its food from local markets and fishermen in the local villages. All fish is sourced by traditional practices, usually via outrigger boat using a small net, or a canoe with a single line and hook. The resort believes working with the local villages and purchasing locally-produced food items is essential to ensuring both fresh and healthy ingredients, as well as building strong relationships with the local community.

MARINE

Kalimaya has strict diving and snorkeling guidelines in place and participates in a buoy mooring programme. The resort runs continuous beach and underwater clean ups - the beach is checked twice a day and guests and staff are encouraged to collect any waste they see underwater. Kalimaya works with the local villages to promote more sustainable fishing practices and is actively involved in the association of dive operators in the Komodo area.

EXPERIENCES

The resort has set up a number of initiatives with the local villages and guests are encouraged to visit and learn more about the community in the area. Guests can also participate in daily beach and reef cleanups, as well as a coral restoration project.

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

Enjoy a week in the beautiful surroundings of Kalimaya Dive Resort, exploring the little-known sites of East Sumbawa and more. The package includes 7 nights accommodation, 12 boat dives, unlimited diving on the house reef and all meals. Discounts are available for those with their own dive gear. Non-divers welcome with diving partners.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 12 boat dives and unlimited diving on the house reef
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner, snacks on the boat, tea, coffee & water
  • All diving equipment except a dive computer
  • Standup paddleboard and snorkeling
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, additional bar snacks
  • Transfers to and from the resort
  • Dive computer rental

Dive into Sumbawa

at Kalimaya Dive Resort

Explore tranquil East Sumbawa and visit pristine and little-known dive sites

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$1858
Diving

Disconnect, switch off and relax - enjoy two weeks in the beautiful surroundings of East Sumbawa, diving the amazing local sites as well as West Komodo, Sangeang and Gili Banta. The package includes 14 nights accommodation, 26 boat dives, unlimited diving on the house reef and all meals. Discounts are available for those with their own dive gear. Non-divers welcome with diving partners.

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • 26 boat dives and unlimited diving on the house reef
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner, snacks on the boat, tea, coffee & water
  • All diving equipment except a dive computer
  • Standup paddleboard and snorkeling
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, additional bar snacks
  • Transfers to and from the resort
  • Dive computer rental

Ultimate Sumbawa

at Kalimaya Dive Resort

Two weeks in paradise - the perfect dive experience in one of Indonesia’s least known areas

Duration
15 Days
14 Nights
Starts At US$3510
Diving