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Bangka - recently?

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by billt4sf, Jul 23, 2017.

  1. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

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    We were in Bangka last year and we loved the diving (except for the trash in the water) but not the facility and food so much.

    We're thinking of going back there next year and I wondered if anyone had been there recently and could comment on (1) the food; and (2) whether there was 24-hour electricity. I particularly want it for the aircon at night (yes, I am one of those fussy / needy / whatever Gringos - but I know what works for me.)

    Thanks,

    Bill & Emily
     
  2. WetPup

    WetPup Weedy Sea Dragon

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    I did a Bangka day trip from Lembeh last month and we dropped into Murex for lunch. Food was pretty average, but can't comment on the electricity situation.
     
  3. BigJeff

    BigJeff Nassau Grouper

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    I dived Bangka quite a few times last month, but I stayed next door at Gangga Island.

    Food, electricity and A/C were all great!
     
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  4. billt4sf

    billt4sf Loggerhead Turtle

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    ha ha yeah...now if I could only find their pricing, AFAIK it is not on the website. This seems to be a new trend. IIRC it is very expensive.

    - Bill
     
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  5. AlMitch

    AlMitch Manta Ray

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    Last time I priced it it was about USD200/pax/night for accommodation & full board. Sadly a tad beyond my budget! But it does look stunning.
    Diving was around USD60/dive which is very expensive for Indo!
     
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  6. Tippytoes12

    Tippytoes12 Manta Ray

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    I have been in contact with Bangka recently and have been told that they will turn the generator on at any time if guests in their rooms want it. It would be interesting to see if anybody has stayed there recently and can confirm that this does happen.
     
  7. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
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    I am surprised that there are so few resorts in Indonesia using solar power/controller/inverter-charger/battery bank.
     
  8. AlMitch

    AlMitch Manta Ray

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    Indah I was always puzzled by that myself, it's not like there is a lack of sunshine!
    Is it a case of reliability/ lack a trained technicians/ servicing/ spare parts etc etc?
     
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  9. Indah

    Indah Barracuda

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    We ordered almost everything from Solar Power Indonesia. Both at Weda Resort and Divers Lodge Lembeh we have a solar power system with a battery bank 0f 12 x 2 volt @ 1000 amps (10 hours). At Rao we still use a very small and simple set, bought locally in the ordinary hardware shop.
     
  10. Dan_T

    Dan_T Great White

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    With sun always on your head there, you don't need to worry about optimizing the solar angle. Here in USA, we need to change the angle for about twice a year.
     

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