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Dive Review of Bastiano in
Indonesia/Bunaken and Lembeh

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3697
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
USA, Hawaii, Mexico,  Micronesia, PNG, Fiji, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
stay with divemaster; but there were many dives at both resorts which
exceeded 1 hr. or 75 min.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Bastiano at Lembeh had a charging room for batteries; both resorts would
find adapters for 220V for you; Frans ,the head of diving at Lembeh has a
digital camera and laptop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
At Bunaken, the dives were long, many were over 70 min.  There were
currents;  those divers used to currents did not wear split fins--not
enough thrust.  Janri was my divemaster all week (11 dives) but usually
there was 2 divemasters for 6 divers. Sometimes, they took you on the  less
vibrant side of point; currents would change in middle of dive. Lots of
fishes usually except at Lembeh. Breakfast at Bunaken was sorta
skimpy--eggs and toast there was more breakfast at Bastiano, Lembeh.  Lunch
and dinners were good and plentiful.  Mostly, everyone was friendly. Rooms
basic; lounge for TV, DVD, etc.
They would take you out even if there was no other diver.  They set up and
care for your equipment.  You must have rupiahs as they won't change US
dollars, nor trav. checks.  But, they will let you charge any extras such
as sodas, booze, internet, extra dives, etc.
At Lembeh, same no hot water for showers and no A/C.  But, strange
creatures abound, esp. electric cell, hairy frogfish, blue-ring  octopus,
flamboyant cuttlefish, etc.
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