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Dive Review of Black Sand Dive Retreat in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by C Kapfer, VA, US
Reviewer   (3 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Black Sand Dive Retreat"
Report Number 8456
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Bali, Komodo, Oman, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Manado
Getting There
Singapore->Manado via Silk
Air.  Taxi from Manado
arranged by the resort.

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
 
Water Temp
27   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
5   to 15    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile.  Dives were guided in small groups of 2-4 with one
divemaster per group.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
There is a camera room close to the dive setup area, plenty of stations
available for all resort guests.  There are large rinse tanks outside; the
tanks are not shielded fro ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
4 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
The Good

Black Sand Dive Retreat is a beautiful, spacious resort right in the middle
of the prime diving area on the mainland side of North Sulawesi on the
Lembeh Strait.  There are six private bungalows each with an outdoor
bathroom and shower and a nice view of the strait off the deck.  There's a
new good sized pool, although it was very windy for the week we were there
so did not use it.  

Diving is amazing in Lembeh and is done off of several small boats with max
capacity of 4 divers plus divemaster.  Guides were all excellen
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