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Dive Review of Eco Divers in
Indonesia/Lembeh and Manado

February, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
"Incredible Diving In Indonesia"
Report Number 8822
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Saba, St. Eustatius, California,
Socorros Islands, Cocos Island, Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Grand Cayman,
Little Cayman, West Palm, Cabo, Dominica, Mexican Cenotes
Closest Airport
Manado
Getting There
Flight to Manado usually
through Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limitations, we generally followed the guide as they were superior at
finding critters but were not required to stay with them at all times.
Depths were usually a maximum of 60 feet at Lembeh and 80 feet at Bunaken
and dives were 50 minutes to 80 minutes  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
I dove both Lembeh and Bunaken at Manado. They are completely different.
Lembeh is exclusively macro photography with incredible small bizarre
critters. Bunaken is dramatic walls wit ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

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Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
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Comments  
	I returned from North Sulawesi and had an excellent experience with Eco
Divers in Lembeh and in Manado. I am a well-traveled diver but had never
been to Asia to dive and Lembeh has been on my bucket list for a while.
Last spring, I placed in a photo contest through Beneath the Seas and won a
7 night stay with Eco Divers in Lembeh and was thrilled when I received it.
But, I noted at the bottom of my winning certificate that it was only valid
in 2015 and I had already taken major trips to the Socorros and Cat Island
in the Bahamas and did not have time to get to Indonesia in 2015. I sent an
email to Eco Divers in Lembeh and got an immediate response from the owner
himself, Andrea Bensi. I inquired if they would extend the certificate to
2016 if I paid for a second diver to come with me and he immediately
assured me they would. He also highly recommended that I extend my trip a
few days and dive with Eco Divers in Manado in the Bunaken Marine Park.
These two experiences are very different as Lembeh is muck diving with
amazing and bizarre critters and the Bunaken park is amazing walls with
some pelagic life. They are 2 hours apart by ground and in my opinion it
would be neglectful to travel across the world to dive one without the
other.  I agreed and made travel arrangements for early January and Andrea
immediately answered any questions I had by email before the trip. As it
was my first time to travel to Asia, I dreaded the travel but found the
trip to Asia to be long but fine. We flew from the Midwest in the United
States to Los Angeles and overnighted there. We then flew from L.A. to
Manado on Singapore Airlines. This involved an 11 hour flight to Tokyo with
a two hour layover in Tokyo and then a seven hour flight on the same plane
from Tokyo to Singapore. Thus, we did not have to worry about making
connections. We then had a six hour layover in Singapore and caught a 3.5
hour flight from Sinagapore to Manado on SilkAir which is a regional branch
of Singapore Airlines. The United States based airlines could surely learn
a thing or two from Singapore Airlines in regards to comfort and customer
service. The service was outstanding and the S ...
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