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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

Kasawari Lembeh Resort, Sep, 2008,

by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5187.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Roatan, Truk Lagoon, Britis Columbia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Dives with divemasters were approximately 1 hour long, although we logged some dives at 70-75 minutes. No depth limits specified but for best diving - stick with divemaster.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Best camera room I have ever seen. Each dive photographer had their own dedicated camera desk and area. Bright, clean with plenty of outlets and fresh dry camera towels provided every day.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If there is a dive heaven, Kasawari Lembeh Resort just might be it, a small "botique" dive resort with 8 cabanas and 2 villas. The cabana that I stayed at was spacious, comfortable and daily maid service. Very popular, after a day of diving, was an infinity pool overlooking the strait....as was the availability of massueses, who were also very popular. Meals were served buffet style in a covered, but open-air dining area adjacent to the bar area. Menus had an asian flavor, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but some of our group were hoping for something more "American". Also snacks were served after the afternoon dive. You could run a tab on the bar and settle at end of trip. The resort and dive staff were very good, although at times the accented English was hard to understand.
The diving is a critter-loving, muck-macro divers paradise! The 2 divematers assigned to each of three boats, which had a max capacity of 6 divers per boat, were wonderful in finding and pointing out all the little critters. We easily saw at least half-dozen new creatures, never seen by us before, on each and every single dive! This is one place that you want to stick with the divemasters! While most of the diving is "muck" diving, there were some reefs and a wreck to dive, offering a diversion from "muck" diving. This is macro paradise! If you want pelagics or larger creatures, you will need to go elsewhere. Boats were easy to use, getting off and back on. Hot towels provided along with fruit and snacks immediately upon boarding the dive boat. All your gear along with camera gear is swiftly carried to the boat...all you have to do is put on your wetsuit in the spacious covered dive deck area and simply saunter down the stairs to a deck area for a dive briefing and then off to diving. Not much for entertainment other than a TV in the bar area, but when the diving and other amenities are so good...why complain? If you are looking for big resort activities and entertainment options, then this resort is not for you. But this resort is for me....I'm already planning a return to this little dive jewel!
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