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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Paul Vitkus, NV, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5187
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Roatan, Truk Lagoon, Britis Columbia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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 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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