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Dive Review of Kasawari-Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh, Sulawesi Island

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Elias Amador, CA, USA
Report Number 4114
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Started hard hat diving in the mid 40's, then Scuba in the
60's, Caribbean, Coco Island, Costa Rica; Andaman Sea, Ocean Rover; Komodo
& Rinca, Raja Ampat w GrandKomodo Divers; Club Ocellaris in
Philippines; New Guinea on the Tolita; etc.  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Careful divers safety and care of the environment.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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  
[None]Kasawari-Lembeh is a super resort,world class, particularly for small
critters, muck and night diving, and a photographers dream.
Absolutely tops!!
The dive guides, starting with Nus (Nuswanto Lobu) and Ali are also the
very best, they really know their stuff, almost as if they have a database
of all the critters addresses, phones, etc. and make appointments with them
in advance.  Geniuses at finding rare animals such as Rhinopius fish and
Bobbitt worms, on and on the list goes.
Wonderful experience, I can't wait to return, I am re-doing my photo
equipment just for this.
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  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
[None]Kasawari-Lembeh is on the Lembeh Straight in North Sulawesi Island, a
tropical paradise, must be seen to be believed.  The water is quiet, warm
and alive with critters, the weather usually perfect.
  Since the early '90's I have been most fortunate to go muck diving in New
Guinea with Bob Halstead on his Tolita; in Anilao, Philippines at the Club
Ocellaris with Boy Venus (8 or 9 trips); at Kungkungan Bay Resort with Nus
Lobbu, and now three different times at Kasawari-Lembeh, also with Nus. 
All have been unforgettable experiences.
  Kasawari-Lember diving has the added advantage of lovely shore
accomodations and staff, providing all a diver needs. The other small
critter aficionados there shared their expertise and companionship freely,
making it a delightful experience for me.
  Over the years I have enjoyed diving with and received wise tutoring from
top divers: Jim Black, Charles Glover, Peri Paleracio, Nus Lobbu, Jeff
deGuzman, Ned deLoach, Al Kulhawick, Boy Venus, Dr. Robin Dyleski, Maria
Rivarola and many others.  This trip added considerably to what I was able
to learn and enjoy of marine life.
  As is now asked on web evaluations:  Would you recommend the
Kasawari-Lembeh dive resort to others?  Yes, most definitely.
  Elias Amador, M.D. 
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