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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh Resort in

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Gene Huff, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5082
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No real restrictions but staying with the guide made sense as they knew
where to find the small stuff.  Most dives 70-75 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Fantastic camera room.  Large, well-lit room with individual table space,
electrical, towels and compressed air.  Crew handles your camera gear very
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Outstanding resort and diving operation.  The resort is small with well
maintained grounds and a pool.  The villas are large and open with queen
sized beds, spacious bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers, and a
porch.  The dining room and small bar are above the reception area and
camera rooms.  Meals are ordered off a new, extensive menu featuring
Indonesian, Thai and Western selections.  All the food was excellent,
restaurant quality and much better than typical resorts.  Days started with
contintental breakfast and order breakfast, first dive at 7:30, breakfast
and order lunch (3 courses), 10:30 dive, lunch and order dinner (3 courses
again), 2:30 dive, snack, afternoon or dusk dive if you wanted, snack, and
then dinner.  No one will ever go hungry!

Diving is done in groups of 4-6 off one of their 4 boats.  No more than 4
per guide.  We were lucky to have Ali the entire week our group of four was
there.  Indra and Honi assisted Ali.  The boats are well designed for
diving with easy exits and entries.  Kasawari appeared to have by far the
best designed dive boats that we saw in Lembeh. They take all your gear
before you climb back on the ladder after your dive.  After each dive we
had warm, wet wash clothes followed by dry towels, and fruit and water or
coffee on the boat.  The crew handles all your gear, including wetsuits.

Kasawari is ideally located in the middle of the Lembeh sites.  Most dives
were 3-10 minutes away, the longest being 20 minutes.  Their house reef is
Jahir.  We saw more critters in a typical day at Lembeh than a week on the
Pelagian in Wakatobi.  10 pygmy seahorses on one fan, eight ghost pipefish
(3 species) on one dive, so many sea moths, flamboyant cuttlefish and devil
scorpionfish that we started to pass them by.  Ali delivered on almost
everything on our wish list.  We did a couple of shore dives but that is
not a focus for Kasawari so I would not plan on doing many.  Nitrox is
available at 32% and is reasonable, especially when bought in a package. 
Kasawari is a muck diver's dream, but those looking for big stuff and color
with 100+ feet of visibility should go elsewhere.  

I highly recommend Kasawari for those who want muck diving at its absolute
best. The slightly higher price than the competition was worth it for us
when the outstanding service, attention to divers' needs, and accomodations
were considered.  We'll be back.

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