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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh/Kasawari Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jane Huessener, CA, USA
Report Number 3022
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Previously dove all over the Caribbean, plus Hawaii, Borneo, Thailand,
Philippines, Palau, Yap, Fiji, French Polynesia
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were 3 boats with 2 divemasters and a captain on each.  Each dive
group consisted of 4-6 divers with 2 divemasters.  We stuck with the
divemasters because they found us all the stuff to photograph.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Each UWP had a basket into which we put our cameras each morning and the
crew carried the basket to and from the boat each dive.  There are 3 large
camera only rinse tanks and a large room on shore strictly for UWP's
complete with electrical outlets above each of the 20 camera stations.  The
room is locked each night and a security guard patrols the premises at all
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This brand new resort just opened in August 2006.  Built from scratch by
the owners of the AquaOne liveaboard boat, the resort is small and intimate
(only 10 bungalows housing 20 people), but the rooms are large, fresh and
clean with the best beds, pillows, comforters I've ever encountered at a
dive resort.  The bathrooms are large with 2 showers--one in the bathroom
and another just outside in a sheltered little patio accessed from the
bathroom.  The staff is understandably new and still in the training
stages, but very accommodating and trying very hard to make our stay
perfect in every way.  The resort is still evolving--the room safes,
decorating effects such as wall pictures, etc. had not yet arrived from
Thailand.  The bungalows are arranged in a horseshoe around a garden area
which will soon be landscaped with ponds and tropical plants.  The fresh
water infinity pool is completed, but additional lounge chairs were still
en rouge from Thailand.  In a few more months, this resort will be
complete, but in the meantime, we lacked for nothing and we all completely
enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning and seeing the final

Underwater photographers go to Indonesia for the little, odd stuff,  and we
had plenty of that.  The divemasters were all from the area and found all
the great muck diving photo subjects--frog fish, rhinopias, ghost pipefish,
flamboyant cuttlefish, lots of nudibranchs, mantis shrimp, a baby mimic
octopus, etc. Many lion fish posed openly out over the dark sand.  But we
also dove several spectacular tropical reefs (ie California Dreamins) that
compared to the best of Fiji and Thailand.  No dive was shorter than one
hour.  Depth was really not an issue (my computer never went past 80 ft),
and no one ever had to return to the boat before they wanted to--one of the
divemasters just stayed in the water nearby until you decided that your air
was low.  Because the dive sites were all near shore and the boat--and we
were all experienced divers--we were trusted to know when our air was low,
to allow for a safety stop, and return to the boat safely.
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