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

Kasawari Lembeh/Kasawari Lembeh Resort, Sep, 2006,

by Jane Huessener, CA, USA . Report 3022.

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 Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,cloudy Seas calm,choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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 times.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 results.

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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