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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits

October, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara M Shively, MD, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 6256
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean for 20+ years, Hawaii, Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You were expected to stay with your dive guide but this was not a hard and
fast rule  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Don't bother to bring a camera unless you are set up for macro.  Most
everything you will see is between 1" and 6" long.  There is so
much crud in the water you have to shoot from very close to the subject
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
The Kasawari-Lembeh resort is as nice as the other rave reviews describe. 
I second their praise except in for area of food. The menu was ambitious
but the food didn't live up to expectations.  It was a solid
"ok".  Staff was extremely nice and attentive.  The dive
operation was as great as described in other reports but when they say
"muck diving" they aren't talking about what I expected from my
other experiences.  Where I have done muck diving in the past the muck
referred to the sea bottom of sand, coral rubble, sea grasses, maybe some
old tires, cement blocks, etc.  Here the muck is also suspended in the
water!  The black sand beaches are ringed with trash and there is garbage
and trash in the water as well as a lot of other stuff I didn't want to
even think about.  
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