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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by linda rutherford, CA, US
Contributor   (16 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6785
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
various worldwide
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no restrictions other than common sense restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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  
It is almost expected that you would have a camera. The camera room is nice
and large. There are rinse tanks. Staff wait for you to test your camera in
the dunk tank before taking it to the boat. No problems for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We stayed at Kasawari Lembeh Resort for the last two weeks of a six-week
dive trip. It was the perfect ending to our trip, making us regret going
home. The most endearing element is the personal service. The famous Lembeh
guides from many years ago, Nus and Ali, work here and they add their
seasoned influence over operations. 

We dove with Nus and Ali on the Aqua One live-aboard in 2006 and stayed at
Kasawari for two weeks in April 2011. Ali adds so much to the fun. As
manager of the dive operation, Ali makes sure that divers see what they
come here for. He knows where to find everything. If he cant find it, then
I am at peace that it was not around. I feel a great deal of warmth and
affection for him.

Another dive guide, Rusly, is also excellent. My husband and I had him as
a guide, everyday for two weeks. He constantly searched for critters, and
took my desire to photo critters seriously. He begged me to take photos
before I had even turned on my camera. He likes to line up two or three of
a critter for a photo. He didnt realize that it is very hard to get the
necessary depth of field, for example, for three ornate ghost pipefish.  I
had to tell him that I only had the skill to get two at a time. 

What is interesting about Lembeh is that the creatures differ by the
season. This October we saw 5 or 6 blue ring octopuses, even a pair mating.
Last March we saw none. This year we saw no crocodile flatheads, last year
we in March, we saw many. So this is a spot that you can visit at different
times of the year, and see different species.

The new dive boats with double engines and the new extended floating dock,
add to the ease of diving from this resort. The boats have shade and use
the giant stride method of entry.

Kasawari gave a 10% discount for second time visitors, so that was a
pleasant surprise. We stayed in Villa #2 which is slightly large than the
regular bungalows, but all bungalows are nice. The air conditioning really
works in getting your room cool. When we left it was raining, and we dried
our wetsuits in front of our highly effective air conditioner.

We used our reasonably priced mini-bar. There is a phone in the room to
call for room service, although the restaurant is not far away. The
restaurant menu can be adapted. For example, I requested an avocado and
tomato salad, even though these salads are listed separately. Just explain
what you want, and they will do it.

There is a large camera room and large camera rinse tanks. They have two
large, fast dive boats that come back to the resort after every dive. If
you miss a dive because you overslept, then you can catch the next dive. If
you request them, there is a Mandarin fish dive at 5 pm and a night dive at
6 pm.

All and all, Kasawari is a very pleasant and comfortable place to visit.
Two weeks is a comfortable time and is not too long. There are sufficient
dive sites to fill two weeks. If you want to see tiger shrimp, boxer crabs,
blue-ring octopus, devilfish, and all the other cool stuff, it is here. The
staff is so nice that you will definitely regret going home, no matter how
long you have been away. 

I can recommend this resort, without worry, because it is virtually assured
that you will have a good time. If there was something negative to say, I
would have said it.
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