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Dive Review of Kasawari-Lembeh in
Indonesia/N. Sulawesi

Kasawari-Lembeh, Oct, 2009,

by Roger Roth, OH, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5217.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Red Sea, PNG, Hawaii, 20 islands in Caribbean, and more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish N/A
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The camera room at Kasawari-Lembeh Resort is large enough to accomodate more than a dozen UWP's, is air conditioned, plenty of electrical outlets. UWP's don't carry any of their camera gear to or from camera room. This is all done by staff for UWP's. There are large rinse tanks between dock and camera room where staff will always rinse camera gear before bringing back to camera room after dive and also offer a dip of equipment after UWP's work on equipment before diving.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Kasawari is Lembeh's BEST KEPT SECRET!

Almost all resort staff and dive staff know every guests' name within a day and treat them as friends. Any questions or concerns can be directed to any staff or even the resort manager, Nus who is usually around to socialize with guests and make sure things are running smoothly.

The villas are very spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage space, comfortable beds, and plenty of hot water with strong water pressure in showers. Coffee/tea makers are in each villa along with a mini fridge. The food is excellent and servers are always standing by awaiting any requests from guests. The servers know what you usually drink and are ready to bring it for you even before you sit down in the restaurant area.

Since the diving is all relatively close to the resort (usually within 5-15 minute boat ride), each dive is done separately, then divers return to the resort. Schedule is continental breakfast early, then first dive. Big breakfast is next then second dive of the day. Lunch follows and a small break until the third mid-afternoon dive with light snack waiting for divers when they return to the resort. Then a 5 PM Mandarin dive or 6PM night dive can be made followed by dinner.

The dive guides are very knowledgeable and photographer/videographer friendly. They'll usually have another critter lined up for divers once you finish shooting the first one. In one week of diving critters pointed out by guides included (but not limited to) 3 different mimic octopus on one dive, wonderpuss, countless flambuoyant cuttlefish on numerous dives, ornate/robust/velvet ghost pipefish, red and yellow rhinopias, blue and yellow and black ribbon eels, electric clam, coral cat shark, squat lobsters, anemone shrimp, coral shrimp, urchin crabs, along with plenty of small to large frogfish (including hairy frogfish), leaffish, ocellated dragonets and just about anything else you've heard was in Lembeh straight.

During this same week, I filmed mating mandarinfish, mating sea moths, mating squid, mating nudibranchs, mating convict surgeonfish and mating porcupine puffers, along with a sponge giving off its reproductive spores, not to mention the Bengaii cardinalfish with eggs in its mouth and a few days later a Bengaii with live young in its mouth.

At the end of the day, the dive staff brings all gear up from the boats and wash everything, then hang wetsuits to dry for the next day's diving.

There were very experienced divers and photographers as well as new divers finishing their certifications and open water dives. The Dive Supervisor, Ali, kept everyone happy throughout the week, regardless of their experience level. Experienced divers were not mixed with new divers for obvious reasons. This is one resort I'm surely looking forward to visiting again!
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