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

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Roth, OH, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5217
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
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  
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):
5 stars
5 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    
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

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
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