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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh in

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, USA
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Report Number 5283
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Micronesia, Galapagos, Solomon Islands, Palau, Vanuatu, GBR, Fiji,
Socorros, Indonesia, all over the Caribbean.  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Just stay with dive guide; several dives in excess of 1 hour  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
The topside camera facility was superb with large individual work stations,
battery charging, towels, air and even lens tissues. On the boats, the crew
took good care of camera gear and would rinse cameras and return them to
the camera room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Kasawari Resort is on Lembeh Strait near the city of Bitung. The resort is
fairly new. It is spacious and clean. We had a room over looking the
strait; the room was quite large with a large deck and outdoor shower. The
food was very good and include both Indonesian and Western food served both
buffet and ala carte. The Indonesian food is preferable. The staff is
friendly and helpful. The dining area and lounge are very pleasant with
great views of the strait. The lounge has an extensive marine life

Regarding the accommodations, there were some disappointments. The pool was
out of order our entire visit and not reopened until the day we left. Our
deck was infested with ants.There is a charge for the wireless internet,
which is slow and unreliable. Also, the usage terms are not easily
understood. I complained when my access was cut off and it was restored
with at no additional charge. There is no useable beach at Kasawari. Also,
there is considerable trash in the water and along the shoreline.

The dive operation is top notch. The crew very friendly, helpful and
knowledgeable.  Divers are divided into small groups (no more than 3) per
dive guide. On several dives, I had my own guide. All the dives are within
15 minutes of the resort. Each dive is for one tank. The crew rinses your
dive gear including wet suit and booties after each dive.

Essentially, all the diving is in the muck. So unless you are encountering
some critter there in nothing much to enjoy -- no wall, no coral garden.
The variety and uniqueness of  the marine life is incomparable. Lots of
frogfish, scorpionfish, cuttlefish, octopus, shrimp, crab, nudibranchs. No
big critters. Also, usually the viz was no more than 50'. It is THE place
for macro photography.

My personal preference is diving with more variety of sites like Bunaken or
I may return to Kawawari but for less than a full week.
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