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Dive Review of Kasawari in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mel McCombie, CT, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3247
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 10    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
staying fairly near the DMs  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
4 huge dedicated camera rinse tanks, lots of space, and a dedicated room
for photographers with outlets, transformers, and yet more space!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This new resort is a diver's paradise. The villas are lovely and spacious,
made of local hardwoods and decorated with beautiful textiles; we booked a
villa over the water and enjoyed the deck but the standard villas are
virtually identical, just lacking the deck. All have indoor and outdoor
showers, mini bars, fridges, and lots of storage space. Towels are huge and
all-cotton, as are the comfortable bed linens (on good quality mattresses,
too). The resort itself has WiFi at a pretty reasonable cost; one must
bring one's own laptop as there is no common computer for the guests.

But it's the dive operation that blew our minds. Nus Lobbu, famed DM in
Lembeh, is the resort manager and the dive operation is built from the
water up to meet every need. There are 6 huge rinse tanks, 4 just for
cameras; lots of space for wetsuits, bcds, etc.; 2 piping hot showers near
the rinse tanks and 2 complete changing rooms with toilets and their own
showers. They have three dive boats, and since the resort only has 12
villas, there are never more than 8 divers per boat. I have never been more
pampered on a day boat. As one emerges, a crew member hands you a steaming
face cloth scented with lemongrass to wipe the salt off your face; then he
offers you cold water and a fruit plate! The briefing area has a board
where divers can write in their wish list critters, and with only one
exception, the list was fulfilled. The crew washes your gear after every
dive and when it is hung up overnight, industrial fans help to dry it out
by morning. (I am not writing about the diving in Lembeh on the assumption
that anyone going there knows what it's like!)

The food at the resort was pretty good and the staff is working on making
it better. Like sister resorts in the Strait, you give your breakfast,
lunch and dinner orders before diving, chosen from an extensive menu. The
dining area is attractive and breezy; there is a nice bar; but if you like
wine, be sure to bring your own. It is very hard to find in the area (we
stopped en route from the airport to the resort and bought some). 

The only thing lacking at Kasawari are spa facilities, but given how much
diving one does, when would you have the time? This dedicated dive resort
is the best we have ever experienced, luxurious yet aimed at divers. My hat
(hood) is off to them. We will definately go back.
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