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Dive Review of Kasawari in
Indonesia/Lembeh

Kasawari, Sep, 2007,

by Debbie Husby, CA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3565.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Pacific, Caribbean, Asia, Mexico, South & Central America
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The DMs were able to show divers many more critters than one would see on one's own, but diving with DMs was not mandatory. The resort was the best run operation I have ever dived with.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Boat crew and DMs are extremely camera savvy, cameras were treated with utmost care on boat, transported between camera room and boat by staff. Camera room was perfect, with work and storage stations for every diver. Work stations were at a perfect height, plenty of dry towels, compressed air, electrical strips, both 110 and 220. Well lit area with a security guard present. Viewing area for completed work on TV upstairs. DMs were exceptional at showing photogenic critters.
This is a dive resort built by a very talented UWP to his exacting specifications.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This resort is the height of understated luxury. The service, food, and staff were outstanding. The rooms were large and well appointed, grounds are going to be absolutely gorgeous in another year or two, this is a new resort, built from the ground up for discriminating underwater photographers. Nus, the manager, was the best DM I've ever had. He's been kicked up into management, but still tries to dive with each group. His DMs have worked alongside him for years, Ali, Deddy, and Wilson are absolutely great. The boat rides were short, which is good (no heads on boats). Divers handed up their cameras and took their gear off in the water to be handed up to staff. When climbing up onto boat we were immediately greeted with warm washcloths, a cup of water, and a dry towel. Snacks were ample and good. Boats returned to resort between dives to allow for camera changes, downloads, and fresh batteries. The changing area was lovely, with HUGE rinse tanks with fresh water that was changed frequently.
The food was great, allowing for all tastes. I always found something that appealed. Don't forget to bring your own batteries, as supplies in Bitung (nearest town) are somewhat limited. Also, bring your bug spray, mosquitos are the size of birds here. Wireless internet access throughout the resort.
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