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Dive Review of Lembeh Divers/Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by phil Johnston, Victoria, Australia
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4713
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Solomons, PNG, Malaysia, Indonesia, Galapagos, Cocos
Island, Tahiti, Tonga, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No solo diving (guide always provided), return with 50 bar of air left in
tank. No diving gloves permitted by the diving operators.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Very good camera room with 14 stations (ie sufficient to cater for full
occupancy of the resort). Guests from Australia & US will need to BYO
adaptors for Indonesian 220v power outlets. Camera gear available for hire
or purchase at dive shop.
No dedicated fresh water tubs on diving tenders (although most sites are
within 10 minutes of the resort so this wasn't a major problem).     
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
My 2nd time at Lembeh but first time at Lembeh Resort. If you like muck
diving & fossicking for rare & unusual critters - Lembeh is the
place for you. In only a few days of diving Lembeh produced mimic octopus,
2 species of ghost pipefish, t-bar nudis, several species of lion fish,
porcelain crabs, mandarin fish (on the house reef straight in front of the
resort), blue & black ribbon eels, cockatoo waspfish, frogfish,
collector crabs, sea-whip shrimps & the largest imperial shrimp I have
ever seen. 
The dive guides here are critter-spotters par excellence...I was left
wondering how much I have missed over my years of diving at other sites
without these eagle-eyed guys pointing things out to me. The guides do this
job day in day out but were always enthusiastic in finding new critters for
The resort itself is the best land based resort I have ever stayed -
several other guests I met made similar comments. One guest was making his
3rd visit in the past year. 
The resort's cottages are 4 star accomodation in a 5 star setting - on a
bluff overlooking the strait in attractive, well-maintained gardens. Food
at the dining room was consistently gourmet level although not always in
large servings.  
Negatives? Viz was occasionally quite poor, & litter frequently
encountered in the water(although this sometimes provides good hidey-holes
for critters). Occasional moderate currents. Lovers of pretty hard &
soft corals, & large fish/pelagics aren't going to find much to their
Overall, a great muck diving experience at a very pleasant & well run
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