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

Lembeh Divers/Lembeh Resort, Apr, 2009,

by phil Johnston, Victoria, Australia (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4713.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 35 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 us.
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 liking.
Overall, a great muck diving experience at a very pleasant & well run resort.
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