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Dive Review of Lembeh Divers/Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits/Raja Ampat

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by scott johnson, ca, usa
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 3801
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Kona, Sipadan, Galapagos, cozumel, wakatobi, North Carolina many
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally 60 minutes was enforced...but i had one dive that was over 80
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
not applicable to me but they had a large camera room
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Ill be doing two reports due to the areas were so different that I went

Part I Lembeh Straits:

I arrived in Singapore in the early hours of December 25. Making my way to
Manado (Lembeh Straits) I took a Silk Air flight to Balikpapan. Then
catching a flight to Manado on Guardia Airlines. This was an all day event
and a disaster. Guardia said I could not take all my Scuba Gear it was too
much luggage etc etc Long story short it was an argument for over an hour
about the Scuba gear finally got it on the plane although they charged me
$40.00 and wanted to charge me up to a $100.00. Plane was over 2 hours to Lembeh Straits at 3 am. In addition, there were no money
changers open. If you ever do this trip, plan your flight on the days Silk
is flying to Manado. Do not go through Balikpapan! 

I stayed at the Lembeh Resort. What an exceptional place, great room,
staff, large camera room, meals and overall ambience. Definitely exceeded
my expectations.

The diving, WOW! I have never seen such weird stuff in my life, Mimic
Octopus, White ghost ornate pipefish, Pigmy Sea Horses, Hairy Frog Fish,
Hairy Stonefish, Paddle-Flap scorpionfish, Cuttlefish, Longtailed &
Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Stargazers, Coconut Octopus, Pigmy and Large
Seahorses etc etc etcDo not expect to come here and see pelagics and
great visibility. This is about the weird critters and from a guy who likes
big stuff and 100 visibility..I loved this!

The only slight problem I found was the dive operation lacked a helpful
staff the first day. In all fairness, I need to say that is a Christian
area of Indonesia. They celebrate December 25th and the 26th. So many of
the regular staff and management were on their Holiday when the regular
staff returned there was a difference. The Dive guides Ronald, Abner, Dino
were all trained by Larry Smith. Needless to say, they were great at
finding the critters. I will be back!

The weather was near perfect. Generally, hi overcast skies with periodic
rain, nice comfortable evenings, and no overbearing heat. Water temperature
was 82 to 84.
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