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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Scott Johnson, ca, USA
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports)
Report Number 4509
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Hawaii, Kiribati, Galapagos, Little Cayman, Truk, Cozumel,VI,
Layang, Layang, Sipadan, Belize, Costa Rica, Raja Ampat, Fakarava, Rangiroa
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 15    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
On the boat they had a large safe area to set your cameras. The resort had
a large Camera room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is the second trip I have made to this area in less than a year. I was
so blown away with my trip last December and January I wanted to come back
in October when I was told the visibility could probably be better in Raja
Ampat. This report will be in two parts.

In late August, I was notified that the Sunday October 19 flight from
Manado to Sorong was canceled. Thus I had to lose a day of diving in Lembeh
by having to leave a day early and go and spend a night in a place called
Ujung Pandang (Makassar). Making this flight enabled me to make the Sunday
boat schedule to Sorido. I do not enjoy spending my time on Planes and
AirportsGrrrrrI like to be diving!... but I endeavor to pursue!

Part I Lembeh Straits

Five nights-thirteen dives. The weather was pretty much perfect. Sunny days
around 90 degrees. Water temperatures around 80 to 83 degrees. 

Finally arriving at Lembeh resort, I did a Mandarin fish dive that
afternoon with a friend Harley who manages another resort nearby. I have
never done a Mandarin fish dive before. Plenty of Mandarins, my camera is a
point and shoot Sony, kinda just point and shoot and hope that you got the
shot I was lucky got a couple of good pictures.

Lembeh Resort- My room had an excellent view of the Straits. Breakfast and
Lunch were served buffet style. At breakfast, they had an Omelet and waffle
station. Dinner usually had four choices for entrees and a couple of
options for desserts. Meals were excellent and the staff at the resort was

Danny is the owner of Lembeh divers and Tanya is the new manager. They go
out of their way trying to accommodate your requests and make sure you are
happy, I cannot not say enough good things about the dive operation. I
spent my time diving mostly with Samuel and Joni both excellent dive
guides. Had some incredible dives at TK-3 and Air Prang 3. Got another shot
of the most famous Rhinopias Paddleflap, on the planet. One dive at Air
prang I saw Fire Urchins, Ribbon eels, Purple scorpion fish, Rhinopias
paddleflap, Coleman shrimp, Yellow tail blenny etc. Other dives I saw
frogfish of just about every size, Coconut octopus, Cuttlefish, Pigmy
cuttlefish, Box Crab, Mimic Octopus, many different types of Pipefish,
Hairy Stonefish and one of my favorites a Hairy frogfish who was walking
along the bottom.

This year I did not have as many great dives as I did last year, I spent
more time going to sites that the Blue Ringed Octopus and Flamboyant
Cuttlefish are known hang around. No Luck! Guess I have to go back!

Wonderful Resort, dive operation and had an excellent time!
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