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

Lembeh Resort / Murex/Lembeh Resort, Jul, 2006,

by John Sommerer, MD, United States . Report 2611.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, Polynesia, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, but flexible
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 2 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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 Excellent camera room. Staff very careful with cameras.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Outstanding. Did KBR last trip to Lembeh, and decided to try Lembeh Resort this time. Hard to choose between them. Newer rooms at Lembeh (on cliff, quite a few stairs) absolutely beautiful with fantastic views. Grounds, pool, facilities, and restaurant all immaculate. Indonesian food better than western. Several such choices for lunch, usually only one at dinner. Decent wine list! Spa services were nice, but provided in room until they complete their central facility.

Good dive boats, with safe storage for cameras, fresh water, fruit, vinegar (for stings). Very uncrowded when we were there, but they typically sent multiple dive guides anyway. Frequently had one or more to ourselves. Most of the guides were very good, but two were really outstanding: Jandri (the "J" in Jahir) and Ronald. Some of the less experienced guides could do some silly things. After finding a mimic, one proceeded to try to excavate it out of its hole, making a big cloud of silt, and unsuprisingly, losing the octopus.

The compressors and separator were some distance away from the dive center, probably to reduce noise, but unless you had your own oxygen analyzer, you had to take their word on the pO2. Usually tanks filled to >2800 psi, but a couple of times one of our tanks was really light, so it pays to check right away on boarding the boat.

All the staff very helpful, going the extra mile to provide help with gear, rinsing, etc.

House reef not as good as KBR, but not bad, and has a patch of coral with mandarin dragonettes. If you know what Lembeh Straits diving is all about, Lembeh Resort will deliver. We missed on the flambouyant cuttlefish, but otherwise were very lucky.

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