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

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, United States
Report Number 2611
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos, Indonesia, Micronesia, Polynesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes, but flexible  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Excellent camera room. Staff very careful with cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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