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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort/Murex/Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Manado/Lembeh Strait

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by William Deertz, Jakarta, Indonesia
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2383
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Indonesia including Raja Ampat/Wakatobi/Manado/Komodo/Alor,
Australia, Florida Keys, Thailand,Maldives, Saipan
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
1   to 5    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended 60 minute dive times but often exceeded when interesting
critters found near the end of a dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Excellent camera room with about 15 stations. Boat attendants were careful
and conscientious when handling camera gear.  No rinse tanks on the boats
but this really wasn't an issue as most dive sites were no more than 15
minutes from the resort and you generally return between dives.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Excellent resort on Lembeh island ( and with the
recent addition of two expatriate onsite managers many improvements are
ongoing and the service level is being enhanced.  Several new bungalows
have been added which are of very good quality (reminded me of a midrange
hotel in Bali), however, be forewarned that these are up on a cliff
overlooking the resort and it's a long hike up from the general facilities
of the dive shop and restaurant.  So unless you are physically fit (why
wouldn't you be if you are diving?) you may want to go with the older
bungalows which are a closer walk.  I personally stayed in Bungalow 4B
which is one of the older bungalows and was quite pleased.  A very large
bunaglow with front sitting room, large bedroom, outdoor bathroom and
exceptionally large veranda/patio.

The food was very good considering the price and relative remoteness of the
resort. Breakfast consisted of your normal made-to-order fare, lunch and
dinner were generally a 3 course ala carte menu with several choices for
each course (mixture of Asian and Western dishes).  Afternoon tea/coffee
generally included a light snack but my group thought these weren't very
imaginative or good.  Morning tea/coffee did not include a snack which my
group complained about.  We mentioned this to the resort manager so we'll
see if tea/coffee snacks are added/improved on future trips.

As for the diving, the dive shop was were very good with each bungalow
having their own storage space.  The boat crew were excellent about
handling all your equipment and rinsing each day.  The resort wasn't
crowded when I was there so generally there was 1 dive guide for every 3
divers.  Per the dive shop manager the maximum is 4 divers per dive guide. 
The boats handle up to 8 divers with 2 dive guides and go to different dive
sites so you will not be bumping into each other.  Lembeh Straits diving is
generally muck diving looking for the weird critters.  There were a few
sites that we dived that had some coral and better visibility but generally
you'll be diving in limited visibility and looking for strange creatures in
the muck.  The dive guides were exceptionally good at pointing out the
strange critters that generally most people would not find on their own. 
Some of the interesting things we saw included several kinds of pygmy
seahorses, spiny seahorses, snake eel, stargazer, pipe seahorse, flying
gunard, and several kinds of frogfish.  The only thing on our list that we
failed to find was the mimic octopus and the hairy frogfish but these will
need to be saved for a future trip.

I would highly recommend this resort.  An ideal trip would be 3 days in the
Lembeh Straits and 3 days in Bunaken on the other side of the peninsula.
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