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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4613
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Borneo, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Easter Island, Galapagos, Komodo, New
Zealand, N. Sulawesi, Palau, PNG, Revillagigedos, Tonga, Yap
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Great camera room on shore. Padded compartment on boat. Rinse tanks at
dock. Very careful handling by staff.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Lembeh Resort (2nd visit) still a great experience. Food MUCH improved
relative to 2005 visit. Hotel staff don't deal well with anything out of
the ordinary. Dive staff excellent. Some of the more experienced dive
guides have moved on or retired, but remaining guides still do an excellent
job of finding the stuff, and are very accommodating in trying to fill in
the (formal, written) wish list that you submit at the beginning of your
stay. However, there doesn't seem to be the current knowledge of what's
been seen where shared between the different resorts, as in the past.
Searches for specific critters are based on last sightings by Lembeh staff.
For example, no Rhinopias whereabouts for a month or so. There had been a
pretty big storm shortly before our stay, and the most famous muck sites
(TK, Hairball) had been pretty much scoured of about 6" to a foot of
sand, based on the tube worm casings sticking up from the bottom. As a
result, most of our targets eluded us. Some lesser known muck sites (e.g.
Bronsel) were better. One luckier diver than us got simultaneous mimic and
wonderpus! We did get blue-ringed octopus and Lembeh hairy frogfish, plus
the usual nudis, OGPs, etc. We did a Minahasa Highlands tour on our final
(non-diving day) which was OK, but compromised by Christmas-related traffic
and closings. Very nice Christmas Eve dinner with singing by local village
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