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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

Lembeh Resort, Dec, 2008,

by John Sommerer, MD, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4613.

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

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 children.
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