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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Adam Hartnett, MA, US
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Report Number 6583
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Kona, Florida Keys, BVI's, Bonaire, Mayan Riviera, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
Water Temp
78   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational Limits - should be back on boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
I'm a novice but it is clear that these guys cater to UWP's. Dedicated
photoroom. Air tank setup with airgun to blow dry your housings. Plenty of
outlets. Photo experts on site etc.   

Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
I think everyone knows that Lembeh Strait is pretty much the critter
capital of the world. The only creatures I wanted to see and missed out on
were: Blue Ring Octopus, Wonderpus, and Rhinopias Paddle Flap. I guess I
have a good excuse to go back to Lembeh. Everything is fairly small though
I saw a huge king mackerel on one dive which was a surpise. I have heard of
whale shark sightings as well in the Strait. 

Lembeh Resort and its diveshop critters@lembeh is excellent. I didn't have
any complaints. The only two warnings I would have for people are the
following: 1)You may have a steep walk, which I didn't mind, to get to your
room but the resort has a questionnaire you need to fill out before arrival
so they would put someone in their 60's in a lower location. 2)There are a
lot of strange insects too (millipedes, centipedes, rhinocerous beetles)but
not many mosquitos! For me it was a good chance to take extra topside


1)Shore diving is available regardless of what your travel agent will tell
you. After doing 3- 70 minute boat dives you tended to not want to dive the
rest of the day. Being 1 degree North of the equator, Sunset is always
around 5 ish too so night dives are often early. 
2) Lembeh Strait is actually very scenic. I was expecting a big polluted
trash pit but personally I saw more of that in Bunaken Area on the other
side of Sulawesi.
3) There are some nice reefs even in heart of the strait as well!
4) Some animals such as Rhinopias Paddle-Flap are seasonal - they like the
colder water that comes up in August or so  
5) Visibility was better than expected. Most dives were 50' plus
6) Prices for drinks are very reasonable (3 dollars for bitang beer etc) 
7) The resort typically does 1-tank boat dives throughout the day (all
short rides under 15 minutes) but will do a special 3-tank trip for a large

I recommend going to Lembeh Resort and staying longer for the 5-days that I
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Subscriber's Comments

By Dolores at Jun 11, 2012 14:30 EST  
Thanks for a nice report--I found the "surprises" section very
helpful. We are there for two full weeks at Christmas and are counting down
the days! I'm not sure what animals are available/not available during that
season, but it sure sounds like there is plenty to see and do.
By irdabanian at Jul 25, 2012 00:12 EST  
thanks. going next week for 6 nights and 11 dives
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