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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Emerson, MN, USA
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Report Number 3488
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Solomons, Fiji, Burma, Costa Rica, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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  
See belowh
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Getting There--This was way more exciting than what we had hoped for.  We
had even built in a buffer day to get there and we used that and then some.
 Our plane was broken in Minneapolis so we were five hours late and as a
result, made it to Tokyo instead of Singapore on day one.  But our real
excitement came when we were denied entry onto the plane to Manado because
I didnt have a totally blank visa page in my passport.  So we raced off to
the U.S. embassy and got more pages added.  We then got a standby flight to
Jakarta (three hours in a smoke infested airport was more than enough) and
got a Lion Air flight to Manado.  Thanks to the help of the GM at Lembeh
Resort, we finally got into our bed about 2:30AM on the same day that we
had planned to be there 12 hours earlier.

The Resort--The resort was basically a liveaboard on land.  We had a
spacious and comfortable bungalow whose only negative was that it was
perched with a beautiful view about 15 meters above sea level, so lots of
steep steps.  It had a beautiful balcony for reflecting on what dive to do
next.  The scenery was beautiful as well and watching the sun go down
behind a large volcano was beautiful every day.  The food was a good solid
B+ and they were quite willing to accommodate my son who is a very picky
eater.  It definitely was a dive resort and everyone who was there was a
diver or was at least aspired to be one.  It had a very nice pool and a
recently opened spa which we did not try.

The Dive Operation--I consider this to be the best land based dive
operation that I have ever experienced.  We never had more than 5 or 6
divers on a boat and we always had one dive guide for two of us.  The dive
guides spent their time looking for the critters that we came to see and
they were very good at it.  We would agree on the top priorities to find at
a particular dive site and they would take it as a challenge to find what
we were looking for.  They took care of all of our equipment and cameras
both coming and going.  Each dive began with a nice briefing and we were
treated like adults (even my young son!) and allowed to dive our computers
until it was time to end the dive.  They were personally disappointed if
they did not find everything on our list.

The Diving--the best that I can say is that it was as advertised.  A bout
half of the dive sites were pure wide open black sand with only a few
scraps of garbage and coral rubble to interrupt the view.  These were great
sites to play detective and find the most interesting creatures.  Nothing
quite like being startled by the appearance of an ornate ghost pipefish or
a wonderpuss to interrupt the black send.  Several sites were classic South
Pacific coral landscapes that were as pretty as anything that I have seen
in Fiji or the Solomons.  And for variety, some of my favorite sites were
Nudi Falls and Nudi Retreat where we had a little bit of everything.  We
also visited a Japanese freighter wreck, the Malawi, which was very
interesting as well.

We saw nearly everything that we came to see including the elusive
flamboyant cuttlefish which nearly eluded us for the week.  The rinopias
were amazing, lots of nudis, and a very showy wonderpus that was the
highlight of the trip.  We saw several nice sized seahorses and several
pygmy ones and we saw an ornate ghost pipefish and his/her baby one.  Our
only missing targets were the blue ringed octopus (which was spotted the
day after we left) and a harlequin shrimp which the staff admitted was a
long shot to find.
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