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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in

December, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Laura Austin, VA, US
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Report Number 6852
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Bonaire, Cozumel, Roatan, Utila, Cayman, Florida, Belize
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You need to pay attention to your PSI--the dives can be deep (every dive
seem to go to at least 70 feet, often deeper) and every dive is at least 60
minutes, perhaps 65 or even 70. We frequently came back with less than 500
PSI--sometimes a lot less.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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The photographer is king at Lembeh Resort. The dive operation is geared
towards the photographer and the excellent d ...
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Value for $$
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4 stars   
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We have to travel at Christmas time (our son is still in college) which
isn't the best time for North Sulawesi, weather-wise. I had originally
wanted to combine Lembeh with either Bunaken or Gangga, but worried that
weather might disrupt the diving on the other side of the Strait (after
reading other reports and having had the experience of being blown out by
weather before) so opted to spend the full two weeks in Lembeh. Not sure if
this was the correct decision, but the one time we tried to take the
special three-tank dive to Bangka (out of the Strait) we had to turn back
after the first dive due to chop and surge. Even going to California
Dreaming wasn't easy, although we did make it there and to Angel's Window,
for a little change of scenery. 

We had a few rainy days, but the weather never affected the muck diving,
which is why most people come to Lembeh. And it might have been off-season
in terms of weather, but it was definitely the season for Blue-ring
octopusi. We saw them nearly every dive; to tell you the truth, we started
to get a bit tired of them. I was much more excited about the wonderpus,
longarm, mimic, the coconut (awesome!) and even the one regular reef
octopus we saw. (Didn't find a hairy or a starry, unfortunately.) And the
frogfish were outstanding--(nearly)every kind--hairy, giant, painted,
etc--and in (nearly) every color! Once we saw three giant green frogfish
together--they got up and started to swim (who knew they could swim?) in a
line before settling down again, still cheek to  ...
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