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Dive Review of Lembeh in

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by R Villemarette, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Thailand, Phillipines, Maldives! Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
90   to 95    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None just normal safety profiles  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
This is a place where you take that major investment in photo gear and put
it to the test. It is a place where you can come back with truly amazing
pictures of critters which they have in abundance.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
[None]Lembeh Resort - Muck Diving 101


1.456724 N
125.243452 E


August 2011

I recently had the opportunity to visit Lembeh Resort in Indonesia and have
an introduction to muck diving. For background this was pretty much my
first experience with "muck" diving although I certainly had been
diving in muck before but did not learn to appreciate the concept. First of
all muck implies a location where there are lots of nutrients in the water
and this can equate to a location with less visibility. Normally this is
not what I am looking for but in this case I initially was looking for a
dive area that would let me make up to four dives a day. Lembeh is ideally
suited in this way as most of the dive spots are very short distances from
the resort. There is also good diving immediately off the resort area and
water entry can be be made directly from the boat launch area. It had been
some months since my last dives and I really wanted a place where I could
maximize the number of dives in a short period of time and also a place
which was convenient from Jakarta.
The first couple of days I will admit that I thought perhaps I had made a
mistake in coming to this particular resort. I had been paired up with a
German diver who spent an inordinate amount of time taking pictures. I tend
to be an "explore it" kind of diver and am allways anxious to
cover as much ground as I can with my tank of air. Many of the dive spots
are mostly sandy bottoms with small outcroppings where the sea life
congregates. This meant i was kind of just hanging around while my dive
buddy Andreas was focused on taking a picture. it really was not until I
saw a couple of his pictures that I began to appreciate what this kind of
diving was all about. Note many of the divers were Europeans who were
spending their hard earned Euros to come to a place half way around the
world. Many of these divers had been back to the same place for fifteen
years or more and had invested quite a bit of money in camera equipment to
get the perfect picture.
I will say that some of Andreas' pictures were truly amazing and that got
me to slow down and 'smell the roses'.When you settled down and started to
get close up with the uber small sea life it opened up a whole new world.
This part of Indonesia is famous for the large number of 'critters' that
proliferate the hundreds and thousands of little outcroppings and coral of
this area. The tidal surges bring great amounts of nutrients into the area
which helps to feed the sea life. I was truly amazed that when you started
looking closely there was a whole another world which you tend to pass by
in normal diving. The sandy bottoms made it easy to settle in one place and
the lack of current made for effortless extended viewing of the action.
I need to put it in context however that most of the stuff you are looking
for/at is about the size of your finger nail. It is all these small
creatures that inhabit the coral or underwater plant life that makes it so
interesting. Unlike a shark or a manta ray these guys are at the other end
of the viewing spectrum and there is no way you can really appreciate them
without getting close and spending some time with them. I can say it is
great bouancy practice and you really need a full wetsuit as you will
probably have some contact with the bottom and it also turned out to be
colder than i expected. In spite of being the middle of summer, the deep
ocean currents that feed this area means you really cannot get away with a
shortie if you want to stay warm.
If you are a photographer and want to take some pictures of small amazing
sea life then this is an excellent place for you. The resort has a nice
camera work are which is set up with compressed air, power charging
stations, towels, and a wash tank. The boats do not have camera tanks but
most of the trips to/from the  dive sites are at most in the ten to fifteen
minute range. The dive shop which is actually a separate operation but
works closely with the resort is set up to provide photographic courses and
help. I will admit that I had the smallest and least expensive camera on
the boat and the majority of the visitors had very nice setups as they were
there to try and get that perfect picture. I will say it did inspire me to
upgrade my photo skills and equipment for a future visit!
The resort itself is small and compact and resides on a little inlet. The
rooms are well maintained and most have a view of the straight. The food is
excellent and clearly caters to the European visitors who expect good
Also August was a great time to come as the on shore winds kept it cool and
comfortable. I understand at other times of the year it can be pretty hot
with no a lot of sea breeze.
Overall I found this to be a very well run operation with good service,
excellent dive guides, and very good accommodations. It is more expensive
than most of the other places, but you get you money's worth. I was looking
for somewhere where I could do more than two dives a day and they were able
to accommodate four dives without a problem. 
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