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Dive Review of MinahasaDivers/Minahasa Prima in
Indonesia/Manado, Lembeh, North Sulawesi

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Kriss Kirchhoff, Id, USA
Report Number 2817
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Mabul, Kapalai, Similans, Anadaman Sea in this region.  Bonaire,
Caymans, Cozumel, etc. in Caribean. Puget Sound region.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth suggestions for each dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The attraction here is a great combination of wide-angle on the walls in
Bunaken National Park and the incredible macro bio-diversity in the Lembeh
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I rate this trip amoung my top trips.  The resort was laid back, a bit
rustic but focused on service.  The staff at the resort was always there
ready to please.  The area is underdeveloped though and you should keep in
mind that this is a lesser developed country.  Several nights while there
the government cut the power off as a part of a conservation initiative. 
The resort did their best to compensate with a large generator and ample
battery powered lanterns. It was only a minor inconvenience and perhaps
added to the adventure. The MinahasaDivers team similarly was fantastic
Noldy is an expert diveguide and was a great dive buddy for me the week
that I was there. I was able to completely influence where we went, what we
saw and the pace we dove so that I could go slow and take pictures or just
drift along the wall with the current and enjoy the show.  Minahasa Prima
is south of Manado about 45 minutes by car in a quiet coastal area and sits
on a beautiful Mangrove lined bay.  It is an hour boat ride over to Manado
Tua and Bunaken which always went quickly and was a very relaxing part of
each day.  I dove several times in the Manado Bay in sandy areas and on a
nice wreck but greatly prefered diving Bunaken.  I also spent a day over in
Lembeh.  The MinahasaDivers team drove me over on a beautiful drive through
the jungle and villages of central North Sulawesi.  Lembeh is everything
that you hear -- an amazing experience.  Incredible and unique
biodiversity.  On my one off day before flying out the gang took me on a
tour of the region where I climbed a volcano, toured an ancient cemetery
and learned about the Minahasa native culture.

I'd say overall for the experienced diver this is a great place to add to
your list...
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