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

MinahasaDivers/Minahasa Prima, Sep, 2006,

by Kriss Kirchhoff, Id, USA . Report 2817.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth suggestions for each dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 Strait.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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