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Dive Review of Murex Divers/Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Czapski, MI, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2032
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, PNG, Fiji, Micronesia, Australia, Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
The Resort has a huge dedicated camera building with individual
assembly/charging stations.  The rinse tank near the shore is huge and the
crew carry the cameras everywhere for you.  They are totally dedicated to
the huge number of photographers who come to this area looking for the
unique critters.  The groups are small with two dive guides per group and
all you have to do is give them your "wish list" and start
checking things off!  Their guides are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly
and very respectful of the underwater environment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is a top-notch operation both above and below the water.  The cottages
are beautiful with a fabulous view of the Straits. All feature some type of
indoor/outdoor baths which are beautiful.  The grounds are lovely (even in
a torrential downpour) and their infinity pool is inviting if you can tear
yourself away from the diving.  The restaurant is well-equipped and the
meals were good but not great.  Portions were ample but the menu is not
exciting.  Resort staff was extremely friendly and accommodated all special
requests.  Take strong legs, however, because everything is built into the
hillsides so there are lots of stairs to climb!

The diving.....people come to Lembeh for the diving and won't be
disappointed here.  All of the guides are extremely well-trained and
helpful.  Cameras were handled excellently and critters were found in such
great numbers that you didn't know where to look first!

Lembeh Resort and KBR across the Straits confer daily to make sure they are
not taking boats to the same dive sites at the same time.  Dive sites were
uncrowded and you were free to avail yourselves of the services of the two
guides or go off on your own.  Dives averaged 65 minutes. Depth limits were
generally not an issue. Nitrox is available for an additional charge. 
Buying a boat diving package (3 boat dives/day) entitles you to one
unguided house reef per day.  They have a lovely house reef which also
features numerous mandarinfish at dusk.  We booked a 4-night/3-dive day
extension to our Raja Ampat liveaboard and wished we had stayed at Lembeh
the whole time!

Several of the major liveaboard companies are now diving in this region or
moving operations to this region to dive.  I have very mixed feelings about
dumping 20 divers onto any of these unique dive sites but will reserve
judgement until I can check them out for myself!  
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