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Dive Review of Basianos/Basianos Dive Resort - Lembeh in
Indonesia/Sulewesi/Lembeh Strait

Basianos/Basianos Dive Resort - Lembeh: "Bastianos Dive Resort - Lembeh Strait", May, 2018,

by Henry O Ziller, CO, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 31 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 10314 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was our second trip to Sulawesi. We were quite happy with our stay at Kungkungan Bay Resort (KBR) last trip in 2010 but since there were plenty of positive reports on that resort we thought we would try a different resort. Bastianos Dive Resort – Lembeh (https// also had good reports so we thought we would try them, and since they have a second resort at Bunaken and handle all the transfers we gave it a shot.
Of course the worst thing about traveling to Indonesia is the flight time and stops along the way. Using United Airlines miles we had stops in Tokyo, Bangkok, and Denpasar, with overnights in Bangkok and Denpasar. Miles would only take us as far as Denpasar. There are numerous ATM’s in the Denpasar airport for changing money. Some will allow up to 2.5 million Rupiahs ($176 USD) Manado’s Airport also has an ATM, but it did not work for us. Our driver did stop along the way in Bitung where we could use an ATM.
We bought tickets months ago on Garuda Indonesia Airlines with a direct flight to Manado from Denpasar, but alas two weeks before we started the trip they cancelled that flight and we were routed through Jakarta. Lion Air has direct flights, but they were all booked for our dates. Our flight was delayed in Jakarta so we arrived at Manado at 1:00 AM. I thought we would have to spend the night in a local hotel, but there was a Bastianos driver waiting for us with a sign. The drive to Bitung from the airport took one hour and 45 minutes, then it is a 15 minute boat ride to the island where the resort is located. Through all that front desk staff was waiting for us at 3:00 AM to show us to our room and deliver our bags. We were quite amazed that there is still great service in some parts of the world. We did not make the morning dives, but did make the one afternoon dive. Since we paid in advance for 12 dives and were down a dive we were reimbursed at the e ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Caribbean and Central America, Micronesia, Indonesia, Philippines, Maldives, Tanzania, Australia, and Fiji.
Closest Airport Manado Getting There See the report. There are numerous airlines that can get you to Manado it just depends where you want to stop along the way. We chose to go through Bali because we wanted to spend 5 extra day relaxing after two weeks of diving.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Basically stay with the divemaster and let them know when you are at half tank and 50 bar (750 psi) There was no restriction on time except one hour was mentioned. We averaged 80 minutes per dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No setup on the boat, but there is a 5 gallon bucket on the boat for cameras. Al ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By peter bernstein in FL, US at Jun 21, 2018 10:01 EST  
Was the costs similar to KBR ?
By report author: Henry O Ziller in CO, US at Jun 21, 2018 11:01 EST  
Bastianos was $700USD/per person less than KBR, but KBR is a step above, larger room better food with meals served. We enjoyed both very much
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