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Dive Review of Bastiano in
Indonesia/Bunaken and Lembeh

Bastiano, Oct, 2007,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 3697.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving USA, Hawaii, Mexico, Micronesia, PNG, Fiji, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions stay with divemaster; but there were many dives at both resorts which exceeded 1 hr. or 75 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Bastiano at Lembeh had a charging room for batteries; both resorts would find adapters for 220V for you; Frans ,the head of diving at Lembeh has a digital camera and laptop.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments At Bunaken, the dives were long, many were over 70 min. There were currents; those divers used to currents did not wear split fins--not enough thrust. Janri was my divemaster all week (11 dives) but usually there was 2 divemasters for 6 divers. Sometimes, they took you on the less vibrant side of point; currents would change in middle of dive. Lots of fishes usually except at Lembeh. Breakfast at Bunaken was sorta skimpy--eggs and toast there was more breakfast at Bastiano, Lembeh. Lunch and dinners were good and plentiful. Mostly, everyone was friendly. Rooms basic; lounge for TV, DVD, etc.
They would take you out even if there was no other diver. They set up and care for your equipment. You must have rupiahs as they won't change US dollars, nor trav. checks. But, they will let you charge any extras such as sodas, booze, internet, extra dives, etc.
At Lembeh, same no hot water for showers and no A/C. But, strange creatures abound, esp. electric cell, hairy frogfish, blue-ring octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, etc.
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