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Dive Review of Black Sand Dive Retreat in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

Black Sand Dive Retreat: "A Gem in Lembeh", Oct, 2019,

by Fredda Lerner, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 11217.

Photos Submitted with this Report


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Juvenile wonderpus Mimic octopus Clown frog fish
2 female ribbon eels Clownfish Juvenile ornate ghost pipefish Leaf scorpionfish Seahorse
Flamboyant cuttlefish

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Our week in Lembeh Strait at Black Sand Dive Retreat (BSDR) far exceeded our high expectations. For years we have read about Lembeh and then decided to go to BSDR after a recommendation from fellow divers on a previous trip. We are so glad we did!
The sand at the BSDR beach is really black!
There are so many wonderful things about Lembeh Strait and BSDR. First the amazing muck diving. Before each dive trip, I create a mental list of various animals I want to see. At BSDR I was a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Black Sand Dive Retreat   [same]

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Hawaii, Cocos Islands, Galapagos, Australia, Chuuk/Truk, Palau, Yap, Philippines
Closest Airport Manado Getting There DC --> SFO --> SIN --> MDC

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided based on what you requested to see. We used air. Nitrox available but expensive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 Separate locked camera room at the Dive Centre, plenty of charging but no forced air. Towels are provided. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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