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Dive Review of Daniel's Lagoon Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

Daniel's Lagoon Resort: "Excellent Macro Photography Destination", Nov, 2019,

by Ken Tucker, CA, US ( 2 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11302 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Over the years, I have stayed at five different dive resorts along the Lembeh Strait [there are about 20], from premium offerings to bare bone, and have done nearly 300 dives in the strait. In addition to describing the resort and my experience there, I have also attempted to provide additional information for this destination, regardless of where one chooses to stay.

The Resort:
Daniel's Lagoon Resort is a new find for me, and I now prefer it over all the others I have stayed at or researched [and I have researched all of them]. The resort itself is also new, and located on Lembeh Island, between Bastiano's and NAD Resort, in a small, private lagoon. As such, it is very quiet and isolated. The resort is relatively inexpensive, and I considered to be of great value for the cost.

I stayed there for four weeks, in one of their four rooms [all air-conditioned]. In addition, they are currently constructing three new cottages, which are to be complete by Dec 2019.
It is a small, intimate resort with a good feeling to it. The staff are very accommodating and friendly, and will help however they can. I also found the manager and part owner, Natasha, to be quite outgoing and helpful. I quite enjoyed my time there, and I could say that the only thing I really missed was a good pizza. I had no issues or complaints or annoyances during my stay.

The resort has a small beach, located in front of a large open air dining room. The resort grounds are primarily level, with little elevation. I find this particularly appealing, as my legs are not as strong as before, with stair steps being somewhat problematic. There are other resorts here with waterfront locations, but many others are built along the high hillsides of the strait, and access is both more demanding and time consuming, at least to me. For those who find such to be relevant, this is an area worth researching wherever you stay, as it can come as quite a surprise.

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Handling of Cameras:
As mentioned, the resort has a dedicated camera room, but I opted for having a large work table placed in my room instead, which I find far more convenient and workable. Camera room work areas never seem to have enough room for me.

Cameras are carefully handled by staff and they will transport between your room and the boat. if requested.

My procedure is to send the camera to the room, shower it down, soak the smaller parts in the sink, then let it all dry in the bathroom, which has screened assess to the warm exterior, and facilitates quick drying. I then transfer everything to a large work table in my room, and work on it at my leisure.

About Food:
The food was generally of Indonesian flavour, and of sufficient variety. I never requested otherwise, and perhaps other offerings are also available. I found the soups to be quite good. Breakfast catered to your own particular tastes, and offerings included pancakes, omelets, cereals, fruit, and Asian dishes. My ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Philippines, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, California coast, Costa Rica, Mexico, Bonaire, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Manado, North Sulawesi Getting There Direct flights to Manado are available via Bali [LionAir], Singapore [SilkAir], or Jakarta [Sriwajaya, Lion, Batik, Garuda
Garuda also flies from Bali via connection in Makassar.

From Manado, it is about two hours by land to Bitung [arranged by the resort], followed by perhaps 10 minutes by boat to your final destination.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 20-40 Ft/ 6-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute recomended dive time
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The resort has a dedicated camera room, but I opted for having a large work table placed in my room instead, which I find far more c ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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