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Dive Review of Eco Divers in
Indonesia/Lembeh and Manado

Eco Divers: "Incredible Diving In Indonesia", Feb, 2016,

by Brent Barnes, OK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8822.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Saba, St. Eustatius, California, Socorros Islands, Cocos Island, Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, West Palm, Cabo, Dominica, Mexican Cenotes
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Flight to Manado usually through Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limitations, we generally followed the guide as they were superior at finding critters but were not required to stay with them at all times. Depths were usually a maximum of 60 feet at Lembeh and 80 feet at Bunaken and dives were 50 minutes to 80 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 I dove both Lembeh and Bunaken at Manado. They are completely different. Lembeh is exclusively macro photography with incredible small bizarre critters. Bunaken is dramatic walls wit ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 I returned from North Sulawesi and had an excellent experience with Eco Divers in Lembeh and in Manado. I am a well-traveled diver but had never been to Asia to dive and Lembeh has been on my bucket list for a while. Last spring, I placed in a photo contest through Beneath the Seas and won a 7 night stay with Eco Divers in Lembeh and was thrilled when I received it. But, I noted at the bottom of my winning certificate that it was only valid in 2015 and I had already taken major trips to the Socorros and Cat Island in the Bahamas and did not have time to get to Indonesia in 2015. I sent an email to Eco Divers in Lembeh and got an immediate response from the owner himself, Andrea Bensi. I inquired if they would extend the certificate to 2016 if I paid for a second diver to come with me and he immediately assured me they would. He also highly recommended that I extend my trip a few days and dive with Eco Divers in Manado in the Bunaken Marine Park. These two experiences are very different as Lembeh is muck diving with amazing and bizarre critters and the Bunaken park is amazing walls with some pelagic life. They are 2 hours apart by ground and in my opinion it would be neglectful to travel across the world to dive one without the other. I agreed and made travel arrangements for early January and Andrea immediately answered any questions I had by email before the trip. As it was my first time to travel to Asia, I dreaded the travel but found the trip to Asia to be long but fine. We flew from the Midwest in the United States to Los Angeles and overnighted there. We then flew from L.A. to Manado on Singapore Airlines. This involved an 11 hour flight to Tokyo with a two hour layover in Tokyo and then a seven hour flight on the same plane from Tokyo to Singapore. Thus, we did not have to worry about making connections. We then had a six hour layover in Singapore and caught a 3.5 hour flight from Sinagapore to Manado on SilkAir which is a regional branch of Singapore Airlines. The United States based airlines could surely learn a thing or two from Singapore Airlines in regards to comfort and customer service. The service was outstanding and the S ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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