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Dive Review of Kasawari Lembeh in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits

Kasawari Lembeh, Oct, 2011,

by Barbara M Shively, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 6256.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean for 20+ years, Hawaii, Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions You were expected to stay with your dive guide but this was not a hard and fast rule
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 2 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Don't bother to bring a camera unless you are set up for macro. Most everything you will see is between 1" and 6" long. There is so much crud in the water you have to shoot from very close to the subject anyway.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Kasawari-Lembeh resort is as nice as the other rave reviews describe. I second their praise except in for area of food. The menu was ambitious but the food didn't live up to expectations. It was a solid "ok". Staff was extremely nice and attentive. The dive operation was as great as described in other reports but when they say "muck diving" they aren't talking about what I expected from my other experiences. Where I have done muck diving in the past the muck referred to the sea bottom of sand, coral rubble, sea grasses, maybe some old tires, cement blocks, etc. Here the muck is also suspended in the water! The black sand beaches are ringed with trash and there is garbage and trash in the water as well as a lot of other stuff I didn't want to even think about.
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