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Dive Review of Lembeh Divers/Lembeh Resort in
Indonesia/Lembeh Straits/Raja Ampat

Lembeh Divers/Lembeh Resort, Dec, 2007,

by scott johnson, ca, usa (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports). Report 3801.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Kona, Sipadan, Galapagos, cozumel, wakatobi, North Carolina many more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 10 to 15 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally 60 minutes was enforced...but i had one dive that was over 80 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments not applicable to me but they had a large camera room

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Ill be doing two reports due to the areas were so different that I went to.

Part I Lembeh Straits:

I arrived in Singapore in the early hours of December 25. Making my way to Manado (Lembeh Straits) I took a Silk Air flight to Balikpapan. Then catching a flight to Manado on Guardia Airlines. This was an all day event and a disaster. Guardia said I could not take all my Scuba Gear it was too much luggage etc etc Long story short it was an argument for over an hour about the Scuba gear finally got it on the plane although they charged me $40.00 and wanted to charge me up to a $100.00. Plane was over 2 hours late.got to Lembeh Straits at 3 am. In addition, there were no money changers open. If you ever do this trip, plan your flight on the days Silk is flying to Manado. Do not go through Balikpapan!

I stayed at the Lembeh Resort. What an exceptional place, great room, staff, large camera room, meals and overall ambience. Definitely exceeded my expectations.

The diving, WOW! I have never seen such weird stuff in my life, Mimic Octopus, White ghost ornate pipefish, Pigmy Sea Horses, Hairy Frog Fish, Hairy Stonefish, Paddle-Flap scorpionfish, Cuttlefish, Longtailed & Halimeda Ghost Pipefish, Stargazers, Coconut Octopus, Pigmy and Large Seahorses etc etc etcDo not expect to come here and see pelagics and great visibility. This is about the weird critters and from a guy who likes big stuff and 100 visibility..I loved this!

The only slight problem I found was the dive operation lacked a helpful staff the first day. In all fairness, I need to say that is a Christian area of Indonesia. They celebrate December 25th and the 26th. So many of the regular staff and management were on their Holiday when the regular staff returned there was a difference. The Dive guides Ronald, Abner, Dino were all trained by Larry Smith. Needless to say, they were great at finding the critters. I will be back!

The weather was near perfect. Generally, hi overcast skies with periodic rain, nice comfortable evenings, and no overbearing heat. Water temperature was 82 to 84.
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