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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in

Lembeh Resort, Dec, 2012,

by Laura Austin, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 6852.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Bonaire, Cozumel, Roatan, Utila, Cayman, Florida, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions You need to pay attention to your PSI--the dives can be deep (every dive seem to go to at least 70 feet, often deeper) and every dive is at least 60 minutes, perhaps 65 or even 70. We frequently came back with less than 500 PSI--sometimes a lot less.
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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The photographer is king at Lembeh Resort. The dive operation is geared towards the photographer and the excellent d ... 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 4 stars
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Comments We have to travel at Christmas time (our son is still in college) which isn't the best time for North Sulawesi, weather-wise. I had originally wanted to combine Lembeh with either Bunaken or Gangga, but worried that weather might disrupt the diving on the other side of the Strait (after reading other reports and having had the experience of being blown out by weather before) so opted to spend the full two weeks in Lembeh. Not sure if this was the correct decision, but the one time we tried to take the special three-tank dive to Bangka (out of the Strait) we had to turn back after the first dive due to chop and surge. Even going to California Dreaming wasn't easy, although we did make it there and to Angel's Window, for a little change of scenery.

We had a few rainy days, but the weather never affected the muck diving, which is why most people come to Lembeh. And it might have been off-season in terms of weather, but it was definitely the season for Blue-ring octopusi. We saw them nearly every dive; to tell you the truth, we started to get a bit tired of them. I was much more excited about the wonderpus, longarm, mimic, the coconut (awesome!) and even the one regular reef octopus we saw. (Didn't find a hairy or a starry, unfortunately.) And the frogfish were outstanding--(nearly)every kind--hairy, giant, painted, etc--and in (nearly) every color! Once we saw three giant green frogfish together--they got up and started to swim (who knew they could swim?) in a line before settling down again, still cheek to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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