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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in

Lembeh Resort, Jul, 2013,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 62 reports with 30 Helpful votes). Report 7159.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my second trip to Lembeh Resort in less than a year. I went by myself last October at the end of a live-aboard trip. This time I was in a group of more than 25 organized by Burt Jones and Maurine Shimlock which featured nudibranch expert Dave Behrens. Every day we would have breakfast and then a lecture by either Dave on nudibranchs or Burt on photography. Last fall I was blown away by the great muck diving. With familiarity I looked at things a bit more critically this time. First of all, there were still sites that blew me away with the number and variety of creatures. However, seasonality hit in that there were also sites that were only so-so, while last fall just about every site was wonderful. I also experienced a wide variety of the divemasters as Burt and Maurine made sure that everyone was treated equally. In their doing this I found that there was a relatively wide variety of capability in the divemasters. Some were definitely better than others. Last fall I had one of the best for just about the whole trip. I was also on one of the 2 big boats last fall for essentially the whole trip. The 2 big boats are comfortable and diving from them is a pleasure. The dive operation also has 2 small boats which they use when the resort is full. These 2 boats are a real pain to dive from and the dive operation should replace them. The boat set-up is also such that you have to step off the boat into shallow water with a black sand bottom before you can get to shore. This results in the sand being tracked everywhere. They should install a floating pier so that you can avoid this. The area where you change and hang your gear up is also very small with pitted concrete and is always wet and full of sand. They should tear this all down, install new concrete, and build a bigger place for you to change and hang your gear up. Right now 2 people have to share a space which is really too small for one. The resort and dive operation are actually 2 separate organizations. The resort also has issues. The cottages are old and in need of renovation. The toilet in our cottage needed a new flush mechanism. Although I complained a number of times it never got fixed the whole time we were there. I am also not a fan of the food. Breakfast and lunch are both buffets with less than appetizing food. At breakfast you could get an omelet made, but if you did not get there early the omelet line was so long that it was not feasible to get it made and eat before we had to go to our morning lecture. For dinner you typically had several choices of entree. Most were quite good and I wish that breakfast and lunch were the same quality. I will note that they gave us a questionnaire at the end of the trip in which I expressed my complaints. I got an email response from Ana, who apologized for the problems. She indicated that she and Miguel are relatively new hires as managers and have gotten approval from the resort's owner to do major renovations to both the rooms and the common areas. I look forward to returning after the renovations have been completed.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-40 Ft/ 5-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Don't do anything dumb
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Great camera room and big rinse tank on-shore. Only thing on the boats is a soft pad to put the cameras on.
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