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Dive Review of Lembeh Resort in

Lembeh Resort: "Lembeh, Better than ever.", Apr, 2015,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 62 reports with 30 Helpful votes). Report 8276.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my 3rd trip to Lembeh Resort. In my last report (2014 Chapbook) I had a number of complaints. I had heard that they had made a number of changes and I was anxious to see for myself if things had improved. The answer is a resounding YES. On the resort side the main building with reception downstairs and the restaurant upstairs has been opened up. Reception is now just a small corner instead occupying a big portion of the room. The rest of the downstairs is open with couches and chairs to sit in while you read the books and magazines from the library. Upstairs, the wall which separated the "inside" dining area from the "outside" dining area has been removed which allows much more flexibility in table arrangement. The was my 2nd time there as a single traveler. The first time there were a lot of small tables set for one or 2 and it took a couple of days to get to know enough of my fellow divers so that I did not eat alone. This time, Morten, the new guest relations manager, had a large "community" table set up where the staff ate with any guests who wanted to join them. This made getting to know everyone much easier, and encouraged conversation at meal time. They also have a new chef and the food is much, much better than before. It was so much better that I actually gained weight rather than losing it as I had on my 2 previous visits. On the dive operation side they tore down the old gear storage area and built a much larger replacement with a new concrete deck and new rinse tanks for cameras, gear, and wet suits. The also reconfigured the small dive boats, cutting down the gunwales and relocating the tank racks. These boats are now easier to dive from than the bigger ones. The only improvement that still needs to be done is the addition of floating docks so that you don't have to wade through the water and drag black sand up onto the concrete deck when you get off the boats. The only problem I had with the dive operation for this trip was that this is another operation which takes gear care out of your hands. During one of the nightly rinsings of my regulators they evidently did not get the dust cap back on the first stage and got water into the first stage which, then, migrated to my air-integrated dive computer and caused the pressure gage to malfunction. Fortunately, I had seen this sort of thing happen before and I was carrying an SPG as a back-up so I did not lose any dives as a result. Having the operation take care of your gear makes life easier, but nobody is going to take care of your gear as well as you will. Of the actual diving, Lembeh is still Lembeh, most likely the best muck diving in the world. If you like weird and wonderful creatures this is the place to see them. There isn't enough space left in this review to mention all the stuff I saw, needless to say I will return.
Websites Lembeh Resort   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Manado Getting There My international flight took me into Bali and, from there, I took a Lion Air flight to Manado with a brief stop in Makassar. From the Manado airport it is about 1.5 - 2 hours to the resort by car/boat. At the time I made my flight reservations both Lion and Garuda flew from Bali to Manado, but Lion was much much cheaper, even when considering that I had to pay for excess baggage. You may find that this may change in the future as the number of flights in Indonesia is exploding.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-86°F / 27-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25-40 Ft/ 8-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally follow the guide. (Which you want to do anyway as they can find stuff much easier than you can.) Don't empty your tank.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

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 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Big camera room with lots of outlets for battery charging. Dedicated rinse tank for cameras. Only accommodation on the boats was a soft rubber mat to put the cameras on.
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