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Dive Review of Lumbalumba Diving Centre in
Indonesia/Sumatra, Pulau Weh

Lumbalumba Diving Centre, Aug, 2005,

by Michael Bode, Nds, Germany (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2339.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Pulau Weh is easy to reach via Medan and Banda Aceh. Two fast ferries from Banda Aceh connect every day to Weh (1 h). It is another hour by taxi to Gapang beach, where Lumbalumba Diving Resort is situated. There are decent bungalows close by, some even with a/c.
We were the first guests to visit P. Weh after the tsnunami. There is little damage under water. The main dive sites did not show any signs of destruction. Biodiversity is high with nice coral (hard and soft)and big schools of fish, many different species of moray eels, scorpion fish and nice nudibranchs.
Highlights are the underwater volcano - much better and more active than the underwater volcano north of Manado in the Sangihe Archipelago - and the WW2-wreck of Sophie Rickmers, which lies in more than 40m on the sandy bottom. There are regular Manta sightings - we did not see them.
Lumbalumba is a professionally organized dive base with two dive boats (no sun protection)and well maintained dive gear. We will come back!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, PNG, Solomon Islands, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 27-28°C / 81-82°F Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-25 M / 49-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Special freshwater tank for photographers. No special area for photographers. There is a lot of sand around. So be careful!
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