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Dive Review of Lumbalumba in

Lumbalumba: "Lumbalumba Again", Nov, 2016,

by Mike , MI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9367.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Took the easy route for a week long trip and went back to Lumbalumba to visit Roel & Judd before finishing our Singapore assignment next summer. This is the start of the monsoon according to the calendar and it has started. Resort is closed from Dec to March due to the weather, mainly rough seas.

Diving is a mix of out to Bunaken island for wall dives and then back in for the third dive along the Manado coast. Rain run off starting to effect the visibility but still 30 to 60 ft. Water temperature a warm 86 to 87 degrees. Lots of small critters but not so many large ones this time. Did run across some risso dolphins but they are not very social. Saw sharks on a night dive but deeper than us so didn't investigate. Came up to lightning and rain as hard as hail from the night dive but well worth it from the pics. Plenty of reef fish and lots of tuna and jacks on one wall dive.

Dive boat is the best in the area, a level deck catamaran with twin diesels. Water entry is giant stride from the back and back up a ladder after handing up the gear. Does about 10 knots so the trip out to the island is just over an hour. If lucky you will meet the dolphins and whales. Over to the island for two dives then lunch on the way back before the third dive. Lots of people get dropped off after two dives and do not make the third dive.

Must have been tired from work because I really enjoyed the resort. Airport pick up and drop off. Think a european guest house in a tropical garden (her work). Breakfast is european but no meat but eggs any way you want. Then dinner in the evening, an excellent assortment of local dishes along with music and the available bar.

If you like cooking go to dinner early and get a cooking lesson from the chef John.

Some of the dive guides act as local tour guides available for your day of rest before flying. A trip to the highlands is worth doing and the market in Tomohon is worth seeing. It is a market the way most markets used to be.

Websites Lumbalumba   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Eastern Pacific, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Solomon's, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Direct from Singapore

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 85-87°F / 29-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your certification level
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments Rinse tank on boat, large table for general use can be used to change batteries. No shore facilities, set up charger in room and do file transfer there.
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