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Dive Review of Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards/The Lembeh Resort in

Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards/The Lembeh Resort: "Critters at Lembeh Resort", Jul, 2017,

by Mel Cundiff, CO, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 9676 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Lembeh Straits are a must dive location for divers who are interested in, and have experienced, many coral reefs around the world. Once such a diver reaches a point that s/he has a comfortable feeling about the huge diversity of organisms found in the marine environment, a visit to Lembeh opens a whole new world of diversity! On the muck dives that will be done there, such a diver will have pointed out to him/her organisms which cannot be distinguished between animal/plant or vertebrate/invertebrate. By some, this location has been considered to be the “muck diving/critter diving capital of the world.”

As a measure of the popularity of this location for divers, there was only one dive resort there in the early 1990s – now there are likely 60 to 90 with several live aboard dive boats. A significant contributor and attraction to the diversity found there is the high diversity of octopus-related cephalopods. There are probably 25-plus different species, likely more than may be found in any other location around the world. Many divers go there just to see the mimic octopus and wunderpus which are rare in other places.

The Critters at Lembeh Resort ([ link]) is part of a 3-venue complex in northern Sulawesi containing the Murex Resort which, I believe, was the first dive resort in that part of the world.
I have stayed and dived with The Critters at Lembeh Resort a half dozen times and couldn’t recommend it more highly. The resort, the diving, the dive operation, the dive masters, the underwater photo facilities, the critter diversity, the lodging, the staff, the food and the camaraderie are exquisite! BTW, this makes a convenient stopover location for those venturing eastward to dive Raja Ampat and vicinity.

Mel Cundiff, Broomfield, CO Cundiff@Colorado.EDU 29/Jul/2017

Alert: Marty Snyderman and Ned/Anna DeLoach. Please research and write an article on the pygmy sea dragon I saw there two weeks ago. That has to be the smallest vertebrate animal living on this earth!

Websites Murex Dive Resorts & Live-Aboards   The Lembeh Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving On the best coral reefs all over the world.
Closest Airport Manado Getting There via, Singapore, Bali, Jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 83-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 15-40 Ft/ 5-12 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Come up with your buddy when you are out of air.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 2 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Ample room and facilities for camera set up and maintenance with a photo pro in residence.
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