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Dive Review of NAD in
Indonesia/Lembeh Strait

NAD: "NAD Resort", Apr, 2015,

by Lynn Phillips, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8201.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First of all, if muck diving is your thing, Lembeh Strait is a premier destination. You can see everything on your wish list: Blue Ringed Octopus, Wonderpus, Hairy Octopus, Pygmy Seahorses, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Ornate Ghostpipefish, different types of Frogfish, every kind of unusual shrimp and crab, etc. etc. and of course nudibranchs. My friends are nudi people, so that is our main focus. We saw over 70 different species, including the rare Melibe Colemani and Bonelli (and April is not even the best time of year to find nudibranchs in Lembeh). The guides will come to get you to show you special finds. They will write it on a slate to clarify. I have been to the area three times before at a resort and on a liveaboard, but this was my first time at NAD, The best things about NAD are that it is built all on one level and it is very reasonably priced. I had my own room and it was only about $30 extra per day. It is a small 10 room resort with a few larger bungalows up some steps. If you were on a honeymoon or something, these would be nice as they have more amenities and are more private. Room 10 is the best as it is on the end of the block of rooms closest to the ocean. Rooms 9 and 8 are also quite good. All the rooms have covered patios as well as lovely views toward the water and volcano with great sunsets, and are just steps from the dining and diving areas. OK, the rooms are pretty basic, but are perfectly adequate, and there is good AC. The bathrooms are a little funky as there is a combined shower, sink, toilet area--more like a liveaboard, so everything gets wet. But you just adapt and put your stuff in the room. There is an excellent camera room which is conveniently located. The dive set up is great. They have three large boats with good cover. toilets and rinse tanks for cameras. There are about 8 divers per boat with a ratio of one dive guide per two people. I was with two friends and I got my own personal guide. They don't try to double you up with someone you didn't come with. The guides are fantastic and spend the entire time searching for interesting things. All the gear is kept on the boat and is rinsed and set out to dry by the crew. In a few days the boat crew knew my little idiosyncrasies and anticipated my needs. Dives are 70 minutes (or more if you find something interesting). I would strongly suggest using Nitrox in order to get the most out of the dive profiles they tend to do here. There are three dives a day with an optional night dive at an extra cost (about $55). The food is buffet style, and for the most part fresh and pretty good. They accommodated vegetarians with varied entrees and a lot of the regular dishes were also vegetarian. I would definitely go back there, and next time for two weeks instead of only nine nights.
Websites NAD   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere with warm water.
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Easiest is Singapore Airlines and connecting flight to Manado. We went through Jakarta this time and another time through Bali, but you have to spend the night en route.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 81-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 70 minute dives, but flexible if you wanted to stay longer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments NAD is used to having professional photographers as well as anyone else with high end equipment. They know how to find any critter you want and how to assist you if you need it. They are very careful with the equipment.
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