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Dive Review of Solitude/Solitude Lembeh in
Indonesia

Solitude/Solitude Lembeh: "If the diving is good, nothing else matters.", May, 2019,

by Diane Smith, CA, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10922.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Solitude Resort, Lembeh Straits, Indonesia May, 2019

“If the diving is good, nothing else matters. If the diving is not good, nothing else matters.” Old Rasta Divers saying.

The diving is great in Lembeh, and so is everything else. My husband Sherm and I returned to Lembeh with our BDF (Best Dive Buddy) and friend, Mark Leevan, because we all love Lembeh’s spectacular muck diving. We were worried because our favorite resort, Cassowary Lembeh, had changed ownership. We finally figured out that it was now called Solitude, and that it is part of a group of resorts and live aboards by the same name. We had never heard of Solitude, and were concerned that changes by new management might ruin what had always been our go to accommodation at one of our absolute favorite exotic dive destinations, Lembeh Straits, on the far northeastern part of Northern Sulawesi, in Indonesia. We had, by mistake, once stayed at another resort close by, with a similar name. Though very good, it couldn’t compare, especially the dive operation. We checked with an agent, and it seemed likely that the resort was physically the same under new ownership. It is, but better. There are more rooms than before, and the dining room is now on the ground floor. The grounds are even more beautiful, with lush, well kept shrubbery, trees, and an upgraded Koi Pond. It drips with orchids and other tropical flowers, and has a cozy and lovely pool area. Through an agent, we managed to book the two best “rooms,” villas 1 and 2, which have large balconies overlooking the straits. The villas are very spacious, comfortably furnished, and immaculate, with large bathrooms that stay warm if you keep the interior door to the bedroom closed, and comfortable if you don’t. At least villas 1 and 2 have fabulous outdoor showers. We were more than satisfied with the accommodations. They were better than ever. Plus, the new owners seem to have controlled the former massive sized cockroach problem, that used to make life challenging and sometimes crunchy in the middle of the night. There were no vipers on the balcony either, this time, which is always a plus. There are lots of birds, and we were particularly thrilled to see a huge eagle hunting, and returning to nest with a good sized fish.

The new operation has only been accepting guests for a short while. We three were the only ones here for the first 2-3 days, when two more guests arrived. Until then, we had the whole resort to ourselves, and a private dive boat! While it was just us three, though, it was like being under ultra friendly su ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Solitude   Solitude Lembeh

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, Maldives, Truc, Yap, Palau, Thailand, all over Indonesia
Closest Airport Manado Getting There Singapore to Manado. We flew to and out of Bali because....Bali

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 5-20 Ft/ 2-6 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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