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Dive Review of lumbalumbadiving in
Indonesia/Manado, Sulawesi

lumbalumbadiving: "Supurb in all regards.", Mar, 2014,

by Daniel O. Benson, OR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 7945.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 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 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This is the greatest place on earth! Excellent diving and a heck of a value.
This resort is small, only 6 bungalows. It's on a very steep hill not far from Manado and near Tasik Ria.
The resort is run by a dutch expatriate couple. He tends to the dive center and she to the grounds. They live on the grounds, and are attentive to all aspects of running a very upscale resort.
The grounds are a botanical fairytale. Orchids abound as well as many other tropical plants.
The rooms are very nice. Double or queen beds in an immaculate bedroom. A shower with stone walls and a toilet in a different part of the bungalow. There is a large house that would accommodate about 6 people, and then 3 individual bungalows.
And the diving. Ah yes. The house reef is remarkably nice with resident Mandarin Fish, Cuttlefish, etc. And it's is readily accessible.
And there is also a very spacious purpose-built dive boat. This boat will take you the hour ride to Bunaken National Park, or closer by if you wish. And because the resort is so small the most divers we had on the boat was 6!
For this luxury you'd expect to pay a premium. But you don't. It's very reasonably priced. A real diamond! But shhhh. Keep this one a secret for Undercurrent readers only!
Beware. There are TWO lumbalumbadiving resorts in Indonesia. The other is way west at Aceh. So be sure you look at the correct dive center! This one is in Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Websites lumbalumbadiving   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide. Red Sea, Malaysia, Philippines, Hawaii, U.S. and Caribbean
Closest Airport Manado Getting There It's an ordeal any way you go. Best is though Singapore direct to Manado on Silk Air. HOWEVER, you can also go through one of the world' worst airports: Jakarta, Indonesia and thence to Manado

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back alive. You're an adult. Act and dive accordingly.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tank aboard for cameras. We took our camera gear to our room so we could look at our pictures so I can't comment about camera facilities at the dive shop.
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