I've been to NAD twice now (Sept 2012 & Feb/Mar 2013) and am currently making plans for a third (and possibly fourth) visit. These guys make everything easy, happy and darn near perfect.
I usually come in on the late flight and have NAD arrange my transfers. Either Zee or Simon is waiting at the resort on my arrival around 1am and they always have a big plate of delicious food ready before showing me to my room.
The rooms are spacious, with plenty of room to unpack, stretch out and plug in. There is a dedicated camera room that has just been upgraded so there's no reason to drag everything back and forth each day. The beds are comfortable and the showers are great (I ask for the temp to be turned up a bit and they attend to it straightaway). The rooms all have a nice patio with hanging racks for towels & bathers plus a couple of chairs and small table. All have views out to the water. I have not stayed in the bungalows, but they are also very well done!
Food is plentiful, extremely varied and excellent for every meal. You can ask for mei goering for breakfast as it's usually more western type offerings, including eggs your way. Their beef rendang is outstanding. I don't eat fish, so they always have special chicken available for me on those days fish in on the menu. There would be plenty to eat at that meal without it, but it's a nice & appreciated touch!
Their dive guides are exceptional. I've done most of my diving with Paulus and Joni, but also dived with three or four others and each one finds the most amazing creatures. Bring a wish list if you want and they'll do their best to help you tick things off. Go with the flow and let them just find you things - you'll never want for subjects! These guides know the sites, know the creatures and work hard to make sure you have a good dive each and every time. Wish I could have them with me on dives in my own backyard, too!
The dive sites are varied and the guides/crew cater very well to the various needs of the divers. Not over micromanaging those who are experienced and comfortable, offering more assistance to those who need it.
All of their staff are super friendly, smiley and helpful. One even sewed up my wetsuit after a seam came loose. Ask for anything and they will try their best to help you. Their staff are an integral part of the joy of staying here, unlike many places where you feel they do their job just fine but aren't really part of the friendly atmosphere. This place feels like a great friend & family home and guests are included.
I love NAD Lembeh and highly recommend it to anyone wanting a beautiful, relaxing, stressfree stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NAD Lembeh is small owner operated family style resort on Lembeh Island, home of Critter and Muck diving. We have FOC house reef diving and 9 full time dive guides. Our camera facilities, with wet and dry camera rooms are highly popular. The Owner is regularly in the kitchen ensuring the blend of food is to our guests' tastes. With 10 aircon rooms and 2 aircon bungalows we believe we can offer you a fantastic holiday on a budget. The Resort is compact without feeling small and our staff are very friendly, our location is also in a small private bay on Lembeh Island, far away from the city and its associated noise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Nad Lembeh Hotel Bitung
- NAD Lembeh Resort Bitung, Indonesia - Sulawesi