As always, Lembeh is a great place to dive, especially if you're into small critters and muck diving. I won't spend time talking about the diving as we've always enjoyed the diving in this area, having dived in Manado many times. In this regard, you will not be disappointed - the dive guides know the terrain well and are good spotters. The camera room is really a plus and we were impressed with individual cubicles with lights attached for cleaning our camera gear, a dry cabinet and lots of towels. I have never seen such a good camera room before, even in places like Wakatobi.
The resort itself is not really a resort but more of a lodge, so don't expect more than clean rooms with 24-hour AC. The bungalows - while larger and more private - can be a strain to get to if you have wobbly knees and poor eyesight at night, so if you prefer to be closer to the restaurant and dive centre, opt for the smaller chalet. Our water in the bungalow ran out twice, which was quite a bummer, but the staff members were able to see to the issue as quickly as they could, and were apologetic about it.
Now on to the dive service. There were a few issues: 1. We were diving on Nitrox but the tanks were at best 29% EAN, and never hit above 30% except for one time. 2. We requested for a private dive guide (and paid a premium for it) but there were occasions where we had an additional diver join us, and even a time when one diver was on AIR while we were on NITROX, so that was not ideal as we were mindful to ensure the diver on AIR did not follow our bottom time readings. 3. We did two shore dives in the late afternoon but were quite surprised when no one was around to help us remove the tanks when we resurfaced. We don't expect a porter or someone to wash our gear but at least to remove the tanks and set them aside - the tanks were still strapped onto our gear the next morning. Maybe I am expecting too much but these 3 issues I have listed were never experienced elsewhere.
- Also Known As:
- Nad Lembeh Hotel
- Nad Lembeh Hotel Bitung
- NAD Lembeh Resort Bitung, Indonesia - Sulawesi
- 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