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“Unexpected pleasure” 5 of 5 stars
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Madidir Ure Lingkungan II RT 07, Bitung 95515, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Bitung
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19 hotel reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I am a new diver and I have never been to a dive resort before..
Well, I felt like a queen.
Everything was very well organised .
Lovely freshly cooked meals,dives,gear,transportation...everything..
Touches like fresh fruit after the dive,fresh towels,tasty drinks on arrival to the lodge after a long day diving..I wish I had a recipe for the cinnamon tea, it was delicious.
The mother ship was very comfortable.If you were tired you could take a comfortable nap.
The dives were beyond anything one can expect. Staff was helpful and attentive.
We always felt welcomed and well looked after.
Well done.

Room Tip: All room are essentially the same and well described in some previous reviews.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Auckland, New Zealand
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012 via mobile

We had a great trip, we were all overwhelmed by the levels of service, both on the dive boats and at the resort. The dive guides were exceptionally talented at finding the underwater critters, as well as looking after all the divers safety. The food was fantastic, cooked fresh each day from local produce bought daily at the colorful local market. We will certainly be coming back.
Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nanaimo, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Eco Divers Resort Lembeh is a wonderful affordable option in Lembeh Strait. We are both avid divers and underwater photographers. My wife and I idea was to dive in Lembeh and find the most unique underwater animals. We certainly did find what we were looking for. We are 42 years old both with over 1500 dives. So here it is:

Diving: Muck diving means... Macro Capital of the world! You are going to say "Oh god... what am I doing diving in this sandy feature-less bottom" but after a little while you will see you first unique and rare underwater animal, and then another one, and then... another one! and you will love it! Your brain will get into hunting mode and underwater animals will be waiting for you to memorized you! Brilliant diving! If you are into big things... NOT YOUR PLACE! go to to Maldives instead. If you are into wall and wide angle photography.. then go to Bunaken... you come here for macro stuff and you (meaning the dive masters) will find it for you to a level that I have not seen before. The resort is in the middle of Bintung, far away from the ocean. We found this not a problem at all... we only stay 4 days, but most of your day will be spent in the water, so you get plenty of time to relax and enjoy the strait... They take you in cars every morning after breakfast and bring your back after your 3rd dive or your night dive. You will be spending the entire day in the "mother ship" which is very comfortable boat anchored in the middle of the strait. They take you in speed boats (15 min rides max) to all the dive sites and bring you back to the main boat for drinks, coffee, snacks, lunch, etc. Their operation runs like a Swiss clock, perfect! No hassle for anything and they take care of the smallest details ever! Wait for you with hot coffee, dry towels in every dive, smiles, hot chocolate after the night dive, the list goes on... the service that Cary and Jim provides is exceptional. They are divers, and they understand divers! Even they dive with you to find you stuff! wonderful. The dive masters have eagle eyes and find the most unique creatures... just ask them what you want to see... and they will be doing everything in their power to find it. They have Nitrox available for $7 a fill, and it is recommended due to the length of the dives... 4 guest max per dive-master and usually no limit in times as long as you are safe. Water... 82/83F a bit colder than Bunaken, a 5mm will be recommended if you are a cold person.

Food: EXCELLENT! Like a restaurant... you choose from a menu what you want to eat for breakfast and dinner and lunch is provided buffet style at the boat. The quality of the food is amazing! Sit down breakfast and diner, fully served by their wonderful staff. Lots of food! You will gain a few pounds here.

Accommodations: The resort is in the middle of the city like we mentioned. It is an old refurbished building. Each building has a common main area (lots of space) and 3 rooms with private bathrooms/showers. Some reviewers found this to be a problem, to us it was awesome! The rooms are comfortable, and sharing the common space with other guest was not an issue... everyone is so tired after many dives that you barely see anyone! Each building has also a camera/computer room where you can clean, plug in, and if you didn't bring a computer, there is one provided to you. Yes there are no views, no swimming pool, no beach and the rooms are dark; but you are only there after for a few minutes until dinner and then to work in your photos or sleep! If you need the view, beach, etc, this is not the place for you.

Overall: If you are considering Lembeh Strait, most likely you are an avid scuba diver and this is a excellent option to dive and be comfortable! The best is the service. No detail is left unattended (how can you put a price to that!); they will pamper you all your stay. The diving is excellent and there guides are top notch. You will see what you are looking for.

Tips:

- There is nothing to do around the resort. We walk to downtown when we arrive as we have the entire day and it was a good experience. Bintung is very poor, but very clean and with very friendly people. They will stop you to take photos of you in the streets and ask you for your name and where you are from. A soccer fan nation! If you want to establish conversation, this is a good way to start!
- Bring cash to tip the staff (rupians not euros or dollars)
- Bring 220v/110v power adapters

Room Tip: All room are the same. We had 4B, it was great!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

We spent a week at this dive resort. The concept is unique and we really enjoyed it.

The resort is not on the water but inland, about 15 minutes away by car. We found the trip to and from it each day fascinating and enjoyable as we got to see the local area versus spending all of our time is a resort, isolated from the outside world.

For diving, we take a one minute ride from the shore in a comfortable dive boat to the "big" boat. From the "big" boat, it is a short ride to the dive sites. Intervals and lunch are back on the "big" boat which has power for recharging batteries and wireless internet.

Their motto says something like "All the comfort of a resort while enjoying all the convenience of a live-aboard."

The staff was wonderful, the food very good, and we really enjoyed our week at the resort.

Room Tip: The rooms are all similar: Three private bedrooms each with a private bath, connected to a large air...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

if you can find a more diving focused holiday than a liveaboard this is it. Each morning you are taken from the resort to the day boat and thats where you spend most of the day. Its brilliantly equiped - especially for photos - right down to free wi-fi on the boat. the lembeh straight sites we visited were predominantly muck diving sites - very unusual and some incredible macro photography opportunities. The dive guides find the most unbelievable stuff and the skippers are super helpful too. Cary and jim and team are super helpful - even driving me around to find a suitable running route for my morning training - which I realised was definitely not a common Bitang request after not seeing another runner the whole week. The massages at the resort were terrific too - and oh my word - the food - wow!! Delicious. The location is inland and a 20 plus minute drive from the diving - so if you are looking for the more traditional beautiful sea side accomodation - this is definitely not it - no pool or loungers - no views. the cottages were beautiful, comfortable and clean - with computers and great facilities for working on pictures. while smoking was not allowed in the cottages - which as a nonsmoker I really appreciated the "smoking rules" were very relaxed on the boat. Many of the people in my group smoked - so while we were initially told that smoking was restricted to the top deck of the boat - people smoked on the dive boats and on the dive deck - if this bothers you, no staff says anything so you are either left to live with it or you have to ask other customers not to smoke yourself which wasnt great. You are allowed to bring your own drinks along which is awesome and very pragmatic of Jim and Cary who simply ask you not to bring them to the bar and restuarant - other extra charges should be considered if your budget is tight - add ons for night dives, sticks, bunaken, mandarins etc - check first - probably directly with the resort to avoid confusion between your tour organiser and eco divers. All in a fabulous and unique experience - different to any other dive trip i've been on.

Room Tip: cottages each have 3 rooms of 2 each - its really nice if you know all the people in your cottage...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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listening2U, Owner at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, responded to this review, May 9, 2012
Dear Guest, thank you very much for your recent review of Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. We're delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay with us. If you don't mind, we would like to respond to the 2 points you made:
1) Smoking - as you said, we do inform all guests that smoking is not allowed indoors, either at the resort or on the dive boat and that on the dive boat smoking is restricted to the top deck. As you know, all the smokers were from your own group so you should have spoken to them about it, or at least asked our manager to speak to them, but you did not ask her to do so. Had you done so, she would not have hesitated to speak to them.
2) With regard to extra charges e.g. night dives, Eco Divers clearly states the inclusions and exclusions both on its website (rates page) and in every quote it sends. Your holiday was booked through an agent in your home country, who knew what was included and excluded from your holiday, so it's incumbent on you, the traveller, to check these facts before you pay and book your holiday in order to avoid any surprises once you're in-resort. There was absolutely no confusion between Eco Divers and your agent - your agent was fully informed of what we would not be including in your package.
We hope that this helps to clarify these two points and we thank you again for taking time to offer us a review, as it helps us to improve our service. We look forward to welcoming you back to Eco Divers in the future.
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

We were SO impressed with Eco Divers Resort in Lembeh. So much detail has gone into the preparation of making your stay an unforgettable holiday. From the remarkable service to the smallest detail of eco sustainable choices on the menu.

It is evident that the Eco Divers team are happy team and that they enjoy their jobs! Each member of staff goes out of their way to make you happy and comfortable.

The food served is OUT OF THIS WORLD! The kitchen caters for all tastes and dietry requirements and you can't help yourself wishing you had space for seconds and thirds!

A big thank you to the whole Eco Divers team who made our stay in Manado such a memorable one. Each of you played a special part in making our engagement so unforgettable.

I can definately recommend Eco Divers Lembeh as the Number 1 resort in Manado!
We will be back!

PS You absolutely have to try a massage at their Spa - Sublime bliss after a hard days diving

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

From the moment we arrived to the time we left, staying and diving with Eco Divers was an incredible experience. The resort is spectacular and just what one needs to unwind. We ate like royalty, often a little too much, with a menu giving you a wide variety to choose from. But the cherry on top is the unique diving experience, with knowledgeable, friendly and professional dive guides who go out of there way to give you an experience of a life time. Thanks to Cary and her team for a wonderful holiday and I look forward to returining again and again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Madidir Ure Lingkungan II RT 07, Bitung 95515, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bitung
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Bitung
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Lembeh Cottages you’ll find the very best value service anywhere in Lembeh. These boutique cottages are designed by Eco Divers specifically for discerning divers. They are a stylish yet intimate retreat, from which you can conveniently explore all that Lembeh has to offer. Why pay more? Lembeh Cottages has all you need. ... more   less 
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Eco Divers Resort Lembeh Hotel Bitung
Eco Divers Resort Lembeh Bitung, Indonesia - Sulawesi

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