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Kasawari Lembeh Resort
Ranked #7 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Bitung
Reviewed May 8, 2013

Kasawari is a relatively small resort but offer almost the best services in Lembeh from my opinion. With less than 10 villas the resort always focus on the guests and offer excellent dive experiences. The dive masters are all great and attentive, with lots of experience t the dive sites and be able to help me to find my most wanted creatures in Lembeh. The services from the boat crews are also great. No where else you can enjoy the most relax dive trips with hot towels, fruits platters, even hot chocolate fro night dives. I can feel that every feature of the resort is managed well with attendtion to details so that I can fully enjoy the relaxing moments during the stay.

I'll be back Kasawari!

Room Tip: Rooms are all good only depends on how many ppl are you booking for
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is our first time in Lembeh. I traveled there with my wife and 17 friends. If you like muck diving, look no more. All dive sites are 5-15mins away tops. Tons of crazy little critters and some nice wall dives. The resort is clean and well maintained. The rooms are nice and roomy, and the AC works great. The resort is small, so getting around is easy and quick. If your not diving you may want to look into staying somewhere else, there is not a ton to do there but diving. They really cater to the diver. If you want to read a book and chill at the pool every day, then you will be fine. They do offer excursions, but most of them are far and take up most of the day. The food was nothing extraordinary, but good and plentiful. There were alot of reviews regarding loud music. We heard the "Loud" music one day for a few hours and it was nothing obnoxious. I thought it was actually nice.
The dive staff is amazing!!!! These guys work there butt off for you. You will get yelled at if they see you carrying anything. Big Thanks to Dedy, Nonsix, and Rusli. They will find you all the crazy critters you want. I recommend doing the mandarin dive, very cool. The camera room is the best I have seen, tons of plugs for charging all your camera equipment and good space.
The resort staff is awesome they will bend over backwards for you. they always have a smile on there face. They are always working to keep everything nice and clean and the grounds well manicured. Thanks Aneetha and staff for all your hard work.
Not to many places can get away without having some type of gripe. There were 2, which one was not Kasawari problem. There is alot of trash in the water, its on every dive. It would be nice if the local people could put a program together to help manage that. The 2nd was the lack of a bar, which was a bit disappointing, especially when we gave them good heads up that we enjoy a good cocktail. With that being said, they did offer there local Bintang beer and some wine. My suggestion is if you enjoy a good cocktail grab a bottle at duty free or pack a bottle or 2. They are more then happy to accommodate some mixers :) All and all we enjoyed our time there and would recommend it to anyone who want to do some truly unique diving.
Alittle room tip, 1 and 2 are probably the best views, but all the rooms are nice and close. Also we ran into a very tiny issue in our room. Which for a full day I thought we had a crazy bird living in our room and was keeping me up at night. Turned out it was the TV power converter making the noise. if it's to loud for you, just pull the plug on it before you go to bed.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

But certainly not our last time here. The resort is small, intimate, well appointed and run by the legendary Nus Lobbu, THE dive guide for Lembeh back in 1998, our first time in the area. The food has western and Asian dishes (we stuck with the Asian), good prices for the local Bintang beer but BYOB otherwise. Diving was for "the critters" and Ali, our guide who also goes back to the earlier days of diving in Lembeh was an expert at finding them--they seem even smaller now, maybe thats my eyesight.

If you don't dive, don't go. If you have never been in Lembeh and particularly if you are a photographer, this is a must do destination (pack your macro lenses--wide angle will be unused weight in your luggage). This resort will fill all your needs--and they don't stint on dive time--we did 34 dives, three a day and the shortest was 70 minutes.

There have been "noise" comments, they were not a problem for us. Whatever sounds we heard were usually for less than an hour and not late into the night. The rooms are well built and any sounds were muted.

The staff, ranging from the check in, the housekeepers, the restaurant (who kept up with my endless demand for Mangosteens in the early part of the season) to the groundskeepers are just wonderful. Our next trip at Lembeh will be here at Kasawari.

Mike and Raynalda Bryant

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

This is supposedly a first rate resort but falls short of the mark. First, it is often noisy - and I mean unbearable from early in the morning - 5:30 AM to late at night. There are villages and dwellings on both sides of the resort - which is very small. Individuals and the villages play loud, amplified music at all hours.

There are two breakfasts. The first is before the first dive. This breakfast offers virtually nothing. Stale bread, colored water - aka juice, stale cereal. Just horrible. The second breakfast is ordered before you leave for your first dive and is better.

The diving is what you expect of Lembeh but... a shadow of what it was even five years ago. The cleaning of fishing nets, over diving, and increased population pressures have taken their toll

Room Tip: When the villages are playing music your only options are very high quality ear plugs and even then...
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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Just returned from a seven night stay,Garry just loved the diving and said it was some of the best he has done in the area,done quite a bit elsewhere same region.Dive guides were excellent camera room excellent and the Villa 1 was terrific, only a small resort and only half full while we were there, only fault we found was they had no bar facilities,they did have one but had no stock of anything much except beer etc,could not make any cocktails as they had no ingriedents,we missed the happy hour that you share with other divers at the end of the day,we are not drinkers much at all but did love to be able to have a cocktail at the end of the day.The pool I had to my self as a non diver and only a couple of steps away from the villa,so very nice,pool kept very clean,umbrella's could do with an update and a few signs warning you not to dive,as it is not a deep pool.As a non diver not much to do,so be prepared to sit around and swim or read. The food was very good quality although fruit should have been ready available at the early morning breakfast,just a bananna would be good,without having to ask staff to get one for you.as they had no orange juice apple juice became a bit sweet,paw paw is not for every one.We thought we would get a xmas day lunch provided but nothing special was done at all, not even any entertainment by staff,would have loved to here them do something for xmas day.They need ice cube trays as the ice machine is broken,staff were having to try to chop up blocks of ice to put in your drinks,a few ice cube trays would have gone down a treat.The staff were all very good indeed and most helpful if asked,they don't all understand english well so take it slow for them.Overall we had a very nice holiday and the diving was terrific for divers it's great.resort very nice setting.Be mindful loud music is played constantly by the two villages along side the resort,almost all the time, it did not worry us as we liked the music being played,but if you don't like loud music it could become an issue. Take some balloons and sweats for the village kids,they loved them.It was still a good holiday and the dive guides and wait staff and house keeping are all excellent.So just go.

Room Tip: if you have the money Villa 1 and villa 2 are the absolute best,but even the other units looked very...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We stayed at Kasawari Lembeh Resort for the last two weeks of a six-week dive trip. It was the perfect ending to our trip, making us regret going home. The most endearing element is the personal service. The famous Lembeh guides from many years ago, Nus and Ali, work here and they manage operations.

We dove with Nus and Ali on a live-aboard in 2006 and stayed at Kasawari for two weeks in April 2011. As manager of the dive operation, Ali makes sure that divers see what they come here for. He knows where to find everything. If he can’t find it, then I am at peace that it was not around. I feel a great deal of affection for him. Another dive guide, “Rusly,” is also excellent. My husband and I had him as a guide, everyday for two weeks.

They have two large, fast dive boats that come back to the resort after every dive. If you miss a dive because you overslept, then you can catch the next dive. You are not stuck on a boat for hours for a two-tank dive. If you request them, there is a Mandarin fish dive at 5 pm and a night dive at 6 pm.

A non-diving spouse would be comfortable reading on the deck or by the pool. If your spouse is a nervous diver, Ali or one of the guides will give them TLC and special hand-holding services.

What is interesting about Lembeh is that the creatures differ by the season. This October we saw 5 or 6 blue ring octopuses, even a pair mating. Last March we saw none. This year we saw no crocodile flatheads, last year we in March, we saw many.

We've stayed in Villa #1 and #2 which are slightly large than the regular bungalows, but all bungalows are nice. The air conditioning really works in getting your room cool. When we left it was raining, and we dried our wetsuits in front of our highly effective air conditioner.

We used our reasonably priced mini-bar. There is a phone in the room to call for room service, although the restaurant is not far away. The restaurant menu has some odd combinations but the menu can be adapted. For example, I requested an avocado and tomato salad, even though these salads are listed separately. I usually ordered fresh string beans instead, whenever French fries were the side dish. Just explain what you want, and they will do it.

All and all, Kasawari is a very pleasant place to visit. There is a large camera room and large camera rinse tanks. Two weeks is a comfortable time and is not too long. There are sufficient dive sites to fill two weeks. If you want to see tiger shrimp, boxer crabs, blue-ring octopus, devilfish, and all the other cool stuff, it is here. The staff is so nice that you will definitely regret going home, no matter how long you have been away.

Room Tip: There is a culture of load music in all the villages of Lembeh Straits. In December and around New Y...
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Me and my friends were there on 22nd - 26th sept 2012 for diving and all of us are very appreciate with everything. Rooms are clean and luxury, Nice restaurant with good food. Green garden with infinite pool. There is a camera room that has all the facilities like blower, outlet for charger that enough for every guests. All dive leaders are friendly but very polite and very professional. The head of leader told us that " You come to relax, so we will take care the rest for you." That's very imprass us. Staffs are very nice with service mind. It' seem like they love to do their job not because it's just a job. The diving is supers, we saw a lot of the wonderful critters.

We will be back again!!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: Kelurahan Makawidey Jaga 1 Lingkungan 1, Bitung 95528, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bitung
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Ranked #7 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Bitung
Number of rooms: 10
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