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Eco Divers Resort Lembeh
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Bitung
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.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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listening2U, Owner at Eco Divers Resort Lembeh, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Reviewed May 1, 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
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

Jim & Cary have created a really wonderful concept. A shore based hotel with liveaboard style diving. The cottages are nicely fitted out each with three double en suite rooms, a large lounge area and a camera room with charging facilities, a computer and free wireless Internet. Meals are served in an open plan restaurant, and the food is truly excellent. Ordered in the morning, our meals were made from ingredients purchased that day in the local markets. A short car ride and boat trip took us to a stable boat permanently moored in the centre of Lembeh Strait. From here we were taken by fast boat to any of the many dive sites in the Strait. The "mother ship" is well fitted out with dining area, covered sun deck, camera tables and charging facilities. All our dive kit was kept on this boat during our stay. The diving was superb, with dive guides who have amazing eyes and experience. They were also very careful not to disturb all the amazing critters that we were shown.

This is the very best of Indonesian diving.

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  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

My wife and i combined a stay here with a stay in another resort on North Sulawasi. We have dived in many other places around the world and stayed in many dive resorts, this is by far the best.
We were collected from the other resort by Eco Divers Lembeh, once there we were greated by Jim and Cary (the owners) and informed that as it was Christmas day we were invited to there Christmas dinner with the other guests and thier friends. The food was amazing as it was throughout the trip, the atmosphere was equall to the food and our hosts made us feel both comfortable and looked after.
The diving was fantactic, the boats, guiding and safety were secound to none. All in all definitely the best dive resort we have been to and we would have no hesitation recomending it. As alot of the other people have said on here, this is how a resort should be run! Thank you to everyone at Eco Divers for a fantastic stay and we will be back soon. Mark and Diana

Room Tip: All of the cottages are the same, and are all of a very high standard.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 28, 2011

My wife and I are just finishing a 6 day stay with Eco DIvers Lembeh and have had a fantastic time, The cottages and restaurant are top-notch and are really catered to divers. Each cottage had a well-equipped camera room with numerous power-points for charging torch, camera and strobe batteries. The rooms were comfortable and the food was exceptional.

We had the pleasure of diving with some extremely knowledgeable and likeable guides (Puri, Detmon and Hirone). The boats were great and the diving was amazing. This was our second trip to Lembeh and though our last was also good, this trip exceeded it. Having worked in the dive industry for the last 13 years, I would say that Eco Divers Lembeh is run exactly how a dive resort should be run. Many thanks to all the staff for making this holiday memorable!

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Eco Divers Resort Lembeh

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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Bitung
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bitung
Price Range: $108 - $130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Eco Divers Resort you'll find the very best value service anywhere in Lembeh. These resort is designed by Eco Divers specifically for discerning divers. It is a stylish yet intimate retreat, from which you can conveniently explore all that Lembeh has to offer. Why pay more? Eco Divers Resort Lembeh has all you need. ... more   less 
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