Located on the island of Lembeh, the small and intimate Lembeh Resort has a collection of 20 air-conditioned deluxe cottages, nestled in the trees. There are 9 traditional Minahasa Deluxe Cottages and 5 Modern Cliff Side Cottages. The very spacious Deluxe Cottages are fully detached and located along the front garden which is directly behind the waterline. Built from wood in the traditional Minahasan style, with their long covered wooden verandas, guests staying in a Deluxe Cottage can enjoy the beautiful sea view. All but one of these cottages enjoys an open bathroom complete with open air shower as well as a closed shower. Four of these cottages are designed as two separate rooms comprising a living room and bedroom, allowing accommodation for up to 4 people.
The more modern Cliffside Cottages are located on the opposite side of the property, high above the rest of the resort. Their location does mean walking up steps, but guests staying in these cottages agree that the uninterrupted 180 degree views over Lembeh Strait from the room’s private balcony are simply stunning and worth the walk! These cottages also include an open bathroom with open air shower.
The Garden View Rooms are located close to the Restaurant and Dive Center and are surrounded by and enjoy views of the tropical gardens. They have shared verandahs with the rooms next to them. These rooms are perfect for single travellers or those on a smaller budget.
The restaurant and bar, centrally located on the upper level of the main building with beautiful views, is open from 0700 - 2230 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is normally a buffet of fresh tropical fruits & juices, bread, cereals & yoghurts, pastries fresh from the oven and home made rolls, as well as cooked-to-order Western or Indonesian dishes. Lunch is also normally a buffet, and dinner is normally a-la-carte, where the chefs prepare a wide selection of international & Indonesian cuisine catering to all tastes. The chefs will happily do their utmost to accommodate any special requests and dietary requirements. Morning and afternoon snacks are also served, and tea & coffee is available all day long in the restaurant area.
At the bar guests can enjoy a bottle of wine from the selection, sip a refreshing cocktail or simply have a nice cold Bintang beer. Staff are more than happy to also serve drinks around the pool area so guests can make the most of the beautiful views.
Just meters from the sea, guests can enjoy stunning views across the Lembeh Strait and cool off in the fresh water swimming pool. Sunbeds and umbrellas around the pool ensure guest comfort, and towels are provided. After a hard day of diving, guests can treat themselves to a relaxing massage at our Spa. Open from 1415-2230, guests can choose and enjoy a range of treatments from a simple 30 minute reflexology session to a 2.5 hour pampering session.
The Critters@Lembeh Dive Center provides guests with all their diving equipment and souvenir needs. Open from 0730 until after the last dive, the Dive Center is staffed by English, French, German, and Italian speaking staff. There is also a full-time Marine Biologist on staff to help guests identify all their "critter photos". Rental equipment from Aqualung and Apeks is available, as are LED torches for night dives and UV torches for fluorescence dives. The Diver's Lounge is located next to the Dive Center and affords guests a comfortable atmosphere to relax between dives and enjoy a premium coffee from one of our two espresso machines. With a full library of fish identification books and dive magazines, the Diver's Lounge is ideal for a quick break or passing an afternoon of off-gassing before your flight.
The Lembeh Resort dive team has extensive experience diving in the strait. Their focus on personal attention means that they will do their utmost to ensure that guests will see most, if not all, the creatures on their wish lists. Up to four boat dives are offered each day, with the majority of the 40+ sites within the Lembeh Strait only minutes away by boat. ‘Unlimited’ unguided shore diving is available. Divers can rest assured that they can accomplish as much diving as they desire. Every boat dive is led by capable local dive guides. Group sizes are limited to a maximum ratio of 4 guests per dive guide. The average dive in Lembeh has a maximum depth of 20-25 meters. Currents are rarely strong, and all dive sites are within sight (and often throwing distance) of land. Moorings are available for most sites, with most having depths of less than 10 meters underneath the boat. Maximum bottom time is 60 minutes. Steel ladders are used to board the boats and all equipment may be removed in-water. The guides are well versed in helping photographers with everything from small point-and-shoot to professional equipment. Private guide service is also available as is camera carrier service.
Divers are brought to the dive sites in comfort via one of seven custom twin-engine dive boats. Each boat is fully covered with plenty of padded camera & accessory storage. Our boats are operated by licensed captains and have all the necessary safety equipment such as oxygen and first aid. Fresh drinking water and fruit is provided on board. Dive gear is brought to the boat and assembled by the dive staff then, after diving, it is removed, rinsed in freshwater, and stored in the guest's gear locker each night. Private boat service is available for those who wish to have longer dive times, or dive at different times.
The FishTales UW Photo Center is operated by Steve Fish. He has over 18 years experience in underwater photography, underwater video production, instruction and repairs. Steve is the author of four recent books on Digital UW Still Photography, High Definition UW Video and Video Editing.
The Photo Center offers underwater photo and video courses ranging from entry level point and shoot instruction to Advanced DSLR and UW Video Production courses. All courses are customized to the student’s current abilities and are usually taught one-on-one for the utmost individual attention. In addition to formal courses, Steve is available for critiques and photo coaching to help you solve problems with your photo equipment or techniques.
A wide range of photo and video equipment is available for rental at the Photo Center. Depending on your needs, you can choose between several point and shoot systems, DSLR systems or video systems. The Photo Center also has a good selection of "bits and pieces" such as flashes, sync cords, optics and video lights available for rent.
If you have a problem with a piece of gear, repairs are available onsite. Small parts can even be fabricated to replace broken, lost or forgotten pieces. The goal of the Photo Center is to get you up and running, and keep you there for the duration of your trip. Critters@Lembeh provides guests with a spacious camera room. This large room provides individual workstations with 100/220V voltage-stabilized power sources. Towels are provided, as is a compressed air blower. The camera room, located just steps from the dive area, is locked each evening. In addition to the camera room, there are also three large freshwater camera rinse tanks, reserved specifically for cameras.
Nitrox facilities and courses are available.
All transfers are carried using the resort’s comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. Transfers from Manado Airport take approximately 90 minutes by road, followed by a short 10 minute boat journey to the resort. For guests staying at another location in North Sulawesi before visiting Lembeh Resort, a point to point transfer will be arranged by the resort. If coming from Bunaken/Siladen, transfers will be arranged directly from the pier to the resort.
Stays can be of any length. Prices below relate to a stay of 7 nights.
Price: $1766 for a 7 nights stay. Includes: Manado airport transfers by road and boat; 7 nights full board accommodation (breakfast, lunch and dinner) on a twin/share basis in a Deluxe Cottage at Lembeh Resort; 17 boat dives and one unguided shore dive per day, dive guide on boat dives. A Nitrox package costs $100 extra. Reduction for non-divers. Single Occupancy Supplement: $462 for 7 nights.