Lembeh Resort began life as the family holiday home of Alex Rorimpandey, a local citizen from nearby Tondano. What began as a single cottage overlooking the Strait opened as a small resort in December 2002, with an initial three guest cottages. Today, the resort boasts 14 cottages and plans to add a spa, gazebo and honeymoon suite to complete the complex.
Lembeh Resort in conjunction with Fly & Sea Dive Adventures, is now offering a loyalty program for repeat guests! Book your second visit to the resort with us now and you'll receive a resort credit voucher to use on Nitrox, bar drinks, private guide, spa, night dives, gift shop or even photo courses & camera. The value of the voucher depends on your next dive package. For example, book a 7 night/17 dive Nitrox package and receive a voucher valued at more than $100! This is our way of saying "Thanks!"
Staying at Lembeh Resort
At Lembeh Resort guests can stay in one of two different room types – Deluxe Cottages or Cliffside Cottages - or the Garden View Rooms. All guest rooms include 24 hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with hot water, air-conditioning, king-size bed or twin beds, wardrobe, table and chair, dispenser for cold as well as hot drinking water, complimentary tea & coffee, mini-bar and electronic safe. Rooms are very comfortable and clean.
The very spacious Deluxe Cottages are fully detached and located along the front resort gardens which are 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 include an open bathroom complete with open air shower as well as a closed shower. Four of these cottages are designed as two separate rooms – 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.
Garden View Rooms
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 travelers or those person with a smaller budget.
Restaurant and Bar
The full day menu ensures you have a wide selection of international & Indonesian cuisine. Breakfast is usually a buffet of fresh tropical fruits and juices; bread, cereals & yogurts; oven-fresh pastries & homemade rolls; and cooked-to-order Western or Indonesian dishes. Lunch is also usually a buffet. Dinner is served a-la-carte, when 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 & afternoon snacks are also served, and tea & coffee are available throughout the day in the dining area. The resort offers regular Indonesian BBQ nights where guests can enjoy a delicious spread of satays and Indonesian dishes while being serenaded by the local Sunday school choir. Guests may enjoy a bottle of wine from their selection, sip a refreshing cocktail or simply have a cold local Bintang beer while sitting at our bar, which was refurbished in August 2011. Staff are more than happy to serve drinks around the pool area as well, 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 long day diving, guests can treat themselves to a relaxing massage at our Spa. Choose from a range of treatments from a simple 30 minute reflexology session to a 2.5 hour pampering session. Other facilities include a library, satellite TV with international channels, an internet room and gift shop.
The diving in Lembeh Straits is commonly referred to as "Muck Diving" or "Critter Hunting". This unique type of diving generally revolves around the search for small unique "critters" that inhabit the black sand slopes of the area. The majority of the diving is done in the calm bays or along the lush coastline of both mainland Sulawesi and Lembeh Island. The body of water that separates the two is known as the Lembeh Strait and is less than 3 kilometers wide at it's widest point. Lembeh Resort is ideally situated at the midpoint of Lembeh Island, giving divers easy access to the majority of dive sites in under 15 minutes using our custom dive boats. The local dive guides have an unmatched knowledge of the area, with a combined 60,000+ dives in Lembeh Strait alone. With guests divided into small groups with a maximum of 3 guests per dive guide, divers are ensured personal service. Upon arrival, each guest submits a "wish-list" of the animals they would like to see during their stay, which the dive staff then use to tailor the dive site program. Nitrox is available, as are smaller or larger tank sizes. 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 Dive.
Critters@Lembeh 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. The 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. Divers' 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.
Additional Optional Diving Day Trips
The onsite dive shop, Critters@Lembeh, also offers 3-tank Day Trips to Bangka Island. Rich reefs and fish filled blue water awaits divers after a short one hour boat ride north. Lunch is served on board or at a local white sand beach. Bangka diving is a good break for those who wish to do more than muck diving while in Lembeh.
Camera Room & Diver's Lounge
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. 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 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.