Lembeh Resort in North Sulawesi, is located on secluded Lembeh Island, just a 90 minute drive from Manado plus a 10 minute boat ride.
What began as a small resort in December 2002, with initial three guest cottages overlooking Lembeh Strait, is now one of the premier resorts in the area. Today, the resort boasts 13 deluxe ocean view cottages, 6 garden view rooms and a stunning Cliffside Suite.
Lembeh Resort in conjunction with Fly & Sea Dive Adventures, is 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!”
At Lembeh Resort you have a choice of beautifully appointed rooms: Luxury Ocean view Cottages, Garden view rooms or the exclusive Cliffside Suite. All guest rooms include 24 hour electricity, free WiFi, 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.
Luxury Ocean View Cottages The very spacious Luxury Cottages are fully detached and located along the front resort gardens which are directly behind the waterline. Completely rebuilt, the luxury cottages are project a sense of harmony and balance. While still providing all necessary comforts, such as air conditioning, the cottages draw on solar energy and are thermally insulated to be as energy efficient as possible. The cottages include a semi open-air bathroom complete with rainfall shower and small palm gardens. Guests staying in a Luxury Cottage can enjoy the beautiful sea view from the private veranda. Two cottages are adjoining, making them suitable for families or friends travelling together.
Cliffside Suite The Cliffside Suite is perched on the green hillside and boasts a 180 degree view. It comes with a private swimming pool and butler service. Surrounded by colourful gardens, it is perfect for those wanting a more exclusive experience, such as a private candlelight dinner.
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 persons with a smaller budget.
Restaurant & 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 the bar. 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 the 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 Strait 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 the custom dive boats. The dive operation, known as Critters@Lembeh makes safety its priority; all staff are trained in rescue and emergency procedures. The professional 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, 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”, and will give regular presentations about the unique marine life of Lembeh Strait . Rental equipment from Aqualung and Apeks is available, as are LED torches for Night Dives and UV torches for Fluorescence Dive.
The newest addition to the dive experiences available at Lembeh Resort is Bonfire and Blackwater Diving. Life in our oceans depends on plankton and both bonfire and blackwater diving rely on strong lights to attract microscopic plankton, which in turn, attracts an abundance of weird and bizarre looking larvae stage critters. This is a must for underwater photographers. Bonfire diving involves the lights being placed on a sandy slope whereas during blackwater dives, the lights are suspended from the boat over deep, open water. No previous experience of blackwater or bonfire diving is required.
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.
Bangka Island is also part of the popular Passport to Paradise program, where Lembeh Resort typically is the last stop.
Camera Room & Photo Pro
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.
There is a full time Photo Pro onsite to answer your questions, give guidance, and ensure you’re shooting your best images possible.
In addition to the camera room, there are also three large freshwater camera rinse tanks, reserved specifically for cameras.
At the Photo Center, you will find rental cameras and accessories, or sign up for a photo course. They offer assistance, in case you need spare parts – even with a 3D printer!