Newly opened by Eco Divers (who have years of experience guiding divers in North Sulawesi), this is the only resort in Lembeh Strait that boasts a white sandy beach. It’s an idyllic base for muck diving in the region, with oceanfront cottages, a sparkling swimming pool and a 5-Star PADI dive operation on site.
Lembeh offers some of the best muck diving on the planet and is a go-to destination for underwater photographers wanting to capture shy and unique critters. Spend your days searching for harlequin shrimps, stonefish and mimic octopus or head out after dark on a night dive to spot mandarin fish and ghost pipefish.
Thanks to Eco Divers’ day liveaboard vessel (permanently moored in the middle of Lembeh Strait) and all-day dive trips, you can spend longer out exploring, before returning each afternoon to laze beside the pool or be pampered at the resort spa.
There are just 12 Oceanfront Cottages to choose from at the White Sands Beach Resort Lembeh by Eco Divers, with incredible sea views from the terraces. They can be configured as singles, doubles or triples for groups of divers travelling together and are air-conditioned for your comfort. Each comes with an en-suite bathroom that includes a western-style toilet and semi-open, hot water showers for a tropical feel.
The White Sands Beach Resort Lembeh by Eco Divers features a large swimming pool where you can relax in between dives, as well as a professional spa offering traditional Indonesian massages and beauty treatments. The 24-hour front desk means there’s someone always on hand to assist you, with daily housekeeping to ensure your room is clean and fresh throughout your stay.
The highly-experienced chefs from the original Eco Divers Resort Lembeh are also in the kitchen at the newly-opened resort, with a delicious a la carte menu that features both Indonesian and international favorites. Fish is sourced directly from the local market each morning, accompanied by plenty of fresh vegetables.
A hot buffet lunch is served on the day liveaboard vessel after your morning dives, as are snacks, fresh fruit and hot drinks during surface intervals.
This Sulawesi dive resort is situated in the middle of Lembeh Strait and just minutes by boat from all of the region’s dive sites. Their fast and comfortable fibreglass speedboats are purpose-built for diving and are fitted with all the safety features and amenities you need for a full day’s diving. There’s a shaded area on the main deck if you want to escape the sun, as well as an exposed deck above where you can soak up the rays.
Eco Divers is a 5-Star PADI diving center and boasts some of the most experienced dive guides in Lembeh. They limit the number of guests to a maximum of four per guide, ensuring you get personalized service and have the opportunity to photograph everything you want to. Eco Divers also offers numerous PADI courses, ranging from Open Water all the way through to Instructor Development Courses.
Their day liveaboard trips include a hot buffet lunch and unlimited tea and coffee throughout the day, as well as snacks and fruit in between dives. There are DAN oxygen and a First Aid kit on board, as well as a VHF radio, life jackets and navigation lights.
Indonesia has a warm year-round climate, with temperatures ranging from around 21°C (70°F) to 33°C (90°F) and most divers are comfortable in a 3mm shorty or long wetsuit. However, there are distinct wet and dry seasons, with the dry season extending from March to October and the rainy season from November to February.
October to December tends to experience the best visibility while January to February is the worst, although this doesn’t mean you will see fewer critters. Their abundance is determined by reproductive cycles (rather than seasonal movements of marine life), with July and August tending to have the greatest number of critters. Seas can be choppy from June to September and again in January and February when some of the exposed dive sites in the far north of Lembeh Strait may be off-limits to divers.
The White Sands Beach Resort Lembeh by Eco Divers has been specifically designed with divers in mind. However, non-diving family members at this Lembeh dive resort can spend their days poolside or relaxing on the white sandy beach. Snorkelling excursions can also be organized on request or in conjunction with the daily liveaboard dive trip.