Dive into Lembeh | Scuba Travel

Dive into Lembeh - Far East

  • All meals are served in the open air restaurant / bar. local and international dishes.
  • Small and personal resort with 9 stand alone sea view cottages, 1 suite and 3 longhouse rooms.
  • All seaview cottages and suite come with private Hot Tub on veranda
  • Huge camera room with individual camera stations and dedicated Camera rinse tanks.
  • Purpose-built twin-engine speedboats.
  • Highland Tours and Tangkoko National Park tours available
  • No plastic bottles or straws are used in the resort. Guests are given their own refillable water container on check in.
  • Free WIFI throughout the whole resort

Dive into Lembeh

"DIVE INTO LEMBEH" is nestled in Kasawari bay and has its own resort, located on the main land of the Lembeh strait, Indonesia - a true macro photographer's paradise- just off the north east coast of Sulawesi and is famous for its "muck diving" on black volcanic sand critter infested coral reefs. The resort is located at the northern end of the strait out of sight of Bitung harbor in the south, offering unspoiled views of Lembeh island.

Muck diving is all about spotting weird and wonderful underwater critters, species that you would normally not find during a regular dive.

Diving in the Lembeh strait means you are diving with a guide who is trained to show you species such as frog fish, hairy frog fish, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus, banded sea snake, mandarin fish, orangutan crabs, mantis shrimps and many other critters that are hiding on the black volcanic sand, amongst patches of rubble and coral.

"Dive into Lembeh" has nine sea view private bungalows -all in the same category.

All of the rooms are equipped with tv, air conditioning, ceiling fan, mini bar, safe and a five gallon water dispenser for hot and cold water. They are also the only resort in Sulawesi where every cottage comes with ac private Japanese style stone hot tub and the best thing is, they have two of the most famous dive sites in Lembeh (called "Hairball and Aw Shucks") as a house reef!

There is also an open air restaurant with a fully stocked bar offering great views of Lembeh Strait. A beach side fire pit area where guests can hang out and swap diving stories in the evenings. The swimming pool is fresh water. And the fully equipped Dive Center has Lembeh's largest camera room.

Dive into Lembeh's stand alone bungalows have been laid out so that everybody has a great view of the sea. Each balcony has comfy bean bags for your relaxation as well as a drying rack. All materials and labour for the construction of the bungalows was sourced locally to ensure that as much is put back into the local community as possible.
All of the spacious bungalows are equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, safe and ensuite western style bathroom with walk in shower. Drinking water is provided in all bungalows in the form of a five gallon hot & cold water dispenser, with tea and coffee facilities available for your use.

Every bungalows has it's own private Japanese-style Onsen (hot tub) on the balcony, perfect for relaxing after a fabulous day's diving in Lembeh

The resort has a 18m by 6m swimming pool with a spacious sun deck for sunbathing in between dives. All of the water for the rooms and swimming pool is sourced from the onsite well.

All meals are served in the open air restaurant / bar. The experienced chefs provide you with a great selection of local and international dishes. Fresh baked breads are made daily for your enjoyment.

The fully stocked bar is a great place to hang out and our 55 inch 4K television is fantastic for presentations or just simply checking your day's underwater results. All international sporting events are available to enjoy.

Dive into Lembeh do not use plastic bottles or straws in the resort. Guests are given their own personal refillable water container on check in. To minimize our carbon footprint, we kindly ask guests to be conservative in the use of water and electricity and turn lights, TV and air conditioning off whilst not in the room.

Sea View Cottages

Great view of the sea. Each balcony has comfy bean bags for your relaxation as well as a drying rack. All of the spacious bungalows are equipped with satellite TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, minibar, safe and ensuite western style bathroom with walk in shower. Drinking water is provided in all bungalows in the form of a five gallon hot & cold water dispenser, with tea and coffee facilities available for your use.

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Long House Rooms

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Camera Room

The fully equipped dive center has a spacious camera room and dedicated camera rinse tanks.

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All seaview cottages and suite come with private Hot Tub on veranda.
All seaview cottages and suite have ceiling-fan, minibar, safe, western bathroom with rain shower and air-conditioning as standard.
Longhouse rooms all have AC. Mini bar and western bathroom. No seaview in longhouse rooms.

All materials and labour for the construction of the bungalows was sourced locally to ensure that we put as much back into the local community as possible.

Covid Information for Dive into Lembeh

Please ask about the latest in resort covid requirements, where applicable.

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

Bali, Jakarta and Manado have re-opened borders with visa on arrival for vaccinated travellers only. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Indonesia. You will need to present both soft and hard copies of your NHS vaccination certificates at various stages of your journey.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Indonesia as follows:
Visa on arrival is idr 500,000 pay at airport by cash notes (no coins) or credit card - please bring cash as back up - cash notes must cover the whole amount or round up the cash

Travellers who have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster do not need to have antigen/PCR test to travel domestically. Travellers who have not received any booster vaccination may need to show negative antigen/PCR test to travel domestically.

show proof of a full course of vaccination (travellers under 18 years old or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt)
download and install the Peduli Lindungi app to perform the e-Hac registration
undergo a temperature check upon arrival and, if showing COVID-19 symptoms and / or a temperature above 37.5 degrees, a RT-PCR test. If negative, fully vaccinated travellers can continue their journey
There are no domestic tests required for domestic flights
From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 8 JUL 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 19 000 islands. It is the largest archipelago in the world straddling the Equator, between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Most travellers will enter Indonesia through Jakarta (CGK), Bali (DPS) or Manado (MDC) airports. This is the stuff of divers' dreams. This exotic nation is the very definition of bio diversity. Find the big fish in Komodo, Raja Ampat or Kalimantan. Drift lazily along the walls of Bunaken and Wakatobi, watching turtles on coral drenched walls. While away the hours hunting for miniscule macro in Bali, Lembeh or Ambon. Cannot decide? Why not combine two locations into a single trip!

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

Bali, Jakarta and Manado have re-opened borders with visa on arrival for vaccinated travellers only. You can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate your vaccination record when entering Indonesia. You will need to present both soft and hard copies of your NHS vaccination certificates at various stages of your journey.
If you are fully vaccinated, you can enter Indonesia as follows:
Visa on arrival is idr 500,000 pay at airport by cash notes (no coins) or credit card - please bring cash as back up - cash notes must cover the whole amount or round up the cash

Travellers who have received a full course of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster do not need to have antigen/PCR test to travel domestically. Travellers who have not received any booster vaccination may need to show negative antigen/PCR test to travel domestically.

show proof of a full course of vaccination (travellers under 18 years old or those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons are exempt)
download and install the Peduli Lindungi app to perform the e-Hac registration
undergo a temperature check upon arrival and, if showing COVID-19 symptoms and / or a temperature above 37.5 degrees, a RT-PCR test. If negative, fully vaccinated travellers can continue their journey
There are no domestic tests required for domestic flights
From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 8 JUL 2022

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugely variable. The topography means that weather patterns can be very localised. This is the tropics! For Bali, Komodo & Wakatobi the weather is usually best from April - November, with July and August being some of the best months to visit. Between December and March the conditions can be a bit stormy. November to April is also the wettest month to visit Bunaken, Lembeh and Kalimantan but to a lesser degree than in other locations. October to April is historically the most popular time to dive in Raja Ampat.

Travel

Flight options

Our holidays to Indonesia can be quoted with most major airlines. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific, Singapore airlines, Qatar, Emirates, Malaysian, KLM and Gaurda. If you would like to depart from a different UK airport (eg. Glasgow/Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham or Gatwick) or have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request. A supplement may apply for regional departures. Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Indonesia, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf. Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.

Stopovers

With a huge range of airlines to fly with, you can easily build in a stop over either on your way to or on your way back from Indonesia. Simply talk to your travel consultant about adding a stop over into your itinerary.

Arrange before you go

Regular Entry Requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a visa on arrival in Jakarta 5000 000 IDR cash. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It's worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other travel immunisations: click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will also be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren't as expensive as you might think. click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival in your Indonesia destination, you will need to clear immigration and collect your baggage. You will then be met outside of arrivals by a representative from your liveaboard or resort. Some reps are able to meet you airside. They will be holding a board with either your destination or your name on it. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.

Transfers

If you have a hotel en route please follow any specific instructions in your travel documents. Where possible, you will be met by a representative who will assist in taking you to your hotel. If using a shuttle service, please arrange your return shuttle time back to the airport at the hotel check in. Domestic flights are common in Indonesia and run frequently. The major hubs of Jakarta, Bali and Manado all have separate terminals for domestic and international departures. Just follow the signs to move between international and domestic terminals. The service has improved vastly, but there can still be last minute schedule changes. Please ensure you leave plenty of time for check in or transit between flights (usually 4 hours min). Domestic flights can typically only be booked with a 20kgs hold allowance as standard. Excess baggage must be paid for in Indonesian rupiah and costs around $2-$5 per kg per way. Due to local traffic and road conditions, land journey times can be difficult to predict. We recommend you take water with you and keep any essentials in your hand baggage to make your journey as comfortable as possible.

Departures

At the end of your holiday, your return transfer details will be advised locally. As of Feb 2015, the departure tax for all domestic and international flights is built into your flight ticket price.

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Tipping

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.

Currency

Dive into Lembeh accepts payments by VISA, MasterCard and American Express as well as Indonesian Rupiah, Euros or US Dollars. However, please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money exchangers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way. Please be aware you may be charged a surcharge to pay by card transactions in Indonesia and 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases.

Phone coverage

Manado generally has good mobile coverage for phones

Plugs and electricity

All rooms are fitted with 2 Round Pin Plug Sockets (European Standard) and the electricity is 220v. We have ample plug socket adapters and also have power strips that can be lent to guests . You neednít bring your own. The 24 hour power generated at the resort is generated by 2 large generators. Occasionally, we have to manually switch from one generator to another. This will cause a short outage of power and we choose to do this at time which will cause the least disturbance to our guests, which is usually when you are out diving so you wonít even notice it has happened. 110v outlets are available in the camera room.

Extras

Hire equipment

A full range of scuba and snorkelling equipment is available on site - please ask for a local charge price list

Extras

PADI dive courses can be arranged - please ask for more information about pre-booking

Souvenirs

Extensive souvenir shops in both the dive centre and resort lobby

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox can either be prebooked as part of your diving package or paid for in resort at the end of your stay

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Dive into Lembeh is £400-£800 per person, although this will depend on your exact flight option and travel class. Larger deposits may be required for some flight options (eg premium economy/business class).

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our loyalty discount is all about! If you have booked directly with Scuba Travel, on your 3rd full price holiday you will automatically be eligible for a loyalty discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction. We are always happy to offer discounts as described below but these are not cumulative and we do not offer further discounts on special offer prices.

5% off for loyalty customers Lembeh resort offer repeat customers an in resort credit to put towards your local spend. The exact amount will depend on how many times you have travelled previously and for how many nights.

Included

Your Dive into Lembeh holiday includes international flights with Singapore airlines, airport transfers, and 7 nights garden cottage on a full board basis, with all meals, snacks and drinking water (2 people sharing). As standard, you have 17 AIR dives (boat) with 1 unguided house reef dive per day. Wifi is free.



Excluded

A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, additional dives, kit hire, private guides, nitrox and special trips) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge.



Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.




The Lembeh Strait has long been established as one of the best macro diving spots on the planet. Although famous for its "muck diving " on black volcanic slopes the area also boasts some wonderful coral dive sites ( including our housereef ).

3 day dives per day are scheduled on the twin engine fiberglass dive boats to a choice of more than 60 dive spots in the Lembeh Strait. After every dive the boats return back to the resort so you can enjoy your surface interval by the swimming pool or make any adjustments to your camera before your next dive.
A night dive by boat is available daily, providing we have a minimum of two people.

If you have booked a diving package (starting from three nights with two days of diving), then Dive into Lembeh offer complimentary access to their two-world famous house reef dive sites ("Hairball" and "Aw Shucks") between the hours of 8AM and 6PM.

Muck diving or Critter (Macro) Diving, as we prefer to call it, gives you the chance to see some of the rarest and most beautiful underwater creatures. There are two main factors that make a great muck diving location.

You need lots of nutrition in the water to feed the small crustacean and fish that will form the beginning of a plentiful food chain. While crystal clear blue water is wonderful, it is also lacking in the nutrients that allow great critter diving. In great muck locations the visibility is never fantastic. The particles in the water are eaten by small crustaceans and juvenile fish. These in turn become a plentiful food supply to larger fish. And as these muck locations also contain a lot of sandy areas, as either a predator or prey, you need great camouflage to take advantage to the environment. This means very interesting critters. Frogfish, Seahorses, Scorpionfish, Octopus, Crabs, Shrimps, Eels, Nudibranchs, Puffers, Soles and so much more thrive is this environment.

Volcanic (black) sand.
With all these wonderful creatures it is natural that you want to photograph or video them. Though white clean sand looks wonderful, it is not so good when you want to take images of critters living on it. The light from your strobe or video bounces back into the lens, giving very bad contrast and over-exposed shots. Capturing images with a dark sand background makes a huge difference.

Lembeh was the first real muck diving destination in the world.
Whilst there are critter infested black sandy slopes, Lembeh does also have some beautiful coral dive sites. The House Reef is the biggest coral reef inside of the Lembeh Strait and great coral dive sites such as Angels Window and California Dreaming are a short boat ride away from the resort.

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