Eco Divers Resort Lembeh - Far East

  • Guests Bitung based cottages for 16
  • Rooms All rooms have private ensuite bathrooms
  • Restaurants Outdoor restaurant with extensive a la carte menu
  • Food and Drinks Lounge bar (satellite TV)
  • FacilitiesProfessional spa, 3 indoor camera rooms
  • Diving All diving from mother shipped moored in Lembeh Straits
  • Diving Extras 2:1 staff:guest ratio!
  • Internet Access Free wifi

About Eco Divers Resort Lembeh

Manado is a scuba divers playground with prime Indonesian critter diving aplenty. Lembeh is the very definition of muck diving and now with the lavishEco Divers Resort Lembeh as your base, your next world class shorebased holiday is only a heartbeat away. Splash into your Indonesian dream and lose yourself beneath the azure waves in a world of strange looking creatures and incredible macro marinelife. Photographers in particular will fall in love with the beauty and diversity that await in Lembeh.

Eco Divers Lembeh resort is based in Butung - where there are no hills! Each of the spacious cottages sleeps up to 6 people in double and twin bedrooms. Each room has it's own private en suite. The elegant and modern decor welcomes you in, as does the mouth watering smells coming from the dining room. Forget hotel buffets! The cottage chef prepares fresh local and western specialities each day. Wake up to a tasty breakfast on the table or come home from the day's diving to be spoilt as you sit to a 3 course dinner (veggies are not forgotten either!). Each cottage has a separate living room for relaxing. Or download that day's photographic efforts in the dedicated camera room. Savour the real taste of Indonesia from the comfort of your cottage, your home away from home.

Then there is the diving. Lembeh's reputation is growing and it is easy to see why. Under the expert eyes of your dive guide, enjoy encounters with some of the best critter action on the planet. Discover something new each time you dive amid the sandy seabeds and reef slopes! Personal service is important at Eco Divers and there are never more than 4 divers to each guide so you can be sure you will not miss a crab, nudibrach or seahorse. Flamboyant cuttlefish, Ambon scorpion fish, hairy frog fish... the names are exotic and alluring and this is just a tiny taster of what you can see. The main dive boat is only a 2 minute transfer from the shore line and all of the dive sites can be reached within 15 minutes by speedboat. There is no doubt, the Lembeh cottages and Eco Divers are the gateway to another world.

Typical double room

Modern decor room with AC and en suite bathroom and western toilet

Typical twin room

Modern decor room with AC and en suite bathroom and western toilet

Indoor lounge

Each cottage has their own a communal living room

Outdoor area

Communal lounge, outdoor restaurant and bar

Alan Johnson

2013-01-30 09:58:28

Another superb stay at Lembeh Cottages, Cary and Jim and all of your staff , thanks...! Amazing critters and Amazing people. Truly one of the most enjoyable, fun packed dive trips I have ever had, Never a dull moment above or below the surface..! Will bring my skipping rope next time......... Thanks again

Tim O'Malley

2012-10-18 11:40:02

Thanks for sorting out trip, it was all that I expected. The hotel was excellent. The welcome was terrific. Carey were very good hosts and spent a lot of time with me and other guests. Diving at Lambeh because it was so different and unpredictable. Muck diving is a must if you want help your bouyancy, I went from 8kg done to 4kg which improved thing vastly, there may be scope to drop further but ran out of time. Saw most of what I wanted to see and others I didn't know existed. The Nudibranchs are brilliant, so many different colours and shapes. I would recommend night dives at both locations

Stuart Patterson

2012-10-11 12:11:18

A great base for critter crazy divers. Great for photography.

Tamer

2012-01-23 15:14:26

I had a fantastic time in N Sulewesi, in particular the Lembeh Cottages. I loved it so much I am already planning to return in Oct/Nov

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Indonesia is around 15-20 hours flight from the UK and is made up of around 18 000 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!

Weather and Climate

Indonesia is a vast country, and the weather can be hugley 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

As standard, our holidays to Indonesia are quoted with London departures. We are however able to book most major airlines. Popular options for Indonesia include Cathay Pacific (40kgs hold allowance), 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

Visa requirements

UK Passport holders landing in Jakarta, Bali or Manado are able to obtain a free 30 day visa on arrival. 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

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on 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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Included in your holiday

Excluded

A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases

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

If paying in cash, payment should be made in Indonesian Rupiahs (IDR). Eco Divers uses as main currency EUR and accepts USD cash too, but will convert from EUR at the day’s bank exchange rate. Alternatively, payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard credit card, in IDR, converted at the day’s bank exchange rate. Please be aware a 10% sales tax is applied to all local payments.

Phone coverage

Manado generally has good mobile coverage for phones

Plugs and electricity

At Eco Divers generally any 2 pins plugs fits in (as usually they have flexible pins able to fit in sockets with holes with centres spaced at 19 mm. The provided voltage in Indonesia is 220-240 V/50 Hz, please note that due mainly to the lack of electricity production, the voltage is not stable and power cut are very frequent, however at Eco DIvers a back up is done using generators.

Extras

Hire equipment

Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally

Extras

To enter Bunaken National Park each visitor should pay a IDR 150.000/visit

Souvenirs

The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site

Nitrox/Gas

NItrox can be paid for locally on a per fill basis

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Eco Divers 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 charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.

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 confirmationIf 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

Lembeh is all about the diving... and you need to get wet to see just what all the hype is about. A diving holiday in Lembeh is a voyage into a strange world filled with unique critters in a myriad of rainbow colours. Thanks to the straits, the conditions here are calm and all diver levels are welcome. As you meander along the sea bed you will find all manner of macro marine life on the black volcanic sands. There are not many reefs here but who needs them when you can stumble across frogfish, octopus, sea moths and scorpion fish just lying on the bottom. Some camouflage themselves well so watch out for a pair of eyes peering out from the sandbed. Flying gurnnards, inimicus devilfish and ribbon eels... these are some of the larger inhabitants that live alongside the tiny shrimps, pipefish and sea horses. And let's not forget the famous, and simply stunning, flamboyant cuttlefish!

Eco Divers have all the expertise you need to make your trip to Lembeh a dream come true. Most divers visiting this region are already certtified but PADI courses can be arranged on request. If you need to hone your buoyancy or want to take your diving to the next step, then let this professional team guide you through. Lembeh is a mecca for photography and videography. Not only are your dive guides experts are hunting out those rare and wonderful beasties but they are also on hand with a wealth of hints and tips. The digital photography centre are the undeniable experts at all things photographic, be it compact or SLR.

  • Speedboat diving
  • Small groups (4 or less)
  • Photo experts and training
  • PADI courses on request
  • Nitrox available

Lembeh is arguably the best macro diving in the world and to reach the full range of dive sites you will set off each day for either two or three tank days. All diving is from a speedboat, specially customised to suit divers. There are never more than 8 people on board and groups are kept to 4 people per guide. Everyone has bags of room both on top and underwater. In between dives you are whisked back to the Nautica. Nautica is a much larger vessel and perfect for relaxing. The saloon is shaded if you need or head to the sun deck to work your tan. Hot showers, camera charging stations and of course, a hot lunch all complete the package.

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Diving Rates & Prices

If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course atEco Divers Resort Lembeh.

Daily Diving

  • 1 days diving from:£71 (3 boat dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
  • 3 days diving from:£221 (3 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
  • 5 days diving from:£368 (3 boat dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)

Scuba Diving Courses

  • PADI open water referral from:£161 (full equipment hire and cert card, excl. manual)
  • PADI open water course from:£347 (inc. full equipment hire, manual and cert card)
  • PADI advanced course from:£165 (inc. full equipment hire, manual and cert card)
  • Nitrox Specialty from:£112 (inc manual and cert card)
  • Other courses available on request

Dive Equipment

  • Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit):£21 (per day paid locally)

These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.

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