Lembeh Resort | Scuba Travel

Lembeh Resort - Far East

  • Only 40 divers max
  • 13 luxury cottages, 6 garden view room and 1 cliffside villa
  • 1 restaurant with bar and 1 seaside pool bar with view over the the Lembeh Strait
  • A wide selection of fresh international and Asian dishes on a full board basis
  • Custom built dive boats, camera room and spa
  • In house photo centre with inhouse photo pro and marine biologist plus experienced dive guides
  • PADI courses and specialities
  • Free wifi in resort

Lembeh Resort

Expected re-opening: May 2022
The Lembeh Resort is a boutique style diver's resort on Lembeh island itself, making it arguably is one of Manado's best known dive hubs, life here revolves around the diving and is especially popular with underwater photographers -Muck, Critter, Macro, blackwater, bonfire and wide angle.... the Lembeh Resort has it all! Experience critter diving in Lembeh Strait that is second to none!

There are 4 different room grades at the Lembeh resort - Garden View Rooms, Premium and Hillside Luxury Cottages and the Cliffside Villa. All have air con, en suite bathrooms and open air showers, king size double or twin beds, a water dispenser, tea and coffee, fridge and electronic safe. The Luxury Cottages have 2 styles, and are either built in the traditional Minahasan style or modern, the Hillside Luxury Cottages and the Premium Luxury Cottages. The 9 Luxury Cottages are fully detached with large verandas offering glorious sea views,Two of the Premium Luxury Cottages are larger double bungalows (semi-detached) with a wide connecting terrace and beautiful seaviews. Each of these units can sleep up to 4 people, with a separate living and bedroom area. There are 5 Hillside Luxury Cottages that are nestled on the slope overlooking the bay. The 8 Premium Luxury Cottages are located on the other side of the pool, with upgraded furnishings. All Luxury Cottages offer spectacular sunset seaviews. The newer Garden view rooms are located close to the dive centre, surrounded by the tropical gardens in resort. The rooms share a veranda. These are smaller than the cottages but ideal for single travellers. Or why not treat yourself to the best views in the resort with the Cliffside Villa, boasting a bedroom, lounge, plus private pool and terrace, as well as room service and a butler!

If you are not underwater at Lembeh Resort, you are relaxing! The restaurant serves a mouth watering mix of local and international dishes, all freshly prepared. Tuck into pastries or home made bread at breakfast, a tantalising buffet at lunch and a la carte evening meals - all included in your holiday package! The spa is a must for aching muscles or if you are feeling adventurous, a wide range of land activities can be arranged locally. Tour the island or visit the Tangkoko National Park to see some of the land life! Above and below the water, prepare to be blown away by the Lembeh Resort!

It is easy to enjoy both the walls of Bunaken and the critters of Lembeh in one single trip. Siladen Resort is the perfect complement to a stay at Lembeh Resort. Start or end your holiday here! You can even enjoy a boat transfer with diving between the 2 locations - forget hours in the car travelling by land. The diving transfer allows you to really see how the marine ecology changes as you leave the muck diving of Lembeh and discover the drama of Bunaken.

The resort welcomes non divers and can arrange a fabulous stay for non divers or snorkelers.

Cliffside Villa

NEW: the one-bedroom suite offers a spacious lounge with an espresso machine, minibar, flatscreen TV, AC and a desk. The bedroom has floor to ceiling windows, a kingsize canopy bed and is through sliding doors connected to an elegantly decorated bathroom with two sinks, one indoor shower as well as one Balinese style open air shower. The two sundecks and one covered veranda offers privacy. Enjoy a leisurely swim and spectacular 180 degree views over the Lembeh Strait in the large infinity pool.

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Premium Luxury Cottages

The Premium Luxury Cottages are spacious bungalows, combining high quality furnishing and sustanability aspects. They come with sofa and sitting area, as well as many clever little extras. The bathroom connects with a Bali-style open-air shower and large verandas offer beautiful sea views. All Premium Luxury Cottages are fully detached, except 2 buildings with 2 units each, which are great especially for families.

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Hillside Luxury Cottages

The Hillside Luxury Cottages are perched on a lush green hillside above the bay. They come with a spacious bedroom and half open bathroom, as well as an inside and outside sitting area, private veranda and beautiful seaviews.

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Garden View Rooms

The Garden View rooms are located close to the restaurant and Dive Center and are nestled in the lush tropical gardens. The Garden View Rooms also offer the expected comforts like 24hr electricity, hot water, air-conditioning, free WIFI and veranda with outdoor seating.

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Covid Information for Lembeh Resort

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

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

British Citizens who are entering Indonesia for the following purposes can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000:

Official visit or government duties;
Business meeting;
Procurement of goods;
Official meeting;

This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure that you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine. Visa on arrival is now available at the following airports:

Soekarno Hatta DKI Jakarta
Ngurah Rai Bali
Kualanamu North Sumatra
Juanda East Java
Hasanuddin South Sulawesi
Sam Ratulangi North Sulawesi
Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
Hang Nadim Batam, Riau Islands
Zainuddin Abdul Majid West Nusa Tenggara

Updated 16 JUN 2023

Frequently Asked Questions


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

British Citizens who are entering Indonesia for the following purposes can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000:

Official visit or government duties;
Business meeting;
Procurement of goods;
Official meeting;

This visa is valid for 30 days, and can be extended once (for a maximum of 30 days) by making an application to an immigration office within Indonesia. Ensure that you extend your visa within the initial 30 days to avoid an overstay fine. Visa on arrival is now available at the following airports:

Soekarno Hatta DKI Jakarta
Ngurah Rai Bali
Kualanamu North Sumatra
Juanda East Java
Hasanuddin South Sulawesi
Sam Ratulangi North Sulawesi
Yogyakarta Yogyakarta
Hang Nadim Batam, Riau Islands
Zainuddin Abdul Majid West Nusa Tenggara

Updated 16 JUN 2023

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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.



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.


Lembeh Resort 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 needn't bring your own. The resort has 24 hours electricity. Power cuts are rare, but for this case large backup generators are available to switch on immediately. The camera room is fitted with international plug points.


Hire equipment

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


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


Extensive souvenir shops in both the dive centre and resort lobby


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


Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for a holiday to Lembeh resort is is 30% of your holiday cost, 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


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 repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel, within 24 months
Lembeh Resort offer repeat customers an in resort credit to put towards your local spend. The exact amount will depend on your prebooked resort/ diving package.
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices


Our standard package includes 7 nights garden cottage on a full board basis, with all meals, snacks and drinking water (2 people sharing). Wifi is free in resort
You have 17 AIR boat dives with 1 unguided house reef dive per day.
Return Manado airport transfers are included


Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, laundry) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge.

10% Local taxes are applied to all local purchases, with on site extras such as special trips to Bangka or Manado, nitrox, kit hire, private guides and black water dives.

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.

Please ask for a quote to add international flights from the UK to your holiday. We can book most major scheduled airlines including regional UK departures to Manado.

The diving in Lembeh straits is usually referred to as muck or critter diving. This is a unique experience, driven by the desire to find those unique and strange beasties that are so common in this part of Indonesia. Enter a world underwater filled with Mimic Octopus, flamboyant Cuttlefish, hundreds of nudibranchs, every kind of Frogfish and Pygmy Seahorses... to name but a few of the special sightings. What a lot of people don't realise is that there are also several coral sites, where you can get some stunning reef scenes

A typical dive day at Lembeh Resort includes 3 boat dives, returning back to the back to the resort after each dive or for lunch. You are sped to your dive sites in one of the 7 custom built dive boats. Each has plenty of storage for dive kit and cameras. Most of the 70+ dive sites are found in calm bays within the Lembeh Strait and can be reached in only 2-20 mins! The dive center also arranges Madarin dives and night dives as 4th dive of the day. Blackwater, Bonfire and fluo dives are also available. Or why not jump in and discover the house reef for yourself. Guided house reef dives are available early morning or late a night as well as unguided house reef diving all day long. Additionally, the kaleidoscopic reefs around Bangka and pristine reefs in East Lembeh can be enjoyed on a day trip.

Whilst the dive team at Lembeh resort are able to teach PADI courses, most divers visiting tend to be certified divers. Indeed, the resort is especially popular with photographers thanks to the great facilities in resort. The dive team focuses on a quality experience for customers - you are welcomed to submit your wish list to the guides who are experts at finding some of the strangest and smallest critters about.

Other Activities

Lembeh Resort also has kayaks to explore the area, offers cooking classes, visits to nearby village, trips to Tangkoko Nature Reserve to see tarsius monkeys/ hornbill/ cuscus bear/ black crested macaques and more in their natural habitat, trips to the Minahasan Highlands to see the rich culture & traditions/ sulphur lake/ waterfall/ volcano/ traditional market etc, visit Tasikoki animanl rescue center, trip to mangroves, sunset cruise etc.

Lembeh Resort house reef

Skill level: Novice | Ave Depth: 8 | Max Depth: 30

The house reef is a shore dive, which can be dived any time. A sand and sea grass bed in the shallows at 2-7 meters leads on to a coral slope from 8-15 meters depth. Maximum depth is 25 meters. At 15 meters there are some artificial reefs which attract additional life. The house reef can be easily self-guided by means of a buoy system, which starts from 2 meters, continues down to 15 meters and brings you right back to shore Here you can be expected to see Pinnate Batfish, Ribbon Eel, Pygmy Sea Dragon and Hairy Goby. With corals also in the shallows, the house reef also offers many discoveries for snorkelers.

Hairball 1, 2 and 3

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 16 | Max Depth: 30

This is one of the most famous of the muck sites in the Strait. The sandy slope here is exceptionally rich. The position on a point means that the mix of currents brings more nutrients than on most other nearby sites. A sandy slope to 30 meters with scattered reef in the shallows and at the far north end of the dive site. Here you can be expected to see Hairy Frogfish, Long Arm Octopus, Leafy Filefish, Emperor Snapper and Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Police Pier 2

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 28

A sand and rubble slope with soft coral area with many orange sponges, as well as a small muck area. There are some pearl farm shacks on stilts in this site a lot to see under the shack. Police Pier 2 is named for its proximity to the pier of the police station that monitors Lembeh Strait. Among the critters you can see here are: Banggai Cardinal Fish, Baramundi Cod, Painted Frogfish, Bigfin Squid and Harlequin Shrimp

Critter Hunt

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 15 | Max Depth: 25

This dive site has a self-explanatory name and it is a lovely dive site, which offers some spectacular critters sightings. It has a nice and healthy reef in the shallows with many different species of anemones. A little bit deeper, there is a gentle rubble slope. Patches of coral rubble, goniopora and alvepora corals live at around 22 meters. Some of the critters you can see here are: Warty Forgfish, Tiger Shrimp, Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Emperor Shrimp, Banded Pipefish

Angels window

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 10 | Max Depth: 30

A twin-peaked coral pinnacle comes within a meter of the surface. A large cave offers a swim-through for divers on the deep end of the pinnacle. This site got its name from the sunlight that shines through the cave opening in the early morning. One side is a coral slope leveling out onto a sand flat at 15 meters and on the other side is a wall to a shelf at 8 meters, then a small plateau and another drop-off, down to 20-32 meters. Here you can see: Bargibanti Pygmy Seahorse, Xeno Crab, Bubble Coral Shrimp, Reef Octopus, giant Frogfish, Leaf Scorpion Fish


Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 5 | Max Depth: 30

ROJOS is named for our dive guides and crew that found the site while exploring. This includes Ronald, Opo, Joni, Ona, and Salmon. The site is a mix of coral, sandy slope, and sandy bottom. This site is near a pearl farming area. Mimic Octopus, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Long Arm Octopus, Fingered Dragonet, Randall Frogfish can be seen on this site.

Nudi Falls

Skill level: Guided | Ave Depth: 8 | Max Depth: 30

Nudi Falls is named after the fact that the some of the numerous nudibranchs on the wall were seen falling down. One of the most popular sites in the Strait. It consists of a beautiful sheer wall with a rocky slope below, then a sandy slope, levelling out into the main channel of rubble sprouting a deep forest of large soft corals. Scenically, this site is unlike any other in the Strait. Here you want to be looking for painted frogfish, bluering octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, pygmy seadragen and of course nudibanchs.

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Lembeh Resort offers sumptuous breakfast and lunch time buffets followed by 4 course al a carte evening dinners made from locally sourced fresh produce delivered daily.

Main Restaurant

Breakfast is served buffet style with a wide variety of fresh tropical fruits, juices, freshly baked breads, with a mix of Western and local dishes including pancakes, French toast, mie goreng, soup, eggs made to your liking, amongst others. Lunch is served as a buffet with a range of fresh salads, soup, western and Indonesian hot dishes and home made desserts. Dinner is a la carte with a selection of international & Indonesian cuisine catering to all tastes

Indonesia BBQ nights

Lembeh Resort offer regular Indonesian BBQ nights where you can enjoy a delicious spread of authentic Indonesian dishes. This is a wonderful chance to try local specialty dishes while being entertained with song and dance performed by the local Sunday school choir sponsored by Lembeh Resort.

Poolside bar

The poolside bar is a great spot to have a coffee or soft drink while enjoying the view over Lembeh Strait between dives or gather with friends and have a drink while watching the sunset. Tea, Coffee and snacks are served between dives.