Lembeh Resort | Scuba Travel

Lembeh Resort - Far East

  • Only 40 divers max
  • 13 luxury cottages, 6 garden view room and 1 cliffside suite
  • 1 restaurant and dock side bar service
  • Fresh, international dishes on a full board basis
  • Custom built dive boats, camera room and spa
  • In house photo centre and marine biologist plus experienced dive guides
  • PADI courses and specialities
  • Free wifi in resort

Lembeh Resort

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 3 different room grades at the Lembeh resort - garden view rooms, luxury cottage and the Cliffside suite, new in 2016. All have air con, en suite bathrooms, 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 Cliffside. The 9 luxury cottages are fully detached with glorious sea views and open air showers, the further 2 are larger double Bungalows (semi-detached).They are traditional in design with a covered wooden veranda. 4 of the luxury cottages can sleep up to 4 people, with a separate living and bedroom area. There are 4 deluxe cottages that are nestled in the cliffside and are a touch more modern. In 2018 several of the traditional cottages underwent a thorough renovation. Enjoy spectacular views over the Lembeh Strait with open air showers. 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 suite, 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 al 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 offer privacy. The large 27m2 infinity pool offer the best spot in the resort to enjoy a leisurely swim.

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Luxury Cottage

Stay in one of two different styles: Traditional Minahasan or Modern Cliffside. The wooden cottages were built in traditional Minahasan style with large verandas, spacious sleeping rooms and Balinese (semi-open) bathrooms. These are all fully detached, and surrounded by the resort gardens. The Modern Cliffside Cottages blend a traditional style and continued use of the semi open Balinese bathrooms. They are perched on a lush green hillside above the bay.

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Garden view rooms

Constructed in 2012, the Garden View Rooms are located close to the restaurant and Dive Center and are nestled in our lush tropical gardens. The Garden View Rooms offer the same comforts as the Deluxe Cottages, 24hr electricity, hot water, air-conditioning and free WIFI.

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Why not unwind by treating yourself to a a relaxing massage at the purpose built spa, nestled away in the lush jungle-gardens of Lembeh Resort. Enjoy a signature treatment with locally made products and essential oils, the perfect way to end an amazing day of critter diving in Lembeh Strait. Select from a range of treatments from a 30-minute reflexology session to 2.5 hours of pure pampering.

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Covid Information for Lembeh Resort


The following is an overview of the procedures and measures that we have in place at Lembeh Resort for operating post-COVID:


  • Regular training for all the staff to ensure the compliance with all protective and preventive measures (handwashing, physical distancing, no physical contact etc.), updates and daily compliance check.
  • Safety and hygiene signs and posters in public, staff and guest areas to remind of the protective measures to follow during the COVID recovery period.
  • Emergency procedures in the event of suspected COVID case, including isolation and protective measures.
  • Regular monitoring of COVID-like symptoms including temperature checks.
  • Mandatory face masks for everyone when in contact with other people or when exposed to high-touch surfaces (computers, equipment etc).
  • All departments are complying with disinfection "on the go" for each respective working station (disinfection of office phone, computer keyboards, desk etc.).
  • Disinfectant spray bottles and towel wipes for workplace and equipment in each department.
  • Reusable masks supplied to all employees.
  • Hand sanitiser stations in public areas around the resort.


  • Up to date COVID procedures sent to all guests pre-arrival.
  • Health questionnaire sent to all guests pre-arrival.


  • Welcome briefing including coronavirus protocol upon arrival for guests.
  • Guest health check questionnaire on check-in.
  • step arrival procedure at resort for staff and guests. 1. Mask check, 2. Temperature check, 3. Handwashing.
  • Guests and staff arriving by public transportation (including flights) are kindly requested to proceed directly to their rooms to shower and change clothes before engaging in other activities (clothes to be laundered as per COVID laundry procedures).
  • Daily temperature check for all guests and staff.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection of all cars before and after transfers and tours.
  • Private transport available.
  • Expedited check out procedure.
  • 2 reusable masks and stainless steel drinking bottle offered to each guests upon check-in.
  • Room keys disinfected daily.
  • Waiting marks on the front office floor to ensure physical distancing.


  • Densely populated locations are currently excluded from all Lembeh Resort tours.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection of vehicles.
  • Disinfectant wipes / hand sanitiser are available throughout tours.
  • Private tours are available and all tours are available for limited numbers.


  • Adapted food service areas and procedures.
  • Strict, enhanced cleaning protocol in all food and beverage related areas.
  • New table arrangements in the restaurant allowing for additional space between diners.
  • Hand sanitiser and handwashing stations are available in all common areas.
  • No self-service coffee and tea station. In addition to our specialty coffees, local coffee and tea is available upon request at the bar and served by trained staff.
  • Adapted service of condiments.


  • Masks and food safety gloves are worn by all kitchen staff during food preparation and are changed frequently.
  • Strict compliance with existing Food Safety & Hygiene protocols by all employees dealing with food preparation.


  • We are working closely with our suppliers to ensure they are operating COVID prevention protocols.
  • Allocated cleaning stations for received goods.


  • We are compliant with the DAN (Diving Alert Network) and RSTC (Recreational Scuba Training Counsel) recommendations which may be viewed here.


  • Our laundry cleaning protocol follows all health authority and government recommendations (including type of chemicals etc.)
  • Procedures are in place for handling laundry which has come into contact with any guest or staff member suspected or confirmed as carrying COVID19.
  • Cleaning in guest rooms and common areas using approved active cleaning and disinfectant products, especially "high-touch surfaces".
  • Deep cleaning and aeration procedures in place for guest accommodation between guest check out and check in.
  • All laundry is treated with approved active disinfectant products.

    Note: This is an evolving list of procedures. In the event that further procedures are brought into action, this document will be updated accordingly.

    Country Covid Travel Information

    We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
    View the up to date list here

    Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 15th JUL 2021

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    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!

    Covid Travel Information

    We are not operating holidays to countries currently on the red list
    View the up to date list here

    Indonesia is currently on the red list. You will be required to hotel quarantine on your return to the UK

    You have to complete this form online before you arrive in the UK from any country:
    Form to provide your journey and contact details before you travel to the UK

    Updated 15th JUL 2021

    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.


    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 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


    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


    Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on 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 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 won’t even notice it has happened. 110v outlets are available in the camera room.


    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 £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. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Overseas bank 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 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
    5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling with 12 months

    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.
    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


    A 10% VAT is applied to all local purchases. Any additional services in resort (spa, land tours, laundry) are paid for in resort. Alcohol and some soft drinks are an extra charge.

    Local taxes are prepaid, but to on site are 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.

    *Book a minimum of a 5 night stay with 11 dives by 31st August and receive a $100 voucher to spend in resort! *

    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, flambouyant Cuttlefish, 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 resort 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 30+ dive sites are found in calm bays within the Lembeh Strait and can be reached in only 15 mins! 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.

    Whilst the dive team at Lembeh resort are able to teach PADI and SSI 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.

    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 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

    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 critter 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 – 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 critter 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.

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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 and Pancakes, waffles, French toast and eggs made to your liking. Lunch is served as a buffet with an range of fresh salads, soup, western and Indonesian hot dishes and home made desserts. The menus change daily to guarantee freshness and variety. 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 our 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.