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- Secluded tropical hideaway loaded with luxurious details and creature comforts
- Direct access to Hairball and Aw Shucks - two fantastic Lembeh dive sites
- Expertly-run dive operations focused on photographers and macro enthusiasts
- Beautiful and perfectly appointed sea view bungalows with private hot tubs on each balcony
Dive Into Lembeh is a dream come true for underwater photographers and macro-enthusiasts, with world-class dive centre facilities and some of the planet’s most incredible muck. The resort offers perfectly stylish accommodation, unique creature comforts, and a superb tropical hideaway location. Plus close access to some of the Lembeh Strait’s most legendary dive sites, and two sprawling house reefs open for self-guided exploration. Guests looking to expand upon their adventure can organise a variety of day trips around Sulawesi, or combine their stay here with Dive Into Ambon - for double the mind-blowing macro action.
About Dive Into Lembeh
Dive Into Lembeh is located in Kasawari Bay towards the northern end of Lembeh Strait and far away from Bitung and its bustling port. The resort lies on a beautiful plot of lush green land, complete with mangroves, swaying palms, and its own black sand beach. This far-flung location guarantees plenty of peace and quiet and stunning sea views from each of the resort bungalows. Dive Into Lembeh also has a large pool surrounded by perfectly manicured tropical gardens, perfect for relaxation and sunbathing. The resort’s location on the mainland makes transfers from Manado a breeze, and side trips to places such as Tangkoko are simple to arrange as afternoon trips.
This resort was explicitly designed for muck diving enthusiasts and underwater photographers. Scuba-friendly details here include a modern camera room with plenty of space for working on equipment and charging batteries and dedicated wash tanks. As the resort management likes to say, “Dive Into Lembeh was built by divers, for divers - a tailor-made resort for diving in the Lembeh Strait”. This is the perfect place for a fantastic muck diving experience in Sulawesi with all the creature comforts you need for a tranquil tropical getaway.
Explore the resort
This resort was cleverly designed to ensure that every room, including the restaurant and bar, has a stunning sea view over the Lembeh Strait. The resort restaurant is open-air and serves a fantastic selection of Indonesian and Western dishes with a focus on fresh and sustainably sourced seafood, and local tropical produce. Comfortable seating and a beachside fire pit encourages guests to hang out and get to know their fellow divers. The resort also has a large pool and spacious sun deck, as well as an on-site spa offering a wide range of luxurious treatments, including massage and bodywork.
Each of Dive Into Lembeh’s nine beautifully appointed bungalows uses a rustic-chic traditional design that blends perfectly into the surrounding nature. And, Japanese-style ‘onsen’ hot tubs on each veranda are ideal for warming up after long muck dives. All of the materials and labour for the construction of the bungalows were sourced locally and construction was also executed sustainably, preserving as much natural foliage as possible. This gives the property a lovely back to nature ambience and helps to protect its stunning ecosystems.
Diving from Dive Into Lembeh
The team behind Dive Into Lembeh have been operating in the Lembeh Strait for many years, earning them a well-deserved reputation for smoothly-run services, perfectly set up for photographers and macro enthusiasts. The fully-equipped dive centre has a huge camera room with plenty of work space and dedicated electronics rinse tanks. All of the dive guides are trained in camera handling, are specialised in working in Lembeh’s unique environment, and work in small groups with a maximum of three guests to each eagle-eyed local spotter.
Dive Into Lembeh schedules three dives per day using its spacious custom dive boats, giving guests speedy access to the Lembeh Strait’s 50+ dive sites. The boats return to the resort between dives so divers can relax in the pool, work on their camera gear, or grab a quick cup of coffee and a snack. A dusk or night boat dive is also offered each day, bringing guests up close with mating mandarin fish and cool nocturnal animals like coral catsharks. Guests here have free access to the resort’s two world-famous house reef dive sites, Hairball and Aw Shucks each day from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM - ideal for experienced buddy teams that enjoy unguided adventures.
- Serious muck divers can easily arrange a combination holiday with partner resort - Dive Into Ambon.
- Take a late afternoon expedition to Tangkoko National Park in search of the world’s smallest nocturnal primate – Sulawesi’s endemic spectral tarsier.
- This resort’s facilities are best enjoyed by adventurous couples and dive groups.
- Consider packing a 5mm wetsuit for the long dives at Lembeh - it’s easy to catch a chill after an hour or more underwater.
Dive Into Lembeh does all that it can to protect the local environment. The property recycles its plastic waste and encourages guests to bring their own bottle instead of using disposables. Visitors are also asked to conserve water and electricity by turning off air conditioners when they are out of the room, and only operating faucets when needed. The resort also runs daily underwater cleanups on its local dive sites and beach. 95% of the resort’s staff are from local villages, and nearly all of the materials used in the construction of the resort were sourced closeby.
Diving in Lembeh Strait
Rare OctopusYear round
Exotic cuttlefishYear round
Hairy FrogfishYear round
Clown frogfishYear round
Cryptic ScorpionfishYear round
Ghost pipefishYear round
Pygmy seahorseYear round
Unique crabs & shrimpsYear round
Exotic NudisYear round
Giant frogfishYear round
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Official dive center rating
Discover Scuba Diving, Scuba Diver, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water