The island nation of Indonesia straddles the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and lies at the heart of the ‘Coral Triangle’ - the epicentre of the world’s marine biodiversity. Nowhere on earth can visitors experience such a range of spectacular diving - from encounters with huge whale sharks and oceanic manta rays, to muck dives with beautiful Rhinopias and the exceedingly rare psychedelic frogfish.
Lembeh Resort is one of the strait's premier resorts, and is the perfect base to explore the area. Photographers are particularly well-catered for at the resort's renowned Photo Centre.
- A stunning resort with pool and beautiful tropical gardens
- Fantastic location at the centre of the Lembeh Strait
- Range of accommodation to suit all budgets - from single rooms to cliffside suite
- Fully-equipped photo centre with onsite photo pro offering photography and video courses
Lembeh Resort is located on Lembeh Island, facing several small rocky islets in the centre of the strait and perfectly positioned to explore all of the incredible dive sites up and down the coast. The resort occupies a beautiful plot of land and the buildings and rooms are laid out and designed to blend in with the surrounding tropical vegetation, with groomed walkways criss-crossing the lush tropical gardens and leading guests down to the sea where the pool and dive centre are located. The restaurant can be found in the upper floor of the the main building, giving guests perfect views out over the strait as they dine.
Lembeh Resort is well know for its support for photographers, with its photo centre and resident photo pro, huge camera work room and well-trained guides and staff that are on hand to help photographers in their search for amazing subjects. The resort also has full-time marine biologists on site and have invested a considerable amount of time researching and studying the critters of Lembeh - all the better to give the resort’s guests a thorough understanding of the incredible species that call the Strait home.
GARDEN VIEW ROOMS
Built in 2012, the Garden View Rooms are located in a single block between the restaurant and the dive centre. The rooms are smaller than the cottages and are perfect for single travellers or those on a budget. Like all the rooms at the resort, the Garden View Rooms come with 24-hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with hot water, hairdryer, custom-made soaps and shampoo, air-conditioning, king-size bed or twin beds, wardrobe, table and chair, dispenser for cold and hot drinking water, complimentary tea and coffee, stocked mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and electronic safe.
DELUXE OCEAN VIEW COTTAGES
The Deluxe Cottage come in two different styles - Traditional Minahasan or Modern Cliffside. The resort originally built wooden cottages using traditional or Minahasan-style building techniques, all of which were located in the resort gardens set back from the waterline with views of the sea. These rooms all have large verandas, spacious sleeping rooms and Balinese-style bathrooms. The Modern Cliffside Cottages blend contemporary construction methods with traditional style and are perched on a lush green hillside above the bay, offering the best ocean and sunset views in the resort. Like all at the resort, the Garden View Rooms come with 24-hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with hot water, hairdryer, custom-made soaps and shampoo, air-conditioning, king-size bed or twin beds, wardrobe, table and chair, dispenser for cold and hot drinking water, complimentary tea and coffee, stocked mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and electronic safe.
This beautiful modern suite is perched on a green hillside, surrounded by colourful floral gardens and with 180° panoramic views of volcanoes, the sunset and calm waters of the Lembeh Strait. The fully air conditioned one-bedroom Cliffside Suite offers a spacious lounge with an espresso machine, minibar, flatscreen TV and a comfortable desk - perfect for working on images after a day of underwater photography. The bedroom has floor to ceiling windows, a kingsize canopy bed and an elegantly decorated bathroom with two sinks, one indoor shower as well as one Balinese style open air shower. Outside, the two sundecks and one covered veranda offer privacy and the large 36m2 infinity pool offer the best spot in the resort to enjoy a leisurely swim or a chilled sundowner cocktail with a loved one.
The resort’s buildings are a mix of traditional Minihasan-style and modern comforts and have been designed specifically with divers and photographers in mind. All of the resort rooms have 24-hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with hot water, hairdryer, custom-made soaps and shampoo, air-conditioning, king-size bed or twin beds, wardrobe, table and chair, dispenser for cold and hot drinking water, complimentary tea and coffee, stocked mini-bar, free Wi-Fi, and electronic safe. Guests can choose to stay in a modern block with smaller rooms - perfect for those on a budget or single travellers - cottages scattered throughout the gardens or in an incredible clifftop suite that arguable has the best views of any room in all of Lembeh!
Lembeh Resort’s restaurant serves buffet-style breakfasts and lunches, and á la carte evening meals, serving a range of both Indonesian and Western dishes. The food is purchased from local farmers in the Minihasan highlands and the fish bought daily from local suppliers. Lembeh resort also offers weekly BBQs. The resort also has a pool and pool bar built just meters from the sea, with a deck and comfortable sunbeds - and perfect views of the surrounding volcanoes and spectacular sunsets across the strait. Finally, tucked away in the the resort gardens is the purpose-built spa, where guests can book a range of treatments designed to ease the mind and body.
The dive centre is well-managed, spacious and equipped with a full range of high-quality dive kit, including torches and U/V lighting. The new dive preparation area has long benches for kitting up and plenty of room for hanging and drying equipment. There is also a large camera work room with rinse tanks, plenty of work stations and power sockets for charging batteries. Close by is the ‘Genus Cafe’ where guests can get a coffee and browse the selection of ID books and magazines. Next to the dive centre is the Photo Centre where guests can book courses and critique sessions, as well as seek support and advice should they have a problem with their photography equipment during their stay. The Photo Centre even has a custom-built dry cabinet to help with repairs, as well as a 3D-printer to build custom parts.
Lembeh Resort offers a flexible dive schedule whereby guests can join a boat for one or two dives in the morning, an afternoon dive, daily mandarinfish dives, daily night dives and even guided late night dives. Guests can also dive the house reef at any time of day or night. The resort operates a ‘Dive as you like’ policy - meaning they work out their dive schedule around their guests desires rather than vice versa. Day dives are from the resort’s custom-built dive boats, fitted out with plenty of shade, space for equipment and cameras, as well as safety equipment, fresh fruit, drinks, snacks and water. Lembeh Resort’s dive centre has 5 instructors and 15 guides on site and guarantees small dive groups with a maximum of 4 guests to 1 guide, and offers private guides. The resort is located in the middle of the Lembeh Strait and all of the nearby sites are within 15 minutes of the dive centre.
Lembeh Resort’s Social Commitment - The founder of Lembeh Resort, Alex Rorimpandey always believed in supporting local communities in North Sulawesi. From the beginning, Lembeh Resort and Critters@Lembeh have provided ongoing training and employment for people from the local villages. The company encourage villagers to cherish the natural environment both above and below the sea, as well as their traditional cultures and the resort does its best to promote viable livelihood opportunities now and sustainable ones for future generations.
Lembeh Resort and Critters@Lembeh employ and train many local villagers on Lembeh Island. The resort staff are given the opportunity to experience diving in the hope that it will cultivate a greater appreciation for the unique underwater ecosystems of the strait. Diving Lembeh Strait affords the staff a deeper appreciation of why people travel from around the world to experience critter diving in Indonesia and why Lembeh Strait is considered the best muck diving and macro diving destination in the world. In keeping with his commitment to the community, Alex donated materials to build the local church in nearby Pintu Kota Kecil. This mutual cooperation has helped forge a strong bond between the resort and the village and today, Lembeh Resort provides electrical power for the church and Sunday school, which plays an important role in most of the education on the island. The resort also helps guests to donate materials for the school and the children. The two nearest villages Pintu Kota Kecil and Pintu Kota Besar are home to families of small-scale fishermen and the resort is planning to contribute towards a learning centre with a small library and a computer with a USB modem for internet access.
As well as their commitment to the villages in the area, the resort strives to reduce its environmental impact whenever possible.
Murex Resorts in partnership with Lembeh Resort offer guests the ultimate way to explore Sulawesi - the ‘Passport to Paradise’. Dive from 3 different resorts in Manado, Bangka and Lembeh and explore all that this extraordinary area has to offer. This package includes 13 nights accommodation, 30 dives and all transfers by boat. Upgrade to Deluxe Ocean View Cottages or Cliffside Suite at Lembeh Resort. Upgrade to nitrox fills throughout.
- 4 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Cottage at Murex Manado
- 4 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Beach Front Cottage at Murex Bangka
- 5 nights accommodation in a Garden View Room at Lembeh Resort
- 30 guided boat dives with Air (including 2 dives per boat transfer)
- Unlimited free self-guided house reef dives with air
- All meals & snacks; drinking water, coffee & tea; taxes; free Wi-Fi
- Arrival airport escort service (upon exiting terminal)
- Round trip airport transfers
- Boat transfers between resorts with 2 dives on the way
- Bunaken Marine Park entrance fee
- Rental equipment
- Nitrox surcharge
- Night dive surcharge
- Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
- Outside hours transfer
- Land tours
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