Lembeh Resort

Hotel Overview

The Lembeh Strait is said to offer the best muck diving in the world, where every dive site is a treasure trove of critters and an underwater photographer’s dream. Lembeh Resort's secluded location in Bitung, on Lembeh Island, ensures guests a peaceful and relaxing stay. Tropical gardens and exotic fauna form a natural backdrop while luxury and elegance come as standard. Nestled within a private cove, with the only access via boat, you can be promised tranquillity, warm hospitality, and an exclusive home from home. The resort enjoys westerly views of ancient, extinct volcanoes, and beautiful sunsets await you.

There are several accommodation options, all located around an ocean front deck and swimming pool with pool bar. You can choose from the Cliffside Villa, 13 Luxury Cottages or 6 Garden Views Rooms. The Cliffside Villa is the ultimate in privacy and luxury with its large infinity pool and panoramic ocean and volcano views. For some serious pampering visit the onsite Spa which offers a range of beauty and massage treatments, or just relax poolside on the deck overlooking the ocean. Enjoy a walk around the grounds which are bursting with tropical flowers and trees, followed by an evening cocktail whilst you watch the sunset over the bay. There is a reception lounge and library with a computer for the guests’ convenience. The restaurant area is at the heart of the resort and offers diners tasteful surroundings, an impressive menu and views over the ocean and surrounding rainforest. The Critters@LembehResort dive centre is on the sea front alongside the Camera Room and Photo Centre meaning that you will never need to walk far to get on the boat.

Aside from the amazing diving, North Sulawesi has stunning scenery, rich culture, and unique wildlife and birdlife, and the resort offer tours that enable guests to experience more of this beautiful region. For an interesting insight into day-to-day life on Lembeh Island join a traditional village tour, or trek around the crater rim of Mahawu Volcano before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. The Minahasan Highland Tour is a remarkable day trip that includes a visit to Tomohon Traditional Markets where you can experience the vibrant colours and buzz of activity of the flower and food markets. You will also get to take in the beauty of Pimaras Waterfall that is surrounded by lush green jungle, and Lake Linow, where many bird species can be seen. Tangkoko National Park Tour is perfect for nature lovers, go in search of the Tarsiers, Black Crested Macaques, Hornbills, Cuscus Bears, rare species of endemic birds and the flying Draco-Lizards!

Sea kayaking is another wonderful way to see more of the Lembeh Strait or get your hiking boots on and trek through the jungle visiting tiny villages to see how they grow exotic spices, herbs, and fruits, of which you get to take a small selection home with you! Lembeh Mangrove Tour takes guests on a cruise through this peaceful habitat where you can snorkel and kayak, or for those romantics join a sunset or star gazing tour and watch the luminescence glowing in the boat’s trail.

Deluxe Ocean View Cottage

Ocean View Bungalow

Facilities

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • En-suite Open Air Bathroom
  • Private Balcony
  • Double or Twin beds

The Deluxe Ocean View cottages are contemporary in style and finished to perfection. Perched on the lush green hillside these cottages offer 180 degree unobstructed magnificent views of the strait, the ocean and the mountains.

Garden View Room

Garden View Exterior

Facilities

  • Mini Bar
  • Fan
  • En-suite Bathroom
  • Air conditioning
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Hair dryer (On request)
  • Double or Twin beds

The 6 garden view rooms are suitably located near the restaurant and dive centre surrounded by lush green vegetation. Recently built they are modern and simplistic in design with en-suite bathroom they are perfect for those on a budget.

Food and Drink

Your stay at Lembeh Resort is on a full board basis, and the spacious and charming restaurant is located centrally within the resort with beautiful views of the Lembeh Strait. It is open from 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Breakfast is served as a buffet with a wide variety of fresh tropical fruits, healthy juices, freshly baked breads, imported cheese, cereals, yogurts and oven-fresh pastries. The breakfast menu is a mix of both western and local dishes and includes pancakes, waffles, French toast, and eggs of any style.

Lunch is usually served as a buffet with an assortment of fresh salads, soup, western and Indonesian hot dishes, and homemade desserts. The buffets are plentiful and special dietary needs or preferences can be catered for. Dinner is served á la carte. The chefs prepare a wide selection of international and Indonesian cuisine, and in the evenings you will be presented with a 4 course menu which offers several options for all courses. Menus change daily to ensure variation and guarantee freshness.

Morning and afternoon snacks are served between dives. A range of teas and coffees are available throughout the day in the dining area and at the pool-bar, and in addition to the daily dining menu the resort offers regular Indonesian BBQ nights where you can enjoy a delicious spread of authentic Indonesian dishes. The poolside bar is one of the best spots to enjoy the view over Lembeh Strait, it is a great place to chat with other guests and share your muck diving experiences, have a drink while watching the sunset, or simply stargaze after dinner.

Flights and Transfers

We can arrange your flights from several UK airports; Heathrow usually provides the best prices and connections via Singapore. The flight time is around 24 hours, please call us to discuss your specific requirements and dates.

The nearest airport to the resort is Sam Ratulangi International Airport in Manado. The transfers to Lembeh Resort are carried out using the resort’s comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, from Manado Airport this takes approximately 90 minutes by road, followed by a short 10-minute boat journey to the resort.

You do not require a VISA to enter Indonesia unless you intend to stay for more than 30 days.

Diving Information

Critters@LembehResort is the only dive centre in the Lembeh Strait to have Marine Biologists, a Photo Pro, photography and marine life trained Dive Guides, Camera Centre, and a spacious designated Camera Room. With a full time Photo Pro onsite to answer your questions and give guidance and assistance you will be shooting your best images possible.

Critters@LembehResort Dive Guides undergo intensive training programs which include critter and underwater photography training so you can rest assured that you are in the hands of professionals. Dive groups are small so that you will receive a more personal service underwater and both Private Guide and Private Boat options are available for those who want a more exclusive experience.

A designated camera room gives each guest a workbench, plenty of plug sockets and space for charging and accessories. The Photo Centre offers photography courses, rental cameras and accessories including strobes, a purpose-built drying box for in the event of leaks, spare parts, and a 3D printer for manufacturing new items. Full time Marine Biologists are also available to help with marine life identification and to give regular presentations about the unique critters of the Lembeh Strait.

You can choose the number of dives that you would like to include in your package, and each diving day with a minimum of two boat dives also includes one self-guided house reef dive. All boat dives have a maximum 1:4 guide ratio.

The Lembeh Strait’s sheer abundance of biodiversity and rare critters has led to it being named the ‘Critter Capital of the World’, highlights include numerous different species of frogfish, octopus and crustacean that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Three species of pygmy seahorse, countless nudibranch species and new discoveries are continuously being made. Some of Lembeh’s most iconic species include the hairy frogfish, pontohi pygmy seahorse, wonderpus and mimic octopus, mandarinfish, rhinopias scorpionfish, flamboyant cuttlefish, blue ring octopus, Banggai cardinalfish to name but a few.

The classic muck sites feature gentle slopes of volcanic sand scattered with bits of debris, sponge, algae, or rubble. If you aren’t already in the know, Lembeh will convince you that the most beautiful animals are sometimes seen in the strangest habitats! There are also many combination sites which are a mix of muck and reef diving but if muck is not your thing don’t worry because this destination also has beautiful coral reefs, walls, pinnacles, stunning mangrove areas, wrecks, white sand beaches, schooling fish, and pelagics all within easy reach.

Many of the species which the Lembeh Strait is best known for are nocturnal and become active after the sun starts to set. Night and dusk dives provide the best chances of seeing stargazers, numerous species of octopus, the infamous bobbit worm, squids and other crustaceans and cephalopods. As dusks sets in you will see a range of different behaviours on display as some critters settle down for the night and others are just coming out.

Pricing Information

Based on a 7 night stay prices start from £2385 per person and include:

Flights
Transfers
Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Afternoon snacks
Free flow mineral water
Free flow brewed coffee & tea
Wi-Fi
Welcome drink
17 Dives (2 morning & 1 afternoon)
1 free self guided house reef dive

Your stay at Lembeh Resort can easily combined with a stay on the beautiful island of Bangka, or mainland Manado, example prices start from as little as £550 for an additional 4 nights with 6 dives.