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Dabirahe Dive, Spa, and Leisure Resort – Lembeh

Listed in Dive Resort, TRAVEL


Desa Makawidey, Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, NA, Sulawesi

Reviewed on December 7, 2018. #1 of 1 Reviews

We had a wonderful stay at Dabirahe November 22-December 1, 2018. The resort grounds, rooms, food and dive operation are all fantastic. This 8 year old resort is built into a hillside, so if you want some exercise, walking up and down to your room, dining facility and dive shop will help you burn off all the calories from the delicious meals. If you prefer, the staff will pick you up in a golf cart. Part of our trip the resort had only a few guests, and we were treated to a really gourmet menu. When a larger group arrived, we enjoyed an excellent and varied buffet. We did the evening mandarin fish dive. It is very popular and each resort has a designated evening for this dive. My divemaster placed me in an ideal position to watch and photograph the mandarin fish mating ritual. After ten minutes of little action, he moved me to a better spot where I saw many mating pairs within 2-3 feet of my face. These mandarins are much larger than those I have seen in other locations. The divemasters at Dabirahe were much more generous with dive duration than most other resorts. I had only two dives under one hour–deep dives, 8 dives of 1:10 to 1:17. Our DM, Roni, pointed out as many as four species of octopus on one dive, 1″ clown frogfish, 3 species of pygmy seahorses, all kinds of tiny critters and nudis, and of course, the inimitable Lembeh Sea Dragon. Leyde, the dive shop manager, was met all of our needs and provided enjoyable snacks after diving. Our hosts, Mike and Faustine, were a lot of fun to be with, both diving and at the dinner table.

Dive Into Lembeh

Listed in Dive Resort, TRAVEL

RT 08 Linkungan 3, Kel. KASAWARI, BITUNG, North Sulawesi, 95528, Indonesia

Reviewed on December 7, 2018. #1 of 2 Reviews

We stayed at Dive Into Lembeh Resort (DIL) November 16-21, 2018. The resort and the dive operation are truly magnificent. If you have a dive package that includes two or more boat dives per day, you can shore dive the “house reefs” gratis, and these house reefs, Hairball 2 and Aw Shucks, are destination dives in their own right. Your divemaster will have your gear set up, help you on with it, and assist you into the water if necessary. He’ll be there when you return to take your gear the few steps back to the dive shop. This is shore diving at its glorious best! Here’s a sample of what we saw on the house reefs: schools of shrimpfish and small striped catfish; ornate ghost pipefish, black ribbon eels, mantis shrimp, barramundi, a crocodile fish, and many assorted nudis. The boats are very fast and get you to most dive sites in 4-10 minutes. Our divemaster, Rico, was the ultimate professional, and pointed out an incredible assortment of critters that we would have surely missed: tiny crabs, shrimp, pygmy seahorses, a thumb size painted frogfish, thumbnail size hairy octopus, and of course, the inimitable Lembeh Sea Dragon. The resort is beautiful. The food was delicious, and the waitresses were beautiful, friendly and very responsive to your every need. Steven was a very friendly and accommodating host.

Tasik Ria Resort

Listed in Dive Resort, TRAVEL

+62 431 824445

Jl. Raya Trans Sulawesi, Tasik Ria, Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia, 95351, NA

Reviewed on December 7, 2018. #1 of 1 Reviews

Just returned from Tasik Ria Resort on N. Sulawesi. The resort and diving were every bit as good as our previous visit six years ago. The corals on the walls are remarkable–so colorful and healthy–absolutely no coral bleaching here. Turtles reminded me of Sipadan nine years ago. We saw multiple hawkbills and occasional greens on every dive in the Bunaken area. If you love frogfish like I do, you’ll love it! Multiple frogfish of several species ranging from 1″-8″ long were seen on most dives. The accommodations, service, divemasters, and food were excellent. Dan Green was a very friendly and helpful host.

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