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“Excellent dive resort”
Review of NAD-Lembeh Resort

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NAD-Lembeh Resort
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bitung
Certificate of Excellence
Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews
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“Excellent dive resort”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

My wife and I have visited this resort twice, both times were fantastic. We rented a cabin the second time and for anyone, this is a scuba diver's paradise. Recommend heartily! The guides were friendly, the managers professional underwater photographers, and the atmosphere all anyone could want from a dive resort in Lembeh.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 May 2013

It has been 18 months since our last stay in NAD and the structural improvements are amazing. Whilst retaining the environmental ethos the restaurant, bar/meeting area and hotel rooms have been upgraded or rebuilt. As before this remains the best quality dive operation on the Strait now it combines with boutique hotel feel. All of the dive guides are local born and exceptionally well trained by owner/marine biologist Simon Buxton. Zee Buxton runs the front of house operation with all the slickness of Hotel Du Vin but employs staff who smile and enjoy their job. Arrive as a tired worn out traveller leave as a refreshed happy friend.

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

Just got back from a second visit to NAD and the improvements since our last visit are very noticeable. The rooms and dining area have been updated, there's a couple of new bungalows, new boats bought and a relaxing lounge area has been added. The food was again awesome and it was so great to see many of the same staff. Shows that they love working there. The boat crews and guides are all great lads, with our guide finding all the specific stuff (rare Gobies) we asked for. They are also respectful to the critters and their environment... an important detail.

Love the family style dining experience, a long table where you can meet folks and share stories. As others have noted, Simon & Zee and the folks that work with them are fantastic people that are always on hand for anything, including having a pint together. NAD is such great value and quality that it's a no-brainer to choose them for your Lembeh diving. My wife and I love it so much we booked a return trip while we were still there... I can't recommend them highly enough.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 31 December 2012

My girls and I stayed for 10 days. We dived for 9 glorious days and we had the best time ever. The dives were outstanding. But what we will take away from this vacation is the way in which NAD arranges the meals and the dives so that everyone who stays there, ends up making friends with each other. And we made some good ones. :-) The dive guides are incredibly hard working and found almost everything I was looking forward to finding. My only concern was for their well being and wished that the guides dived more on Nitrox than on just air. Zee, Simon and their baby girl Bella were lovely hosts and that staff were all excellent and very helpful. Thanks for the dives and the memories and we hope we'll visit again soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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Guelph, Canada
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Reviewed 2 December 2012

Stayed in NAD for 5 days and dived for 4. Loved the resort. Simon and Zee are absolutely wonderful. They were always on hand and ready to help and often joined us for meal and beers. The service from all staff was always warm and inviting - felt like home. Everyone was always so helpful. Meals and diving were always well organized - pickups from airport and dock were on time. The dive masters are superb - sharp eyes for finding the critters. Boats are very comfortable size - and groups are small with max of 4 divers per divemaster. I would be happy to return and would recommend NAD to anyone. NAD is clean, comfy, great value and all of this makes the diving easy and the predominate reason you go to Lembeh.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled solo
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

I stayed in NAD for 6 days and dived for 4. Absolutely great! very well organised, clean, comfy decent food and a definite winning choice as regards accommodation in Lembeh. Everything is so well run and organised that all you need to worry about is your pictures.
Simon and Zee are nice young couple who are doing a great job and any of the negative reviews about them being unfriendly are just ridiculous. They were always on hand and ready to help and often joined us for meal and beers + working very hard at keeping the resort running, everyone happy and being parents. There doing a great job and would be happy to return and would recommend NAD to anyone. Having lived in Indonesia for five years and having dived all over and stay in wide variety of places in this country it would be hard to match NAD for purpose. It's clean, comfy, great value and all of this makes the diving easy and that the reason you go to Lembeh!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 October 2012

We wanted somewhere that was quiet, check. We wanted somewhere that offered the best of macro photography, check. We wanted a friendly and welcoming small resort that made you feel welcome from the time you arrived until they waved goodbye to you off the beach on your departure, check.
The accommodation was roomy, the food was varied and plentiful, the staff were amongst the friendliest and most helpful we have encountered in the region. The owners, Simon and Zee, went the extra mile in helping when personal equipment went wrong and ensured that all dives went unhindered!Not only that but Simon managed to obtain parts for my Camera housing and have it shipped to the resort in very short time to ensure I didn't go home disappointed.

Would I recommend this resort and go back there? without a shadow of a doubt!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about NAD-Lembeh Resort

Property: NAD-Lembeh Resort
Address: PO Box 49, Bitung 95500, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Sulawesi > North Sulawesi > Bitung
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Bitung
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bitung
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bitung
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bitung
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NAD Lembeh is small owner operated family style resort on Lembeh Island, home of Critter and Muck diving. We have FOC house reef diving and 13 full time dive guides. Our camera facilities, with wet and dry camera rooms are highly popular. We offer 2:1 diveguide ratio and full rebreather / nitrox and tec support. Our Head Chef in the Kitchen, Tommy ensures the blend of food is to our guests' tastes. With 10 aircon rooms and 5 aircon bungalows we believe we can offer you a fantastic holiday on a budget. The Resort is compact without feeling small and our staff are very friendly, our location is also in a small private bay on Lembeh Island, far away from the city and its associated noise. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Nad Lembeh Hotel Bitung
NAD-Lembeh Resort Indonesia/Bitung, Sulawesi

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