Transfer from the airport was $18 US each and went smoothly. It is a long drive and short boat ride. We were greeted by Zee, one of the owners, and a welcome drink. We arrived at lunch so we had a quick bite, filled out our forms and went for the afternoon dive.
I felt like a kid in a candy store – this place is amazing! Every dive there is a lot to see: octopus, cuttlefish, flying gernard, seahorse, pipefish of all varieties, nudibranches, snake eels, dragonets, frogfish, etc. Dives are fairly easy. Crew looks after setting up your gear if you want them to. They even had our tea made the way we like it when we got on the boat after each dive. Gear stays on the boat after each day and is washed at the end of your trip. There are towels on the boat and lots of room to move around.
Breakfast is 6:30 to 7:30, lunch at 12:00 – 12:30 and dinner at 7:30 – 7:45. Dinner is late to accommodate those doing night dives. There are always home – made cookies each afternoon and water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and espresso is available 24 hours. On the boat, there is fruit. You might want to bring snacks as 7 hours can be a long time to wait for dinner.
We had a cottage to ourselves but the rooms look great and you still get a view of the bay. All have large porches and plenty of windows. The bed in the cottage is a queen and firm with a sheet. We got extra pillows and blankets. There is plenty of hot water but the hot is on the right side. There is soap, conditioner, body wash, shampoo, towels and washcloths. Water bottle is provided and is refillable for free. A/C works well. There are gaps in the floors so bring bug spray. I did get quite a few bites even with spray.
Food is community style and they accommodated our diet of no beef, fish, seafood or pork. We found it decent. Usually there was a cold salad and always fruit and rice. Do be careful if you are a vegetarian. One night the menu said tofu soup and I bit into what I thought was tofu but was tuna.
Internet is extremely slow and we couldn’t get our email to load so if you need to check bookings or do any sort of planning for the next leg of your trip – have a back up plan.
There is a large camera room if you’re into photography and Serge teaches a course. Simon and Serge are both very knowledgeable should you have questions about starting up. Zee worked tirelessly to make our stay great and when Zee and Simon left for vacation, Serge filled in with grace and good humour.
We will definitely be back.
- 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