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Lembeh Strait is a 12 kilometers long stretch of water separating Lembeh Island and the mainland. Bitung is actually the half way point along the shores of Lembeh Strait. This pristine section of water in North Sulawesi is home to many unique sea animals which include the Ambon scorpionfish, mimic octopus, ghost pipefish, as well as other larger species. It is a fantastic dive area for underwater photographers and the diversity of smaller creatures ensures many memorable photo opportunities.

The Resort...

Located on Lembeh Island itself, NAD Lembeh Resort is one of the smaller resorts here, offering comfortable, cozy accommodation and good service. The resort blends seamlessly into a beautiful green backdrop of native flora fronting a small beach and wonderful house reef. All rooms are tastefully designed using all natural local products hand crafted by the resort staff and local artisans from North Sulawesi. Each room is located on the waterfront with a beautiful view through a shaded garden across the strait to the jungles and volcanoes of the mainland.

The Diving...

Mention diving in Lembeh to any serious underwater photographer and their eyes come over all misty and distant. Few places on the planet are as varied and give you the chance to see more shy critters such as the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimps, skeleton shrimps and innumerable nudibranchs. The fish also include the usual tropical reef suspects but also the more bizarre: Ambon scorpionfish, snake eels, stonefish, sea robins, stargazers, devil fish and even the weedy scorpionfish. There are also beautiful seahorses including pygmies, pegasus, mandarinfish, ghost pipefish and the endemic Banggai cardinalfish.

There are many diving places which claim to be the best and very few get close but it is difficult to imagine a better place in the world for critter hunting. No more than a few breaths go by between one bizarre and exhilarating sight and the next. If you've tired of night dives, then try one here - they are simply fantastic. We don't know of a better place for after dark encounters with extraordinary marine life.

Getting There...

Since Air Asia is no longer flying to Manado, we can only catch a direct flight through Silk Air from Singapore to Manado Airport. Or alternatively, catch a transit flight to Manado via Jakarta. Airport transfer over land to the port city of Bitung takes approximately one and half hour through breathtaking views of volcanoes, jungles and small villages. From Bitung it's only another 10 minutes boat ride to the NAD Lembeh Resort.

Climate - North Sulawesi enjoys an equatorial climate, which means it's sunny all year round. There are only 2 seasons, wet and dry. Average temperature is ranging between 28 to 33°C year-round.
Water Temperature - The strait can vary from 26 to 29°C. We recommended to use at least a 3mm full wetsuit, although you may need extra protection during the months of July and August, when water temperature drops down to 26 and 27°C.
Dive Season - Due to the protected nature of the Strait, diving is available all year round. Although late November to March is considered to be the rainy season, it seldom rains all day long. Rain might deter visibility at some of the dive sites, but there are plenty to choose from which will not be affected.

Lembeh More Details

RM2,180.00 per pax


  • 5 nights twin sharing accommodation in NAD Lembeh Resort
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner in the resort
  • Return land and boat transfers
  • Total of 11 guided boat dives
  • Unlimited shore entry
  • Tanks, weights and weight belt are provided
  • Flights to or from Manado and KL, or elsewhere
  • Airport tax
  • Meals outside of the resort
  • Alcohol and carbonated beverages
  • Equipment rental

Day 1
Flight arrive at Manado Airport and transfer to Bitung and then connect boat ride to NAD Lembeh Resort
Check in, briefing and then lunch
Check out dive at NAD's house reef

Day 2, 3 and 4
3 boat dives daily and unlimited shore entry
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style

Day 5
2 boat dives and unlimited shore entry
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in buffet style

Day 6
Breakfast at resort
Check out and transfer back to Bitung and then connect to Manado Airport for departure

Preferred Airline
Silk Air

Singapore to Manado
Flight No: MI 274
Depart: 0925 hrs
Arrive: 1305 hrs
Duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes

Manado to Singapore
Flight No: MI 273
Depart: 1350 hrs
Arrive: 1705 hrs
Duration: 3 hours and 15 minutes

Silk Air Baggage Allowance
Checked Baggage: 20kg
Hand Carry: 7kg

Manado is the capital of the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia on the island of Sulawesi, which is the fourth largest island in Indonesia after Kalimantan, Sumatra and Papua. Manado is located on the Bay of Manado and is surrounded by a mountainous area consisting of volcanoes.

North Sulawesi has an area of 15,364 square kilometers.

The population of the province totals 2,154,234 as of year 2006.

Time Zone
UTC / GMT +8 hours (same as our local time).

Mainly Bahasa Indonesian, but English are spoken in tourist areas.

Unlike most of Indonesia, Northern Sulawesi's inhabitants are devout Christians and a pleasant sense of calm and peacefulness prevails.

Currency Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Notes: 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000
Coins: 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000

Country Dialing Code + 62

Electricity 220 volts, 50 Hz
European plug with two circular metal pins (We suggest taking an adaptor for your appliances)

Airport Tax
Passengers departing on international flights have to pay an airport tax of 100,000 Indonesian Rupiah.