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2 weeks - Lembeh + ??

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by ChrisM, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. ChrisM

    ChrisM Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    so after nearly 30 years of diving wife and I are going to dip our toes into Indonesia. I would like a week in Lembeh.

    Where should we spend the second week? We’d move twice for a really good reason but would prefer to only move once. Land based is fine. Would also like some topside experience, Tarsier monkeys, forests, etc. Order doesn’t matter either unless something makes more sense

    Coming from LA so can come thru Singapore or Bali. Asking everyone I know and now you folks I don’t (mostly) know

    Thanks in advance for thoughts and ideas.
  2. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
    What month are you going? I suppose it depends on that.

    Komodo...Easy flight from Bali and great diving. :) That will give you some wide angle reef/large fish action (mantas, too!) to balance out the muck and small critters of Lembeh. The other option is Raja Ampat, but 7 days is not enough - 10-12 days is more ideal by liveaboard, though you could still do a 7 day liveaboard or land based. It is also more difficult to get to from Bali so it will suck up more transit time vs. Komodo.
  3. Indah

    Indah Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Weda, Lembeh and Rao Morotai
    Dear Chris M, we own and manage 3 places. One of them is Divers Lodge Lembeh. That would be a good start. We are having Tarsius living within our own 25 hectares of nature around the Lodge. T. We also offer day trips to Tangkoko National Park and the Minahassa Higland. Depending on the time of year you could combine your visit with our Weda Resort or Magic Bay Rao. We can very easily and without any hassle organize all transfers for you.
  4. BigJeff

    BigJeff Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Wales
    I would stay in the area around Manado, a transfer over to Gangga/Bangka Island is easy and gives the diving some variety.
    You may even be able to make the transfer by boat, and not lose a days diving.
  5. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
  6. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Charter

  7. bowlofpetunias

    bowlofpetunias Oh no, not again! Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sydney Australia
    We have done Critters@ Lembeh and Siladen. We plan on going back to Siladen. They have a reciprocal agreement between the resorts and will arrange it so you can do both. Muck dives at Lembeh and some muck but also wall and coral dives at Siladen. Both resorts do a lot for the locals and the environment which is important to me when I spend my $.
  8. Madacub

    Madacub Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Hi Chris, regarding Lembeh, some people don't like muck diving, so you you should be aware that that is what Lembeh is for (more or less). I say that just because you mention not having been to Indonesia, and wanting to "dip our toes into Indonesia".

    If you have only two weeks, definitely don't move more than once. Ideally, stretch it to 3 weeks, including travel time, which would give you two good diving destinations, plus some land activities. Take a LOB to Raja Ampat (if in the winter) for 10-12 nights, or to Komodo (if in the summer) 4-7 nights. Bali is excellent for diving (muck as well as wide angle) as well as land activities.

    You could also consider Ambon. Excellent for muck diving. But if you dive with Dive Into Ambon, you will also get to dive on the other side of the island, which has some terrific wide angle diving, amazing corals, etc. And also an excellent wreck inside the bay. (In fact, extend your trip to 4 weeks..... heh heh) I enjoyed Ambon topside as well, historic forts, spice farms etc.

    In Bali, I have used Aquamarine Diving several times and am very happy with them (theyl'll also organize flights etc if you want). I see Indah's post above, I have stayed at his Weda resort twice - it is definitely classified as a "remote" location, but they organize the trip very well, you can get there best from Lembeh. I would certainly recommend Weda, but I'm not sure it would fit with your timing, unless you want a pretty secluded place, then that's your ticket, plus the diving. Plus there is birding to be had there, including a species of bird of paradise.

    Manado/Bunaken is very close to Lembeh, (you'll use the Manado airport, in fact) and has some decent huge turtles, cuttlefish, etc, if you want to dive there for a few days. I was a bit disappointed with Bangka/Gangga, but others have liked it. Overall, your best bets would be Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Ambon, Weda.

    Hope this helps.
    outofofficebrb likes this.
  9. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    My last trip was a week at Lembeh and a week at Papua Paradise. Excellent trip. Did a couple of days in Bali before and after for topside stuff. To do all that took three weeks.

    There is not much to do but dive in both Lembeh and RA. PP is on a very small island and there are a couple of land tours but otherwise you pretty much have nothing to do but dive.

    Ambon, as mentioned, has some interesting top side things to do. Bali has some excellent diving and you can spend a few weeks exploring the island and not run out of things to do.
    outofofficebrb likes this.
  10. Mr.Poseidon

    Mr.Poseidon Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Central Texas
    The second time we visited Indonesia, on the same time table, we dove the Bali area with Aquamarine and then caught a flight to Manado to dive Lembeh. Some folks loved that we visited two different areas of the country. Other wished we just stayed in one region. Thus, IMO, if this will be a one and done you should try to visit Bali and then Lembeh. If this will be one of many visits, I would suggest only staying the North Sulawesi area.

    For what its with, we now visit Indonesia annually so be prepared. :)

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