(North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
August 13-20, 2024
Venture with us to the macro capitol of the world, Lembeh Strait, Indonesia. Located in the North Sulawesi region on the island of Sulawesi, the area is famous for its 'muck diving' on black volcanic sand, famous for spotting weird and wonderful underwater critters, species that you would normally not find during a regular dive. Our adventure takes us to the beautiful boutique resort, Dive Into Lembeh, nestled in Kasawari Bay, looking out over Lembeh Strait and Lembeh Island.
Join Us in the 'muck diving' capitol of the world! Lembeh is a diver's critter searching haven. From wonderpus & mimic octopus's to flamboyant cuttlefish to blue-ringed octopus and much much more, we'll be going on an underwater critter spotting adventure in the black volcanic sand. The diving in Lembeh is great year round and we'll be headed there during 'dry season' prior to flying to Raja Ampat for our week on the Coralia.
Preference will be given to guests joining us in Raja Ampat. We'd love to have you at both locations, and Lembeh offers a relaxed 'ease' into the diving in Indonesia before we hop on the Coralia in Raja Ampat. If you are only interested in joining in Lembeh, please reach out to see if we have extra spaces.
Day 1: Arrival into Manado, Indonesia where we'll be met by resort representatives and taken in comfortable air conditioned vehicles on an hour long drive to Dive into Lembeh. Upon arrival we'll check-in, settle into our sea view bungalows, unpack dive gear, set up cameras and get ready for diving the next day!
Day: 2-6 Diving begins and continues through Aug 19th. 2 morning dives a day are included, offering you the choice of afternoon activities including the spa, diving on the house reef, relaxing at the pool, or adding additional boat dives. In the afternoon after our last day of diving we'll head to Tangkoko National Park to see the spectral tarsier only found in Sulawesi.
Day 7: We'll pack up our gear, say our goodbyes and head back to Manado for one night before flying to Sorong the next morning to board the Coralia liveaboard on August 21st, 2024.
August 13-20, 2024
Duration: 7 nights/8 days
Seaview Bungalow: $1750 USD (per person double occupancy)
Seaview bungalows have either 2 twin beds or 1 queen and 1 twin bed. The bungalows have A/C, wifi, TV, ceiling fans, mini-bar, bean bags and Japanese style onsens on the veranda (i.e. hot tub). The resort has an open air restaurant & bar, spa, and pool.
7 nights in an air-conditioned sea-view bungalow
2 boat dives/day
Small dive groups & experienced dive guides
Fast comfortable speed boats to/from dives
Unlimited shore dives on the house "muck" reef
Camera room & large dive center
Three delicious meals daily, breakfast, lunch & dinner *(dinner only on arrival day and breakfast only on departure day).
Unlimited drinking water, tea & coffee throughout the day
Afternoon tour of Tangkoko National park on August 19th, 2024
Round trip transfers to/from Manado International Airport
Presentations on marine life
International & Domestic flights
Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks
Extra boat dives ($55 USD/dive)
Mandarin fish night dive ($55 USD) -we're hoping to get everyone on this dive during the week.
Rental equipment & dive courses
Getting to Lembeh:
To/From North America:
Travel to Indonesia is typically flown via Tokyo or Hong Kong or other Asian gateway cities (depending on the airline) and connecting onward to Jakarta (CGK) or Singapore (SIN).
Sometimes you'll find routings from the east coast through the Middle East (Doha/Abu Dhabi, etc)
Via Jakarta: Arrival into Jakarta (CGK) by August 12, 2024
The following day August 13, 2024 there are a few recommended flight options to Manado (MDC is the airport code).
Garuda Airlines flight #600 9:20am-1:45pm
Batik Air flight #6272 10:40am-3:05pm
Batik Air flight #6280 8:00 am-12:25pm
It is recommended to arrive in Jakarta a day prior to your flight to Sorong. The Anara airport hotel is recommended if arriving a day or two early into Jakarta.
Currently the only nonstop is on August 12, 2024. You will have to overnight in Manado for one night.
Scoot Airlines flt #216 9:25am -1:15pm
If you arrive a day early into Manado the suggested hotel is the Novotel Manado Golf Resort which is not far from the airport.
Getting to Raja Ampat:
On August 20th, 2024 we will transfer from Dive into Lembeh to the Novotel Manado Golf Resort for a one night stay.
On August 21st, 2024 we will fly from Manado to Sorong to board our home in Raja Ampat, the Coralia liveaboard. There is only one nonstop flight option:
Lion Air #796 7:00am-9:25am
Departing from Raja Ampat on August 28th, 2024 can be at any time to head back to Jakarta or wherever your onward journey takes you.
More About Lembeh:
Lembeh Strait lies in the northern peninsula on the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. The province's capital and largest city is Manado, which is also the main gateway and the economic center of the province. Other major towns includes Tomohon and Bitung, the latter being the closest town to the Lembeh Strait.
Geography: Most of North Sulawesi is mountainous, and it has many active volcanoes, notably Mount Soputan. Mount Klabat on the Minahasa Peninsula rises to an elevation of 6,634 feet (2,022 metres). The coastal lowlands are narrow, the soils are fertile, and there are coral reefs offshore. The uplands are drained by many fast-flowing streams, including the Milango and the Marsa. The highlands are covered with rainforests of oak, chestnut, and various conifers; hillslopes have teak, ebony, and a dense ground cover of grasses and shrubs.
Our home for the week, Dive Into Lembeh opened in 2016 and offers 9 sea-view bungalows overlooking beautiful Lembeh Strait.
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