Lembeh

Lembeh Indonesia Dive Map Location Scubahive

Description :
“Muck diving mecca”, “Critter capital of the world”, “Twilight Zone”… these are just a few names used to describe Lembeh. Just mention Lembeh diving to any avid underwater photographer, and you’ll see their eyes gleaming with joy. Dive sites range from black volcanic sandy bottoms to beautiful coral gardens to walls and wrecks. Coupled with the array of amazing critters to be found, this is the main reason many divers return to Lembeh time and time again.
Where is it :
Sulawesi, Indonesia
Number of dive sites :
Over 60
Type of Diving :
Guided – shore, boat, deep, night
Skill Level :
Beginner to advanced
Main Diving Attraction :
Macro heaven. Expect to see, mimic octopus, hairy frogfish, pygmy seahorses, harlequin shrimps, flamboyant cuttlefish, skeleton shrimps, a host of nudibranchs, pegasus, mandarin fish, ambon scorpionfish, stargazers, sea robins, and more!
Average Water Temperature :
28°C (82.4°F) between October-March, and then falling to 25°C (77°F) in July and August.
Seasonality :
All year round (Typically October-December has the best visibiltiy, whereas January and February has the lowest visibility due to rainy season (not that it really matters when looking for macro critters), and the northern end of the strait may be out of bounds due to rough sea conditions.
Typical Visibility :
15m (49.2ft)
General Current Conditions :
Mild
Family / Non-Diver Friendly :
Yes
Availability of Other Leisure Activities :
Land tours to the Tangkoko National Park to see the Tarsier monkeys, birdwatching, hiking, visiting the traditional market, or even taking up a cooking class.
Availability of ATM / Foreign Exchange Bureau :
No (best to withdraw cash in Manado)
Availability of Medical Facility :
Yes, in Manado
Here are some of our favorite dive sites 🙂
Police Pier :
• Maximum depth: 28m
• Currents: Mild
Dive into a site filled with black sand and a rubble slope peppered with soft corals. There are some pearl farm shacks on stilts, and loads to see under the shack. The bottom composition is dull and grey, but upon closer inspection, it’s teeming with activity. Some critters to spot includes the banggai cardinalfish, barramundi cod, painted frogfish, bigfin squid and harlequin shrimps. Keep a look out for snake eels with only their heads staring upwards, normally attended by cleaner shrimps, stargazers, and the flamboyant cuttlefish.
Nudie Falls :
• Maximum depth: 20m
• Currents: Mild
It’s raining nudis! Fun fact: The site is named after the fact that the bubbles from divers sometimes caused the nudibranchs to fall. You will dive along a beautiful wall with a rocky slope which bottoms out with a sandy patch, leveling out into the main channel of rubble carpeted by large soft corals which looks like a bed of cauliflowers. As you’d expect from the site’s name, you will be spotting loads of nudis or various types. Other critters to spot are mantis shrimps, frogfish, flying gurnards, pipefish and even the pygmy seahorse.
Nudie Retreat :
• Maximum depth: 28m
• Currents: Mild to moderate
This is another highlight of Lembeh where you make your way along a gentle slope, descending gradually into a depth of 28m, offering more corals than most of the sites in the Straits. If your intention is to spot nudibranchs, you will not be disappointed. Other prime attractions here are the pygmy seahorses, pegasus sea moths, winged pipefish and electric clams. Good luck selecting your camera configuration, as this site is good for both wide-angle and macro shots.
TK3 :
• Maximum depth: 28m
• Currents: Mild
The quintessential classic dive, Lembeh style, featuring black sand muck diving. Your first make your way down a sandy slope at around 5m, which continues to around 22m, with patches of rope-sponges that attract a variety of marine life. The range of critters you find here is phenomenal, including flying gurnards, dwarf cuttlefish, pipefish, coconut octopus, blue-ringed octopus, frogfish, cockatoo waspfish, mimic octopus, wonderpuss, blue ribbon eels and loads more!
Angel’s Window :
• Maximum depth: 30m
• Currents: Mild
If you’re growing tired of black sand and muck diving, Angel’s Window is a nice breathe of change. Dive into a twin-peaked coral pinnacle that features a cave for a pleasant swim through. The pinnacle base flattens out which is home to sponges and sea fans harbouring pygmy seahorses. Keep a lookout for the red octopus slithering the area, nudibranchs in various hues, batfish, schools of angelfish to keep you amused during your entire dive.
Nearest Airport :
Sam Ratulangi (Manado) International Airport (IATA: MDC)
Notes :
Airport transfers to the dive resorts which takes ~2 hours by road are typically included in the trip itinerary for your convenience 🙂
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