Lembeh in a Nutshell - Lembeh is without doubt the muck-diving capital of the world. Underwater photographers flock here from all over the world to see a myriad of critters, frogfish, pipefish, nudibranchs, sea horses, juvenile fish, and other exotic animals. Don't expect beautiful reefs in Lembeh itself, but very scenic reefs exist at nearby islands.
Water Temperature: July and August have the coldest water temperatures, getting down to 25 celsius (77F). Bundle up! Some people think the most critters are out during the cold months. Water temps get up to 28 celsius (82F) in Jan-Feb. Wear a full wetsuit year round to protect against cuts, jellies, and getting cold during long dives.
Visibility: Around 30ft (10m) year round
Depth Range: 5 - 30m
Typical Lembeh Dive - Your dive boat will usually go out for 1 or 2 dives at a time. Generally you will be in a small boat with 1 guide and 1-3 other divers. Depending on the dive site, you'll start your dive in 50 - 80ft of water and then start to work your way shallower on a sandy slope. As you are photographing one amazing subject, your dive guide will be busy finding your next subject. A supermacro lens will often come in handy. Other divers swimming by may silt up your area, causing you to curse underwater. You take so many shots that your memory card fills up, or your battery dies, causing you to curse underwater.
Lembeh's Dive Sites - The dive sites in Lembeh are generally sand, rock, muck, or rubble, but there are a couple sites with nice corals and walls. Marine life is generally prolific from 3-4 meters depth down to 25 meters depth. I prefer to dive on nitrox. Police pier, Nudie falls, Nudie Retreat and TK3 are definitely target-rich environments that you want to dive early and often. California dreaming and Angel's falls offer good wide-angle opportunities.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities - A trip to nearby Tangkoko National Park is a must, to see the amazing Tarsier monkey (a very cute small monkey with huge eyes, best seen at dawn or dusk), and Celebes Crested Macaques.
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah.
Electricity: generally is 220 volts, with 2 round pin plugs (European Standard)
Vaccines: None are essential for US visitors. It is recommended that you are up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and Polio for any trip to the tropics.
Visa: Short stay Visa Free facility is given to travelers from 169 countries (including USA) for tourism purposes in Indonesia. Make sure your passport has a blank page, and is valid for 6 months.
Language: Bahasa is the language of Indonesia. It is very easy to learn, and we suggest you learn hello, thank you, how are you, and what is your name before your trip.
Safety: Lembeh is a pretty safe place. Use common sense in Manado, like you would in any city.
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