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Black Sand Dive Retreat

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Black Sand is a fairly small-scale operation with 6 bungalows, which is great for the guests because we were given so much care and attention from our hosts. Bruce, Fung and Rustam couldn't have been more gracious with their time, enthusiasm and attention to our needs. Bruce (always accompanied by his two dogs) will come and sit, eat and share stories with the guests every evening, often helping us to identify some of the many critters that we had photographed but couldn't put a name to.

Lunch and evening meals are selected after breakfast. It's a somewhat limited choice but that's to be expected and the meals were always more than satisfactory, with a choice of European and Asian fare.

The bungalows are very comfortable with spectacular views of the bay. The bathrooms have four walls but no ceiling.

The dive operation is very professionally operated. Nitrox is available and there is a room dedicated to camera maintenance. There is a maximum of 4 divers plus guide to each boat. We just needed to request a particular critter of our excellent guide Robin, and he would invariably take us to an appropriate site and show it to us. All of the Lembeh dive sites are amazing and we returned from each dive with massive smiles on our faces.

After washing your equipment, you can forget about it until you're ready to gear up on the next dive. We paid for 7 nights/ 17 dives, but the resort is very amenable to any requests for additional dives. You also get one free dive of the House Reef per day and it's definitely worth repeated visits.

All in all, a great resort, and one that I am quite confident that I will return to.

Visited on 10/2013 - Submitted on 01/27/2014
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Lembeh Strait

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I visited Lembeh in October 2013, making 22 dives over the course of eight days. All of the rave reviews of the area I had read are fully justified; it really is a macro photographer's paradise. I came to Lembeh with quite a long list of critters that I wanted to see, and our accommodating dive guide found all of them bar one, plus many more besides. Only the mandarin fish eluded us, but I think this was more due to our dive resort being somewhat protective of their dwindling habitat.

Just a sample of the creatures we saw would include seahorses, wunderpus, mimic octopus, blue ringed octopus, rhinopia, harlequin shrimp, flamboyant cuttlefish, many type of frogfish (including hairy) and countless exotic nudibranchs. Every dive was within a 15 minute boat ride from the resort, and there really never was a dull moment, with our dive guide constantly finding us something new to check out. Every single dive was a highlight, but I particularly enjoyed Pantai Parigi, Nudi Falls and Nudi Retreat.

Max depths ranged from 5m to 28m, and the visibility was better than I expected - 10-20m.

Highly recommended to lovers of small critters, and if at least one your party doesn't bring a camera you'll seriously regret it. Don't expect any large pelagic life - the largest fish I saw was a pinnate batfish.

Flight were via Singapore with SilkAir.

Visited on 10/2013 - Submitted on 01/27/2014
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