Indonesia, Asia – Lembeh Resort

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Lembeh Resort

North Sulawesi, Indonesia


An Introduction to Indonesia


A luxurious dive resort in the heart of Lembeh Strait. Enjoy refined services while exploring the rich waters of Indonesia.

Lembeh Resort is nestled away in a private cove with a wealth of exotic flora and fauna in a central part of Lembeh Island. The secluded location of the resort ensures a quiet and tranquil experience, while the warm-hearted team offer service with a smile to make certain that your experience of Lembeh will be the best that it possibly can be. Perched slightly above the beautiful waters of Lembeh Strait and surrounded by lush tropical gardens Lembeh Resort was built to inconspicuously blend into the natural landscape. Westerly views of ancient extinct volcanoes and spectacular sunsets await you. Experience the warm hospitality, tropical beauty and unique wonders of Lembeh.

Lembeh Resort offers a number of accommodation options including a Cliffside Villa, 13 Luxury Cottages and 6 Garden View Rooms.  The resort is nestled around an ocean front deck and swimming-pool (with pool-bar) which is the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner cocktail at the end of a busy day of critter-diving. If you’d prefer to be pampered, the Spa offers a range of beauty and massage treatments.

Lembeh Resort aims to not only meet your needs but to exceed them. Whether it’s a different type of pillow, a personal Dive Guide or a special dinner, their hospitality team are always happy to accommodate you. Lembeh Resort is committed to delivering North Sulawesi hospitality at its best and making your stay enjoyable and memorable both above and below the water.


Cliffside Villa

The cliffside villa is a private sanctuary of stunning views which sets the benchmark for luxury accommodations in North Sulawesi. This beautiful villa is perched on a green hillside, surrounded by colorful floral gardens. All stays in the Cliffside Villa are complimented with a private butler service. You’ll receive a cell phone which can be used for direct service and your needs will not only met, but exceeded. So go ahead and jump in the pool, enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner or simply relax and indulge.

Luxury Cottages

These beautiful cottages provide a slice of tropical living with their semi open-air bathrooms and modern amenities. Lembeh Resort’s cottages are designed to ensure that you experience Lembeh with a touch of luxury. All cottages offer stunning sea views and offer spacious living with large double beds, sofas and both indoor and outdoor seating. Enjoy the dramatic sunsets over the Strait from your verandah after a day of diving. These are the perfect accommodation option for those who want to unwind and kick back with all of the comforts of home – and that little bit more.

Garden View Rooms

Garden View accommodation is beautifully nestled in the resort’s lush tropical gardens. Wander along the well-groomed walkways or just sit back and relax on the verandah while enjoying the tropical sounds, local fauna and flora that the Garden View Rooms offer. These rooms are perfect for those who would prefer to have everything on hand. The restaurant, boats, dive centre, camera room, pool and lobby are all located within close proximity.


Lembeh Resort is extremely fortunate to benefit from the local artisanal farmers of North Sulawesi who produce the freshest tropical vegetables and fruits throughout the year. In addition to fruits and vegetables, the bountiful Celebes Sea offers some of the highest quality seafood in Indonesia. To ensure genuine freshness the resort receives daily deliveries of locally grown produce, much of which is cultivated with traditional and organic methods.

The fish is line-caught, which is purchased every morning from small scale local fisheries. By choosing to acquire the seafood locally the resort can guarantee absolute freshness. The spacious and charming restaurant is the main dining area which is located centrally within the resort with beautiful views of the Lembeh Strait. It is on the upper level of the main building and is open from 7 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Breakfast is served as a buffet with a wide variety of fresh tropical fruits, healthy juices, freshly baked breads, imported cheese, cereals, yogurts & oven-fresh pastries. The breakfast menu is a mix of both western and local dishes. Pancakes, waffles, French toast and eggs of any style is made á la minute to your liking. Lunch is usually served as a buffet with an assortment of fresh salads, soup, western and Indonesian hot dishes and homemade desserts. Lembeh Resort’s buffets are plentiful and special dietary needs or preferences can be catered for.  Dinner is served á la carte. Chefs prepare a wide selection of international & Indonesian cuisine catering to all tastes. In the evenings you will be presented with a 4 course menu which offers several options for all courses. Morning and afternoon snacks are served between dives. A range of teas and coffees are available throughout the day in the dining area and at the pool-bar.

In addition to the daily dining menu, Lembeh Resort offers regular Indonesian BBQ nights where you can enjoy a delicious spread of authentic Indonesian dishes. This is a wonderful chance to try local specialty dishes while being entertained with song and dance performed by the local Sunday school choir. The choir is sponsored by Lembeh Resort and the children receive funding through donations.

The poolside bar is one of the best spots to enjoy the view over Lembeh Strait between dives or gather with friends for sunset. You can chat with other guests and share your muck diving experiences, have a drink while watching the sunset, or simply stargaze after dinner. Why not enjoy a bottle of wine from their temperature controlled wine room, sip a refreshing cocktail or simply have a cold local Bintang beer while sitting at the bar? Lembeh Resort offers an unsurpassed wine list and dining experience in the Lembeh Strait.

Diving and snorkeling in Lembeh Strait

Exploring the strangest square mile on Earth with Critters at Lembeh Resort

The Critter Capital of the World, a Muck Diving Mecca and the Twilight Zone are just a few of the names that have been given to Lembeh over the years due to its high density, and diversity, of rare and unusual marine life. Diving in Lembeh is unlike diving anywhere else as every dive reveals countless species of critters which have made their homes here on Lembeh’ s famous muck diving slopes. Critters at Lembeh Resort’s dive guides are experts at spotting the unique marine life which resides here.

Lembeh is home to 8 different species of frogfish, 12 species of octopus, numerous crustacean species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth, 3 species of pygmy seahorse, countless numbers of nudibranch species and new discoveries are continuously being made. Some of Lembeh’s most iconic species include the Hairy Frogfish, Pontohi Pygmy Seahorse, Wunderpus, Mandarin Fish, Mimic Octopus, Rhinopias Scorpionfish, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Blue Ring Octopus, and the list goes on with too many to count!

Muck diving is at its best in Lembeh, where the sheer abundance of biodiversity and unique critters is greater than it is anywhere else. For beginners, the marine life found by your Critters at Lembeh Resort guide is simply intriguing, unique, and downright weird all at once. For more experienced divers, the exhilaration of making “special finds” for yourself gives a rush of adrenaline that can’t be matched. And for underwater photographers, a great photograph speaks many millions of words.

Critters at Lembeh Resort offers exclusive snorkeling experiences in the Lembeh Strait. Critters at Lembeh Resort snorkeling guides have years of experience, are trained in marine biology and are passionate about sharing the rare and unusual critters which the Lembeh Strait has to offer. Lembeh’s location, just off the tip of North Sulawesi, is at the heart of the Coral Triangle which is the most diverse marine environment on Earth. In Lembeh you can easily combine snorkeling over vibrant coral reefs with experiencing Lembeh’s world famous muck.

Muck snorkeling is a thrilling experience with every critter just waiting to be discovered. Critters at Lembeh Resort guides will be by your side to point out some of the numerous critters which make this such an iconic region of Indonesia. If you are accompanying a diver at Lembeh Resort, you can arrange your schedules so you enjoy being out on the water together.

All of Critters at Lembeh Resort’s Dive Guides are underwater photography, videography and marine biology trained. Their experience and training means they will not only find you the most unique critters, they will also lead you to the best underwater imaging opportunities possible and can lend a helping hand underwater when shooting with snoots and other unique tools. Critters at Lembeh Resort is proud to host underwater photography, marine life, diving and conservation work shops throughout the year. They regularly welcome world class underwater photography professionals and marine life experts to share their knowledge and experience with guests.


Founder of Lembeh Resort Alex Rorimpandey always believed in supporting local communities in North Sulawesi. From the beginning, Lembeh Resort and Critters at Lembeh Resort have provided ongoing training and employment for people from the local villages. The resort encourages villagers to cherish the natural environment both above and below the sea, as well as their traditional cultures. They do our best to promote viable livelihood opportunities and sustainable ones for future generations. Lembeh Resort and Critters at Lembeh Resort employ and train many local villagers on Lembeh Island. The resort staff are given the opportunity to experience diving in hopes it will cultivate a greater appreciation for their unique and precious underwater ecosystems. Diving in Lembeh affords it’s staff a deeper appreciation of why people travel from around the world to experience critter diving in Indonesia and why Lembeh Strait is considered the best muck diving and macro diving destination in the world.

Photos courtesy of Lembeh Resort

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An Introduction to Indonesia

Stretching between the Australian and Asian continental mainlands and dividing the Pacific and Indian Oceans at the Equator lay the exotic islands that make up Indonesia.

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: "Indos" meaning Indian and "Nesos" which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago (the world’s largest), as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands of which only about 6,000 are inhabited.

Five main islands and 30 smaller archipelagoes are home to the majority of the population. The main islands are Sumatra,  Kalimantan,  Sulawesi,  Irian Jaya  and last but not least Java, home to 70 percent of the country's population.  Indonesia shares Irian Jaya with Papua New Guinea and two thirds of the island of Kalimantan with Malaysia and Borneo.

Indonesia is at the heart of the triangle of the world's greatest marine biodiversity, boasting more amazing diving destinations than anywhere else on earth. Not only is diving in Indonesia on every semi-serious diver's 'Must do' list but there are also many great places for less experienced but no less enthusiastic divers. Areas like Komodo and Raja Ampat are becoming known as among the world's best live-aboard destinations, adding to places such as Sulawesi and Wakatobi which are already established as world class.

Indonesia also offers many delights for non-divers. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular Prambanan temples in Java: enjoy ancient music while watching traditional dancers in spectacular costume: visit animated floating markets: experience a close ecounter with the famous Kamodo dragons, spend time with enigmatic orangutans in their natural habitat: hike volcanic cones, forests and mountains.

What to Expect in Indonesia