A good hour and a half by car from the international airport of Manado lays the Lembeh Strait, undoubtedly one of the five macro diving capitals of the world. The volcanic black sands of the 16 Km long and about 2 Km wide Lembeh strait is one of the best places to see a gigantic variety of uncommon fish and other weird and colourful critters. Almost in the middle of Lembeh Island, opposite Bitung, in a quiet bay on Lembeh Island, lies the NAD Lembeh dive resort. As this is already our third visit to NAD I think I am somewhat of an expert and write about it in extenso. It still is one of the greatest places to stay to discover Lembeh. It’s no 5 star but the rooms are more than clean (the new B5 bungalow is gorgeous and very comfortable and my new favourite) Food is nice (buffet) and plentiful and the friendly staff is undoubtedly their greatest capital. That and the 1 guide/spotter to 2 divers ratio, excellent and spacey dive boats, the fantastic camera room, Simon who knows the in and outs of camera’s, strobes, UW housings and saved many a diver’s holiday by fixing gear, Zee – his wife - great in communicating when you’re in the booking faze, Serge doing the day to day managing, etc…
The dynamic duo Simon and Serge are now in the process of building a small pool and a Jacuzzi, there’s the new bungalow…small and big improvements everywhere on the property.
Even the terribly slow Internet which I remember from previous visits and which everyone cursed in the past is working better – you don’t have to wait anymore until 2 AM when everyone else has gone to bed (because before it took 4 hours to upload a single photo to your FB page ☺)
So there really is no more reason whatsoever if you’re a macro freak to go to Lembeh and dive the strait with the NAD Lembeh team.
Room Tip: love the new B5 bungalow - I hope this will become the new standard :-)