Perched idyllically on the west coast of Lembeh Island, overlooking the strait is Bastianos Lembeh Diving Resort. Bastianos is one of the most recognisable names in North Sulawesi diving and they now have a resort at Bunaken and one in Lembeh.
The key feature of Bastianos Lembeh is that it has surprisingly good facilities yet retains a very modest price. The resort has an elevated swimming pool and large open-air common room with superb sea views, free wi-fi internet connectivity, satellite TV and spa room - facilities one might expect from a mid- to high- budget holiday accommodation and not one of such clear affordability.
The rooms are also of a relative good quality, with Superior cottages that can be rented as air-conditioned or fan only, and Standard rooms for those looking for the cheapest deal. The cottages are stand alone properties for more guest privacy, whereas the Standard rooms are adjoining but close to the water's edge.
The resort prides itself on its social atmosphere. It is a popular choice for regular vacation divers just wanting to dive, have fun and meet people, not really for 'hardcore' diver photographers that want to do nothing but spend their time underwater.
Scuba divers will, however, appreciate the dedicated camera room and the well-appointed dive centre complete with DIN/Int compatible tanks as well as nitrox and the full range of rental equipment. So for Lembeh Strait diving that won't break the bank, with one of the region's best known operators, Bastianos Lembeh Resort is a good choice.
Destinations:Lembeh Strait (Diving environment: advanced divers, very popular; Highlights: great macro life/marine diversity), and Bangka, North Sulawesi (Diving environment: healthy reefs, beginner & advanced divers, off the beaten track; Highlights: great macro life/marine diversity).
No diving on days of arrival or departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 5 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, scuba tax, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 19 per day), Lembeh marine park fees (approx. US$ 4 per person per year). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card). Optional extras:
Extra boat dives, night boat dives (approx. US$ 55 each, payable in advance), self-guided house reef dives (approx. US$ 15 each, payable in advance), diving computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers ( approx. US$ 5 each), dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, snacks, internet access, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
Single supplement on single travellers only, payable in advance. Single Supplement:
This is a compulsory additional charge on single travellers for the sole occupancy of double/twin accommodation. Optional extras:
Alcoholic drinks, return resort transfers from Manado airport (approx. US$ 95 per person, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Bastianos Lembeh Resort, located on the coast north of Bitung City, is a 1.5 hour road transfer from Manado Airport. For more information on getting there, see our Manado travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Pay for 9 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge on reservations of 3 nights or more.
For the best Manado diving experience, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts here, to include one in the Manado and Bunaken Island area to scuba dive the Bunaken National Marine Park, and one in Lembeh to dive the Lembeh Strait.
There are 10 Superior twin/double bed cottages at this reort, with their own private balconies set along an elevated hillside walkway. There are also 4 Standard twin/double bed rooms housed in a water side first floor terrace. All the rooms and Superior cottages have beautiful views overlooking the Lembeh Strait.
The Superior cottages have air-conditioning and/or fans, the Standard rooms have only ceiling fans. All rooms have private en-suite bathrooms. Superior rooms enjoy hot water while Standard rooms do not.
All the cottages and rooms have:
Air-conditioning (Superior cottages only) and fan cooled
Twin or double bed
Private bathroom with shower
Towels and soap
Hot water (Superior cottages only)
Balcony (Superior cottages only)
Dressing table, bedside table, desk, chair, mirror and cabinet/shelves
Electricity (2-pin plugs, power socket adapters available)
Bastianos runs dive trips throughout the Lembeh Strait so you can see all the area's muck sites, as well as its coral reefs and wrecks.
The 4 dive boats feature:
12m wood hull with 2 x 40 HP engines
Sun deck with shaded area
Ladders on platform
2 dive guides and 2 crew
Maximum of 8 scuba divers per boat
Camera rinse tank
Fruit and water
First aid kit
Your 1st dive is at 8:30 hrs and 2nd at 11:00 hrs. The boat returns to the resort's small jetty for lunch at 12:30 hrs. There is an afternoon dive at 14:30 hrs, a mandarin dive at 17:00 hrs and a night dive at 18:00 hrs. Boat journey time is 2-30 minutes. The property also as its own house reef for shore dives, complete with a wreck.
Bastianos Lembeh offers enriched air nitrox (EANx) for suitably qualified divers. There is no maximum limit on bottom time on each dive so you can make the most of your Lembeh Strait scuba opportunities.
The Bastianos Lembeh Diving Resort dive station has rinse tanks and a camera room with rinse tank and charging stations. The crew will carry your equipment and rinse it during your stay. There are cold showers, equipment storage facilities and oxygen at the dive centre.
Bastianos Lembeh Resort has a good range of facilities to enjoy your holiday in-between your diving at the Lembeh Strait. You can lounge at the elevated swimming pool with glorious views across the strait; visit the open-air lounge to watch TV, play a game of pool or connect with friends on the internet, or book yourself in for a session at the spa room for a shiatsu or reflexology massage.
Resort facilities include: Swimming pool with sun beds and shower - Spa facility for Shiatsu and reflexology massage - Elevated restaurant with views over the strait - Camera room - House reef - Satellite TV, DVD player, novels and fish ID books - Free wi-fi internet throughout the resort - Pool table - Provisions cabinet - Drinking water dispenser
Location: Lembeh Island, Lembeh Strait, west of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Meals are served buffet style in the resort's large, roofed, elevated but open air dining area, where the gentle breeze and the wonderful sea-views add to the dining experience. The set menu is a mixture of Asian and international cuisine with a few Indonesian specialties added to the mix.
Fixed menu and buffet meals available:
Pan-Asian, Indonesian and western cuisine dishes.
Meals include breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon cake.
The nearest re-compression chamber is at Malalayang Hospital in Manado, 45 km, or 1.5 hours west, from Lembeh. We advise you to take out your own diving insurance - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.
Bastianos Lembeh Resort's dive boats have first aid kits and emergency oxygen on longer trips. There is 4,200 litres of oxygen available back at the resort.
The nearest medical facility for minor injuries is Bitung Hospital, about 5 km away, or in Manado City for more serious accidents.
Bastianos Lembeh has a safety deposit box, free of charge, in reception. There is a 24 hour security guard service. There is a tourist police facility 15 minutes boat ride away.
"Friendly and attentive staff, great dive guides, facilities were clean and well kept, food was delicious." - Karin Burroughs, Australia, 21 July 2016 ...
"Service at both resorts (here & Bastianos Bunaken) was excellent. The resort managers were extremely helpful, dive crew and divemaster were exceptional, and the resort staff was friendly and accommodating. The enormous cockroaches in Lembeh (though we expected them) were not pleasant dealing with. Overall though, the staff, food and facilities were excellent." - Nancy Nehring, USA, 11 November 2012 ...
"They take care of us from the time we land at the airport thru when they drop us at the airport. Food was good (better at Lembeh Strait). Manager of the resort was really nice and helpful." - Stephane Tremblay, Canada, 25 April 2012 ...