Diving the Lembeh Strait is a huge drawcard for underwater sharp-shooters and Nomad Adventure Divers are focused on providing a photographer experience. The resort is managed by pro underwater photographers and they have planned the scuba centre around these needs, with a logical diver flow after diving. There are lots of large rinse tanks, a camera drying room and a charging and editing room. Nitrox is available in order to maximise bottom time and photo opportunities. The clubhouse possesses a projector for photo and video shows.
Also available in the resort is a complimentary wi-fi internet, great for keeping in touch with family and friends back home whilst on holiday. A free laundry service is an unusual welcome addition, allowing scuba divers to bring their own equipment and not worry too much about packing lots of clothes for the trip.
The resort is easy to get to, being only a 15 minute boat ride from the arrivals pier over on the mainland. The dive sites too are only a few minutes away from the resort, so you can be gazing at stargazers, mimicking octopus and gawping at the jawfish, just as soon as you're kitted up and the guides have given you the '3-2-1' call.
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Destinations:Lembeh Strait. No diving on days of arrival and departure.
Resort diving includes:
Dives (as detailed in the packages above), self-guided house reef dives (only for staying 5 nights and above, limited to 1 tank per person per day between 7:30 am to 7:30 pm only), boat rides to sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 2 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, scuba tax, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks. Diving excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own):
Scuba equipment (approx. US$ 20 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 and night boat dives, diving computer, nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (approx. US$ 7 per tank), dive insurance, soft drinks. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
Resort accommodation includes:
Bed, breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinking water, hot drinks, snacks, internet access, taxes. Accommodation excludes (mandatory):
If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay in advance for a single supplement. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival. Optional extras:
Soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, return resort transfers from Manado airport (approx. US$ 18 per person per way, payable in advance). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there:
Nomads Resort is located in the Lembeh Strait, 40 km east of Manado Airport. Airport or Manado transfers are arranged for you. For more information see our Manado travel information section.
Dive clubs and group discounts:
Pay for 7 guests and 1 extra person can join free of charge (only for stays of 5 nights or more).
To make the most of your diving vacation in the Manado region, we recommend that you book a combination of resorts here, to include one in Lembeh to dive the Lembeh Strait, and one in the Manado and Bunaken Island area to dive the Bunaken National Park.
There are 10 simple but charming rooms set in a curved terrace around the garden, and 4 Deluxe double bed bungalows with Balinese style bathroom, all with balconies with beautiful seaviews. Each room has a large glass facade meaning the rooms are light and open to the vista across the Lembeh Strait and the distant mountains.
The rooms all feature unique hand-made furnishings and decorations, and have en-suite bathrooms. With a jungle backdrop you can fall asleep to the sound of the resident tarsiers.
Nomad's run dive trips throughout the Lembeh Strait and around the island so you can see all the area's muck sites as well as its coral reefs and wrecks.
A membrane system for enriched air nitrox (EANx), small groups and photographer facilities help make Lembeh Strait scuba diving with Nomads a great experience.
The 5 dive boats feature:
6-12m fibreglass/wood hull with 1 x 85 HP or 2 x 40 HP engines
Shaded area with entry & exit ladders
Guide for every 4 divers
Maximum of 8 divers per boat
Coffee, tea, drinking water, fruit and local snack
First aid kit and oxygen
The boat usually leaves at 8.00 hrs for 2 dives, and returns for lunch at 12.30 hrs. There is an afternoon dive at 14.30 hrs, a dusk dive for Mandarinfish at 17.00 hrs, and a night dive at 17.45 hrs, depending on the number of participants. Boat journey time is 2-30 mins. Unguided shore diving is free of charge for stays of 5 nights or more, and the resort have sunk 3 wreck on the house reef to attract marine life into the small sheltered cove.
The dive station has a large kit up and briefing area, rinse tanks, hot water showers, and 2 camera rooms with charging and cleaning facilities and computers for photo editing. The resort staff will conduct all equipment handling and rinsing for you.
Nomad Adventure Divers is not a fancy Lembeh resort with all sorts of deluxe facilities,but it has everything you might need for a thoroughly enjoyable vacation. Comfortable rooms, a clubhouse with DVD player, movies and music, free internet access and a relaxing garden overlooking the strait.
There is also an eco-friendly focus with nothing pumped into the sea and with septic tanks and natural soaps being used to minimise the environmental impact.
Resort facilities include: Restaurant - Camera room - Fish ID books - Screen projector & DVD player - Baby sitting and cots - Complimentary wi-fi internet - Complimentary laundry service - Tour desk - Sun beds
Location: Lembeh Island, Lembeh Strait, west of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
Guests dine in the open air clubhouse with views of the Lembeh Strait and volcanic peaks. The food is varied and tasty and is served buffet style, always with 4-5 different choices of dishes per sitting and local desserts.
Indonesian and European cuisine.
Weekly themed evenings such as Italian, Indian, Malay, Mexican.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided in our packages.
Tea, coffee, Milo and drinking water are provided free of charge in the restaurant area.
Some light snacks are available for purchase.
Most dietary requirements can be catered for including halal and vegetarian - please send us notice.
Complimentary buffet breakfast - eggs (fried, scrambled, or omelette), cereals, toast, fruit, coffee & tea, fruit juice, pancakes and rice/noodles.
The nearest re-compression chamber is at Malalayang Hospital in Manado, 45 km, or 1.5 hours west, from the property. We advise you to take out your own scuba insurance - see our insurance programme for a competitive quotation.
Nomad Adventure Divers' boats have 2,400 litres of emergency oxygen and first aid kits onboard. There is an additional oxygen supply 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.
Fire extinguishers are located outside the Standard Rooms and in the Deluxe Bungalows.
Nomads Resort has a safety deposit box, free of charge, in reception. There is a 24 hour security guard service. There is a tourist police facility on the island and 10 minutes boat ride away.
"The service was great. All tanks were set up on arrival and divers had to do very little. Gear was even rinsed off for us and laid out to dry for departure. The resort is on the budget end of the scale so it is not the fanciest with all of the bells and whistles, but the value is very good and the rooms are functional." - David Probert, USA, 10 May 2011 ...
"Diving service was very personalised, probably because the resort is catered for a small pool of divers, so we had the chance to know the managers and guide well. Facilities met our expectations for what we paid." - Jeremy Chan, Singapore, 10 December 2009 ...
"Very good staff, dive guides and boat men all very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly; efficient service, the same with the restaurant staff." - Philip Amswych, UK, 29 March 2008 ...
"The food was fantastic, always enough, always choice, always diverse and always tasty. The New Year's Eve party was fantastic, not a single bad word and everybody, including staff, owners and guests had a fabulous evening." - Michel Engering, Netherlands, 13 February 2008 ...
"Bernard and Julia can accommodate their guests (really well), it is almost like a family! The guides are very qualified and we made extraordinary meetings, we had in the possibility of choosing our sites. The rooms were simple but comfortable and very good food." - Coralie Ancelin & Eric Duchenet, France, 11 May 2007 ...