Today is my 4th day in Manado. We have already talked about
Bunaken National Park before. Today let’s talk about Lembeh, an island off the north-east coast of Sulawesi near the city of Bitung.
Because it’s located near the town of Bitung which is 1.5 – 2-hour land travel from Manado, It’ll be better to go there as early as possible, in my case it’s 04:00 a.m. at the beginning of the morning. I didn’t participate in today’s dive trip because it’s advanced dive site (I don’t have an advance diving licence), so it’s only my sister for today.
The Lembeh Strait is a unique dive destination and a haven for experienced divers who are looking for species that are unusual and rarely seen. Because its plays host to a cornucopia of weird and wonderful creatures that are found here and here alone, such as Inimicus devilfish, dwarf lionfish, pygmy seahorse, scorpion fish, puffer fish, mimic octopus, Pegasus sea moths, member seadragons, frogfish, ribbon eels and flying gurnards.
It’s world famous for its macro life. If you are macro photography enthusiasts, this is the must visit places if you go to Manado. Diving is do over shallow black sandy slopes where seahorses and nudibranchs are found in abundance. Enough talking, here’s some picture from this dive trip.
Compare Manado Bay and Bunaken Island, which have warm water, Lembeh Strait water is cold (around 24 – 28°C) so it’s better to use a long thick dive suit.
It was sad that I couldn’t join my sister in this diving, but from the picture, I know it was an amazing experience. The challenge on this diving is to spot the super small animal among the shallow black sandy slopes. If you didn’t bring a macro camera and strobes with you, you wouldn’t see anything:-(, well some nudibranch maybe.
Before I closed today’s post, Here’s some Tips & Tricks for you who planning to Dive on Lembeh Straits:
- To do dive in Lembeh, You need an Advance Diving licence.
- The Lembeh Strait is accessible from Kungkungan Bay Resort and Eco Divers Resort Lembeh. The dive guides and instructors here are extremely experienced in locating and identifying the many unusual species that are encountered there. Price can be seen here
- Used 3 mm thick Long sleeve dive suit because the water is cold 24 – 28°C.
- Remember always follow the diving rules, your dive master instruction, and always stick with your diving buddy. For dive site map can be seen in my previous post
- More information regarding Accommodation, Tourist area, Diving resorts and things can be accessed from “Visiting Manado for Traveler”. I found that web helpful, especially if you are a “lone wolf” traveller.