Kasawari – Lembeh Resort Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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Welcome to the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia – home of pygmy seahorses, hairy frogfish, stargazers, wunderpuses, Rhinopias – and where there’s great diving all year round.

Kasawari Lembeh Resort, only one-and-a-half hours from Manado Airport, is located right in the center of the Lembeh Strait, giving visitors easy access to most dive sites in the area within minutes, whether for muck, reef or wreck diving.

Kasawari offers discerning divers a new level of diving and lifestyle experience right in the heart of the Lembeh Strait – the world’s capital of underwater critters, where the underwater world boasts some of the richest marine biodiversity on earth.

Kasawari is a boutique lifestyle dive resort that has been designed with complete facilities and services for divers looking for a touch of luxury and personalized, safe and hassle-free diving. The compact layout of the resort and its facilities specifically caters for divers and serious photographers.

Ten luxurious villas, a beachfront infinity-edge swimming pool with its built-in jacuzzi, superb cuisine served at our upper level restaurant, a  large camera room with individual work-stations, a beachfront dive center with hyper-filtration filling system and special after-dive massage menus – all supported by the services of Kasawari’s friendly and hospitable staff – contribute to make Kasawari the perfect base to enjoy safe and relaxing diving in the Lembeh Strait.

The Resort

The villas and facilities of Kasawari have been carefully laid out in a relatively compact area amid a mature, lush tropical garden, coconut trees and well-manicured lawns. Each villa is less than a minute’s leisurely stroll from the resort’s facilities and dive center.

The eight deluxe and two Kasawari villas, although still retaining the traditional Minahasan look and feel, have been designed and fitted out to provide for high level of comfort and luxury for our guests. Each villa comprises spacious air-conditioned bedroom with handmade terrazzo flooring and an over-sized bathroom that incorporates both indoor and outdoor shower areas with abundant hot-water supply. Individual climate control, comfortable beds and fluffy quilt blanket will ensure that you get a good night’s sleep before next day’s diving.

Between or after dives, guests can relax on the villa’s private wooden deck. Other modern amenities and facilities such as a mini-bar, a safe-deposit box, CD player, hair-dryer, bath robes, ceiling fan, a Wi-Fi zone for internet connection and complimentary coffee and tea making facility have been included to make your stay more comfortable and convenient. In each villa there are also plenty of wardrobe and storage spaces for luggage and personal belongings.

The two Kasawari villas are substantially larger, located close to the dive center right on the waterfront, with their own private decks and gazebos overlooking the tranquility of the Lembeh Strait. The enormous bathroom with its double basin also has an outdoor shower in an enclosed tropical garden.

Kasawari’s infinity-edge swimming pool with built-in jacuzzi and lined with hand-made tiles is right on the seafront overlooking the resort’s jetty and sundeck.

The resort’s restaurant, along with the bar and lounge that also houses a reference library, are located on the upper level of the main building. This allows for an unobstructed view of the picturesque Lembeh Strait. The restaurant has both covered and alfresco dining areas, and in this relaxing atmosphere our chefs serve a range of mouth-watering Asian and Western delicacies to fulfill the needs of our guests, often to the tunes of Kasawari’s staff band!

Meals are served either buffet style or a la carte with a wide range of dishes, including a selection for vegetarian menus. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

To satisfy divers’ energy needs, afternoon snacks are served either at the dive center or at the privacy of your villa’s deck.

We have also added a massage service offering specialized after-dive massages to help our guests relax and unwind after a hard day’s diving. The massage can be taken either in the privacy of your room or at the massage pavilion.

A small conference room accommodating up to 20 people has just been added to facilitate lectures or seminars on underwater photography.

Kasawari Lembeh Resort is a perfect base to enjoy the best of diving that the Lembeh Strait has to offer in a relaxed environment with little touches of luxury.

Diving

Although finding rare critters is easier in Lembeh than in most other dive destinations, the Lembeh Strait is much more than just the renowned muck-diving capital of the world.

If flying gurnards, mimic octopuses, wunderpuses, a large variety of frogfish including the Straited and Painted varieties, pygmy seahorses, fingered dragonets, juvenile batfish, stonefish, Ambon scorpionfish, devilfish, stargazers, bobtail squid, hairy octopuses, blue-ringed octopuses, a large variety of nudibranchs or even Rhinopias, Weedy Scorpionfish and many other elusive creatures that are on your wish list, our experienced and knowledgeable dive-masters are dedicated to ensuring that your dreams become reality.

At Kasawari, we are lucky to have with us some of Lembeh’s legendary and most experienced dive-masters including Nuswanto Lobbu, Ali and Nonsix. Their combined experience from tens of thousands of dives will help to make your diving with us memorable.

Contrary to general perception, the Lembeh Strait also offers excellent wall, reef, pinnacle and even wreck diving (There are three World War II wrecks in the Strait) with good visibility – in fact all within just a few minutes of Kasawari Lembeh Resort.

Densely overgrown reefs and boulders, giant sea fans and soft coral, colorful sponges, schools of jacks, snappers, humphead parrotfish, purple dartfish, leaf scorpionfish, pink squat lobsters and even the remarkable boxer crabs await your discovery. During dusk dives, you will also be able to observe the fascinating mating rituals of mandarinfish.

The more than 30 dive sites of the Lembeh Strait are within easy reached of the centrally located Kasawari Lembeh Resort. The nearest dive site being just a stone throw’s away from our jetty and the furthest 20 minutes. After each dive, guests are whisked back to the resort for a quick shower, a down-load or a change of lens and relax comfortably during the surface interval.

Diving in the Lembeh Strait is year round. The Strait and it’s dive sites is protected by the mountains of North Sulawesi and by the ten-kilometer long Lembeh Island. Conditions for good diving are favorable throughout the year, with water and topside temperatures being cooler between July and September.

The Dive Center

At Kasawari Lembeh Resort, we have combined the conveniences of liveaboard diving with the comforts of being based on shore.

Our diving facility matches the sophistication of the resort. The facilities of Kasawari’s dedicated dive center for pre- and post-diving activities are located right on the waterfront with direct access to our purpose-built jetty. Within the large covered dive center you will find complete facilities including indoor and outdoor showers, separate changing rooms and restrooms, individual dry lockers, gear-up stations and large freshwater rinse tanks for cameras and gear to ensure that your diving experience with us is a memorable and safe one. The first aid and emergency oxygen station are also located within the dive center.

Three specially designed 12-meter dive boats with gear-up benches, emergency O2 supply, easy exit ladder and secure camera storage (each carrying a maximum of 6 divers and 2 guides), together with Grade E breathing air from the hyper-filtration system of our filling station, state-of-the-art membrane Nitrox fill system delivering a constant EAN32, convenient and functional jetty for easy and safe dive entries and exits as well as for ease of boarding dive boats – all combine to facilitate ease of diving for our guests.

For underwater photographers, our dive center boasts freshwater rinse tanks complete with water hoses and low-pressure air-guns to accommodate dozens of cameras. The brightly lit and air-conditioned camera room is located just next to the dive center. The room has 21 individual work-stations with shelves and storage spaces. Each work-station has its own charging outlets fitted with universal electrical outlets that remove the hassle and need for adaptors.

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