Diving in Lembeh
With dark volcanic sand rich with aquatic life, Lembeh is considered as the paradise for the photographers who fly here from all over the world to capture some breathtaking shots to reveal the underwater beauty to the world. The innumerable varieties of critters, frogfish, pipefish, nudibranchs, seahorses, juvenile fish, and other exotic underwater creature make this remote yet diversely vibrant region of Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia rightly known as the muck diving capital of the world.
The dive sites in Lembeh are mostly sand, rock, muck, or rubble, but there are a few spots with good soft corals and small walls. Although the reefs in this island are not quite attractive but they offer the most amazing species to keep the divers coming back again and again. If you are looking for picturesque reefs, then there are plenty of other beautiful and spectacular islands around to discover.
You can easily find the aquatic species of all shapes and sizes in these richly biodiverse islands. Commonly found creatures include several species of pygmy seahorses, squid, cuttlefish, octopus including blue-ring, mimic and wonderpus, ornate, ghost pipefish, pipehorses, filefish, boxfish and puffers, shrimp, orangutan crabs, decorator crabs, Bangaii cardinalfish, assorted anemonefish, gobies and blennies, eels and morays, razorfish, schooling striped catfish, frogfish to name a few.
Alongwith muck diving and other natural wonders that this region has to offer, Lembeh also has some brilliantly captivating shipwrecks at its Mawali wreck diving spot, which are completely embedded with soft corals from all sides, making them an enthralling experience to explore. The shipwrecks hide within them the huge scorpionfish and lionfish, and barramundis.
Diving in Lembeh is year round but the weather varies through the seasons. From October until March water temperatures are warmest with peaks of 28-29°C. The lowest temperatures are measured during July and August when it can drop down to 25-26°C. In general, the small critters do not travel far and sightings are more to do with there reproductive cycle than with the movements during seasons.
The visibility is at its best from October until December. The higher water temperature and highest chance of rain during the months January and February bring along some lower visibility.
From June the South-East monsoon brings along more wind what can make the water a bit more choppy. This will last until September and it can occur that dive sites on the Northern end cannot be reached by your Lembeh liveaboard.
How to get to there
Getting to Lembeh is easiest from Singapore where you can find flights to Monado international airport with Silk air. They are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The flight is about 3 hours. If you are already in Indonesia there are daily flights from several airports in the country. A Lembeh liveaboard normally departs or disembark from the ports Manado and Sahaung. We will send you all the information about the itinerary when you book to make sure you will know what ports you will visit