Lembeh Strait

Lembeh is the muck diving capital of the world. Mention Lembeh scuba diving to any serious underwater photographer and their eyes come over all misty. No other place on the earth gives you the chance to encounter more critters up close than Lembeh.

Airport: Manado (MDL)

Trip Duration: 5/6/8 Days Trip


Beginner to Advanced Diver

Destination Info 

If you love small and unusual things, this is the best place for muck diving. On a typical dive you will find the mimic octopus, flamboyant cuttlefish, harlequin shrimps, skeleton shrimps, pygmy sea horse, emperor shrimp, bumblebee shrimp, hairy frogfish, Stargizer, ornate ghostpipefish, Harlequin shrimp, octopus, cockatoo waspfish, boxer crab, countless nudibranchs to name a few.

What to see

Aside from the usual tropical reef residents, Lembeh include the more weird and wonderful, from the like of Ambon scorpionfish, snake eels, stonefish, sea robins, stargazers, devil fish and even the weedy scorpionfish. Lembeh Strait dive resorts have a higher than average rate of return customers as enthused first-timers return year upon year, never tiring of the wonders of this undersea paradise.

Sample Itinerary

Arrival to Manado Airport and transfer to Dive Resort. Depending on arrival time, check dive.

Your dive boat will usually go out for 1 or 2 dives at a time. You will return to the resort for breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner Generally, you will be in a small boat with 1 guide and 1-3 other divers. 

Dive Site Information
  •  Best time to visitAll year-round.
  • Water Temp: 25-28°C,
  • Air Temp: 28-32°C
  • Visibility: 10 meters
  • Current: low to mild
Getting There
  • Singapore (SIN) to Manado (MDN)
  • Jakarta (CGK) to Manado (MDN)
Health & Insurance
  • Dive Insurance compulsory for this trip. We also strongly advise you to get adequate travel insurance. Please check your travel insurance policy for your diving needs. If not covered then we recommend DiveAssure for single trip policy cover.
  • Dive Computer compulsoryon this trip.
  • Follow Safe Diving Practices at ALL times plus No Deco Diving and No Solo Diving.

Our Recommendation

The weather in Lembeh can be has been quite unpredictable and seems to vary from year to year. Diving in Lembeh is possible all year round but the conditions do vary. Dry season runs from March to October. Rainy season from November to February. Low Season from January to June. Every season has it advantages so it’s just not possible to mention which are the best period to dive.

There are many diving places which claim to be the best and there are many places that claim to be the next Lembeh but very few get even close. It is difficult to imagine a better place in the world for critter hunting, or muck diving, than Lembeh.

We recommend you to combine your trip with the nearby Manado or Raja Ampat, which is a short flight away.