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Kasawari Lembeh Resort


Kasawari Lembeh Resort - Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

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.

Scuba Dive Trips at Kasawari Lembeh
Experienced divers have been on many scuba dive trips and dive vacations. They are always looking for something new and unusual that makes their next trip special. That is what awaits at Kasawari Lembeh. We are a fine Lembeh Strait resort offering that special detailed attention that only a small, top quality boutique experience can provide. The area is famous for muck diving and boasts many critters unique in its waters. Diving here can bring one face to face with creatures only seen in fine magazines. But the right guide is needed to find some of these hidden treasures, guides like those found when you make the decision to stay with us. They will listen carefully to your objectives and strive to help you meet them during your stay. When you return to luxurious accommodations each night you will be amazed by the spacious bedrooms, oversized bathrooms, and little extras that make the place feel like home.

Stroll outside through the lush greenery and tropical gardens. Swim our infinity edge pool with its built in jacuzzi. Enjoy fine dining at our restaurant serving both Asian and Western fare, and offering the option to dine alfresco if you like. Day or evening, this is the perfect place for a world class vacation. We invite you to become acquainted with us as you stroll through our articles pages, then come to see us in person soon. You will want to return again and again for the personalized service that is our specialty.

What Components Make Good Scuba Dive Trips?

Of course the answer to that question depends on each individual. At Kasawari Lembeh that's just what we're counting on. We are a boutique resort providing specialized attention to your preferences and that is what separates good scuba dive trips from bad. We have expert dive masters who are so familiar with Lembeh Strait that they can always find little hideaways where you can commune with unusual critters and get exceptional photographs or videos. And this attention focused on your satisfaction doesn't end when the boat docks. Our staff strives to meet your needs just as expertly in our resort. Our villas are luxurious and spacious; our environment boasts tropical gardens and lush greenery with wooden decks on each villa to enjoy. Our greatest desire is to make your dream vacation come true. We are looking forward to your visit.


  Kasawari Lembeh Resort is a First Class Experience

Divers are focused on their dives and the quality of their underwater experiences. What happens back at their accommodations should only enrich but never detract from that focus. Kasawari Lembeh works hard to insure that your land and sea experiences are complementary creating the scuba dive trips of your dreams. Our dive masters provide the best in muck diving, tailored to your requests. They will guide you to those out of the way places that create the most unexpected memorable photographs and videos. Our villa and surrounding accommodations, plus the staff that run them, make sure your time there is luxurious, relaxing and renewing. Our bedrooms are spacious and beautiful, with an authentic Minahasan flair. The bathrooms are oversized, boasting inside and outside shower facilities. Amenities like hair dryers, CD players, and Internet access insure that you enjoy the most important components of feeling at home. We are a personalized, boutique resort that creates an adventure as unique as you are. Come visit us for your next vacation.

Kasawari Lembeh Resort Has Dive Vacations that Please
Diving photographers are often searching for different experiences than a recreational diver. Water must be pristine and not flow too quickly, and the marine life must be colorful and plentiful. Providing quality dive vacations that meet both the needs of a photographer or videographer and a recreational diver is something we pride ourselves on. We offer Indonesia scuba diving to match your preference. We are a boutique luxury resort right in the center of the Lembeh Strait. The beauty of the underwater world and its creatures at this location are hard to imagine. You must experience them. Come to the Kasawari Lembeh resort to enjoy a luxury vacation tailored to your critter diving specifications.

Indonesia Scuba Diving to Meet Magical Creatures

The variety of colorful, unique marine life you will encounter in the Lembeh Strait is hard to imagine. You will find yourself swimming with creatures you have only seen in books. If you have been on several dive vacations, you may think you have seen it all, but if you have not tried Indonesia scuba diving, there is lots of excitement yet to experience. This area is considered by most to provide the world's best muck diving. There are lots of coral reefs, both hard and soft, to explore and search for little critters in hiding. Kasawari Lembeh resort keeps the number of divers on each trip conservative so we can give attention to your particular preferences. We want to share with you the beauty of this unique marine environment and underwater life you can encounter nowhere else on scuba dive trips. Once you do, we are sure one trip won't be enough. Come back and see us again and again!

Planning to Vacation at a Scuba Resort? Indonesia is the Perfect Choice!

Discriminating divers are always looking for new, more than everyday experiences. And most want to be surrounded by the culture of that country they are visiting at their scuba resort. Indonesia is a diving vacation that can't be beat, and we are the best in Indonesia. We are a boutique diving destination, perfect for the discerning photographer or videographer. We insure that our dives are small and personally designed by our expert dive masters to match your diving preferences. Our resort amenities are flavored with Minahasan culture while including the comfort of home.

Is Kasawari Really Different than Other Resorts?
Absolutely! While we are only one Lembeh Strait resort we pride ourselves on standing apart from the crowd. We are an intimate, boutique resort with all the luxury and service of a much larger hotel. Here are a few of the things that make us different:
• Your choice of standard or deluxe villas, all with traditional Minahasan decor
• Roomy air-conditioned bedrooms featuring Terrazzo floors
• Oversized bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor showers
• A private wooden deck on each villa
• Mini-bars, safe deposit boxes, CD players, hair dryers and complimentary coffee/tea stations
All these are standard, while offering small, intimate dives with seasoned guides who can discover the hidden underworld treasures that Kasawari is known for. Don't settle for an ordinary experience at an extraordinary location. Plan an adventure with us!

Why Should I Pick a Lembeh Strait Resort?

National Geographic Magazine called attention to it and its "undersea oddballs" in its November of 2005 issue. This area is teeming with life, much of it impossible to find in other places. It is, in short, a muck diver's paradise which makes this the perfect place for a scuba dive photographer to find a scuba resort. Indonesia is booming as a diving destination, but don't be convinced to choose just any place in the area. For the ultimate diving experience choose a Lembeh Strait resort. And not just any resort, but Kasawari where you are always special. We are a small, boutique resort offering attention to detail and personalized dives to create those once in a lifetime photographic opportunities every underwater photographer and videographer is looking for. Come be our guest.

Kasawari Lembeh is a Personalized Boutique Diving Experience
A larger group means a more generic diving experience in order to appease everyone. That's the experience that can usually be expected in a Lembeh resort. But a discerning diver looking for individualized attention will be unsatisfied with settling for mass appeal. Kasawari Lembeh was created to provide that unique adventure discerning divers are looking for. We cater to the seasoned videographer or photographer searching for that perfect shot. Our attentive dive masters are so familiar with the waters of the famous Lembeh Strait that they can find that right spot every time.

What to Look for in a Lembeh Resort

You have planned and anticipated your trip all year. You want to bring home memories that last a lifetime. How do you find just the right place to stay in order to make this happen? First, look for a Lembeh resort offering small dives with experienced guides who know the area very well. Next, turn your attention to the accommodations you will be enjoying between dives. Ideally you will find a place that is not too big but is both luxurious and personalized. You want Internet available in your quarters so you can stay in contact back home. You want to stay in the middle of that tropical delight that is Indonesia, with gardens and greenery surrounding you. You want a Minahasan experience, to be immersed in the cultural differences. Kasawari Lembeh has all these features and more. Spend a few minutes looking through our pages at what we offer both in the water and on land, and you will find that we are the perfect choice for a discriminating diver.


Kasawari Lembeh Resort is located near the seaport town of Bitung which is a 90 minutes drive from Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi. North Sulawesi, with its predominantly Christian population, is on the northwestern side of Indonesia, close to the Philippines and bordered by the Celebes Sea.


Valid from May 1st 2014 to April 30th 2015

Accommodation : ( Full board ) per person per night ( no diving) USD PRICES EURO PRICES
Deluxe villa Double/Twin US$ 255 EUR 173

Single Occupancy US$ 335 EUR 257

Additional person* US$ 135 EUR 103

Kasawari villa Double/Twin US$ 295 EUR 226

Single Occupancy US$ 445 EUR 342

Additional person* using extra bed
US$ 135 EUR 103
* Additional person using extra bed , Full board ( diving is extra)
Child Policy: (Full board) per person per night USD PRICES EURO PRICES
0 -10 years or under sharing bed with adult (maximum 2 children per room)
Extra bed for child 0-10 years
US$ 100 EUR 76
Extra bed for chilid over 10 years
US$ 135 EUR 103
Child above 12 years use the same rate as adult
Diving price pre paid: USD PRICES EURO PRICES
Day or Night dive US$ 55 EUR 42
Nitrox A la cart EAN 32 US$ 10 EUR 8
Diving and nitrox prices purchase at the resort subject to 10% Government taxes
Private dive guide ( limited to availablility) per day dive (One)
US$ 45 EUR 34
Private dive guide ( limited to availablility) per night dive (One)
US$ 32 EUR 38
Private dive guide ( limited to availablility) per 3 day dive (day dive only)
US$ 100 EUR 76
Private dive guide ( limited to availablility) per night dive when with guide for 3 day dive US$ 35 EUR 26
Additional meal rates pre paid : USD PRICES EURO PRICES
Breakfast US$ 17 EUR 13
Lunch US$ 28 EUR 21
Dinner US$ 28 EUR 21
Additional meal at the resort subject to 10% Government tax

For less than 3 nights stay prices per way sharing up to 2 persons per car US$ 45 EUR 35
Before 8am or after 5pm per car max 2 persons US$ 45 EUR 35
Transfer to other location other than airport per car max 2 persons US
Please contact us for more detail

Any service and good purchase at the resort will be subjected to 10% government tax.
Payment at the resort can be settle in US$ cash, EURO Local currency or credit card (CC will be converted to local currency)
Prices are subject to change with out prior notice

Publish rate (USD & EURO)
Valid from May 1 st 2012 to April 30th 2013

Purchase our “Stay – Dive – Dine” package and SAVE
Our special package start from 3 nights include accommodation in our Deluxe Villa or Kasawari Villa twin or double sharing, Full meals starting with afternoon snack on the arrival day and end with breakfast on the departure day, 3 guided boat dive (night dive included), tank, weight, unlimited self guided jetty dive on our house reef from 10am to 5pm* (air only), airport transfer during 7am to 7pm, prevailing tax.

Prices are subject to change with out prior notice.


Prices : US$

Diving Package
No Of Dive
Deluxe Villa Kasawari Villa
Additional Nitrox Package EAN32
Twin/Doble Sharing Single Occupancy
Twin/Doble Sharing Single Occupancy
4 Days 3 Nights 6
5 Days 4 Nights 9
6 Days 5 Nights 12
7 Days 6 Nights 15
8 Days 7 Nights 18
9 Days 8 Nights 21
10 Days 9 Nights 24
11 Days 10 Nights 27
12 Days 11 Nights 30
13 Days 12 Nights 33
14 Days 13 Nights 36
15 Days 14 Nights 39
16 Days 15 Nights 42
Additional nights after 15 nights with 3 dives per day +290

Precios : EURO

Diving Package No Of Dive Deluxe Villa
Kasawari Villa Additional Nitrox Package EAN32
Twin/Doble Sharing Single Occupancy Twin/Doble Sharing Single Occupancy
4 Days 3 Nights 6
5 Days 4 Nights 9
6 Days 5 Nights 12
7 Days 6 Nights 15
8 Days 7 Nights 18
9 Days 8 Nights 21
10 Days 9 Nights 24
11 Days 10 Nights 27
12 Days 11 Nights 30
13 Days 12 Nights 33
14 Days 13 Nights 36
15 Days 14 Nights 39
16 Days 15 Nights 42
Additional nights after 15 nights with 3 dives per day +223
  • Jetty dive is free of Charge between 10am to 5pm self guided for those purchased 4 nights or more package.
  • Any service and good purchase at the resort will be subjected to 10% government tax.

Payment at the resort can be settle in US$ cash, EURO Local currency or credit card (CC will be converted to local currency). Prices are subject to change with out prior notice.

Payment terms and cancellation policy
Individual Travelers 1-4 rooms or 9 person or less

Payment terms: US$ 150 per person/EUR 115 per person non-refundable deposit to confirm booking within 7 days from date of invoice, remaining balance must receive 45 days before arrival date. Any booking made less than 45 day prior to arrival full payment is required. Deposit can be made through visa or MasterCard*. The balance will be settle by bank telegraphic transfer. Please contact us for more detail. (Agent and wholesaler have different payments conditions).

Group – 5 rooms and more or 10 person or more

Payment terms: US$ 200 per person/EUR 153 per person non –refundable deposit to confirm booking with in 14 days from date of invoice, remaining balance must received 45 days before arrival date. Any booking made less than 45 day period to arrival full payment is required. Deposit and the remaining balance will be settle by bank telegraphic transfer or any other method agreed Please contact us for more detail. (Agent and wholesaler have different payments conditions).

Group offer:
For every 9 persons, the 10th person is free of charge base on deluxe room. Please contact us for more details.

Cancellation policy:
Kasawari Lembeh Resort’s standard Dive and Non Diver package for FIT or Group cancellation policy

For Cancellation
More than 45 days or more from check in date No Charge (Deposit Forfeited)
No Show No refund
Flight cancellation No refund on unused accommodation and diving
Unused dive from prepaid package No refund

Any refund made there will be an administrative charge of $35 per transaction plus any bank charges or Thirdparty administration fees.

Before check in, all charges to reservation /booking are subject to availability and if any modification is Requested, the new reservation/ booking must be the same or of greater value to the one already paid for.

Check in and Check out
Our normal check in time is at 02:00pm and check out at noon. If you need to check out late due to your departure flight, we will be happy to extend you check out time base on room availability.

At Kasawari Lembeh Resort we have 5 scheduled boat departures per day
1st departure is at 07:30 am
2nd departure is at 10.30 am
3rd departure is at 02.30 pm
4th departure is at 05:00 pm dusk dive (Mandarin fish dive)
5th departure is at 06:00 pm night dive
Free jetty self guided dive is available during 10:00am to 05:00pm for those purchased 4 nights or more package. All diving must end at no later than 07:30pm

* Currently Mandarin Dive is only available only on Wednesday and Saturday as per agreement among Lembeh Dive Operator

Guest can choose to dive in any combination with in their purchased package. And additional dive will be charge as an extra dive not counting free self guided jetty dive. We recommend a minimum of 3mm wetsuit. Hood and glove will also keep you warm. Water temperature is ranging from 26 to 28 C. Average bottom time is around 90 minute so it does get cold toward the end of the dive.

Meals will be served in either a la carte style or buffet depending on number of guest in house
06:30am Continental Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee or tea
09:00am Main hot Breakfast is serve after first dive
01:00pm Lunch
04:30pm Afternoon snack
07:30pm Dinner
Drinking water, coffee and tea is served during main meals
There are a selection of “in between meals” menu that you can order if you are hungry until 09:00pm
If you are scheduled to arrive very late in the evening we will be happy to serve you a light meal.
Advance request is needed.
Additional meal in addition from the package is available at an extra charge. Our package start with afternoon snack on the arrival day and end with breakfast on the departure day.

Airport transfer arrival & departure
Kasawari is approximately one and a half hour away from the airport due to road condition and traffic. You should arrive at lease 2 hours before you plain departure For international arrival our representative will be waiting for you at the exit of arrival hall. Please look for Kasawari sign with frog fish logo. For domestic arrival our representative will be waiting for you at the exit of domestic arrival hall. Please look for Kasawari sign with frog fish logo. For more information please see the detail on our website.

Manado and Lembeh is in the tropical zone therefore malaria and other mosquito related disease can not be discounted for. We suggest you follow your doctor’s advice. Indonesia government has declared North Sulawesi as a non malarial region but. As a standard precaution that should be practice everywhere in the tropic you should always have anti mosquito repellent available and avoid sitting in the dark place. All door and window should always be close at all time. Wearing long pant at night will also help. You should bring you own personal medication, sun screen and light windbreaker for after dive especially night dive.

Travel Documents
Guests must be assure that they have a valid visa ( if required) and passport with a minimum of 6 months’ validity from the date of entry into Indonesia and enough page for visa stamp. Kasawari will not be responsible for any inconveniences and delay. If guests should be refused entry in to Indonesia for any reason whatsoever, Kasawari Lembeh Resort reserves the right to apply the “No-Show” as per our cancellation policy.

Travel and Diving Insurance

Travel and diving Insurance is strongly recommended for all guests staying in Kasawari Lembeh Resort insurance should provide coverage for scuba related injuries, accidents and international evacuations in addition other standard travel and diving insurance policy coverage. Kasawari Lembeh Resort will not take any responsibility whatsoever for any expenses that may be incurred through lack of adequate insurance coverage taken up by the guest. Travel insurances also very useful when there in any unfortunate even such as flight delay of cancellation or health problem.

Booking confirmation
You booking will be confirmed and secure as soon as the deposit has been received by us. Any booking without the deposit will be subject to cancel without any prior notice.


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.


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.

A Typical Day at Kasawari :

06.30 am Continental Breakfast with freshly brewed coffee or tea
07.30 am First Dive
09.00 am Main Breakfast
10.30 am Second Dive
01.00 pm Lunch
02.30 pm Either Third Dive or Dusk Dive* or Night Dive**
04.30 pm Afternoon tea and snack
05.00 pm Dusk Dive/Mandarin Dive* or unwind in the beachfront jacuzzi
06.00 pm Night Dive**
07.30 pm Dinner and relax at the bar

* Currently Mandarin Dive is only available only on Wednesday and Saturday as per agreement among Lembeh Dive Operator

Kasawari’s dive team and our hospitable staff will ensure that your diving holiday with us is relaxed and hassle-free. As there are no long walks back to your villa between dives, you can fully enjoy each surface interval resting on your private deck, unwinding with an after-dive massage, or just enjoy a refreshing dip at the pool.

For underwater photographers, once you’ve downloaded files or changed lenses, the dive crew will ensure that your equipment is safely placed on the boat for your next dive.

Spend a few days with us at Kasawari Lembeh Resort for a personalized and unforgettable dive vacation.


Where is Kasawari’s location?
Kasawari Lembeh Resort is located near the seaport town of Bitung which is a 90 minutes drive from Manado, the capital city of North Sulawesi. North Sulawesi, with its predominantly Christian population, is on the northwestern side of Indonesia, close to the Philippines and bordered by the Celebes Sea.

Is there laundry service at Kasawari?
Our housekeeping staff will be happy to do your laundry for you at a reasonable cost.

Are communication systems good at Kasawari?
We have recently installed a mobile phone signal repeater station so the signal is good even inside the villas. Most of the areas, including all the villas, within the resort are also within a Wi-Fi zone for internet connection.

Is there any babysitting service?
With prior notice we can arrange for a babysitter.

Is there any spa or massage service?
We offer an after-dive massage service, which you can enjoy either in the privacy of your villa or at the massage pavilion.

Are there any excursions/tour programs?
Full day excursions with local guides to the Minahasa Highlands - a combination of a scenic and historic tour to Tangkoko National Park for a chance to see rare animals such as the crested black macaque, hornbills and the world’s smallest primate (the Tarsius spectrum) - are available. There is also a 3-hour trip to the local fish market and Bitung town. Trekking and rafting trips can also be arranged upon request.

Do you serve any alcoholic beverages?
We have a small selection of wine, cocktails, spirits and local beer at the bar. There is no corkage charge if you bring your own favorite drink.

Do you accept credit card payment?
We accept Mastercard and Visa.

Do you accept travelers’ cheques?
Sorry, we cannot accept any travelers’ cheques.

Do you accept foreign currency?
We can accept US Dollars, Japanese Yen, Singapore Dollars and Thai Baht, but it is advisable to make payment by credit card or local currency due to uncertainty of and discounted cash exchange rates.

What is the difference between the Kasawari villas and your deluxe villas?
Kasawari Villas are located on the seafront. The bedroom and bathroom totaling 45 sqm are substantially larger than the Deluxe Villa. The villas also have more amenities, large decks and gazebos over-looking the beach and Lembeh Strait. The Deluxe Villas, each a total of 32 sqm and has its own wooden deck, are located within the lush tropical landscape yet still have a view of the Strait. Both types of villas have outdoor showers within walled gardens.
All villas are less than one minute leisurely stroll from all facilities.

What are the facilities and amenities in the villas?
All villas have individual climate control, ceiling fan, hot and cold freshwater, mini-bar, coffee/tea making station, hairdryer, shampoo and liquid soap, bath robes, daily complimentary drinking water, Wi-Fi internet connection and plenty of storage space.

Traveling Information :

Which is the nearest international airport of entry?
Manado Airport (MDC). It is serviced by SilkAir ( a subsidiary of Singapore Airline) from Singapore five times a week. The flight time is approximately three hours.

Can Manado be accessed from other Indonesian cities?
There are daily flights via local carriers from Bali and Jakarta to Manado.

Do I need a visa to enter Indonesia?
Most nationalities will need a visa to enter Indonesia. Please check with the nearest Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. Many nationalities, including US citizens, can apply for visa on arrival. ASEAN citizens do not need a visa to enter Indonesia as a tourist. Please make sure you have at least two empty pages for visa stamp in your passport and the passport is valid for more than 6 months on the date of your arrival in Indonesia.

What is the duty-free allowance for tourists entering Indonesia?
Each traveler can bring in one carton of cigarettes or a reasonable quantity of tobacco/cigars and a bottle of wine or spirit. Customs officials are very strict on this allowance.

Are there any airport taxes and fees?
The international departure tax at MDC is Rupiah 100,000 which must be paid in local currency only.

Can I get porter help at the airport?
Yes. At the Baggage Claim Area porters are available. Expect to pay them Rupiah 10,000 per piece of luggage. There is no luggage trolley available. It is only a few meters from the Baggage Claim Area to the meeting point where our staff awaits your arrival.

How long is the transfer from Manado Airport to Kasawari?
Depending on traffic conditions the transfer takes approximately 90 minutes.

Can I change currency at the resort?
No. We do not offer any foreign currency exchange service. The last place you can change currency is at Manado Airport.

Where can I exchange currency?
It is difficult to exchange currency in Indonesia. Banks and money changers are very particular about the condition of notes, serial numbers, etc. It is best to exchange your cash at Singapore Airport.

Diving Information :

Is there any “best” time for diving in the Lembeh Strait?
You can enjoy diving in the Lembeh Strait all year round. The Strait is protected by the Northern tip of North Sulawesi Island and the 10-km long Lembeh Island, providing good conditions for diving 12 months of the year. From December to April there may be relatively more rainfall but there is no ‘monsoon’ season in the Lembeh area.

What is the average water temperature in Lembeh?
26 to 28 degree Celsius (78F to 82F). Water temperature is usually cooler from July to September.

What kind of wetsuit should I wear?
We recommend at least a 3mm full suit with hood. A 5mm suit will keep you warmer as dive duration can be long.

Is there any shore diving at Kasawari?
Shore diving can be done from Kasawari’s purpose-built jetty.

Is Nitrox available?
Nitrox EAN 32 from our membrane system is available to qualified divers as an extra option. Please see details in the prices section.

Is there any equipment rental at your Dive Center?
We have Oceanic dive equipment and Cochran Dive Computers available for rent. Please advise us of your requirement in advance. There is no camera rental.

Can I take diving certification courses at Kasawari?
No. At Kasawari we emphasize only great diving services for certified divers. We do not offer diving courses.

Can I do any “out-of-hours” diving?
Usual dive time is between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm. Any diving out of these hours will need to be arranged with the dive center and will be subject to additional charges.

Must I always dive with a guide?
It is advisable to dive with our guides as the critters of Lembeh Strait are well camouflaged. Our experienced guides, who are familiar with the habitat and behaviors of the marine life, will help you find these elusive critters.

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