GETTING TO NORTH SULAWESI AND LEMBEH RESORT
How do I get to North Sulawesi?
Manado airport is currently serviced four times per week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) direct from Singapore by Silk Air, the regional carrier of Singapore Airlines. There are also several daily flights from Jakarta and Bali.
How do I get to Lembeh Resort?
All transfers to Lembeh Resort are carried out using the resort’s comfortable air-conditioned vehicles. Transfers from Manado Airport take approximately 90 minutes by road, followed by a short 10-minute boat journey to the resort. For guests staying at another location in North Sulawesi before visiting Lembeh Resort, a point-to-point transfer will be arranged by the resort. All transfers are point-to-point – if you are coming from Bunaken/Siladen, transfers will be arranged directly from the other Resort’s nominated pier to the resort.
Will there be someone to meet me at the airport?
We will have a member of staff to meet you at the airport. They will be waiting just outside the arrivals area holding a board with the Lembeh Resort Logo and your name on it and a big smile.
What travel documents do I need?
Your passport will need to be valid for at least 6 months after your entry into Indonesia. Please ensure that you also have an onward or return ticket with you. You will also need to ensure that you have AT LEAST TWO full Visa pages in your passport for the visa sticker that you will need to purchase upon arrival (see below).
What are the visa requirements for Indonesia?
You will need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia, which can be issued on arrival at Manado Airport to citizens of most nationalities. A 30-day visa costs US$25. Clean, crisp $20 & $5 bills will help expedite the transaction at the airport, but Rupiah is also accepted. Alternatively, you may apply for a visa before you leave home by contacting the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in your country.
The current Regulations in full are:
11 countries and territories are eligible for a “Visa Free” facility. Those holding valid passports from the following countries will be granted a non-extendable 30-day Visa-Free Short Visit Permit upon arrival at an Indonesian international gateway without charge:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Hong Kong SAR
- Macau SAR
Nationals of the following 63 countries are now eligible to purchase an extendable visa on arrival for USD 25 (for a maximum of 30 days).
- Czech Republic
- New Zealand
- People’s Rep. of China
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- The Netherlands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
If you are staying in Indonesia for longer than 30 days, you can extend the 30 days visa-on-arrival for another 30 days at the nearest immigration office for IDR 250.000 (approximately USD 25 depending on the exchange rate) which has to be paid in local currency. At Lembeh Resort, we can assist you with Visa Extenstions. Please contact us on email@example.com to find out more.
Alternatively you can also apply for a 60 days tourist visa in advance of your arrival in Indonesia.
All other nationals should apply for visas in their home country before departure for Indonesia. There will be no leniency for nationals of countries not listed above should they arrive without a valid visa – they will be sent home immediately.
For further up-to-date information about travel matters, please visit Indonesia’s Department of Foreign Affairs website at www.deplu.go.id to find the embassy or consulate nearest to you.
What about Baggage Allowances?
Obviously you would need to check with your own airline but here is a little more information and also some helpful links with regards to Baggage Allowance!
When traveling to and from North America you are entitled according to the Piece Allowance System, which is usually 2 pieces of baggage weighing up to 23kg (50lbs) each. When departing from Manado you will also be entitled to this as long as you check your bags all the way through to your final destination in North America. Any excess bags are then charged at a certain rate per bag.
When traveling to and from most other destinations in the world especially Europe, airlines will impose a weight restriction on your baggage but this can vary from airline to airline. Many airlines have special baggage allowances for scuba diving equipment and you should always check with your airline with regards to this before flying.
Silk Air do allow an additional 10kg for scuba diving equipment for persons traveling to and from Manado, to find out the full breakdown of their rules –
For Domestic Flights, here are the links for the following airlines:
The best piece of advice is to make sure that you always double check with your airline before packing with regards to their baggage policy especially with regards to scuba diving equipment. Also pack light on the clothing front – you will spend most of your time underwater in your wetsuit searching for the weird and wonderful critters we have here in Lembeh! If you have any questions with regards to this or any other part of your trip, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Is it safe to travel to North Sulawesi?
Yes, North Sulawesi is safe. For up-to-date information regarding travel to the region, please contact us directly via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact your local Foreign Travel Advice Bureau.
Do I need vaccinations before I travel to Indonesia?
When travelling in the tropics, it is always wise to be up to date with Typhoid, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Hepatitis and a current Polio protection. As parts of Indonesia are in a malaria zone (not North Sulawesi), please check with your physician or medical center on the type of prophylaxis you should use. Always ass about possible side effects and also when you should start to take them before the trip.
What is the official language in North Sulawesi?
The official language in Indonesia is Bahasa Indonesia. The staff at Lembeh Resort are multilingual and English is widely spoken. Other languages spoken include Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian and French.
What are the GPS Co-Ordinates for Lembeh Resort?
If you enter 1° 27′ 25.50″ N, 125° 14′ 35.00″ E into Google Earth then you will get a great view of Lembeh Resort and the surrounding area.
ONCE AT LEMBEH RESORT
What money will I need when I am at Lembeh Resort?
Lembeh Resort accepts payments by VISA, MasterCard and American Express as well as Indonesian Rupiah, Euros or US Dollars. However, please be advised that foreign notes should be clean, new and crisp. Indonesian banks and money exchangers will not accept old notes or notes which are damaged in any way.
You can also use your credit or debit card at ATM machines in town to withdraw Rupiah. It is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company that you will be visiting Indonesia prior to your departure, as it is not uncommon for the bank to put a block on the card if you use it in an exotic location without notifying them first.
What is the medical care like?
Lembeh Resort has contingency medical plans for diving and non-diving related emergencies and has first aid kits and oxygen on site and on the dive boats. The closest recompression chamber is in Manado, which is 1.5 hours away by car. We recommend that all guests have travel and dive insurance. There are plenty of pharmacies and dentists in nearby Bitung and there is a brand new private general hospital in Manado has more than adequate medical care.
Is there Malaria or Dengue Fever in Lembeh?
Lembeh Resort is located close to the equator in the tropics. It is generally humid and there are mosquitoes. There are very few cases of malaria and dengue fever in North Sulawesi, but we do recommend you bring plenty of repellent as well as appropriate clothing and that you consult with your doctor before your trip for the most up-to-date advice. We provide mosquito repellent for your room, and we regularly fumigate the resort to keep mosquitos to a minimum.
What time zone is Lembeh in?
North Sulawesi and therefore Lembeh, is in the same time zone as Singapore which is GMT + 08:00. The other time zones in Indonesia are Sumatra, Java and West & Central Kalimantan which are 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7) and Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Irian Jaya and Maluku which are 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).
What is included in my package?
The exact details of your package would have been sent to you by your agent or one of our Reservations team. If you would like confirmation please do not hesitate to contact us on email@example.com.
What is not included in my package?
The following items are not included in your package and would be payable upon departure from the resort: soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, spa treatments, tours and excursions, additional dives or dive surcharges, any purchases from our gift shops, gratuities and airport departure taxes.
Are the bungalows air conditioned?
All of our Cottages are air-conditioned. The rooms are also equipped with ceiling fans and mosquitos nets (which are rarely used).
What amenities are there in the room?
All guest rooms include 24 hour electricity, en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water with complimentary shampoo and body wash, air-conditioning, king-size bed or twin beds, wardrobe, table and chair, dispenser for cold as well as hot drinking water, complimentary tea & coffee, stocked mini-bar and electronic safe. We also have hairdryers available at reception.
What type of electrical outlets and voltage do you have in the rooms?
All rooms are fitted with 2 Round Pin Plug Sockets (European Standard) and the electricity is 220v. We have ample plug socket adapters and also have power strips that can be lent to guests . You needn’t bring your own. The 24 hour power generated at the resort is generated by 2 large generators. Occasionally, we have to manually switch from one generator to another. This will cause a short outage of power and we choose to do this at time which will cause the least disturbance to our guests, which is usually when you are out diving so you won’t even notice it has happened.
110v outlets are available in the camera room.
Is there Internet access?
We do have a dedicated computer and internet area where guests are free to use the iMac at any time. We also have wireless Internet service around the resort and it free of charge. Due to our remote location, this is not broadband strength internet and there can be occasionally outages but these a few and far between.
What kind of food can I expect to the served?
Our team of excellent chefs serves up an excellent and delicious mix of international and local dishes. Breakfast tends to be a buffet of fresh tropical fruits & juices, cereals & yogurts, pastries fresh from the oven & home-made breads, as well as cooked-to-order Western or Indonesian dishes.
Lunch is either a-la-carte or buffet style depending on occupancy. A choice of 14 different a-la-carte dinner menus ensures you have a wide selection of international & Indonesian cuisine. Our menus cater to all tastes, but should you have a special dietary request, our chefs will do their utmost to accommodate you.
Morning & afternoon snacks are served at the bar, where tea & coffee is available all day long. Alternatively, relax by the pool between dives and let our staff bring you afternoon tea or a sunset cocktail. Enjoy a bottle of wine from our comprehensive wine selection or take advantage of our well-stocked bar.
What if I have special dietary requirements?
Please let us know before your arrival by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
and we can prepare our meal planning to take into account your needs. We have successfully accommodated many different dietary requirements from Coeliacs to vegetarians to vegans.
Can I drink the tap water?
We recommend that guests do not drink the water from the taps. However all water served in our restaurants is safe to drink as is the ice we serve in drinks. In every room there is a large 19l container that dispenses both hot and cold water and there is free flowing drinking water in the Divers Lounge, restaurant and on the dive boats. We also ensure that we wash all food in drinking water.
Clothing and what to bring?
Dress is usually informal in Indonesia due to the warm, humid climate and lightweight fabrics are recommended . So normally it is shorts and t-shirt by day (even if it rains because it’s warm tropical rain) and at night the dress code is casual. Light windbreakers, wraps, or sweatshirt should also be considered as it does cool down at night (or in case of the occasional rain storm).
Do you run a laundry service?
Yes, we offer an in-house laundry service at the resort. If you leave laundry in the morning, it is normally back in your room by the early evening.
Is there resort etiquette?
In consideration of local customs as well as of other guests, we kindly ask that our female guests refrain from topless sunbathing by the pool and also that guests are covered when eating in the restaurant.
What is the weather like?
The average temperature is between 23-32 degrees celsius (73-90 Farenheit). Average humidity is around 60-70%. Generally speaking, the “official” rainy season begins in November and continues through to March. However, it is unusual to have continuous rain during the day. The norm is for it to rain at night, ending by early morning. Occasionally rain showers begin in the afternoon but typically do not last long. The rain will not interfere with your diving and we have never cancelled dives as a result of rain.
Do you offer massages?
Yes! We have local massage therapists with strong hands, a gentle touch and a real skill for providing relief your body after a hard day of diving! We think you will also find our Spa prices pretty reasonable as well!
What can I bring to help the local village and children?
For the local children, we recommend anything educational or healthy. Note pads, pencils, erasers, maps, rulers, craft supplies, crayons or basic school or coloring books would be greatly appreciated.
Do you recommend any special insurance?
We hope that you do not have to ever us your insurance but we do recommend you purchase , at the least, trip cancellation/interruption insurance to cover any unexpected issues that may occur.
You should also have adequate medical insurance to cover any incidents. We also recommend you consider purchasing supplemental dive insurance, offered by many firms such as Divers Alert Network (DAN), PADI, and Dive Assure. These companies offer specific dive-related policies that often include travel, gear and accident coverage all in one comprehensive policy.
What are the diving conditions like?
Water temperature can vary by only a few degrees throughout the year. It lingers between 29-28oC between October to March. Then it drops slightly in the months of April, May, June and September to 27-26oC. The coldest months are July and August, with water temperatures of 26-25oC. The air temperature is more or less constant during the year. A 5mm full wetsuit is recommended. Visibility varies between sites and depending on the time of year. It fluctuates between 5-30 meters. Visibility is higher at the more open-water northern sites, while it usually is 12-15 meters at the most popular central “muck-diving” sites. The visibility is lowest when the temperature is at its highest in January and in the beginning of February. In March the visibility improves dramatically. October to December is the period of the best visibility. However, please note that most muck diving is very “up-close and personal,” so even at minimum visibility you will still have an amazing dive experience.
Do you have a camera room?
Yes, we have a spacious dedicated camera room just steps from the gear area and dive center. The camera room is open daily from 6:30am until 8:30pm and locked overnight. Each camera table is equipped with both 110v and 220v electrical outlets and dry towels are provided as well as an air-gun. Plug adapters are available for sale in the Dive Center. Three large freshwater rinse tanks are available for cameras as well.
TOWARDS THE END OF YOUR STAY
What about gratuities?
These are not included in your package and are not mandatory. If you feel like the Lembeh Resort staff and the Critters@Lembeh Dive crew have helped to make your trip enjoyable and you have enjoyed a superior level of service then please feel free to leave a gratuity. We would like to point out that gratuities for the Resort and Dive Operation are separate and at the end of your stay you would be issued with two envelopes or you can pay any gratuities by credit card.
Do I need to pay a departure tax?
If you leave Indonesia from Manado, an international departure tax of 100.000 Rupiah is paid at the airport. If your onward journey is within Indonesia, the domestic departure tax from Manado is currently 40.000 Rupiah.