/// Dive Sites Lembeh

/// Dive sites Lembeh Straits

dive sites lembeh

/// Two Fish Dive Standards

  • Small groups of no more than four guests per dive guide
  • All guides are PADI Rescue Diver certified
  • Oxygen and first aid on every dive boat
  • Dive groups are organised according to air consumption and dive experience
  • Long dives – we just ask you to surface after 75mins or on 40bar
  • Photographers – when possible, we will provide you with your own guide for spotting and carrying your accessories

Below is just a small selection of what diving in Lembeh Straits has to offer. There are more than 90 dive sites Lembeh Straits has to offer, and critters move around the sites so we are constantly changing the sites that we regularly dive.

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/// Police Pier

Depth 3m – 25m

Muck dive under the police pier – a gradual sandy slope that runs from the shallows. The bottom is covered with patches of sponges and rubble that conceal thorny seahorses and frogfish. They blend in well with their habitat luckily for you our guides are experts at finding them.

/// Serena West

Depth 5m – 25m

This steep reef is at the northwest tip of Sarena Kecil is full of nooks and crannies for critters to hide. The reef is beautiful with many green branching corals. Two giant frogfish are often seen along with crab-eyed gobys in the shallows.

/// Pintu Kolada

Depth 2m – 12m

Situated in the middle of the straits, this shallow site is best visited at sunset where you can see the colourful mandarin fish mating!

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/// Aer Perang

Depth 3m – 25m

Meaning War-water; just after WWI, a passing warship blasted a hole in the rocks to get at the fresh water, hence the name. The sandy bottom is dotted with patches of elegance coral which is teeming with commensal shrimp and crab life. While the sand is home to many unusual critters like snake eels, fingered dragonettes, seahorses and robust ghostpipefish. At night, stargazers and bubble shells have also been spotted.

The video stars the weedy scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa), for many the ‘holy grail’ of critters. The video opens with Banggai cardinalfish which originate from Indonesia’s Banggai Island. Legend has it that a bag of these fish intended for an aquarium was accidentally dropped into the Lembeh Strait, whereupon the fish flourished. They now compete with anemonefish for shelter amongst the strait’s anemones. The video also features nudibranchs, a demon stinger, a cockatoo waspfish, a snake eel and saddleback anemonefish.

/// Goby-A-Crab

Depth 5m – 25m

Across from Bitung Town this fringing reef runs down to about 25m where it turns into sand. The reef has giant sea fans and sponges, which are home to mollusks, squat lobsters and nudibranchs. Don’t forget to check the shallows for mantis shrimps and crab-eyed gobys.

/// Makawide

Depth 5m – 30m

This gradual slope is a fantasic place to find lots of different kinds of sand dweller’s including the black-rayed shrimp goby and dragonettes, the depths have lots of sea whips where black coral crabs and shrimps make their home, pygmy seahorses have also been spotted around 25m.

/// Pantai Parigi

Depth 3m – 28m

This gentle slope just off of Lembeh Island hides seahorses, devil fish and robust pipe fish in its sand, in the shallows there is a gorgeous patch of reef to end the dive.

/// Jahir

Depth 3m – 28m

Named after the dive guides that discovered it Jahir is another great muck site with lots of purple heart urchin’s home to the beautiful Zebra crab. Ambon scorpion fish are regulars along with tiny frogfish and many eels. Nighttime gives a good opportunity to see the strange stargazer.

/// Tanjung Tabal

Depth 5m – 25m

Tanjung Tabal is a point on Lembeh Island from which a series of canyons stretches out from the land into the Strait. It is a great muck diving site, and the canyons are lined with gorgonians and seawhips that attract schooling bannerfish and fusiliers.

/// Pulau Abadi

Depth 5m – 25m

A shallow reef with great coral growth and a huge array of giant sea fans; pygmy sea horses, crab-eyed gobys and mantis shrimp have all been found here.

/// Mawali Wreck

Propeller 30m, length 70m

Named after a local village and lying on its port side in 30m of water this Japanese WWII ship is 75m long, intact and heavily overgrown. There are all kinds of nudibranchs, huge scorpion fish and a banded sea snake often rears its head however the group of large lionfish that suspend themselves around the masts are always the highlight of the dive.

/// Batu Sandar

Depth 5m – 25m

Also known as Leaning Rock this site is found midway up on Lembeh Island. The fringing reef in the shallows gives way to sand and patch reefs that go down to 25m, ornate ghost pipefish are regulars here.

/// Retak Larry

Depth 3m – 25m

A classic black sand muck dive with frogfish and ambon scorpionfish among the many critters that inhabit this site.

/// Teluk Kembahu 1

Depth 3m – 25m

Named after the village in the bay this is another gentle black sand slope with a great chance of seeing a variety of pipefish, from ornates to robust. Stargazers and devilfish have also been seen in the sand.

/// Teluk Kembahu 2

Depth 3m – 30m

Next door to Teluk Kembahu 1 we have regular sightings of the infamous rhynopias at this site.

Teluk Kembahu, or “TK1″ and “TK2″ are classic muck dives and the habitat of many rare critters. The video features an unidentified eel, giant anglerfish, nudibranchs, dwarf lionfish, ornate ghost pipefish, moray eels, tobies, urchins, banggai cardinalfish, dragonet and a snake eel.

/// Critter Hunt

Depth 5m – 25m

The site at the southern tip of Sarena Kecil, or Small Island, has a sandy slope dotted with small coral heads down turning into a sand rubble area at 18m does not look like much at first. Look a little harder and seahorses, decorator crabs, squat lobsters and nudibranchs all appear. At night bob-tailed squid and tiny red waspfish come out to play.

/// Aw Shucks

Depth 3m – 28m

Aw shucks is a patch reef near one of the pearl farms along the Sulawesi Coast. The mushroom corals here sometimes have the tiny commensal white pipefish. This seemingly endless sand slope holds lots of surprises from devilfish and nudibranchs to snake eels.

An amazing mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) at “Aw Shucks” in the Lembeh Strait impersonates a flounder and banded sea snakes while fleeing from observers. This species was not officially discovered until 1998. The video opens with a reef octopus at Pantai Parigi sheltering inside a broken glass.

/// Batu Merah

Depth 3m – 24m

Nicknamed Red Rock this gradual sand slope with a fringing reef has several beautiful ribbon eels. At 25m there is a depression in the sand that houses a marvelous rock that is filled with sweepers, feather stars, cleaner shrimp, dragonettes, eels and many other amazing creatures.

/// Jiko Dance

Depth 3m – 24m

This is the most northern dive site and often has the clearest water. The steep reef slope is filled with beautiful soft corals, sea fans and sponges. The pygmy seahorse is often spotted here.

/// Nudi Retreat

Depth 3m – 28m

This site is small protected cove along the Sulawesi coast. The reef slope starts at only 3m and gradually works its way deeper. A colourful wall abuts the slope in the shallows. It has resident cockatoo waspfish, and a pair of Pegasus sea moths. Frogfish often put in an appearance and on night dives a coral cat shark can be seen.

/// Pulau Putus

Depth 3m – 30m

This steep reef on the northern end of Lembeh Island gives way to a sand slope at 25m. It is a stunning site with good visibility and lots of fish life. You can also see the resident shy jaw fish on a sand slope by the mooring.

/// Batu Angus

Depth 2m – 12m

Situated at the northern end of the Strait a beautiful rocky / sloping site where there are regular sightings of the blue ring octopus.

/// California Dreaming

Depth 3m – 40m

This site on the northern coast of Lembeh Island is full of gorgonians, sea fans and brilliant orange tree corals that bloom when the current is running, along with giant green frogfish and plenty of fish. A shallow plateau at 12m is a great place for hunting unusual critters.

/// Nudi Falls

Depth 3m – 28m

A beautiful mini-wall that gives way to a sand and rubble slope, this site is well known for its variety of nudibranchs, comet fish and pygmy seahorses.

A night dive is a great way to discover Lembeh’s weird and wonderful critters. This video was shot at Nudi Falls, Jahir and at Two Fish Divers’ house reef “Muka”. Opens with striped eel catfish and features a black-saddled toby, whiteface waspfish, plumstriped waspfish, painted anglerfish (frogfish), banded pipefish, bartail moray, princely volute, leaf scorpionfish, decorator crab, anemone hermit crab, nudibranchs, pygmy seahorse, hornnosed boxfish, crocodilefish, anemone crab, saddleback anemonefish, starry night octopus, reef octopus, dwarf cuttlefish and squid.

/// Angel’s Window

Depth 3m – 28m

This submerged pinnacle off the north coast of Lembeh Island rises to just under the surface. Visibility is usually good as the pinnacle has several swim-throughs at 25m where jacks and snappers hang out. It also has an assortment of critters like pygmy seahorses, devilfish, and leaf fish.

/// Hairball 2

Depth 3m – 30m

This site is similar to Hairball 1 and comes with an almost guaranteed sighting of common seahorses in the shallows.

/// Hairball 1

Depth 3m – 30m

This is a true “Muck” site that is home to some of our most unusual creatures. There are no corals, only black sand, algae and the occasional patch of sponges. Some of the critters found here grow skin filaments to blend in with the algae and we often seen frogfish, Ambon scorpion fish, snake eels, devilfish, dragonettes and even the flamboyant cuttlefish.

This classic muck dive is also on the Sulawesi side of the Lembeh Strait and is so named because of the weed lying on the black volcanic sand. The video opens with a hairy frogfish (striated anglerfish) squaring up to the camera and closes with an Ambon scorpionfish swallowing a small bypasser. In between we meet nudibranchs including the distinctive Melibe viridis, an orange devil scorpionfish, a moray eel hosting a cleaner shrimp, filefish, a peacock mantis shrimp, a lionfish and an urchin crab taking cover under a blue-spotted urchin.

/// Magic Rock

Depth 3m – 25m

This small fringing reef leads to patch reefs and coral heads at 10m. The site takes its name from the small rock that teems with life; ribbon eels, pearl-eyed morays, sweepers, leaf fish and devilfish have been seen. The shallows are a good place to spot large cuttlefish.

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